20 December 2006|
Amsterdam (Holland), Heineken Music Hall
PanicThis concert was not the highlight of this part of the tour. After a year spent mostly touring, Morrissey was understandably starting to show signs of exhaustion and, as he said himself at some point into the gig, he had caught a bit of a cold in Germany. He still gave the best of himself and was rather playful and talkative with the audience. The size of the venue didn't help the situation. In parts of the Hall the sound wasn't that good. On the bright side the audience was more receptive that it had been earlier in the year at the same venue. During "Life Is A Pigsty" one fan was even successful at climbing on stage and hugging Morrissey, a rare occurrence in 2006. There was no change in the setlist.
Morrissey entered stage after a musical intro played by his musician Michael Farrell. His first words as he picked up his microphone were "And I don't give an Amster-damn!" After set opener "Panic" came the man's real greeting: "Welcome to the operation, this is the table, knives out!" Later on he said "What a great way to spend a wet wednesday night!" At some point he asked the audience if they recognised anyone in his intermission video clips. Before "Girlfriend In A Coma" he said "I think you'll agree that boy musicians work very hard... no? Forget it..." At some point he tried to hand the microphone to concert regular Winnie, then asked the band why she wouldn't speak.
After "You Have Killed Me" Morrissey proceeded with the usual band introduction: "By their own personal names, their own personal names... the boys in retirement are Boz Boorer... and Gary Day... and, I believe, Matt Walker... very polite, very quick, and as I'm told, Jesse Tobias... and I know this next name because I've seen it written down, Michael Farrell..." After "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" he replied to things shouted to him from the audience: "(to one person) That's very American... You've really been watching the Jerry Springer show too much... However... (someone shouts for 'Tony The Pony') Oh yes, we're very likely to do 'Tony The Pony'... the worst song in the history of music... (to various other people) So 'Hatful Of Hollow'... Uhmm... Yeah, which is... Oh my!"
As was becoming standard Morrissey started "You Have Killed Me" by pointing at the Pasolini backdrop and singing "Pasolini is he...", followed by "...and Mozalini I'm forced to be". Further down he sang "Visconti is me, Diana Dors you will always be" and "Who am I that I come to be shaking your hand". Beside the usual live changes in "In The Future When All's Well" he also did "Every day I play a silly game called..." and "I thank you too! I thank you with what's left of my heart". In "Ganglord" he slightly changed the meaning of a line by singing that the clock on the wall makes fun and makes a joke "...of you all". Near the end of that number he sang "get your fat ass back to the ghetto". In "How Soon Is Now?" he sang "...of a shyness that is crippling and vulgar", and further down "I am human and I need to be loved, but so what! So what!"
Do you have information about this concert? Or do you own an uncirculated recording of it? If yes please contribute and get credited.