15 April 2009|
Albuquerque (NM), Sunshine Theater
This Charming ManAll the conditions were met for this to be an excellent concert. The venue was a small intimate one with a good sound, it may actually have been the smallest venue on this tour. Morrissey had great energy and was very interactive with the crowd. The band was also at their best. The audience was very enthusiastic and receptive. It even looked like Morrissey didn't quite know what to make of it. No one made it on stage because of security.
Setlist-wise, the surprise was the return of "Girlfriend In A Coma". This was the first time the song was played in 2009. It replaced the long and noisy "Death Of A Disco Dancer". "Best Friend On The Payroll" also returned, replacing "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores".
As he walked on stage Morrissey greeted the audience by shouting "Albuquirky, Wednesday night, to hell with (?)!..." He playfully extended a line in "Billy Budd" to "things have been bad have they? yeah". Similarly, he took a common lyric change in "How Soon Is Now?" further by singing "Oh really? what a big surprise!" A funny moment happened in "Seasick, Yet Still Docked". As Morrissey was singing "no one has ever given me anything", someone threw him a shirt.
At some point into the show Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "As you know, I was born and raised in Paris... I am proud of Boz Boorer... I am proud of Solomon Walker... I am proud of Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... and in there (points to stage left where his keyboardist is almost hidden) is Kristopher Pooley..." Something else that was a tradition at the time was Morrissey chatting with fans in the front rows. He asked the audience if they knew Acoma. He then asked the Albuquerque people "The thrilling thing about living in this city is?" and handed the microphone to various fans so their answers could be heard by everyone. One person answered "beggars", which Morrissey asked to repeat a few times because he couldn't quite understand. Then another fan said something to the effect of "The thrill of living here is you, Morrissey..."
Morrissey also asked if anyone was going to Coachella (the festival in California where he was scheduled to play two days later). Unsatisfied with the response, he added "Nobody is going to Coachella except for... me?" He asked why the Borders in Albuquerque wasn't carrying his latest album "Years Of Refusal" and got the answer "You're too good for Borders, fuck them!" Morrissey seemed either impressed or taken aback by this answer. After one number he teased the fans into getting on stage by asking "Get the message?"
Being so close to the Mexican border Morrissey often thanked the audience in Spanish ('gracias!'). But the Spanish words most remembered were the ones spoken by his guitarist Jesse before the encore. He said, "Hola, mis amigos... Gracias por todo!" When Morrissey followed onstage he smiled and said, "What he just said!" to the audience. As he had done at earlier shows on this tour, he sang lines from "Swinging On A Star" during encore "First Of The Gang To Die". He even made a few lyric alterations in the latter number, despite not being one of his songs. Instead of the part where Little Eva says she doesn't want to be a pig, Morrissey sang, "I want to be a pig."
Snippets of "This Charming Man", "Billy Budd" and "How Soon Is Now?" 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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