15 May 2006|
St. David's Hall, Cardiff
First Of The Gang To DieThis was an excellent, seamless concert. The venue's sound was good, the audience was very receptive and Morrissey in top form and great spirits. Security was rather strict and heavy handed on fans trying to make it on stage or even on those just trying to extend their hand to Morrissey's when he tried to reach out to them.
After a break of a few dates the setlist order returned to the near-standard one of this tour. "First Of The Gang To Die" was moved back up to the position of set opener, followed by "Still Ill". "How Soon Is Now?" returned to the end of the main set, which made more sense considering its extended outro arrangement on this tour. In between that, everything else was shuffled and "On The Streets I Ran" was replaced with part timer "The Father Who Must Be Killed".
When Morrissey and his musicians entered stage, they formed a line at the front, bowed as they usually did, and then Morrissey bent down and kissed the sound monitor - presumably the cause of the previous night's problems. He greeted the audience by shouting "Hey, hey, hey, it's Tiger Bay!". After "Still Ill" he added "It's very nice to be back here so thank you for having us... You'll regret it!... Yes... yes... yes..." After "In The Future When All's Well" he cryptically said "So, if the present is all well, is all about the present, yes or no? (crowd cheers) Are you sure? (more cheers) Now I'm through... (someone shouts something) I will not discuss that!"
The Smiths-era classic "Girlfriend In A Coma" was introduced with the words "If you... this song was written by (?)..." After the song he asked a fan "Did you ever have any more babies? Did you ever have any more babies? (she shouts an answer) Two? How old are they now?" He handed the microphone to her and she answered that they were not born yet, so Morrissey justed turned around and walked away. Following "You Have Killed Me" he told the fans "So thank you for downloading 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'..." Following "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "This is my personal rat-pack... And, do you mind if we all say hello? (crowd cheers) Three people do mind, but this is Michael Farrell... Michael Farrell... This is Jesse Tobias... This is Matt Walker... This is Gary Day... (crowd chants Boz's name) Boz Boorer... And me, well..."
"The Father Who Must Be Killed" was introduced with the words "And on the subject of family life..." After the song Morrissey jokingly shouted "Happy Father's Day!" Then over the opening bars of "Ganglord" he said "So we're at war now..." After the song he said "That song is the b-side of our new single..." then, instead of naming the title of the single, he just made strange throat noises. After "Trouble Loves Me" he asked his favourite fan "Are you eating a bit more Julia? Are you sure? What did you have for breakfast? (she overestimates the distance of the microphone and shouts loudly 'Weetabix!', Morrissey retorts) No need to shout Julia... Weetabix? Gary, every day eats Weetabix for breakfast... every day... doesn't do him any good..." Before "How Soon Is Now?" he thanked the audience then added "Thank you... for being you..." He was almost dragged into the crowd at the end and had to be saved by security.
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