10 May 2006|
Victoria Theatre, Halifax
First Of The Gang To DieThis one is remembered as one of the best shows of this leg of the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI. The venue was small but the atmosphere was the best and the sound was excellent. Morrissey was on form, witty and chatty and the band was superb. The audience was extremely receptive and like elsewhere on this tour fans put up a serious fight for a piece of Morrissey's shirt when it was thrown in the midst of them.
Setlist-wise there were only minor changes. The New York Dolls cover "Human Being" was dropped and replaced by part-timer "My Life Is An Succession Of People Saying Goodbye".
On this date Morrissey reached out to the West Yorkshire audience by making many references to local places and people. He asked whether anyone famous was from Halifax and when shouted names, disputed the fact that Billy Bremner came from Halifax. In "My Life Is A Succession Of People Saying Goodbye", he changed a line to "All of the best things in life are behind glass... Halifax, Leeds, Pontefract". In "Let Me Kiss You" he sang "I've zig-zagged all over Pontefract and I cannot find a safety haven". In the customary band introduction he said that Boz was from Castleford.
Morrissey also joked about the venue being named after Victoria Wood. Performances of "Trouble Loves Me" on this tour were segued from a short intro of a well known local song. This date was no exception. The song picked for this date, "Sally" by Gracie Fields (the theme from the 1931 film "Sally In Our Alley") was also the one played before "Trouble Loves Me" on two of the recent Manchester dates and in Salford at the very beginning of this leg of the tour.
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