11 July 2006|
Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland
How Soon Is Now?This concert went down well as far as festival appearances go. With the exception of a pocket of fans in the front center, the crowd was rather subdued. Morrissey seemed to be in high spirits particularly in the first half of the show. He chatted with the audience and occasionally grinned from ear to ear. In the second half he became slightly more withdrawn.
The setlist was significantly resequenced and "The Father Who Must Be Killed" was replaced by "At Last I Am Born" and "Trouble Loves Me".
Morrissey came on all dressed in brown with his shirt tied in a knot in the middle. His opening line, delivered with wonderful aplomb, was "Good evening, Jazz fans!" Throughout the evening he reached out to the Swiss by making local references. He told them "You are doing extremely well, you should be proud". He also said something along the lines of "I speak German, Swiss French and French Swiss... but I choose not to" which drew laughter. He thanked the "seventeen people in Switzerland" who bought his newest album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors". He introduced the band as "the Congo line behind me", and himself, rather cryptically, as "I live under the soil", the last drawing a mildly uncomfortable silence while the audience tried to decide what to make of it, to which he somewhat ruefully commented "I'm sorry Julia", followed by "I wish I did".
After "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey said "I don't remember that being a hit in Switzerland, well done." Somebody shouted "I hate Italy" and Morrissey asked "Why?" to silence - then said "See you don't even know why..." Someone else shouted "I love you" and he just smiled a bit and said "I see..." To a fan request to "...jazz it up!", Morrissey replied "That would be to radical". Also, at some point during the concert he passed the microphone to his semi-official webmistress Julia who asked him how he was - he replied "Average".
The band supposedly soundchecked "I Started Something I Couldn't Finish" and "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" before the concert. Neither of these were added to the setlist in the following days or weeks.
Review collaboration: Kiddo
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