15 May 2009|
Great Yarmouth (UK), Britannia Pier
This Charming ManAfter two cancelled dates Morrissey was back on form. He still coughed a bit and from up close he sometimes appeared to be struggling, but he was in a great mood and looked like he was enjoying himself. He even made several jokes about his recent illness. The crowd was very receptive. A few fans tried to make it on stage, but no one was successful.
The setlist was somewhat scrambled and in the process "Something Is Squeezing My Skull", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", "Death Of A Disco Dancer" and "Sorry Doesn't Help" returned, at the expense of "Billy Budd", "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" and "Best Friend On The Payroll".
Morrissey joked about one of his recent cancelled dates by asking "Is this the Royal Albert Hall? (crowd reacts)... I thought so..." He asked who was the last person to have played in Great Yarmouth, and noted that it was Tom O'Connor or Norman Turbett. When he saw people holding the Liverpool FC banner, he said "nice flag!". He made a reference to the most recent political scandal by asking "What should we do with Hazel Blears?"
Morrissey changed a line in "When Last I Spoke To Carol" to "she had faded to something I wouldn't know". He messed up in "How Soon Is Now?" and sang "so you go and you leave on your own". He tried improvising to make up for it, but just ended up mumbling something that didn't make sense. He jokingly changed a line in "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" to "it's a miracle I even made it to Great Yarmouth".
As was tradition, at some point halfway into the show Morrissey chatted with fans in the front rows and handed them the microphone so their answers could be heard by everyone. One fan wished Morrissey a happy birthday for the next week, said he was almost 50 (Morrissey winced) and wished him to still be around for another 150 years, to which the singer answered "I won't be around for that long... I may not make it to Cambridge..." Later he asked "Where is Dickie Felton?" The latter person had just published a book on fan encounters titled "The Day I Met Morrissey", so he asked Morrissey what he thought of the book and he replied "It's very attractive..."
Before going into the encore Morrissey's parting words were "End of the pier, end of the bay... thanks to Doll & The Kicks, thanks to you who-who, I should see you in outpatients or... Cambridge." The encore was "First Of The Gang To Die" and like most nights on this tour, it was done in a medley with Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging On A Star". There were plenty of attempts to invade the stage during the latter song, but no one was successful. One fan managed to crawl on stage, but was intercepted by security before reaching Morrissey. He was still rewarded by the singer who told him "nice try..."
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