16 November 2009|
Berlin (Germany), Tempodrom
This Charming ManPeople 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.
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