2 February 2007|
Pasadena (CA), Civic Auditorium
PanicNight 2 of this three-nighter at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium went down well. Morrissey was still in excellent spirits, the band was slightly better than on the night before, and the audience still incredibly receptive. Morrissey was actually very playful with his lyrics and often adlibbed funny comments between lines, although many were undecipherable to most of the audience. The singer might still have been unhappy about the sound because he was often seen pointing to his ear, presumably indicating to the soundman that he could not hear himself sing. One obvious change from the previous night was the increase in security. Because of this only one fan made it on stage, and this happened during the first encore. There was absolutely no changes made to the setlist.
"Hi, Y'all!" Morrissey growled as he picked up his microphone. After set opener "Panic" he extended his greetings with "Welcome to the seond bout!" In "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he sang the slightly extended "We kept him from the world's glare thank God! he turned into a killer" and "there is no such thing in life as normal, believe me!" After the song he said something that sounded like "Is there (??) to be smelled!"
Morrissey was again very playful with his lyrics in "You Have Killed Me". On the previous leg of the tour he regularly changed the first line of that song to "Pasolini is he..." while pointing at the Pasolini backdrop. Now instead of that he sang "Pasadena is me, Accatone you will always be". Then on the next occurrence of that line he sang "Tony Franciosa is me, Diana Dors you will always be". He followed this with "I entered no one and nobody entered me". He also did a few more common live changes but instead of the usual "Piazza Cavour what the hell's my life for", he sang "Piazza Cavour what the hell is my body for".
After "Disappointed" Morrissey announced "I know that you think that these are just merely songs (crowd disapproves) Oh you do, you really do, however they are, they're actually trophies... trophies. Julia knows..." Then over the opening bars of "Ganglord" he repeated "Trophies... trophies... trophies..." He followed the latter song with the comment "We're all very very sad to see the passing of Tower Records (crowd boos) Oh we are! We're all really sad to see the passing of Tower Records (crowd boos) Is somebody not sad? (crowd: no!) Why? What ill did Tower Records ever do to you? You can't please everybody Julia... (then turning to someone shouting a reply) What? What?" After "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" Morrissey said "So erm... very lovely, lovely!" then proceeded with the customary introduction of the band: "The folks on the hill, the folks who live on the hill... are: Boz Boorer... (points to Solomon) Boz Boorer... (points to Matt) and Boz Boorer!... There's our new friend Solomon... who is the brother of Matt... dear old Jesse Tobias... our new friend Vincent... and my name is Dryden Mitchell!"
In "William, It Was Really Nothing" Morrissey still changed "God knows I'm trying to live mine" to "I'm here trying to live mine", but he also replaced "...it was your life", to "...just your miserable life". He ended the song by shouting "take that!". Before moving into the follow up he simply used one of his lines from "I Have Forgiven Jesus": "by Friday, life has killed me". He changed a line in Irish Blood, English Heart" to "You can see me standing by the flag..."
Besides the usual live lyric changes in "I Will See You In Far Off Places" Morrissey also sang "one day I will close my mouth forever" and "If George W B doesn't kill you". He had trouble keeping up with his words after the latter line and adlibbed here and there. Before going into "Girlfriend In A Coma" he apologised for the high ticket prices and blamed them on Kristeen Young's hair and makeup budget (exact banter is undecipherable). He followed the line "girlfriend in a coma, I know, I know it's serious" in that number with a shout of "...oh schucks!"
"Everyday Is Like Sunday" was introduced with "If you can possibly think back to many many many years... yep, it was a hell of a long time ago, well KROQ actually played me... (commenting on the crowd cheers) I appreciate it though some of you weren't even born, and I was only (motions to knee) that high, and I sang this song..." The words "etch on a postcard" in that song were still replaced by "scratch on a postcard" but instead of following this with "Oh Mama! how I dearly wish I was not here" as he had been doing lately, Morrissey sang "...to your mother, how I dearly wish I had never been born". He also reintroduced the older live change "please come, please come nuclear bomb". Also, the line "win yourself a cheap tray" was changed to "win yourself a cheap date".
Morrissey made the usual live changes in "In The Future When All's Well", plus "I will lie down anywhere, and be sat on", "Everyday I play a pointless game called..." and "I thank you with what's left of my heart". He was very playful and again adlibbed many bits, such as "the future... what future? (...) To hell! To hell!". After the song he announced "I know it's very hard to believe, that's a very good song..." At the very beginning of "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" he sang "I'm standing in the dark of your home" and further down "can't you see how your rules spoil the game".
Morrissey bridged "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" to "Let Me Kiss You" with "That's a particularly dreadful song... and this song is hopeless in its optimism... and it's called 'For God's Sake Somebody, Anybody, Let Me Kiss You'..." Besides the usual changes in the latter title, he also sang "close your eyes, go on! and think of someone you physically admire..." He threw his shirt in the crowd at the end of that song, as usual, and seeing the craziness in front of him, he asked "Why do you scream? (crowd cheers) I'm 65! (...) Would anybody like to say anything? I'll hand you the microphone if you've got something interesting to say. No? Okay..."
Morrissey followed "The National Front Disco" with the comment "So no Grammies for me... no awards for me... I'm not good enough... No Grammy Awards for me Julia, except the ones that count (crowd cheers)... which are... you..." He looked very shy when he said this, he was almost blushing. He changed the gender of a line in "Dear God Please Help Me" to "then she motions to me, with her hand on my knee". Later into the song he answered the question "Dear God did this kind of thing happen to you?" with "No? Shame..." He followed "the heart feels free..." with "... at last!". At some point into "How Soon Is Now?" he let the audience sing "I am human and I need to be loved" and then punctuated this with "not me!". Later on he sang "look at me! I have already waited too long", a variation on an earlier live-only lyric change.
As the end of the concert was approaching, Morrissey teasingly introduced "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" with the line "This next song is called 'Get Off The Stage'..." He slightly extended a few lines in "Life Is A Pigsty" to "...but with brand new broken fortunes unfortunately I am the same underneath..." and "How come I'm still the same underneath..." When he returned to the stage for the second encore he said "If you're not coming here tomorrow night please remember I will see you in far off places... God bless you!" He changed a line in final song "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" to "...because *I* can't help it, when he was a teenage boy, somebody got stuck in his throat".
The first 40 minutes of the show (so from the beginning to halfway into "I Will See You In Far Off Places") are circulated on bootlegs DVDs. The quality of the recording is overall fair, perhaps a bit shaky at times as it was zoomed in from quite a distance from the stage.
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