7 May 2009|
Glasgow (UK), Barrowland
This Charming ManThis was a great show. Morrissey loves Glasgow, and Glasgow loves him back even more. Actually Morrissey must love the venue as well, because it it among the ones he played the most often in his career. He looked like he was feeling at home. He was chatty, energetic and playful. The crowd fed off his energy and he, in turn, on theirs. There were Morrissey chants, and one person made it on stage at the end. There was no change in the setlist.
As he entered stage, Morrissey shouted "Glasgow reigns" or "Glasgow rains", probably the latter as it was actually raining outside. Inside, it was very hot and Morrissey teased the crowd at some point when he said "Glaswegians needing water? Surely not..." After mentioning Dundee cookies when he played there a few days earlier, he talked about Tunnocks with the Glasgow crowd. One of the most memorable moments of the evening happened when someone threw a stinkbomb at the stage. Some employee then ran across it with air freshener and Morrissey told the crowd "You may have noticed a bad smell. It's not me, someone let off a stink bomb." At some point, referring to the band, he asked "What are they going to do with me?... Nothing..."
Latest single "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" was introduced with the words "You may not have noticed but this was released this week..." A funny moment happened when Morrissey drew his arm back to throw into the audience the shirt he had just been wearing and someone in the crowd threw a shirt at him, almost knocking his shirt from his hand. After the throw he said "I'll have you know that shirt was very expensive... In fact Asda have stopped making them..." At the very end of "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" he said "tickle me!" Next on the setlist, "Best Friend On The Payroll" was introduced with the question "Did you have any interest in the reissued 'Southpaw Grammar'? (crowd: yeah!) You liar!"
When he returned to the stage for the encore Morrissey's parting words were "You've been very gracious Glasgow..." He slightly extended a line in encore "First Of The Gang To Die" to "You have never been in love, you haven't! until you've seen the dawn rise..." As was now tradition, the latter song was done as a medley with Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging On A Star". At the very end of it Morrissey roared loudly and many times before thanking the crowd, shaking a few more hands, and fleeing backstage.
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