4 May 2006|
Grimsby Auditorium, Grimsby
First Of The Gang To DieThe Grimsby Auditorium was a good choice of venue; the fact that it wasn't seated might have helped the atmosphere. The audience was very receptive. Morrissey really looked like he was enjoying himself, him and the audience fed off each other's energy. Unlike the previous few dates, security was not too heavy handed and one fan made it on stage. Morrissey declared the fan "Man of the match".
Two songs that had been neglected on the previous few shows made their returns: "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye" and "A Song From Under The Floor Boards". To make way for them, setlist part-timer "The Father Who Must Be Killed" was dropped.
Morrissey's opening greeting on this date echoed the title of one of his concert DVDs "So, I really must ask, who put the grim in Grimsby?" Shortly after the man cryptically said "Thursday night in Grimsby can only mean one thing... prosperity!" During "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", as he sang the chorus "there's no such thing in life as normal", Morrissey looked at the crowd through imaginary binoculars while pointing at random people. The song was introduced with the line "This is our very jolly new single, our jolly new single". In "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye", instead of singing "and all of the best things in life are behind glass: money, jewelry and flesh", he sang "and all of the best things in life are behind glass: flesh, flesh and flesh".
To a shouted request to play "The National Front Disco", Morrissey replied "Err no I don't think so!" Incidently the song in question would be added to the tour setlist later in the year. Morrissey introduced his musicians as "sexy beasts" and teased them by saying they were "almost professional". He introduced "Girlfriend In A Coma" with a comment about the past and falling "...back into the soil". He also acknowledged the presence of his favourite fan Julia. He must have been satisfied with the Grimsby reception because before the encore, echoing his opening line, he said "So you're not grim then? Well we tried!"
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