16 November 2009
Berlin (Germany), Tempodrom

This Charming Man
Black Cloud
When Last I Spoke To Carol
Is It Really So Strange?
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Irish Blood, English Heart
One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell
Death At One's Elbow
Because Of My Poor Education
Cemetry Gates
The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores
Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?
Teenage Dad On His Estate
How Soon Is Now?
The Loop
Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice
I'm OK By Myself
/Something Is Squeezing My Skull
People who attended this concert generally had a great time. Morrissey was in top form, he looked like he was enjoying the show and was very theatrical. He wasn't very chatty, but this was more or less the norm on this portion of the Swords Tour. The crowd was very receptive and sang along to most of the material, so audience and singer fed off each other's energy.

The setlist was slightly resequenced and in the process "First Of The Gang To Die" was replaced with "Because Of My Poor Education", which means that for the first time on this tour promoting the compilation album "Swords", four songs from it were found on the setlist.

Morrissey greeted the audience with a simple "Guten Abend" when he took the stage. Then after "Black Cloud", after thanking the crowd in German, he added a simple "welcome..." Over the opening bars of "Ganglord" he told someone "how very nice..." and after the song he added "In Berlin, everything is nice..." After "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" he proceeded with the introduction of the band: "Standing before you is a living example, Boz Boorer... another living example is Solomon Walker... the drummer is Matt Walker... guitar is Jesse Tobias... and standing by his piano is Gustavo Manzur..." The b-side "Because Of My Poor Education" was introduced with the line "I should tell you that 'Swords' hasn't been released... it escaped... and from it we sing this horrible song..."

After "Cemetry Gates", a song that mentions Oscar Wilde, Morrissey said "I'm very, very happy to see in Berlin the Oscar Wilde pub, which they've never had in Dublin, they've had in England, but they have in Berlin. Why is this? Why?" He handed the microphone to a fan who answered "it's because Germany loves you" then went on to recite a poem. Morrissey looked embarrassed and motioned for her to stop or hand back the microphone, which she did, but only after she was done. Later on, the singer followed "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" with the joke "Every song, a disco favourite..." His parting words before going into the encore were "thank you for giving, giving, giving..."

"That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" was soundchecked, but never added to the setlist on this tour.


Two audience recording of the complete set are circulated in digital format on the internet. Both suffer from the presence of loud neighbours. The recording brought to us thanks to the Louder Than Bootlegs team is slightly better than the other, but it lacks "Irish Blood, English Heart" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell". It is usually seen with artwork under the title "Berlin Tempodrom". The other recording is credited to tender.hool and features the full set, but is a bit more distorted and noisy.


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