23 April 2006|
Albert Halls, Stirling
First Of The Gang To DieThe Albert Halls in Stirling was a great venue, with great acoustics. Reviews of this gig again underlined how much Morrissey was on top of his game vocally and performance-wise. His musicians were in top form as well and received their share of praise. The setlist was slightly shuffled, and in the process the Magazine cover "A Song From Under The Floorboards" was replaced by another cover, this time the New York Dolls' "Human Being". The latter had never been performed before so this was the song's live debut.
After greeting the audience "Hello Stirling" when he came in and "It's great be here in Stirling" after the opening song, Morrissey's first significant banter of the evening was "So, let me guess... You've all driven down from Glasgow? (crowd boos, Morrissey shrugs) I was only asking... I agree with you!" Shortly after, the man had to comment on the performance of his newest album: "Stirling Co-op has lots of copies of the album... all second hand." Shortly after that he enquired "Who is the most famous person to come from Stirling?", to which the crowd shouted "Billy Bremner!". At some point Morrissey tried to stick a Guinness poster on the drum-riser before throwing it away in mock anger.
Besides this Morrissey did the usual band introduction, which went something like this: "Our captain, Boz... his lieutenant, Gary... our favourite drummer, Matt... this is Jesse, he's Mexican... do you mind? (crowd: 'No!'), Jesse Tobias... and this is the sex symbol of the group, Mikey Farrell". When someone in the audience shouted for a request, Morrissey said "I can never sing that song again... I can never sing that song again!" He also had the customary question to his favourite fan Julia. He asked her if she was getting a bit crushed. She answered in the affirmative and Morrissey just looked at her as if to say "Well there's nothing I can do about it!".
In almost every city visited on this tour, "Trouble Loves Me" was preceded by a short piano intro of a local well-known song. Just like Aberdeen the night before, Stirling was given as an intro "The Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond". After "On The Streets I Ran" Morrissey started "Now, the past... the past... very much like your parents, is that we kick against, and knifed if necessary (crowd reacts)... I read this in the newspapers..." This served as an introduction to the cover of the New York Dolls' "Human Being" which was played with absolute vigour and featured a saxophone solo by Boz. At the very end Morrissey exclaimed "My God I'm a human being!", followed by "Not really! Just kidding!" He then enquired "I wonder if The New York Dolls ever played in Stirling? (crowd: 'No!') No? I'm very surprised!" Then "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy' kept the pace going before a triumphant "How Soon Is Now?" brought the set to a close.
As he returned to the stage after a short break, in a fresh shirt (his previous one had been thrown into the audience to be fought over), Morrissey got into a line with his musicians on each side of him, arms around each other and everyone took a bow before returning to their respective spot on stage. Morrissey then tried to wind the crowd up by yelling "Falkirk!" before going into encore "Irish Blood, English Heart". As the song approached the end, a fan jumped from the balcony unto the stage, very close to Morrissey. Unfortunately the fan didn't have the time to reach his idol before he was dragged away by Morrissey's security man.
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