After a month’s break, the Smiths returned to England for a proper tour, it would turn out to be the band’s final one. A one-off Anti-Apartheid concert on 12 December at the Brixton Academy was the only live date the band played together after this leg. It was originally due to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 November 1986 but it had to be rescheduled following Johnny’s car accident.
The concerts were generally very well received by the press, but critics were at the same time wondering if the Smiths, with their greater confidence and ease on stage and harder sound were not turning into rock monsters, like many of their contemporaries. There definitely was a significant difference with the original.