5 June 2006|
Pinkpop 2006, Landgraaf, Netherlands
PanicThis concert was very positively reviewed in the local media in the days that followed. Morrissey wasn't as chatty as he usually was in regular concerts, but still appeared to be in great spirits. There was a good deal of communication with some fans in the front rows. Typically of festival dates, the audience was very energetic at the front, but rather subdued at the back.
The setlist was again limited to one hour without an encore. "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now", "Ganglord" and "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" returned to the set, replacing "The Father Who Must Be Killed" and the lesser known "Human Being" and "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye".
As tradition dictated, Morrissey and his musicians made a line at the front of the stage and bowed before going to their respective station. Morrissey greeted the audience "Hello, you are in Holland and we are Morrissey!" before the band launched into set opener "Panic". "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" was introduced with the words "Today we release our new single, and here..." In that song's line "a blush it rose, if he had to say hello", Morrissey waved and said "ha-ha" instead of hello. After "In The Future When All's Well" the audience started chanting Morrissey's name and the man in question first said "Oh thank you..." then asked some vocal fans at the front "From England? (fans answer they are from Holland) From Holland..."
After "Girlfriend In A Coma" there was another exchange with fans. One of them was asking him to come closer and Morrissey asked "Where should I go to?" Some answer was shouted and Morrissey made a matter-of-fact face while replying "Exactly..." Meanwhile more answers were shouted for his original question and Morrissey asked "What? (someone shouts 'Belgium!') Belgium!?" Soon after "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" was introduced with the words "This song is also from a reasonably recent cd called 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'... thank you music lovers..." The next planned song on the setlist also needed and introduction, but this one was more basic: "This song is called 'Ganglord'."
After "Ganglord" Morrissey proceeded with the customary band introduction. He wasn't as playful with this moment on this festival date as he was in regular concerts: "Would you please say hello to Boz Boorer... and to Gary Day... and to Matt Walker... and to Jesse Tobias... and to Michael Farrell... and to me!" At this point in time Morrissey took many liberties with the lyrics of "You Have Killed Me". On this date, besides changes heard before he sang "Pasolini is me (pointing at himself) see, see-see-see, and Fellini I'll be" and "I entered no one, and nobody entered me". After the song he thanked someone "...for whistling!"
After "At Last I Am Born" Morrissey commented on a fan-made banner: "For me? For me? Well, it's very nice..." Security was very heavy, the stage was high and there was a large gap between it and the barricade holding the fans back, but during "How Soon Is Now?" quite a few of them attempted to reach Morrissey. Two or three struggled and successfully made it into the gap. While security was trying to pull them out, Morrissey came to the front, bent over and shook the hands of the brave.
The full concert was webcast on the VPRO website as it took place (it was also repeated the following week). It was also shown on the Netherlands' VPRO 3voor12 television network. A selection of three songs - "Ganglord", "You Have Killed Me" and "At Last I Am Born" - were later broadcast on the more accessible Nederland 3 station.
The audio was ripped from the television broadcast, perhaps via the DVD mentioned above, and is circulated on the internet. It is sometimes seen under the title "The Ganglord And The Playboys" with this artwork. The audio from the webstream also appears to be in circulation.
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