16 May 2009|
Cambridge (UK), Corn Exchange
This Charming ManThis was a superb show as Morrissey was definitely back on form. He was in good spirits, but perhaps not as talkative as he can be. The crowd was very lively. The acoustics in the venue were particularly good. This show is memorable for an altercation between Morrissey and a heckler (read further for details).
"Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed", "Best Friend On The Payroll" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" returned to the setlist, at the expense of "Seasick Yet Still Docked", "Death Of A Disco Dancer" and "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores".
Morrissey's opening line in Cambridge was "Cambridge, this is your starter for ten, no conferring..." Besides the many usual lyric changes in classic "How Soon Is Now?", he also punctuated a few lines with exclamations such as "Jesus! what a big surprise" and "you see I've already waited too long and most of my life has gone, thank God!". After that song he sarcastically announced "I have some very distressing news for you... you're missing the Eurovision Song Contest (crowd reacts)... Dry those eyes!" He changed a line in "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" to "in the absence of your smiling face, I ski all over the place". At the very end of that song he teased the crowd by shouting "goodbye!"
After the latter number Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "Would you please say a very educated hello to Boz Boorer... to Solomon Walker... his identical twin, Matt Walker... their identical triplet, Jesse Tobias... the dear Kristopher Pooley... Who am I? Floatsam, jetsam..." Besides previously heard changes in "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" he also sang "Which means he can't really know me" and "the future is passing you by, look around!". He extended a common lyric change in "Ask" to "it's macho military might that will bring us together, when you're ready ask me, ask me, ask me". As he had been doing the past few weeks, Morrissey introduced his recent single "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" with a sarcastic comment on its lack of distribution: "There was some extraordinary news today... somebody was in a record shop and they actually saw our recent single for sale, to the public (whispers) I think it's incredible..." As he was about to start "When Last I Spoke To Carol" he told someone "You what?"
Following "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey looked for one of his most dedicated fans and told her: "Julia, I'm wishing you - where are you? - I'm wishing you a happy birthday, how are you?" He handed her the microphone, she thanked him and was trying to say more, but a heckler nearby started swearing at her and calling her offensive names. Morrissey asked Julia for the microphone back, walked to the troublemaker and told him "Why don't you just leave?... You know it's so painful - but who are you?... (heckler: why is she singled out) She's not, she's not... I'd like to say something... Why is that annoying so much? Why does that annoy you?... (heckler: what makes her so special?) Because she's a friend... (heckler: no it's because she has lots of money and can come to every show) she hasn't!..." At this point the band lauched into "Best Friend On The Payroll" but Morrissey growled and signalled them to stop. He said "That spoiled the night... I was having a really good time 'til he spoke (crowd boos) Should we ask him to leave? (crowd cheers) Would you just leave please? No you won't leave? (heckler carries on) But if you're in agony, why won't you leave? If you hate Julia, why don't you leave? (to the crowd) Should he leave? (crowd: yes!) Can we throw him out? (crowd: yes!) Who's gonna do that?... Just try your best to enjoy it, I know it's really difficult, try your best... What's the solution? What's the solution? Boz, what should we do?" Boz moved forward, gave the finger to the heckler and told him to "fuck off". Following this the man finally moved away from the front, or perhaps even left the venue.
Besides the usual lyric changes in "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey also sang "I've zigzagged all over (undecipherable)". After the song he interrupted a chant of his name to say "not necessary... but thank you..." After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" he told his bassist "Solomon!?" as he was the one supposed to kickstart the next planned number, "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell". After that song Morrissey asked the crowd "Can you bear any more?" and was answered with a loud cheer. After "I Keep Mine Hidden" he said "Thank you for your applause, bla-bla-bla-bla, bla-bla-bla-bla..." Besides the usual lyric changes in "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" he also sang "and you have just discovered".
When he returned for the encore Morrissey's parting words were "Thank you for listening, thank you for your time, and may somebody bless you..." For some reason, unlike the previous few shows, encore "First Of The Gang To Die" was not done in a medley with Big Dee Irwin's "Swinging On A Star". Morrissey changed a line in that final song to something that sounded like "and you're standing on our stride", and pulled out an old abandoned lyric change: "the first lost lad to go where else?, under the sod".
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