11 June 2009|
Köln (Germany), Palladium
This Charming ManThis was a great show. Morrissey was in great spirits and very theatrical. His voice was flawless, but he was probably still sparing it because he wasn't very talkative. The crowd was rather quiet. There were no stage invaders. No changes were made to the setlist.
Morrissey entered stage wearing a tuxedo, bowed left and right, then shouted "How's that?" After set opener "This Charming Man" he greeted the audience with a few hello's. Besides the usual lyric changes in "Billy Budd", he sang "Say Billy Budd, yes you!", and further into the song he punctuated the line "things have been bad" by adding "Really? Yes!". At the very end of "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" he replaced the line "a traveler to the grave" with "a slave to the grave". "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "It's a great joy to be in your beautiful city, in your beautiful country, with your beautiful faces... and yet..."
Before going into "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of the band: "In a basement, in a box, with a heavy bolt, you will find Boz Boorer... you will also find Solomon Walker... you may find Matt Walker... you will always find Jesse Tobias... you will always find Kristopher Pooley... and I don't matter..." There was a tender moment following "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" when the singer told the crowd "Did I ever tell you how much I love you?... well I'm telling you now, I'm telling you now..."
After a very passionate performance of "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" Morrissey said "I would like to, if I may, extend great thanks to our new friends Doll & The Kicks who are the best band in the world... But the question is: how can it be that they are not signed? This, I'm afraid, is a sign of the times... a sign of the times..." Then over the opening bars of "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" he shouted "See!" or "Si!" Before going into encore "First Of The Gang To Die" he sang a few lines from Klaus Nomi's "Death": "Remember me, oh remember me, but forget my fate", then added his own "...or not."
Instrumental versions of "Jeane", "Tomorrow" and "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" were heard at soundcheck. It is unclear if Morrissey was considering adding them to the setlist or if they were just songs the band liked to play. None of those songs would be played on this tour, and they were not soundchecked with Morrissey.
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