28 April 2009|
Killarney (Ireland), INEC
This Charming ManThe UK/Ireland leg of the Tour Of Refusal started on an okay note. Morrissey's band was in top form, but the same could not be said of the singer, whose heart didn't seem to be into it at times. The venue was not sold out. The crowd was appreciative. No one made it on stage, although there were many attempts near the end.
There was no surprise in the setlist, the content and order was very similar to what had been played on the recent American dates of the tour. "Death Of A Disco Dancer" was on the setlist between "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" and "Seasick, Yet Still Docked", but as the band was about to launch into it, Morrissey told them to skip it and go with the next planned number.
When Morrissey came out he greeted the audience by coyly asking if he could "be rash and say good evening to Killarney." As he often did at the time, he gave the microphone to various audience members throughout the show and asked them questions. He told one fan "You've come a long way..." and she thanked him for sharing his songs, beauty and wit, then asked "But why Killarney?" The crowd booed, thinking that she meant something negative about the place. Morrissey said something to the effect of "Now you're up to your neck in it... where do you think we should be then?" She replied, "Killarney, of course! I've come back here a second time!", which appeased the crowd. Morrissey observed that she had just saved her own neck, then made an undecipherable remark. Someone then called out for him to play in Australia and Morrissey just retorted "Australia."
The most remembered part of the evening came as he was about to go into "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores". He introduced the song by jokingly saying that he had been accepted as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent, and that this was the song's subject. Some people in the crowd took offense, thinking that Morrissey was confusing them with the UK. One particularly loud critic mouthed off, "This is Ireland, not the UK!", and Morrissey roared back "I know!" The band then started the song but Morrissey stopped them and asked the man "What's your point?", providing the microphone so he could explain. But the man just went on about how much of a fan he's been and said something about his wife. So, perplexed, Morrissey asked "Was that really your whole point?" before starting the song again. After "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" Morrissey jokingly said "That song was for those who are not here tonight... I hate you!" It has been speculated that he said this because he saw someone holding their cellphone up so someone else they knew could listen to the song from home.
One song was introduced by Morrissey after its performance as being from his most recent album "Years Of Refusal". The singer then added that the album was for sale in Roxy, a local record shop in Killarney, that there was only one copy left and he had bought it. During "Ask" or another song near the end of the setlist, a fan made his way to the front, grabbed hold of Morrissey for an overzealous handshake and nearly succeeded into pulling him into the moat. Stage security quickly hauled Morrissey back up and attempted to eject the overeager fan, but eventually they just gave up. Guitarist Jesse looked very unhappy about the situation and kept giving the man angry looks afterwards. Before going into the encore, as parting words, Morrissey thanked opening band Doll & the Kicks and the audience, and said that he'd see them in church. As he had done on a few occasions at the end of the recent American dates, he sang parts of Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging On A Star" in encore First Of The Gang To Die".
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