28 June 2008|
Dublin (Ireland), Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Irish Blood, English HeartThis concert was an excellent one and was generally much more appreciated than the Cork one two days earlier. Morrissey was at his best. He was in a happy mood and playful with the audience. He said some words in Irish and made quite a few local geographical and cultural references. Some people complained that there was a lull in the middle of the set, but things picked up with "How Soon Is Now?". The crowd was not the most energetic, but it was appreciative and responsive. No one made it on stage.
The setlist was slightly resequenced and in the process "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" was replaced with "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys".
Morrissey's first words as he took the stage were "Baile Átha Cliath, d'you know me?". Baile Átha Cliath is Dublin's name in Gaelic (Irish). Over the outro of set opener "Irish Blood, English Heart" he repeatedly shouted something that sounded like "Respect! Respect!" After the song he thanked the crowd in Gaelic (Go raibh maith agat!), added "God bless you!" then, after a pause, added "God bless me..." He slightly changed a line in "Ask" to "if it's not love, then it's the bomb, the nuclear bomb that will bring us together". After the song, he made a reference to the venue's proximity to the Irish Museum of Modern Art when he said "We're here at the Museum Of Modern Art... and I am modern art..." He extended the opening line in "First Of The Gang To Die" to "you have never been in love until you've seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs... trust me..." After the song he asked the audience "Do you think you'll make it to the end? (crowd cheers) By what means?"
After "That's How People Grow Up" Morrissey asked the audience if they had gone to see other concerts happening in Dublin around that time: "Did you wheel yourself down to see Iggy?... Did you wheel yourself down to see Leonard?... Why (gets interrupted)... My family! From Finglas!" He did the usual live changes in "Sister I'm A Poet", including the one to "brother I'm a...", but he also followed the line "does anybody feel the way I do?" with a shout of "No!". After the song he introduced his musicians by stealing a line from an old Dublin tune called "Cockles and Mussels" (which usually goes: In Dublin's Fair City Where the Girls are so Pretty I First Set My Eyes on...etc.): "It was actually, it was in Dublin's fair city where everyone is so pretty... that I first laid my eyes on Boz Boorer... playing the BASS!, Solomon Walker... playing the drums, Matt Walker... playing guitarrr, Jesse Tobias... playing everything else, Kristopher Pooley... and I... Stephen Patrick... just come and go!"
Morrissey changed a few lines in "All You Need Is Me" to "you roll your eyes up to the skies absolutely horrified!" and "you ask me what the hell will I be when I grow up to be a man, please God nothing!" He also mimed someone typing at the computer as he sang "all you can do is complain about me". After the song he simply thanked the audience and said "I am your slave..." Besides the usual lyric changes in "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" he also sang "Lord, these words I beg of you I do" and "Why? Because soon I will be dead". After the song he sang the intro from Damien Dempsey's "Industrial Schools": "I, I missed a day or two of school, because I was called a fool, I was kicked around the place, because I was staring into space...", then added "...allegedly!"
Following "What She Said" Morrissey complimented the audience by saying "You sounded exactly like the audience in 'Rank'... Well, that was long ago and far away, for which I'm eternally grateful..." Someone tried to make it on stage during "Billy Budd", but failed, so after the song Morrissey said "So one brave man from Inchicore jumped over the fence, and didn't make it..." In crowd favourite "The Loop" he changed lines to "I just wanna say I haven't been away, me" and "I'm still right here in this field where I always was". After the song he asked "Where should we go to, Utrecht?" New composition "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed" was introduced with the line "This is a new song from our forthcoming 'Years Of Refusal'... Yes, you've heard it already, it's called 'Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed'."
Before going into "Stretch Out And Wait" Morrissey told a fan "Thank you for that 'I am 50' badge but, I'm not! I merely just been born! Oh no..." Besides the numerous usual live changes in that song he also sang "Will the world end in the daytime, I really hope so, or will the world end in the night time, don't ask me I don't know". Before going into "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he told someone else "Yeah but what does it mean, though? What does it mean? You've got no idea?! People from Dublin have no idea! Impossible! Impossible!" As he was about to launch into "Death Of A Disco Dancer" the rain started (the venue was an open-air one) so he said "As if on cue... Where would we be? He never lets us down, look! (points at the rain) This isn't special effects, this is rain... Well then, this is Dublin! And you are a ghost! So you love the rain!"
After "Death Of A Disco Dancer" Morrissey made a comment regarding a recent interview he had given to a local magazine: "So in the latest Hot Press I said something terrible about Ireland's Taosaich (crowd cheers)... but, I was actually right... However I do have Tourette's Syndrome, I really do... In fact it's... What? (someone says something)... He must have his say... now..." After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" he teased the crowd by saying "I was wondering if anybody would like to... come up and join us (crowd cheers)... Well, YOU CAN'T'!" Following his cover of the Buzzcocks' "You Say You Don't Love Me" (in which he mistakenly sang a few lines from the third verse into the second verse) he said "That was a song written and recorded by... BUZZCOCKS!... Buzzcocks... Buzz. Cocks... Yes!... Yes!... Yes! Yes! Yes!..." He slightly changed a line in "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" to "when I die ahh let me go to hell".
Morrissey bridged the latter number to "Vicar In A Tutu" by saying "One day goodbye will be farewell... as it was, another time, another place..." He made the previously heard change in that Smiths classic to "I was lifting some lead off the roof of the Salford Lads Club", but he also sang "it was worthwhile living a miserable life" and changed all occurrenced of Rose collecting and counting the money in the canister to "as Rose steals money from the canister". After the song he asked "Well, is that song actually any good, really? Somebody said no, I heard you..."
When Morrissey returned to the stage for the encore his parting words to the audience included lines from yet another traditional Irish folk song, Foster and Allen's "A Bunch Of Thyme": "Its 1 minute to 11 and they said be out! by 11 so I'd like to sing... 'Come all ye maidens young and fair / All youse who are blooming in your prime / Always be-ta-da and keep your garden fair / Let no man steal away your thyme'..."
A DVD bootleg was put together featuring the material Wiltteri filmed in Cork and Dublin on this leg of the tour. Some of the songs are complete, but most arent. The songs from Dublin on this DVD are "Ask", "Billy Budd", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "Life Is A Pigsty" and "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys". The audio from these is also circulated on the internet.
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