As the “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” single was released worldwide, the Smiths traveled up North to Scotland for a 7-date mini-tour. This was a way to make up for neglecting that part of the country on the earlier British leg of the “Meat Is Murder” tour in March with the following dates.
Sep 22 – Irvine, Magnum Leisure Centre
Sep 24 – Edinburgh, Playhouse
Sep 25 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
Sep 26 – Dundee, Caird Hall
Sep 28 – Lerwick (Shetland Isles), Clickimin Centre
Sep 30 – Aberdeen, Capital Theatre
Oct 1 – Inverness, Eden Court.
The Smiths played between 18 and 20 tracks per night on this mini-tour.
Six new tracks were debuted in Scotland. “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” was the newest single, it would be made more widely available nine months later on the “The Queen Is Dead” album alongside this leg’s other live debuts “Frankly Mr Shankly” and “Bigmouth Strikes Again”. “What’s The World” was a cover of a James song that would never be recorded by the Smiths (other than live). It was played only on this tour and then never again. In Inverness the Smiths found a piano next to the stage and used this opportunity to perform “Asleep”. Finally, the other novelty was only a half addition. The previously performed “Rusholme Ruffians” was from these dates on done in a medley with the first verse of the Elvis Presley song “(Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame”.
The “Meat Is Murder” album was still the most recent long player and it was represented by regulars “I Want The One I Can’t Have”, “What She Said”, “Nowhere Fast”, “Meat Is Murder”, “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” and as mentioned before, “Rusholme Ruffians”. “The Headmaster Ritual” was played twice then replaced by “This Charming Man”. “Barbarism Begins At Home” was dropped altogether.
Other regulars in the set were recent single tracks “Shakespeare’s Sister” and “Stretch Out And Wait” as well as older numbers “Still Ill”, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”, “Hand In Glove”, “William, It Was Really Nothing” and “Miserable Lie”. “How Soon Is Now?” and “Jeane” were played three times and once respectively.