17 December 2006|
Berlin (Germany), Arena Treptow
PanicThis concert was a success despite minor sound difficulties (microphone, guitar and bass) and the fact that Morrissey started to show signs of exhaustion. The man still gave an excellent performance and was playful, but perhaps just slightly less talkative. The audience was very receptive and sang along to most of the set. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey walked on stage after a different intro music on this date. After the usual crescendo piano piece, Michael Farrell played "Deutschlandlied", a classical number by Haydn from which the German national anthem was taken. Morrissey walked on stage following that. The man's first words of the evening were given after set opener "Panic": "Hello and welcome to the human abattoir!" At the end of "First Of The Gang To Die" he pretended to sneeze. Following this he thanked the audience, which got him a cheer. He then thanked them again and got an even bigger cheer. He then jokingly pretended to leave, saying "Bye bye!". In "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he put more emphasis on a line by singing "We kept him from the world's glare and he turned into a killer thank God!". After that song he announced "These are songs from our cd of this year which is called 'Why Is Everything Out Of Reach' and err (audience laughs)... you're not supposed to laugh..."
As tradition now dictated Morrissey started "You Have Killed Me" by climbing on the drum riser, pointing at the Pasolini backdrop and singing "Pasolini is he, and Mozalini is me!" He then extended the following line to "I entered nothing, and nothing ever entered me". Further down he sang "Visconti is me, Diana Dors you will never be". After the song came the customary band introduction: "They are so shy that they refuse to look at themselves naked... they're not missing anything! Boz Boorer... Gary Day... Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... Michael Farrell... and me!" As the first notes of "Disappointed" were being heard, he added "... sorry Julia!"
In "Ganglord" Morrissey slightly changed the meaning of a line by singing that the clock on the wall is making fun and makes a joke "...of you all". Near the end of that number he sang "get your fat ass back to the ghetto". After the song he said "Your city is unspeakably beautiful (crowd cheers)... assuming this is Warsaw (blank stares from most of the audience)... just kidding!" He then walked over to the edge of the stage to pick up a scarf thrown there by a fan: "Err, this would be..." He then realised it was a Polish scarf and exclaimed "Oh this is from Warsaw!" He wrapped it around his neck during the performance of the following song, "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now". In the latter title he changed a line to "They who shouldn't love me walk right past me".
Before going into "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey said "So Julia, I just want everybody to be happy, so that's probably impossible, would you agree?" He then handed her the microphone for her to praise him and say that he made many people happy. He then said something that ended in "...you're not clapping!" In "I Will See You In Far Off Places" he sang "...I will close my mouth forever". He also did the usual live change "It's so easy for us to stand here together..." and followed it by the never heard "...but it's impossible for the flesh to combine..." After the song he asked a regular in the front row "You're all in one piece Paulie? You sure?"
In live performances of "Everyday Is Like Sunday" Morrissey usually changed a line to "scratch on a postcard" and on this date he actually extended it to "scratch on a postcard oh Mama! how I dearly wish I was not here". He also extended another line to "Everyday is silent and grey at least when you're all alone". After the song he enquired "So it's a wet Sunday in December and what the hell are you doing here? Do you know?" There was a moment of shock at this point because Morrissey was hit by a book thrown on stage by a fan. Some feared the man might be hurt or angry and walk off, but instead he said "It's okay, I mean, this is how I receive gifts..." Someone else wanted to throw something and seeing this Morrissey motioned for them to go ahead. What he caught turned out to be a cigar. Holding both items he said "Thank you... the book is called, first of all, the book is called 'Let Me Kiss You'! (Morrissey opens the book and looks inside) By me, and I'm a terrible writer! (puts the book down) I will put back the book. I will smoke the cigar during this next song... Once again it's a very cheap cigar, very very cheap... but thank you..."
The next song in question was "In The Future When All's Well" and in it Morrissey slightly extended the usual live change to "Living longer than I ever intended, something must have gone wrong". Near the end he emphasized a line by singing "The future is ended by a long sleep thank God!". Before going into "Let Me Kiss You", he replied to an audience member's shout of "I like you!" with the question "how much?" After a very well received "The National Front Disco" he said "Thank you for you applause, your cheers, and some other things... and other things..." After "How Soon Is Now?" he once again teased the audience into cheering louder by repeating "Thank you... Thank. You. (...) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"
After "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" Morrissey announced "So I think you can see we are very professional... we know what we're doing... but nobody likes us... (in a small voice mocking a fan) I like you..." When he returned to the stage to perform the encores, he joked "I would like to remind you that at the end of the concert I will be for sale in the lobby (crowd cheers)... However, I'm an expensive date... I will see you in far off places, ciao!"
"Speedway" was heard at soundcheck, it was expected to be added to the setlist anyday now, but this never happened.
The complete concert was broadcast on 9 January 2007 on Germany's Radio Eins.
A good quality and up close 7-minute montage of video excerpts from another position in the front rows is also circulated on the internet.
The radio broadcast mentioned above is circulated in audio form on bootlegs, in digital format on the internet or on factory pressed double cd sets under the titles "How Soon Is Berlin?" (with 14 tracks from Dublin 5 June 2004 on cd2) or "Achtung Blue Eyes" (with digital video files mentioned above on cd2). Another bootleg has been reported for this recording under the title "War Zone Berlin". Artwork is also circulated under the title "Live In Berlin".
The manufactured digipack cd titled "The Charming Man" features "Panic", "First Of The Gang To Die", "William, It Was Really Nothing", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Everyday Is Like Sunday", "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" and "Don’t Make Fun Of Daddy’s Voice" from this radio broadcast as bonus tracks to The BBC Radio Theatre concert from 11 February 2009.
Separate files of "How Soon Is Now?", "Girlfriend In A Coma" and "First Of The Gang To Die" in radio quality are also circulated on the internet. These were teaser one-song broadcasts by Radio Eins in the days preceding the full concert.
An audience recording is also out there (recorder: Wiltteri) but given the existence of a full radio broadcast, this audience bootleg is only of interest to completists.
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