7 July 2009|
Warsaw (Poland), Stodola
This Charming ManMorrissey's first ever show in Poland was one of the best of this leg of the tour. The crowd was very receptive and enthusiastic. Morrissey was obviously pleased, he fed off its energy and returned it. He was theatrical, communicative, and reached out to the locals by using Polish words such as "Dobry wieczor" (good evening) and "Dziękuję" (thank you).
This show saw the most significant setlist changes on this leg of the tour. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" was played for the first time in 2009. "That's How People Grow Up" also returned to the setlist, this one for the first time since the American dates earlier in the year. Finally the recently added "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" was also reinstated. To make space for these, "Billy Budd" and "Best Friend On The Payroll" were dropped.
Morrissey entered stage to loud applause and greeted the audience with the words "Dzień dobry! Warsaw, Warsaw, Warsaw!" He practiced his Polish a bit more after set opener "This Charming Man" when he thanked the crowd twice with "Dziękuję". After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he said "Dziękuję... Warsaw, Warsaw... finally in Warsaw... What kept me so long?... Trouble loves me...." Some fans were hoping this was an introduction to the song "Trouble Loves Me", but the band launched into "Ask". Morrissey changed a line in "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" to "In the absence of your smiling face, I sail all over the place". He followed the latter number with the introduction of the band. He segued into it by quoting the song's final line "you've made yourself very plain": "And plainer than day is the magnificent Boz Boorer... playing the bass guitar, very well, is Solomon Walker... playing the drums, jolly well, is Matt Walker... and not bad on guitar is Jesse Tobias... and doing very nicely on the piano is Kristopher Pooley... and I am taking singing lessons..."
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with the line "As an intro to this song (gets interrupted by someone) - Liverpool FC, always - as an intro to this song, I will say nothing about... Michael Jackson..." (the singer had just passed away and was everywhere in the media and the music charts at the time). Following the latter number Morrissey had his traditional chat with fans in the front rows. He started by asking two people in the audience who were from the UK and who he recognized, "You made it to Warsaw? You must be bored by now (crowd: no!)... Crazy?". He then handed his microphone to various people, after instructing them to "Be nice..." Three fans voiced their love for him, then someone requested "The Light That Never Goes Out" [sic], which was received by Morrissey with a loud shout of "No!". After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" the crowd broke into a chant of the singer's name. After "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" he said "Dziękuję... thank you... graciously... (whispers something) What does that mean? Are you still there? (crowd: yeah!) Are you all there? (crowd: yeah!)"
The crowd drowned Morrissey out by singing along loudly to "Girlfriend In A Coma", and cheered loudly afterwards, prompting the singer to emotionally say "No! No applause... no applause... let me die unhappy, please, let me die unhappy!". The returning "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" was very beautifully done in acoustic form, and unlike recent arrangements of the song, this new 2009 vintage featured no lyric changes, bar the repeat of the second verse. The song was also very appreciated by the crowd: it sang along so loudly that the walls must have been shaking. A very pleased Morrissey bridged the gap between the latter number and the next one by roaring "And on, and on, and on, and on!" The crowd favourite "The Loop" was also followed by a loud chant of Morrissey's name. When he and the band returned to the stage for the encore, he sang his parting words to the melody of "William, It Was Really Nothing": "Warsaw, Warsaw, you are really something..." During the bridge of encore "First Of The Gang To Die" he told someone who was crowd surfing his way to the front to "Sail! Sail! Sail!"
Special thanks to Daniel Kozar for collaboration.
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