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After the USA and the UK Morrissey brought the Tour Of Refusal to mailand Europe. This leg covered mostly Northern and Central Europe, including many dates in Scandinavia. Tagged at the end are four dates which had been originally scheduled in May but postponed to July after Morrissey had fallen ill.
Musicians: Boz Boorer (guitars, clarinet), Jesse Tobias (guitars), Matt Walker (drums), Solomon Walker (bass) and Kristopher Pooley (keyboards, accordion, trumpet, trombone, flute and more). Morrissey played tambourine on a few songs.
The bass drum had on its skin the spangly butterfly from the baby's head on the "Years Of Refusal" album artwork.
In Denmark shirts were 200kr and postcards 40kr. In Sweden signed vinyl was 500 SEK. In Poland shirts were 100 zł.
Videos, between opening act's and Morrissey's sets:
Morrissey walked on stage at the end of an instrumental piano version of Nina Simone's "You'll Never Walk Alone", until he reached Copenhagen (or perhaps Odense) when this was changed to the instrumental drone outro to his song "You Were Good In Your Time".
After the show, fans exited the venue to Frank Sinatra's "That's Life".
Antwerp, Offenbach, Köln, Berlin, Bremen and Odense:
From Copenhagen on:
Three songs made their live debut on this leg of the Tour Of Refusal: the Smiths song "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" (which had never even been done live by the Smiths), the 2009 b-side "Because Of My Poor Education" as well as the Sparks cover "Moon Over Kentucky". The latter is one of those live-only covers, it was never recorded by Morrissey in a studio.
It's no surprise that the newest album "Years Of Refusal" was the most represented. "Black Cloud", "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris", "I'm OK By Myself" and "When Last I Spoke To Carol" were played every night. "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" was played almost every night. "Sorry Doesn't Help" was played in average on one date out of every two. "Something Is Squeezing My Skull", "All You Need Is Me", "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed" and "That's How People Grow Up" were played here and there for variety, each for a handful of times or less. The latter title actually returned to the set for the first time since the American dates at the beginning of this tour.
2006's "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" was only represented by the epic "Life Is A Pigsty", which was reintroduced one third into this leg and was played regularly afterwards, as well as "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy", reintroduced two thirds into the leg and played almost regularly afterwards. The latter song had not been done earlier on this tour while the former had been absent from the set for three months before its reintroduction.
2004's "You Are The Quarry" was surprisingly well represented. "Irish Blood, English Heart", "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" and standard encore "First Of The Gang To Die" were done every night or almost, while "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" and "Let Me Kiss You" were played very often.
Morrissey's earlier solo years were represented by regular "The Loop", semi-regulars "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" and "Billy Budd" and part-timers "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" and "Best Friend On The Payroll".
The Smiths years were also very well represented. "Ask", "How Soon Is Now?", "Girlfriend In A Coma" and standard set opener "This Charming Man" were done every night, or almost. "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was played very often. "I Keep Mine Hidden" and the newly added "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet, Baby" were semi-regulars. "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" returned to the set near the end of the tour and was played a handful of times. It had not been played on this tour prior to these performances.
Here is the number of times each song was performed on this leg, in descending order of frequency. This is based on 26 concerts.
Ask - 26
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Morrissey tends to improvise lyric changes in older numbers more often than in newer ones. So it's no surprise that the songs most transformed on these dates were the Smiths classics "Ask" and "How Soon Is Now?". In the latter number, the first occurrence of the line "of a shyness that is criminally vulgar" was rarely altered, but the second occurrence was always changed to "...that is crippling and vulgar". In similar fashion, the first occurrence of "how can you say, I go about things the wrong way" was never changed, but the second occurrence was often changed to "how can you say, I live my life the wrong way". The second occurrence of "I am the son and the heir" was almost always changed to "I am the son, the son and heir", and it was sometimes followed with a shout of "of what!?". Morrissey replaced "you could meet somebody who really loves you" with "you could meet somebody who can even stand you" for the first half of this leg, then reverted to the original studio form. He usually followed the line "so you go on your own and you leave on your own" with a shout of "oh what a big surprise!". The change to "When you say it's gonna happen now, now! well, when exactly do you mean? You see I've already waited too long and most of my life has gone" was always done. On the final few dates of the tour Morrissey punctuated the latter line with a few "Thank God! Thank God..." The studio version's final verse was still excluded from the live arrangement of the song.
