6 April 2009|
Minneapolis (MN), State Theatre
This Charming ManThis was overall a very good show. Morrissey's voice was at its best, he was energetic and in a very silly mood, and was initially rather chatty. Unfortunately most of the crowd was not very enthusiastic or animated. It came to life during the encore when many people at the front tried to get on stage.
A few changes were made to the setlist content and order. The most noticed return was "Life Is A Pigsty", which Morrissey reintroduced as a dedication to Gill Smith, who had been the Smiths' press officer/publicist from mid-1984 to 1986, and who had just past away. "That's How People Grow Up" was also reinstated, while "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" and "Best Friend On The Payroll" were temporarily dropped.
Morrissey came on stage holding a flag/banner saying "Savage Beast" with an arrow pointing up. He held it in front of himself and paced left and right to make sure that everyone could read it, then hacked in the microphone before the band launched into set opener "This Charming Man". Amongst other previously heard changes in the latter number he also sang, near the end, "he knows so much about this thing". After "Billy Budd" he asked the crowd to do something (undecipherable), then added "if you dare..." After "Black Cloud" he just roared. Around this point into the set he asked the audience "Are you sorry you came?... You will be..."
After "When Last I Spoke To Carol" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "Say hello to Boz Boorer... or to Solomon Walker... (makes cymbal noises) to Matt Walker... to Jesse Tobias... to Kristopher Pooley... and last, and by all means least, (undecipherable)..." After "I Keep Mine Hidden" he asked the locals, "For, how is life in Funnyapolis? Will you ever leave? When?" At one point he handed the microphone to a fan who gushed on how she loved him unconditionally so Morrissey replied that it wasn't enough, then gave a little smile. He then said that he needed to find a lovely voice, and handed the microphone to a different fan who was motioning to him. This one asked him "How's the baby?" The audience laughed and he said, "Why do you laugh when asking about my baby? I take my baby very seriously..." Another fan was given the chance and this one said something like "I'm just shaking in your presence" and Morrissey told her to take some kind of medication for it.
Following a song that was not very well received, Morrissey enquired "Are you still there?" After "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he teased the crowd by replying to their cheers with shouts of "Yes!", and with each one the crowd cheered even louder. He changed a line in "Sorry Doesn't Help" to "sorry is a just word you find so easy to sing, but you sing it anyway." In the epic "Life Is A Pigsty" he replaced the line "I can't reach you anymore" with "I can't help you anymore". When he returned to the stage for the encore his final parting words to the audience were "We've been in state at the State, but now the train to Kansas City is calling our name... So before we go, thank you for standing, thank you for standing us..."
"Black Cloud" and a snippet of "Death Of A Disco Dancer" are featured on "Nights Of Refusal" volume 2, a compilation DVD featuring HD Youtube material from the second half of the American leg of the Tour Of Refusal.
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