16 April 2006|
Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
First Of The Gang To DieThis concert turned out to be a better experience than the previous night, mainly because the sound quality was much better. Morrissey was still in a very playful mood and made many jokes, such as naming his newest album "Ringleader Of The Tomatoes". The crowd was very responsive and energetic. The fans broke into chants of Morrissey's name on many occasions prompting the man to cheekily ask "What?" at some point. No one made it on stage.
The setlist was slightly rearranged. Standard encore "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me" was dropped and the livelier "Irish Blood, English Heart" was moved down to take its place.
As Morrissey entered stage he was aware that many fans attended both Dublin dates so his first greeting was "You surely aren't back for more!". Soon after he added "How nice to see that so many of you look normal!" Morrissey loved the Dublin audience and was very vocal throughout the evening. He complimented his fans by adding that they were an ideal audience. Before "Girlfriend In A Coma", he apologised about recent press interviews: "Sorry about all the press interviews... Please don't blame me, they are ghastly, I don't write them, I don't ask the questions and frankly they say nothing to me about my life."
There had been a march earlier that day to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Irish Easter Rising that led eventually to the birth of the Irish Republic and Morrissey asked the audience if they had been marching. Hearing varying replies, he said he'd been marching too, to get the Dingles out of (English TV soap) Emmerdale "...I can't stand them!". He asked if Condaleeza Rice had visited, and commented that she seemed like the face of deception.
A tradition on this tour was the addition of a short well-known local piano intro at the beginning of "Trouble Loves Me". This was the first time on this tour that Morrissey played twice in the same city, but the intro to "Trouble Loves Me" was still changed. On this date Michael Farrell teased the audience with a few bars of the traditional rebel ballad "The Rising Of The Moon". Also following tradition Morrissey threw the sweat-soaked shirt he was wearing into the audience at the end of "How Soon Is Now?".
Another tradition was the introduction by Morrissey of his musicians, halfway into the show. He started with Boz and Gary, saying they were respectively captain of the ship and first lieutenant, but let the audience say their names while he was mouthing them. He presented drummer Matt Walker as the new band member, then went up to Jesse and asked him, "And your name again?". Jesse answered "Chico" so Morrissey introduced him in an exaggerated Mexican accent as "Chico Tabasco". When it was keyboardist Michael Farrell's turn Morrissey said "He's from Cleveland but he's alright, really!"
A line in set opener "First Of The Gang To Die" was adapted to Dublin: "until you've seen the stars reflect in the Stoneybatter reservoir". Following the line "Piazza Cavour, what's my life for?" in "You Have Killed Me" Morrissey answered "... nothing!". He changed a line in "A Song From Under The Floorboards" to "I know a good song when I sing it". He actually apologised for the bad performance of the latter number on the previous night and was also seemingly unsatisfied with its performance on this one because he joked "I hope you realise this is the sound-check!". At the end of the concert he jokingly thanked the Artane Drug Treatment Centre, thanked Kristeen Young again for opening the show and said "May your God go with you!"
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Morrissey, in a statement to the True To You website in September 2006: "(...) the two nights at the Olympia seemed silly; the Point would've been better."