8 December 2009|
San Diego (CA), Copley Symphony Hall
This Charming ManAs the tour reached San Diego, Morrissey's health appeared to be completely back. The singer was in a very pleasant mood, energetic, and put on a great show. His voice was great and he wasn't drinking warm liquids anymore. The crowd was somewhat mellow, as is often the case in San Diego, but it seemed appreciative and receptive. No changes were made to the setlist.
As he took the stage Morrissey proclaimed, "San Diego, I give you my heart!" He was holding an Elvis record which he signed and waved about during set opener "This Charming Man". When the song ended he handed the record to someone in the front row who had been giving him vinyl LPs here and there on previous dates. The fan in question had also brought an Elvis LP that he intended to give Morrissey, so as the trade was taking place, the singer looked at the fan and told him "for you..." This being Christmas season, over the length of the show many more gifts than usual were handed to Morrissey. He would often ask "for me?" as he bent to accept them. At some point into the concert he also mentioned earlier visits to the city: "The past two visits to your beautiful city did not work out, thank you for keeping the faith..."
A few songs into the set, Morrissey got hot, so he removed his jacket and pulled up his collar Elvis-style, then put his arms out like he was holding someone to dance and shuffled playfully back and forth, feigning romance. Then he broke out of it, joking, "That was silly!" He mentioned that he actually dared to watch television again, specifying "American TV is nothing but commercials... first a commercial telling you to eat meat and flesh, second a commercial from a pharmaceutical company for pills for the cancer you get from eating flesh, third a commercial telling you to eat more flesh and fourth a commercial from a pharmaceutical company telling you to take more pills for the cancer you receive from eating flesh. Does anyone see a pattern?" He also said that it takes guts to write or sing about your life, and that he has nothing in life but guts.
Somewhere in the midst of the set someone tried to get on stage and probably got hurt in the process. After the song ended Morrissey looked at the successful invader and asked him "Action Man! Where's Action Woman?". Before going into "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" he introduced his band. He started by saying that his musicians were the men who would/could not kneel, then proceeded to introduce them one by one. Another tradition besides the introduction of the band was the chatting with the regulars in the front rows. Morrissey talked to regular Julia, and a few others, and at some point halfway a long statement, someone shouted something and as he heard it, Morrissey asked "What the hell did he say?" His parting words before going into the encore were "If you can, watch out for us tomorrow night on the George Lopez Show (crowd cheers)... but if you can't, then God bless you anyway..."
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