5 December 2006|
Nottingham (UK), Nottingham Arena
PanicThis was not the most memorable gig of this leg of the tour. The venue was a big hangar-like arena with so-so acoustics and the crowd took some time to warm up. Morrissey still shone throughout, he seemed happy and relaxed and barely let these annoyances get to him, although he did try to stir the audience into action here and there.
"Life Is A Pigsty" was dropped and replaced by "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" and "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice". The latter was slotted as a second encore, something Morrissey hadn't done in a long time.
Morrissey's first words to his audience before going into set opener "Panic" were the greeting "We're here tonight to tie ourselves in Notts!" There were quite a few more references to the visited city throughout the show. "Ganglord" was renamed "Death In Nottingham" and on the subject, Morrissey at some point mentioned how he wouldn't last more than a week in Nottingham because of the gun culture ("A clean bullet to the head"). Of course the man had his customary chit-chat with his favourite fan Julia. Interestingly he also interacted with other fans on this date by handing the microphone to two in the front rows. Surprised by the unexpected move they didn't manage to say much more than "hello" and "Oh my God!" while Morrissey put on a theatrical peeved look.
At the very end of "You Have Killed Me" Morrissey pretended to sneeze. He then proceeded with the customary band introduction: "With amazing military vigour we have the shy, svelt Boz Boorer... we have Gary 'killer' Day... bashing bishop Matt Walker... a true Mexican Jesse Tobias... and last and by every means least Michael Farrell...". In the following number "Disappointed". Instead of the usual live change "All your friends and your foes, they'd rather die than have to sleep with you", Morrissey seemed to have sung "...than have to speak with you". In "Everyday Is Like Sunday" he sang "how I dearly wish I was not here where in the seaside town..."
In "How Soon Is Now?" Morrissey sang "and look at me! all my hope is gone". After the song he mentioned one of his favourite films of all-time because it happened to take place in Nottingham: "Of course much to the credit of your city you have the wonderful memory of 'Saturday Night And Sunday Morning' and a very poignant moment in the film which changed my life forever was when Hylda Baker - of course - said to nobody in particular 'them was rotten days'... Does anybody remember that? (crowd cheers).." He then went on to introduce the following song on the setlist, newest single "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy": "Well tomorrow when you trouble yourself along to HMV to buy the Kristeen Young single (crowd cheers, he holds up his new single) would you also consider buying this, which is our sparkling new single..."
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