26 April 2006|
Town Hall, Greenock
First Of The Gang To DieThe second to last Scottish date of this leg of the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI went down well, even if Morrissey didn't appear to be in the best of spirits. He still chatted with his audience and was on top form vocally. The audience was very receptive and enthusiastic, they often changed the man's name.
The highlight of the evening was the live debut of two songs, the album track "The Father Who Must be Killed" and the upcoming b-side "Ganglord". To make way for them, "On The Streets I Ran" and "My Life Is A Succesion Of People Saying Goodbye" were pulled off the setlist. Also, the cover of Magazine's "A Song From Under The Floorboards" was replaced by another cover, this one of the New York Dolls "Human Being".
Again Morrissey came on stage with his shirt tied in a knot in front of his navel, as he had been doing the past few dates. He also had a sticker on his chest. He greeted the audience with "Wahey the noo!" before going into opening number "First Of The Gang To Die". After the song came part 2 of the greeting: "Welcome to whatever the hell this is". After "Still Ill", he felt he had to make a self-depreciatory comment: "You can't still be pleased to hear these songs (crowd cheers) Jesus!".
After upcoming single "The Youngest Was The Most Loved", Morrissey announced "That was our new single, and lo and behold this is the b-side", which served as an introduction to the debuting "Ganglord". After this he had another go at his game of working towns he visited one against the others: "So when we were in Dundee (crowd boos) well, you know, it's a place... I said to the audience that we were really looking forward to coming to (Scottish accent:) Greenock! (cheers) And, however, they all laughed... and I don't know why?" In "Reader Meet Author", he ended his line "Have you ever escaped from a shipwrecked life" with "Yes!". At the end of the song he thanked the audience in Italian ("Grazie!")
Next up was the customary band introduction: "Would you please give a very cuddly port of Glasgae welcome to Boz Boorer... but only if you want to, to Gary Day... to shhh-shhh-shhh Matt Walker... Jesse Tobias... and to Michael Farrell..." Morrissey had to follow this closely with a comment about the stairs on stage (the band was placed a few steps above Morrissey; he did not seem happy about that): "...and whoever decided these stairs were a good idea, they should be beheaded! (pause) Beheaded!" After "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" he enquired about his opening band: "We hope you enjoyed Sons And Daughters... yeah?"
After "Let Me Kiss You" came another self-depreciatory comment: "Well you've stayed here for a very long time, I'm very surprised... this is tough country". This must have been taken as flattery by the audience who immediately after broke into a chant of Morrissey's name. Unsure about his performance of the debuting "The Father Who Must Be Killed", Morrissey asked his #1 fan in the front row "Was that dreadful Julia?"
As tradition dictated "Trouble Loves Me" was preceded by a few lines of a well known local song. As on other Scottish dates before this one, the choice in Greenock went to "The Bonnie Bonnie Banks Of Loch Lomond". As the crowd chanted the familiar words "But me and my true love will never meet again, On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond", Morrissey replied "You will!"
After that song, Morrissey teased "So I think by now you realise, it is not Van Morrison... you were fooled again!" In "At Last I Am Born" a line was changed to "At last I am born, at last I am born, In fact! I'm living the one, true, free life I amborn". After that song, he chatted with a fan in the front row who was enquiring about a line in the song: "What's that? Say again? (she shouts a line from the song 'it's the one true free life'; but Morrissey hears something else) It's the one two three life? Sure? Is it what? Of course? What did you think it was? What's your theory? (Then to something she said) Cop out..."
At the very end of the New York Dolls cover "Human Being", Morrissey exclaimed "Oh my God! I'm a human being!" He then gave a sort of apology by saying "I realise over the years I've New York Dolled people to death... but I can't actually help it... I can't help it!" The fan favourite "How Soon Is Now?" with its very percussive ending brought the set to a close then everyone exited stage for a short break.
When they returned, Morrissey and his musicians lined up at the front of the stage and all bowed at once with their arms around one another. Everyone then returned to their usual spot and Morrissey announced "So just before you change your minds and run out..." At some point into the final song "Irish Blood, English Heart", he barked a "What?!" to someone harassing him. At the very end of the song he saluted in Italian ("Ciao!") before leaving stage for good.
"Panic" was heard soundchecked before the gig. The song would be played for the first time one month later in London.
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