16 June 2006|
Heineken Jammin' Festival, Imola, Italy
PanicThis was not the highlight of the festival season. Morrissey seemed to be in good shape and gave the best of performances, but his fans seemed to be in minority in the audience, or else they were just subdued. They seemed to only come out of it for the Smiths-era numbers. This might have been the reason why Morrissey wasn't as talkative as he was known to be at this point in time.
The setlist was limited to 50 minutes without an encore, because Morrissey was slotted early in the day, before other acts. Therefore songs like "Still Ill", "At Last I Am Born" or "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" were not played.
Morrissey entered stage followed by his musicians. All of them got into a line, arms around each other, then bowed. Then, as his musicians were taking their respective positions on stage, Morrissey picked up his microphone and greeted the audience "Ch-ch-ch-ch-ciao Imola!" After "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he looked left and right for his favourite fan in the first row and for a few seconds couldn't find her. When he did he told her "Julia, this cannot go on..." He then moved to one end of the stage to accept a gift from a fan.
After "In The Future When All's Well", to fans shouting his name and telling him they loved him, Morrissey replied "Me? Are you sure? I'm not from Rimini..." Before going into "Girlfriend In A Coma" he asked the audience "You're not too bored? (crowd: no!) Maybe? (crowd: no!) Too bad..." After the song he made a sarcastic comment about the poor performance of his latest album in Italy: "We recently stormed and crashed our way to number 25 in the Italian charts and of course we immediately stormed out (crowd laughs)... which is nothing new!" It must be said that "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" actually peaked at #15 in Italy.
After a rather well received "Life Is A Pigsty" and a shirt change, Morrissey introduced the next number on the bill: "This song is called 'I Will See You In Far Off Places'." After the latter song he said "Thank you for listening... thank you for listening..." The final line of "How Soon Is Now?" was changed to "And look! all my hope is gone..." Before set closer "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey saluted his fans: "I'd like to thank you... and thank the band of musicians... God bless you! Ciao-zee ciao-zee!" After that final song he left the stage holding in front of his face the gift he had received earlier.
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