10 December 2006|
Esch (Luxembourg), La Rockhal
PanicMorrissey's first ever concert in Luxembourg was a success. The hall was not sold out, but Morrissey and the band all seemed to have a really great time. The audience was very receptive and many fans in the front rows got to shake Morrissey's hand. A fan even managed to succesfully make it on stage. Morrissey was very talkative throughout the evening. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey's entrance was very theatrical. He walked onto stage with a pair of binoculars, looked around for a bit and then, turning to his musicians, he said: "So there is an audience!" After set opener "Panic" he greeted the audience in the local language with "Moien! Moien!" In "First Of The Gang To Die", after the line "the first lost lad to go under the sod" he exclaimed "So long! Goodbye!". After the song he tried a bit of his French by asking "Ca va? Bonsoir?" After "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he joked "Welcome to our little concert of rhythm'n'blues songs from St. Louis in Misery - Missouri - which is where we come from, as you can tell, by my accent... (to himself) wasn't funny..."
Morrissey's variation on the opening line of "You Have Killed Me" on this date was "Pasolini is he, and Mozalini I believe is me". He actually pointed at the Pasolini backdrop while he sang the first part. Later he sang "Tony Visconti is he, amazingly" as he pointed to the man himself in the audience. The usual live change "Who am I that I come to be standing here" was changed again, this time to "Who am I that I come to be kneeling here". The song was followed by Morrissey's customary introduction of the band: "For you aural pleasure is Boz Boorer... and is also Gary Day... there's really too much traffic, sorry... from a-Chicago (someone screams)... well I haven't said it yet though!... Fats Walker... that's really too long to clap... however, however... it's a great way to be introduced 'however'... But! Jesse Tobias... last and always least... (someone shouts something and Morrissey answers) No! Michael Farrell... and there is no point in me introducing myself because I am of many many many selves, so it would take too long... Maestro!"
After "Disappointed" Morrissey had a few words with people in the front rows: "Now I'm very surprised to see you in Luxembourg (interrupts himself) I can't see you at all! I'm really surprised to see you in Luxembourg... very surprised... Are you surprised to be here? (something shouted to him) No. (something shouted again) No. Well medication, alcohol, anything will help you..." At the end of "Ganglord" he sang "Just get your fat ass back to the ghetto". After the song he joked using the names of two past local Eurovision Song Contest winners: "That was an old song originally recorded by Vicky Leandros... but written by Anne-Marie David... do you remember those people? No? How strange! Why? Because I don't remember them..."
In "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" Morrissey changed a line to "They who should love me walk straight past me". "William, It Was Really Nothing" was introduced with "And for that sickening benefit of old time's sake..." Morrissey laughed when the audience started clapping to the beat of "Irish Blood, English Heart" and, continuing to do so, he almost couldn't sing. After "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he had a chat with his favourite fan. He said "Julia always... well it's perfect poetry..." She praised him and said that he wrote beautiful poetry and Morrissey added "Julia they didn't hear you over there..." She repeated her answer, this time slowly enunciating and Morrissey replied "And Julia you know that's not true... I don't know why you say these things they're not true!"
At some point into "Everyday Is Like Sunday" someone tried to get on stage and Morrissey shouted "Ouch! ouch! ouch!" between two lines. The fan successfully managed to make it up and as he was dragged away by security Morrissey rewarded his efforts by singing "Very nice try...". This actually being a Sunday, after the song he joked "I think it's amazing how like a Sunday is today. It's very like a Sunday..." He was feeling particularly playful and in "In The Future When All's Well" he sang "I will lie down and be sat on, in the future when all's well". He also made previously heard changes such as "Lee, anybody! stand up and defend me". "Let Me Kiss You" was preceded by a dedication, a joke on a line from the Smiths-era song "Ask": "This next song I've got to dedicate to (someone shouts something) no... to any buck-toothed girls who just happen, through a traumatic twist of fate, to live in Luxembourg".
Before going into "The National Front Disco" Morrissey said "I was very pleased yesterday in Luxembourg City to see the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals so busy in the centre of the city. Did you see them? No you didn't see them... but were you there? So good things can happen... so I've heard..." In "How Soon Is Now?" Morrissey sang "...of a shyness that is criminal and vulgar".
New single "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" was introduced with "So this week, today, we... (fans keep shouting 'I like you!' and Morrissey whispers 'shut up!' and asks) What, you like me, or do you mean the song? (various answers are shouted) Both... This is our new single which is - wow! - number 16 in the British charts... Aaahh... What? Nothing... Well #1 is just impossible, no airplay, blah-blah-blah-blah, Gwen Stefano, Gwen Stefano, waaargghh... actually she's not too bad... (someone shouts something) yes but (laughs)..." After the song's performance he returned to the subject: "So one final confession, one final confession, I like Gwen Stefano, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do..."
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encores, he said "Thank you Esch... to quote Klaus Nomi: 'remember me, forget my fate'..." before going into "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". After set closer "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" he didn't rush offstage. He shouted "Cia-cia-ciao!", spent some time shaking hands with fans in the front rows and saluted the rest of the audience before leaving.
The audio was ripped from this video recording and is circulated in its entirety on compact discs and on the internet in digital audio format under the title "Rythm'n Blues Songs". Unlike the video bootleg the audio one does include "Ganglord" from BonaDrag's recording.
"William, It Was Really Nothing" and a montage of excerpts from the video recording were put into circulation on the internet by the bootlegger, as a teaser for his video.
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