13 June 2004|
Flippaut Festival, Bologna, Italy
First Of The Gang To DieMorrissey's appearance at the Flippaut Festival in Bologna wasn't much of a success. Morrissey was booked to play before Muse and throughout the show he was verbally harrassed by Muse fans eager to see their band. There were also sound difficulties and at some point these were serious enough for "The Headmaster Ritual" to be stopped and skipped (read further). This must explain why the setlist was only 14 songs long (including the aborted "The Headmaster Ritual"). Expected regulars such as "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday", "No One Can Hold A Candle To You" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus" were probably planned but dropped. This concert was mentioned by Morrissey in 2006 as the worst of the 2004 tour for him.
Despite the rain and the conditions described above Morrissey still gave the best of himself. He mocked the people heckling him by repeating after them "Muse! Muse! Muse!... Kill them!". He even dedicated "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" to a particularly annoying Muse fan. He also commented on Britney at that point.
When he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience in Italian with "Buena Sera! Hello Baloney... Bologna!". He would occasionally try his Italian on the audience in between songs by thanking them with 'grazie' and such. On the topic of language, after a few songs he asked "So in English, you can say what?". At this point the heckling had already started but Morrissey wasn't as annoyed as he would get, and said: "Yes we like Muse too", and then "Don't look so sad... Muse, Muse, Muse..."
After just a few bars of "The Headmaster Ritual" Boz was having guitar problems and Morrissey was barely audible so Morrissey suddenly said "Stop stop stop... Julia, can you hear me? (turns to the crowd) Can you hear me? (crowd: 'yes!') Is it good or bad?". Annoyed, instead of starting over he just skipped to the next planned number. However he was still inaudible so he was given another microphone which seemed to work better.
Just before "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" Morrissey asked someone in the audience "You're a big fan of Daddy's voice... how did you know?". At some point someone handed him a pink t-shirt which he put on the drum rise before thanking the fan with a "This is for me? Grazie." He followed "Such A Little Thing Makes Such A Big Difference" with the announcement "We have a new record out, it's called 'You Are The Quarry' and you're never going to buy it!". Someone must have enquired about Alain who was still missing because at some point Morrissey said "He's not here... what can I say?".
After "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel" Morrissey made a tongue-in-cheek remark about Korn and Extreme who had played the festival the day before. When someone in the audience shouted "Sweet Korn" he repeated "Sweet Korn?". When someone else asked "What are the songs that make you cry?" he answered "All songs make me cry..." After "Rubber Ring" - the final song of the regular set - Morrissey teased the Muse fans by telling them "We will stay here 5 more hours..."
The encore of "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" was performed in its traditional form instead of the extended one featuring a gradually stripped outro he had been using here and there earlier in the tour. One fan made it up to Morrissey during that final song despite the height of the stage while another fan was escorted to Morrissey by security... a rare sight!
This concert was webcast in part or in whole at least up to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", but this was only made available to Rosso Alice subscribers in Italy.
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