17 July 2006|
Festival di Villa Arconati, Milan, Italy
PanicThis one was another great concert taking place in Morrissey's beloved Italy. The man gave a superb performance and again made many references to Italian culture. The crowd was very receptive but perhaps not as much for the new material as for the older classics. There were minor sound problems during the first 2 or 3 songs, but nothing too noticeable.
A few minor changes were brought to the setlist. "At Last I Am Born" was dropped and replaced by "Still Ill" and "To Me You Are A Work Of Art".
Before going into opener "Panic" Morrissey greeted his fans by repeating "Milano, oh Milano, oh Milano". During the first two songs he had a cigarette on his ear, it then ended up in the audience, like one of his shirts would, later in the show. The Villa Arconati was an amazing background for the concert and it prompted Morrissey to say "This place is really wonderful... I mean, here (pointing at the stage) with this picture of Oscar Wilde..."
As he had done in Rome the day before, "Irish Blood, English Heart" was rechristened "Italian Blood, English Heart". Italian references were also made in the customary band introduction when Boz was introduced by Morrissey as his mafioso. The audience was thanked with some "Bellissimo, Bellissima" and before the encore Morrissey asked "Don't forget Pasolini".
At some point the man sarcastically said: "Thank you for downloading 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors'... you are very wise, very wise..." From the public a fan shouted "We bought it!" but Morrissey misunderstood "We forty!" so he said "You forty? You are more than forty, I'm sure!" He also asked his favourite fan Julia if she had eaten breakfast. He passed the microphone to her so her reply could be heard by all the audience. At a certain point Morrissey also supposedly said something about lights that were making him look old".
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