5 May 2009|
Dundee (UK), Caird Hall
This Charming ManMorrissey and the band were on great form. Morrissey was very commucative and looked like he was having a great time. The crowd was energetic at the front, but not so much in the rest of the venue. It must be said that the hall lacked atmosphere and the sound was not the best in certain places. There was no change in the setlist.
The show started slightly later than usual, and Morrissey actually acknowledged this by asking the audience "We're a bit late... did you notice?" As was tradition at the time, he handed the microphone to various people in the front rows and chatted with them. One female fan told him that he looked handsome and he retorted, "there's no need for that..." He asked a male fan "Are you going to say something nice? Are you? You're not, are you?" and got as an answer, "We all love you by the way big man!" He told a story about liking Dundee biscuits when he was wee, until he found out there were "pigs bellies" in them, and asked "Do they still make them? I hope not..."
"Something Is Squeezing My Skull" had just been released as a single so Morrissey introduced it by saying "This is our new single that you can buy... nowhere..." He walked off stage at the end of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" and the band were left standing. A stage employee broke the tense atmosphere by explaining that they were fixing the monitor and Morrissey would be back in a couple of minutes. When he did and the band started "Let Me Kiss You", the singer said "Don't look at me... no, don't look at me!" From this point on Boz looked angry. He even threw his guitar aggressively to the floor as soon as the encore was complete. It is speculated that this had to do with the latter incident.
After "Best Friend On The Payroll" Morrissey pitifully announced "I don't have a best friend... I don't have a payroll... I don't have a best friend...." He also announced the next show by saying "Tonight, tomorrow night, we travel to Glasgae where I expect to be set upon by ten year old girls who will beat the bejaysus out of us... I don't mind..." A massive fight broke out between 4-5 guys in the crowd near the end of the show. Morrissey and the rest of the band moved to the front of the stage, looking down at the action. After the song the troublemakers were dragged out by security and Morrissey jokingly said "There's a fight in Dundee? Who would have thought!?" As he had been doing on and off lately, he sang encore "First Of The Gang To Die" as a medley with Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging On A Star".
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