9 June 2009|
Offenbach (Germany), Capitol
This Charming ManOffenbach was a great gig. The venue was packed and Morrissey was very theatrical and playful. He was slightly less talkative than usual, but he was very likely sparing his voice. The crowd was not very energetic but still cheerful and appreciative. No one made it on stage. The setlist was slightly resequenced and in the process "Billy Budd" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" were reintegrated, at the expense of "Sorry Doesn't Help" and "Best Friend On The Payroll".
Morrissey came on stage by saying "Well? Well? Well? Well?" After set opener "This Charming Man" he added another "Well?" His first real greeting to the crowd came after "Billy Budd": "Welcome to the operation table..." After "Black Cloud" he just repeated "Offenbach! Offenbach! Offenbach! Offenbach!" He changed a line in "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel" to "He said he'd like to befriend me. Me? Why?" and "The future is passing you by, have you noticed?, the future is passing you by". After "How Soon Is Now?" he said "Now my heart is full..."
Following "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "On this stage we have some very, very wild... men... for example, or example, Boz Boorer... very, very wild... very, very wild... another example is Solomon Walker, very wild, very wild... playing the drums is Matt Walker... playing the violin is Jesse Tobias... plink-plink-plink, Kristopher Pooley... Are you satisfied? (crowd: no!) Will you ever be satisfied? (crowd: no!) That's a good thing..." After "Girlfriend In A Coma" he asked the crowd "And the most famous singer ever to come from Offenbach is who? Who? (someone shouts Morrissey's name) From Offenbach? Who?" It is unclear if he had an answer in mind, but he didn't seem to get it out of the crowd.
Morrissey followed "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" with a shout of "la-la-la-la!" After "I Keep Mine Hidden" he said "For some of you, for some of me, for some of them, there is no way of forgetting..." He changed a line in "Let Me Kiss You" to "this heart is open to you". His parting words before going into encore "First Of The Gang To Die" were "As our little ship sails for Cologne, we say thank you to you, thank you to Doll & The Kicks. God bless all of us all, especially me!"
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