27 May 2006|
Corn Exchange, King's Lynn
First Of The Gang To DieThe end of Morrissey's extensive tour of England was approaching and signs of exhaustion were starting to appear. The man seemed to be going through the motions at times and was perhaps less chatty than he had been elsewhere, but he still was in a good mood and gave an excellent and flawless performance. The audience was very energetic at the front, the fans chanted and quite a few crowd-surfed. The venue was a standing one and the sound was quite good.
There was no change in the setlist content, but the order was slightly scrambled. "In The Future When All's Well" was actually on the setlist, but it looks like it was not performed.
Morrissey came on stage with his shirt tied in a knot at navel level, wearing a yellow carnation. He and his musicians made a line at the front, bowed and everyone took their position. Morrissey then greeted the audience with "Good evening to... gentle men and rough women!" After standard set opener "First Of The Gang To Die" he said "So far, so good!" In "Still Ill" he changed a line to something that sounded like "Under the iron bridge we kissed, and although I ended up with four lips".
Before "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" Morrissey said something that ended by "...so we might as well make the best of it!" After the song he introduced the nearly 20-year old "Girlfriend In A Coma" with the line "So there is such a thing in life, there's such a term in life as prehistory... I'm glad you agree, I just made it up". As he was singing that number a long haired blonde who must have fainted was being passed over the top to the front. Seeing this Morrissey joked that she could be the 'girlfriend in a coma' by saying in between two lines "There she is!"
On this date the customary introduction of the band took place following "To Me You Are A Work Of Art". It went: "They're ready for you anytime, any place, anywhere... and their names are... Boz Boorer... Gary Day... the great Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... Michael Farrell... and me well, probably best if you don't know!" After "Ganglord" Morrissey asked "So if we want to go to a nightclub after this where should we go to? Is that a really silly question? (crowd: yes!) I think so..." Then to something shouted to him, perhaps the name of a place to go to, he answered "I'm going to hell..."
After "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" the crowd went into a chant of Morrissey's name and the man in question acted flattered and hum-sang the "Sing Your Life" line "You have a lovely singing voice!" As an intro to "On The Streets I Ran" he said "So in the North of England there's a place called Mange-fester (crowd cheers and boos)... you don't know what you're booing, you really don't!" After the song he added a local angle to his comment: "However the song also applies to Norwich (cheers)... very loosely!" In "At Last I Am Born", Morrissey added emphasis in a line by singing "I once was a mess my friend of guilt because of the flesh".
The audio was stripped from this video recording and is circulated on the internet. Like all such rips, it sounds rather tinny.
The existence of a different video recording is rumoured.
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