12 December 2006|
Frankfurt (Germany), Jahrhunderthalle
PanicMorrissey was on top form and very talkative on this first of five German dates, but the audience - bar the first few rows - was not the most responsive. The man tried to stir the audience into action at times, he encouraged them to try to get on stage, but to no avail. He still shook many hands in the front rows. The sound wasn't very good for the first four songs, but improved for the rest of the set. "William, It Was Really Nothing" was replaced by the more recent "To Me You Are A Work Of Art".
Morrissey's first words when he came on stage were "So the moral of the evening is... why worry?" At the very end of "First Of The Gang To Die" he pretended to sneeze. At some point he commented on his performance on the recent Greatest British Living Icon poll. His most memorable quip of the evening was "I'm proud to say that a Frankfurter sausage has never passed my lips and so it never shall... but I met some good folks here in Frankfurt..." After introducing his musicians he said "If I go on that way I get fired!". Towards the middle of the concert a fan gave Morrissey a cigar and he took it, smelled it, said "Oh a cigar! But a cheap one...", laughed and politely thanked the fan. He kept the cigar tucked behind his ear for a few songs after that.
Morrissey seemed concerned about poor ticket sales for the next date in Munich. First he said "We still haven't sold a ticket for Munich". Some fan replied that he had one so Morrissey added "Oh, then we sold one ticket for Munich". After the following song he returned to the subject: "Munich is ahhh... Berlin sold very good, Düsseldorf sold quite good and Hamburg is ahhh... I don't know why... maybe it's because they know me..." He asked if anyone had any suggestions about what he could do about it, waited a few seconds for an answer, then went into "The National Front Disco".
One of the Smiths-era songs was introduced with the question "Would you like to live in the past?" At some point he imitated some hecklers and replied to them "I sing, it isn't enough... I raise my hands, it isn't enough... If I kill myself, it's enough..."
At the very beginning of "You Have Killed Me" Morrissey pointed at the backdrop and sang "Pasolini is he", then turning around he continued "... and Mozalini is me". Later in the song he suggestively changed a line to "I entered no one and no one entered me". In "How Soon Is Now?" he sang "...of a shyness that is crippling and vulgar" and after "you go home and you cry and you want to die" he added "that's life!"
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