8 May 2009|
Glasgow (UK), Barrowland
This Charming ManSetlist order is approximate.
Although people who attended both Glasgow concerts on this tour preferred the first one, this was still an excellent show. Morrissey was on top form, but perhaps slightly less talkative than the night before. The Glasgow crowd was, as always, loudly appreciative.
For the benefit of fans seeing both shows, the setlist was scrambled and "Ask", "Sorry Doesn't Help Us" and "Death Of A Disco Dancer" were brought back, at the expense of "Billy Budd", "Seasick Yet Still Docked" and "I Keep Mine Hidden".
Morrissey came on stage and greeted the audience by singing the chorus line of Elvis' "It's Now Or Never". He wound up the Glasgow audience by referring to an upcoming Rangers vs Celtic match: "Tomorrow's your big day... that'll be Partick Thistle against Queen of the South.... my money's on Dumfries..." (pronounced in a broad Scottish accent). He brought back an old forgotten lyric change in "How Soon Is Now?" when he sang "look at my face! all my hope is gone". Following "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "Of course we are who we are, and right there is Boz Boorer... and this thing here is Solomon Walker... and would you believe, Matt Walker... would you believe? (crowd: no!)... the shy, the sultry, Jesse Tobias... (?) Kristopher Pooley... and I am nothing, I know nothing, I swear I don't..."
As an introduction to "Ask" Morrissey said "I'm the same man, in the same skin, blah-di-blah-blah..." He punctuated a few lines in the latter song to "Nature is language, can't you read? NO!" and "excuse me, ask me, ask me, ask me". Similarly, in "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" he sang "I have been thinking... really!?", and a line of "Sorry Doesn't Help" was twisted to "sorry won't bring my love into my arms... ever" 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 end of the song, as security was trying to pull down one fan who was desperately trying to get on stage, Morrissey approached the struggling pair and offered the fan his hand. Then, with a mischievous grin on his face, he gradually managed to pull him up completely on stage, out of the hands of security.
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