As for "Ask", in the first verse and its repeat, Morrissey now stuck to the original "from doing all the things in life that you like to". In the second verse he sang "from being all the things in life that you'd want to" on most nights, with a few minor variations here and there. He often followed the first occurrence of "nature is a language, can't you read" with a shout of "NO!" and replaced the second occurrence with "nature is a language, can anybody read" on and off. The change to "if it's not love, then it's military might, it's macho military might that will bring us together" was standard. Now and then Morrissey would follow this with variations on "in the meantime, ask me, ask me, ask me", "meanwhile, ask me, ask me, ask me" or "you choose, ask me, ask me, ask me".
"This Charming Man" and "I Keep Mine Hidden" were more transformed musically than lyrically, as they were all given a pub-rocky sound and "This Charming Man" was stripped of its jangle line. The only lyric change in the latter number was the one to "
The most interesting new lyric in "Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others" was its last verse. The song had only been done once by Morrissey with the Smiths and at the time he had added a new verse not found in the studio version (see here). In 2009 he dropped the song's second verse and chorus (the 'Anthony and Cleopatra' one), and playfully changed the new verse to "On the shop floor there's a calendar, and it's pointing out to you, something you never knew". He generally changed "and I have just discovered" to "and you have just discovered". The only change in "Girfriend In A Coma" was the very minor "let me whisper my last goodbye
The newly added "You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby" was very faithful to its studio counterpart. The only reported change was the slight one from "You just haven't earned it, son" to "You just haven't earned it, my son". Morrissey was more reserved with "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" than he had been the previous few years. He still repeated the song's second half to extend it, but in this 2009 vintage he generally didn't replace "let me get what I want" with "let me have who I want". He also dropped any other lyric changes that he may have done over the 2006-2008 period.
The crowd favourite "The Loop" was kept to its original form. Morrissey only changed "when you're bored" to "if you're bored", as he always does. "Seasick, Yet Still Docked" was also quite faithful to the original. "Billy Budd" featured old changes as well as new ones. Morrissey often started by singing "Say Billy Budd, yes you!". He usually changed the second occurrence of "so you think that you should" to "do you think you even could". After "things have been bad", he often added "Really? Yes!" He alternated between the usual "12 years on" line or its variation "30 years on". He also alternated between the original "Did you hear, they turned me down" or the variations "So what! they turned me down" and "Thank Christ! they turned me down".
Morrissey stopped doing most of the previously heard changes in "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself", or he would do them once only, on a whim. The only change heard more than once was the very occasional "some men here, here!". In "Best Friend On The Payroll" the singer often changed the second consecutive occurrence of the line "it's not gonna work out" to "it's just not gonna work out", but not to "this is not gonna work out" much anymore. He would sometimes change one occurrence of the latter words near the end of the song to "how the hell can it work out".
The only regular change in "First Of The Gang To Die" was the on-and-off one to "the first lost lad to go - where else? - under the sod". If there was any action on stage or if he was distracted by people trying to reach him, he would sometimes adlib or replace words with la-la-la's. He stopped singing "you can see me standing by the flag not feeling shameful..." in "Irish Blood, English Heart". Here and there in the latter number he would sing "never racist or partial" but on most nights he would stick to that line's original form. He would add to the song's outro an improvised and undecipherable series of shouts (ed notes: has anyone ever been able to decipher anything?).
Morrissey now always started "Let Me Kiss You" by singing "There's a place in the sun for anyone who has the nerve to chase one" and constantly changed a line further into the song to "I've zig-zagged all over the planet". He alternated between the studio version's "you'll try anything twice" and the change to "you'll try anyone twice", but would sometimes take these to "just about anyone twice" or "just about anything twice". Of course he still always ended the song by ripping his shirt off and throwing it into the crowd following the line "and you see someone you physically despise". In "How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel?" he sang variations such as "the future is passing you by, I'm sorry but the future is passing you by" or "the future is passing you by, my friend the future is passing you by". He still sometimes added emphasis to a few lines by singing "she said she loved me, me!" or "why? because you wear a uniform". The change to "everybody look, see pain and (just) run away" was done on and off while the new "I would never be you, officer" was done almost every night.
