24 July 2007|
Atlantic City (NJ), Borgata
PanicThe second leg of Morrissey's Greatest Hits tour ended on a great note. Morrissey was in fine form and very chatty with the audience. He looked very happy to be there. He had a few vocal problems, but nothing that seriously affected his performance. The audience was generally very receptive and rowdy. Security was quite violent and before the show they threatened that anyone trying to make it on stage would be arrested for trespassing. There were still a few attempts, some of which successful thanks to Morrissey's help. Morrissey's musicians had painted on black eyes.
A few changes were made in the setlist. The Smiths' classic "The Queen Is Dead" was replaced with "Panic", and "I Will See You In Far Off Places" and "At Last I Am Born" were replaced with "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" and "That's How People Grow Up". "Life Is A Pigsty" was on the setlist before "How Soon Is Now?", but Morrissey decided to skip it as the band was ready to launch into it.
When he came on stage Morrissey greeted the audience by saying "Atlantic City, of all places..." Before going into set opener "Panic" he sang acapella "Would you like to swing on a star", which is the first line of "Swinging On A Star", a song made famous by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra (although Morrissey seems to prefer the version recorded by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva - see musical influences). After "Panic" he simply shouted "Welcome to the purgatory!" After "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" he observed "I... I... (points to himself) I... I... cannot dance. So therefore, I fidget... and err..."
At some point early on Morrissey joked "There are a lot of people wearing spectacles in the audience... they really ought to be banned..." When he went through the customary introduction of the band, he said of his musicians that they were "rough" and "ready", except for Boz who was introduced as "he who must be obeyed..." After "Whatever Happens, I Love You" Morrissey thanked his opening band and answered questions from the audience: "Thanks to Kristeen Young and her glamorous assistant Baby Jeff White... and to all those who sail in the good ship M... (represses a burp)... that was indigestion, couldn't say anything... (someone shouts from the audience) What? What? (fan says they're from Argentina) Where exactly? Yeah?... (fan says Buenos Aires) Beautiful place..." At this point the fan asked Morrissey to kiss his hand, that it's always been a dream of hers. The crowd cheered in encouragement. Morrissey at first stumbled off a bit as though contemplating, but finally just muttered "Disgraceful! Disgraceful, disgraceful..." and walked away.
During the line "Do you really think she'll pull through" in "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey pointed to the side of the stage where a fan had just been escorted off by security after jumping on. He barely made any of the usual lyric changes in "Everyday Is Like Sunday". Actually he was more reserved with his lyric changes in a few other numbers througout the evening. There was a young boy in the front rows and after "Disappointed" Morrissey asked him "What's your name?" and handed him the microphone so he could answer. Morrissey didn't quite understand the boy's name at first, he asked "Carlos? Carlo?" then finally got it right: "Oh Kyle!" He looked embarrassed and walked away as the band started the next song. After new composition "That's How People Grow Up" he simply asked the crowd "Still there?"
Following "Irish Blood, English Heart" Morrissey asked his favourite fan "Why do people scream? Julia, why do they scream?". He handed her the microphone and she answered "Appreciation, that kind of thing..." Morrissey replied "That's not true Julia, you're just being nice..." He thanked her again at another point of the show and told the audience "Julia has been with us every single night... every night..." Following new composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he told her that he didn't think the crowd liked it very much. When someone shouted a request he told them "Of course you can say whatever you want, it is a free country..." Morrissey struggled with his words at the end of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". It wasn't because there were people on stage and it didn't seem to be because he was distracted. He was very likely overcome with emotion. His final words to the audience before going into the encore were "To use a quote from the old music-hall song (stops, looks pensive)... I will see you in far off places..."
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