2 May 2009|
Belfast (UK), Waterfront
This Charming ManThis was probably the best of the four shows Morrissey had played on this leg of the Tour Of The Tormentors at this point. The show was an intimate one, set in a hall with great acoustics. Morrissey was on top form and looked like he was enjoying himself. He interacted with the very receptive and appreciative crowd a lot.
The setlist was partly resequenced and in the process Morrissey brought back "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" and "Best Friend On The Payroll", at the expense of "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" and "I Keep Mine Hidden".
Over the length of the show Morrissey had a few memorable discussions with people in the front rows. At some point he said "Chatsworth Estate is like heaven... Now I am not saying Chatsworth is the Garden of Eden... Does anyone know what I am talking about?" He handed the microphone to someone who shouted "Shameless!". Morrissey looked impressed by the answer and shook the fan's hand. After "Let Me Kiss You" he handed the microphone to someone else and asked "Would you like to?" The fan thanked him, particularly "...for saving us from what people call music these days". Morrissey took the microphone back and retorted "Well, the thing is, not many people realise this but, you really don't need the music press, and you don't need (?) radio, but you do need a head..."
At some point Morrissey quoted from one of his own songs and said that Boz was "standing in the halflight, so English..." He punctuated a line in "Ask" by singing "Nature is a language can't your read, NO!, nature is a language can anybody read, NO!" He slightly changed a line in "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" to "would you please peel it back and bite me". After that song he announced "That is our new single, but if you look for it in record shops, good luck..." At some point earlier in the show he swung rosary beads as he sang, and commented on this by saying "Thank God I have my rosary beads..." His parting words, delivered right before going into the final number, were on a related note: "Forget me not, I'll see you in church..."
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