4 February 2008|
Paris (France), L'Olympia
I'm Throwing My Arms Around ParisMorrissey ended this leg of his Greatest Hits tour by returning to France for one more show in Paris, at the legendary Olympia. The show was overall a success, Morrissey appeared to be in top form and sounded pleased to be in the French capital. He seemed at times to still be struggling with his voice, so he used it sparingly and often left the high notes to the audience. The French crowd was receptive. One fan managed to make it on stage during the encore, with Morrissey's help and despite the efforts of security. The setlist length was brought back down to 20 songs with the removal of "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell".
Being in Paris, it is no surprise that Morrissey started the show with new composition "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris". As he came on stage he introduced the song by saying "After all these years, after all these tears, I'm throwing my legs around Paris..." After the classic "How Soon Is Now?" he reacted to the crowd's appreciation by growling in a rough 'pirate' voice "What's the matter, can't you take it?" After "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" he thanked the crowd in French a few times then morphed the word into something that sounded like his name: "Merci... merci... Merrrissey..."
The new single "That's How People Grow Up" was introduced with the line "Today, today, I was very excited because we release our new single so I ran to Virgin on Champs-Elysees for a Morrissey single... (mimics browsing for a cd) No, no, no... That's how people grow up..." The song was followed with the introduction of the band, which in turn led into the introduction of the next title on the setlist: "Tonight, tonight, and hopefully forever, avec Boz Boorer... Solomon Walker... Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... our new genius Kristopher Pooley... and as a matter of fact, 'Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed'..." Following the latter number Morrissey announced "So you see the world is not all Kylie Minogue..."
Before going into "Death Of A Disco Dancer" Morrissey asked "So if Billary Clinton becomes the next president somebody please kill me!" After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he pretended to sneeze. He twisted the meaning of a line in "All You Need Is Me" by singing "you know who it is, and you do like what it means". In "Life Is A Pigsty" he sang the slightly alternate "try as you might, but life is a pigsty". He made most of the usual lyric changes in "Stretch Out And Wait" but following the line "Is there any point ever having children", instead of saying "no", he said "yes?" in a "whatever, I don't care..." tone of voice. During the song someone handed him a pile of Sacha Distel 7" singles and he looked very happy with them because he showed them to the audience after and said "I was convinced that if I ever mentioned Sacha again then you would hit me, but I have, and you haven't, so thank you..."
Following "Billy Budd" Morrissey had a long discussion with various people in the front rows: "I often wonder does it make it easier to know, or difficult... Me? What, me? Well, as I was not to say... (someone hands him a t-shirt) Thank you, I should wear it with pride. What does it say? Alright... (someone shouts something) That voice was English (crowd laughs)... You can't fool me! What? What? Ssshh! (hands the microphone to a fan who says something about toys) What, you have toys? Well I knew you were coming, I couldn't face it... Well I get hot, we all get hot, that's why we're here... John? Funnier? A jokey?" Morrissey then handed the microphone to someone else in the front row who told him that he had been following him since 1983 and that was the story of his life. The crowd cheered this very loudly and Morrissey said "This cannot be followed!"
After "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey asked his favourite fan "Julia, did you enjoy Edinburgh?" She answered and thanked him, and he replied to her compliments by saying "I blush so easily, but I fight it... because I know, I know that there are some people in this world, and they just cannot let themselves go..." At this point someone shouted something and Morrissey joked "I think he can let himself go... too much!", which got a few laughs out of the audience. Besides the usual changes in "Tomorrow" Morrissey also sang "All I ask of you is one silly thing that you'll never do", "All I ask of you is one pathetic thing that you cannot do" and "I never even said I wanted to, be honest!".
At the end of "Tomorrow" Morrissey removed his shirt, threw it into the audience, then went backstage to change into a fresh one. However the shirt had not landed in the crowd but among security and they were holding onto it. When Morrissey returned to the stage some fans tried to get his attention about it and he didn't seem to understand at first what was happening, and said "The shirt is a part of my heart, who has it now?" When he finally understood he said "Oh! Stop! Stop! Stop!... So where is the shirt? Where is the shirt?" It was finally returned to him and he threw it back into the crowd. As fans fought over a piece of it he introduced the next planned number with an announcement: "Tomorrow we appear on British television and we sing this song... badly... yes. And it's called 'Something Is Squeezing My Skull'."
Before going into main set closer "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want", Morrissey said "Thank you of course to those of you who have traveled around following us this way, that way, this way, that way and... thank you to Girl In A Coma for doing the favours... we remain forever your extremely humble servants..." He changed a line in that song to "see the life I had can make anyone go mad". Then in the encore "First Of The Gang To Die" he jokingly sang "You have never been in love until you've seen me down by the reservoirs". This being the encore there were a few attempts by fans who wanted to get on stage. As one female fan was trying very hard Morrissey stepped in and used his two hands to help her up while security was fighting to keep her down. Morrissey was successful, the fan got a hug and the crowd cheered loudly her efforts and success.
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