In "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores", the changes to "they who wish to crush you" and "say a quick prayer 'cause he's still there" were the only common ones. In the epic "Life Is A Pigsty" Morrissey still replaced "I only live for you" with "I have lived only for you", "I'm falling in love again" with "I am in love again" and "but I'm still the same underneath" with "how come I'm still the same underneath". But he also introduced new changes, as he sang "once again I turn to you, yes you!" and replaced "I can't reach you" with "I can't help you". The most interesting (and to some, funny) part was the bit of choreography that followed the line "can you please stop time". In time with the crack of thunder that follows that line, he and his musicians would let their knees buckle and they would half-fall to the ground, looking like the stage floor had collapsed under their legs.
In "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" Morrissey always sang "for my own life I never cared anything" but never the previously heard "why is this so impossible. In "That's How People Grow Up" he usually made the very minor changes from "someone who does not exist" to "somebody who does not exist", and from "someone's sweetie" to "somebody's sweetie". In the few performances of "All You Need Is Me" he sang something that sounded like "you roll your eyes up to the skies, trans-horrified" or "you roll your eyes up to the skies, absolutely trans-horrified". He still sang "all you can do is stand there and complain about me". He also sang "I was a small fat child in a council house" the way he usually does in the UK (but not in the USA where he usually sticks to the original lyrics).
Morrissey barely made changes in "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" anymore. He stopped singing "in the absence of any kind of touch". He would sometimes improvise a change such as "I ski all over the place", but most of the time he would stick to that line's original form. In "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" he almost always changed the line "when you peel it back and bite me" to something different, such as "would you peel it back and bite me", "somebody peel it back and bite me" or "for God's sake peel it back and bite me". There were no significant or regular changes made in "I'm OK By Myself".
The only change left in "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" was the one to "look at me I'm a savage beast". In "Sorry Doesn't Help" Morrissey almost always sang the very busy "you lied and then you lied about the lies that you lied about". He never reversed the lines "sorry will not bring my teen years back to me" and "sorry will not bring my love into my arms" anymore. "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed" and "Black Cloud" were quite faithful to their original arrangements. In the latter number Morrissey usually sang "and I can sink even lower than usual". In "When Last I Spoke To Carol" he sang "I can't pretend life gets easier" on and off, "along life's narrow ledge" always and "across this ugly face of mine" most of the time. He always replaced "something I always knew" with "one thing I still know".
The only change in the newly added "Because Of My Poor Education" was the one from "kind-hearted view me and say" to "kind people look at me and say". The cover "Moon Over Kentucky" was faithful to the Sparks original.
Collectors may also be interested in a DVD featuring seven songs from Stockholm, eight songs from Tampere and six songs or song excerpts from Helsinki, all recorded by Wiltteri. A different compilation DVD, this one titled "Scandinavian Refusal", features material from all the Scandinavian dates of this tour. It was put together by FamousWhenDead by mixing the Wiltteri footage mentioned above with footage found on Youtube.
Fans in need of more may be interested in good quality audience recordings of Luxembourg, Antwerp, Offenbach, Berlin (2 available), Stockholm, Tampere (2 available), Helsinki (2 available), Prague and London-Troxy. These recordings usually feature the full or near-full set.
Only completists will be interested in the low quality recording of the Moscow show. A recording of the Köln concert and a partial recording of Rotterdam are found on the internet, but these were produced by ripping audio from Youtube footage.
Unfortunately for those in search of the seldom played "Moon Over Kentucky" and "Because Of My Poor Education", those two songs were only done at the Brixton Academy and there are no recordings of either of those three dates in common circulation at this point in time. On the other hand, the rarely played 2009 vintage of "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" is available on both excellent recordings of the Warsaw and Vienna shows.