23 November 2009|
Dublin (Ireland), The National Stadium
This Charming ManThe European leg of the Swords tour ended on a great note. Morrissey returned to the same venue where he had launched his first solo tour in 1991. He looked a bit tired when he came on, but the audience's reception must have energised him because he soon was in a playful mood. He was comfortable with the Dublin crowd, his guard was down, he was chatty and his performance was all the better for it. No changes were made to the setlist.
As he took the stage Morrissey greeted the crowd in Irish: "Baile Atha Cliath... We are here!" After "Black Cloud" he added "Welcome to our little bit of theatre..." He changed the final lines of "Ganglord" to "get your miserable ass back to the ghetto, get your scrawny ass back to the ghetto". After that song he had a story to share: "We were of course thrilled last night to have a drink with Damien Dempsey (crowd cheers)... and you won't be surprised in the least to hear that he really couldn't take it (crowd giggles) and two dry sherries, we had to stick him in a taxi, send him back home... (someone shouts) What? Sorry, what? (something about Omagh and some pub) Boz, Omagh, you answer that (Boz: 'I remember Omagh'; then Morrissey makes reference to his first real solo concert) Was anybody here 18 years ago when (crowd cheers)... when nothing much happened! Anyway... Damien is obviously in his bed and this is for him..."
The latter dedication was "I Am Throwing My Arms Around Paris" and after that one Morrissey had one more story for his fans: "I should also tell you, while you're still listening, that yesterday we flew in from Munich on Air Fungus (crowd giggles)... and it's the last we've flown by Air Fungus... because I've discovered something about Air Fungus... Do you know what it is? They don't like people... I will paddle, I will sail, I will swim, I will crawl, but Air Fungus (gives the finger)..." He ended "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" with the slightly different "grab me while... oh just grab me..." After that song he proceeded with the introduction of his band: "You may have seen them last night in a shocking heathen bar. They're here today, Boz Boorer... on the bass guitar, Solomon Walker... drumming is Matt Walker... I'm not sure what he does but this is Jesse Tobias... on piano, Gustavo Manzur... and if you need to know any more than that, you're nosey..."
Following "Death At One's Elbow" Morrissey asked "Is there anybody here from Swords? (some people cheer) That means we're all gonna get mugged..." The lesser known "Because Of My Poor Education" was timidly received, so Morrissey said "No pressure, no pressure...", which got a bit more out of the audience. Over the closing bars of "Cemetry Gates" he said something like "Ah, come now..." Next up, "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was introduced with "We are grateful to venue vendors who tonight have gone completely vegetarian (crowd cheers)... which is greatly appreciated... However at the same time your big star called Johnny Logan has - is presently advertising MacDonalds (crowd boos)... which goes to show, as if you didn't know, the world is full of crashing bores..."
After the latter number Morrissey asked someone "How are you? Yeah?" and handed him the microphone so his answer could be heard by everyone. The fan said "Moz, you look great, you sound great, Dublin is very lucky to have you tonight". After getting the microphone back, Morrissey joked "That's my son!" Over the closing bars of "Teenage Dad On His Estate" he said something that sounded like "watch the news..." He sounded like he was unable to find the right key for the first verse of "How Soon Is Now?" At some point he just stopped singing and let the crowd carry on. After they sang the "I am human and I need to be loved" line, he asked "Are you? How do you know?"
After the crowd favourite "The Loop" Morrissey teasingly asked "Can you bear a few more? (crowd cheers)... Off you go then!" When he returned to the stage for the encore, after the traditional line-and-bow with his musicians, he replied to someone with "You?", then said "All of my family were born in this city (crowd cheers)... and, on behalf of them, and of me, I'd like to say, you've been... feckin' lovely!", the latter bit delivered in a broad Dublin accent. Halfway into the song, a cardigan or a scarf landed on his face. He just brushed it off and kept on singing.
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