10 April 2009|
Dallas (TX), Palladium Ballroom
This Charming ManThis one was a very good show. Morrissey was in top form and gave a truly amazing performance. He looked like he was having fun. The crowd was tame at first but got livelier as time passed. There was no change in the setlist.
As Morrissey and the band walked on stage the singer greeted the audience by saying "Turn down the lights, striptease with a difference, good evening Dallas..." At this point bassist Solomon kicked into set opener "This Charming Man", but his bass was not working properly and no sound came out, so while he changed for another one, Morrissey filled the dead air by improvising: "As I was saying... (crowd cheers)... I know, I know... They happen these things..." After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he made a reference to his energetic microphone cord whipping and asked the front rows "Have you ever been bull whipped?"
Morrissey often enjoys teasing local crowds by asking about nearby small and out-of-the-way places. He did this in Dallas when he asked about Tyler, before going into "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores". Between two lines of "Best Friend On The Payroll" he looked at someone and asked "Yeah? So? Yeah?" Over the ending of the song he said something that sounded like "South Carolina? No?" As was often the case, the song was coldly received by the audience so Morrissey asked "'Southpaw Grammar'? Anyone? Hmm... Maybe not..." After a few more numbers "Sorry Doesn't Help" was introduced with a plea "...to find 'Years Of Refusal'. Surprise, I'm very proud of 'Years Of Refusal'... I'm very proud of this next song..." He exceptionally combined two different lyric changes in the latter number when he sang "you lied and then you lied about the lies that you lied about".
Following "Ask" Morrissey said "Life is Kafka-esque, it means nightmarish... Is this Kafkaesque?... Is this Kafkaesque?... Is this Kafkaesque?..." He started "Let Me Kiss You" by slightly changing a line to "there is place in the sun for anyone who has the nerve to chase me". As was tradition he ripped his shirt off at the end of the song and threw it into the crowd. When he returned to the stage wearing a fresh one he told the audience that those people who get the shirt leave right after. When he returned for the encore he started "I needed to say..." but Boz interrupted him with the opening note of "First Of The Gang To Die". Morrissey asked him to wait, said his parting words to the audience, then shouted "Boz!", meaning that now was the time to launch into the final song. It must be said that Morrissey sang more of that latter number than he usually did on this tour, probably because, despite a few attempts, there was overall not that much action on stage or in front of it.
"Best Friend On The Payroll", "Ask", "Sorry Doesn't Help" and "First Of The Gang To Die" 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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