5 July 2006|
Petofi Csarnok, Budapest, Hungary
How Soon Is Now?Morrissey expressed his fear at some point into this concert that the Hungarians would not show up (read further), but he was wrong and the Communist-era open air arena was almost filled. This was doubly a relief considering the tickets were priced at 40 euros, which can be steep to the average Hungarian. Despite the language barrier Morrissey reached out to and chatted with his local fans quite a lot.
Once again the setlist was completely resequenced. Because this wasn't a festival appearance Morrissey could play an 18-song set and an encore, so this was the longest set Morrissey had played since he had started his festival tour one month earlier. "At Last I Am Born" was dropped and replaced by three songs that had not been played for a long time: "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye", "Human Being" and "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me". The latter had actually not been played since early April, so its return into the set was quite a surprise.
As he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience with the bad pun "Me! Well, I am mostly very hungry and this is Hungary, so..." before going into opener "How Soon Is Now?". After "First Of The Gang To Die" he replied to someone "Well I didn't I didn't..." then had a word with his favourite fan: "Julia it's a long way from Lowell Massachusetts, it really is..." She looked like she wanted to ask him something so he asked "Hmm? What?" Her question was "How are you?" and the man answered "Hmm I'm alright..."
In "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" Morrissey mistakenly sang "the luck was all before him with a lovely wife beside him" instead of "we kept him from the world's glare and he turned into a killer". Something must have been affecting Morrissey's concentration because after this he seemed out of breath, he mumbled some words or replaced others by noises. After the song he announced "Well when we turned up here we weren't really sure if anybody would be here to meet us and... (to someone in the audience) What? (back to the topic) So thank you for dragging yourself along and. I. hope. you. can. un.der.stand. Eng.lish... 'cause we can't speak Hungarian..." In "In The Future When All's Well" Morrissey sounded out of breath again. He stretched a line in the song by singing "I thank you Julia I thank you with all of my heart".
Before going into "Ganglord" Morrissey proceeded with the customary band introduction: "Here are the Pigsty 5 led by Boz Boorer... engineered by Gary Day... watched by the great Matt Walker... forever forever Jesse Tobias... we ran away from Cleveland, Michael Farrell... and I... am just me. Me-me-me-me-me." After "Ganglord" he explained "That song was called 'Ganglord' and it's the b-side of our latest flop single... Oh yes! Oh yes! In Syria pffttt! In the Lebanon pffttt! It's a flop... Boz? Well, next one? (followed by something in Hungarian)".
After "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey discussed one of his idols: "I'm very pleased to be here because Budapest is the birthplace of my favourite singer, Nico. Now many people, historians always say Nico was born in Germany... No, she was born in Budapest... In fact she was born just by that tree over there! God bless Nico..." Between two of the first few lines in "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" he shouted "You know this song!" After that he said "We have a reasonably new cd called 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' which you can't really buy in Budapest... (fans disagree) Where? Well I looked in this placed called Media Markt... (articulates last word, but gets a groan from the audience about his pronounciation) Is that shit? (back to the topic) Where should I look then? Where? Very fine..."
After "I Will See You In Far Off Places" Morrissey announced "Tomorrow's far off place for us is Croatia..." then went into a conversation with someone in the audience. "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" was introduced after its performance: "That song was called 'To Me You Are A Work Of Art'... a work of art... a work of art... a work of art... Very funny? This song is called..." In "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye" Morrissey changed all occurrences of "And what's left for me? What's left for me?" to "And what's wrong with me? What's wrong with me?" After that song he said "Now you realise you're missing France versus... (hopes someone will answer, but no one does) versus the Ukraine... (negative shouts from the audience) No you don't care? Naaahhh? You don't really care (makes snoring noises) I do!"
"Human Being" was introduced with the line "We would now like to do a cover version, and it's not the Beatles... surprise surprise... (trying to get someone to guess) the greatest band who ever lived?... Nobody knows... New York Dolls." After the song Morrissey enquired "Anything else to say... before the night closes... Who? Uh-uh... uh-uh..." A brilliant performance of the Smiths classic "Panic" brought the set to a close. Morrissey and his band took a break and then returned to perform another Smiths classic, the surprise "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me".
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