10 April 2006|
Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands
First Of The Gang To DieThe Dutch audience was a bit subdued, but this concert still went down well. Morrissey was in great spirits, witty and generally chatty, especially at the beginning. He didn't address the audience in Dutch, but in Italian on a few occasions when he said "Grazie" and "Ciao". The pink shirt he arrived on stage with was thrown into the audience after a few songs. Morrissey broke from the tour tradition by not introducing his musicians on this date.
The recently reintroduced "In The Future When All's Well" was dropped from the setlist, making place for the return of "Trouble Loves Me" and "Reader Meet Author", and in the process increasing the length of the setlist up to 18 songs.
Entering stage, Morrissey greeted the audience with the words "It's spring again, so I sing with these two lips in Amsterdam!" which is a line from a German "schlager" song from the 1950s originally performed by Herman Emmink, a Dutch singer. Morrissey later said that this was his first solo gig in Amsterdam, and that he was here by popular demand. He also self-depreciatingly commented about the turnout, saying that the house was full, so it must have been raining outside. When fans chanted his name, Morrissey replied: "Let me guess... British, right?" After removing his shirt following "Let Me Kiss You" he remarked that he wasn't as skinny as he used to be, and then, pointing at the audience, he added "but then again, neither are you!" He joked about his newest album being number in the album chart in the UK, Sweden and Iraq. "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" was indeed at the top of the charts in the UK and Sweden, but obviously not in Iraq.
After "Reader Meet Author" Morrissey said "That was from an album that nobody likes (crowd laughs), which is why we played it". On this tour "Trouble Loves Me" was always preceded by a few bars of a traditional well-known local song. In Amsterdam keyboardist Michael Farrell played a snippet of Focus's "Hocus Pocus". The Magazine cover "A Song From Under The Floorboards" was introduced by Morrissey with the words "this song was written when I was a child". After the song's performance, Morrissey joked that the song was made famous by Mouth and McNeal who were Dutch participants in the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1970s. In "At Last I Am Born", Morrissey made a mistake with the lyrics and slapped himself in the face for doing so.
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