21 July 2009|
London (UK), Brixton 02 Academy
This Charming ManThe content of the setlist given above is certain, but the order may be approximate.
This show, rescheduled from May, was a great one. It was very hot in the venue, some people had to be dragged off for fear of fainting, and the sound was not the best, but most people left quite pleased. Morrissey was in great spirits although not as talkative as he can be. The crowd was rather quiet, except during the encore when people at the front tried to get closer to or even on stage.
The setlist was partially resequenced and in the process "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" returned, at the expense of "I Keep Mine Hidden" and "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others".
As he entered stage Morrissey greeted the audience with the perplexing line "Carol Ann Duffy, suck on this!" (Carol Ann Duffy is a British poet laureate). At some point into the show he asked "This isn't too existential for you? This isn't too expressionist for you? No?..." At the end of the traditional introduction of the band, he said of himself "and Shame is the name..." He changed a line in "Because Of My Poor Education" to "kind people look at me and say 'thank God that's not me'". The latter number, a lesser known b-side, got a lukewarm response from the audience, so following its performance he asked "I hope you're not too bored... We can't make it any more exciting..." The Sparks cover "Moon Over Kentucky" also got a muted reaction from the crowd.
As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" Morrissey said "We drove past Buckingham Palace today and they were having tea with the Queen, and there were long queues of people, lots of generals who've never even heard a gun fire, but covered in medals... and all paid for, of course, by you (points at audience), whether you like it or not, which I believe is called communism. However, as I sailed by, I couldn't help but think, as I do occasionally, the world is full of crashing bores..." He slightly extended a line in the latter number to "you must be wondering how the boy next door turned out, are you?". At the end of the song he theatrically collapsed to the floor and lay there for a short period.
When Morrissey and the band returned to the stage for the encore, they all lined up for the traditional line-and-bow with their arms around each other. Then Morrissey playfully pulled the line down to the floor and everyone fell on their backs, legs in the air. Then as he picked up his microphone, Morrissey had the following parting words for the audience: "Before we can finish I'd like to send 'enormous energy' to Doll & The Kicks... I would like to send 'enormous energy' to... you... and, if you can bare it, if you have the energy (some people shout things) Shaddap! Shaddap! Shaddap!... Warm, cosy round of applause for the fantastic Matt Walker on drums... and to hell with life!" Then over the opening bars of encore "First Of The Gang To Die" he repeated "To hell with life!"
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