1 April 2006|
Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
First Of The Gang To DieThe first of a bunch of European dates was a success. There was no change in the setlist from the previous date. The crowd was slightly calmer than on the recent American dates, but Morrissey was in great spirits and his voice was at its best. He said Gothenburg was a beautiful city and that they should be proud. He also thanked Sweden for Marabou chocolate and greeted the crowd in Swedish ("Hej Göteborg!") at the start of the show. This greeting was later extended with "Welcome to the ice-rink!"
Morrissey also mentioned his recent appearance on the country's national lottery show, called Bingolotto, which left many fans in the audience dumbfounded or perplex. At some point he asked "Are your feet cold? Just think of Brian Joubert... do you know him? (fans shout diverse answers) Who is he then? (audience: 'ice skater!'). He also mentioned the next stop on the tour: "Tonight we're going to Stockholm... (crowd boos) which is a city that you like... compared to... Hong Kong for example!" After "At Last I Am Born" he said something about not actually being entirely born yet, or something to that effect.
At usual Morrissey introduced his band members halfway into the show. When he introduced guitarist Jesse Tobias he added that it was his birthday. He then introduced himself as Tommy Körberg, a Swedish singer who competed in the Eurovision song contest many years ago with a song titled Judy Min Vän, which incidentally Morrissey included in his intermission music on this tour. At some point into the show Morrissey threw the red shirt he was wearing into the crowd to be fought over by fans. He also threw the maracas he shook in the latter part of "The Youngest Was The Most Loved". When a fan nearly pulled him into the audience, he simulated to machine-gun them.
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Morrissey, in a statement to the True To You website in September 2006: "Throughout the 70 dates I still rate Gothenburg highly - partly in view of the fact that the McDonalds restaurant attached to the venue agreed to shut down entirely for the night of the concert. We all found this to be an astonishing gesture. It would never happen in either England or the US. Sweden is civil."