8 August 2006|
Nöjesfabriken, Karlstad, Sweden
Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's VoiceThis was an excellent concert, one of the best of the festival season. The Swedish audience was extremely appreciative, their cheered non-stop and kept chanting Morrissey's name. The man himself obviously fed off this. He was very talkative and playful. Throughout the gig he received quite a few bars of Plopp chocolate, something that had become a tradition in Sweden. The band wore t-shirts that said "Swerige" (Sweden in Swedish) on them.
What makes this gig even more interesting is how much the setlist was changed. Morrissey resurrected "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" which had not been played since 2004, and did "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" and "The Father Who Must Be Killed" which had not been performed much so far that year. But most importantly, two titles were played for the first time in front of a live audience: the b-side "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me" and a cover of Roxy Music's "Street Life". To make way for these, "Panic", "Ganglord", "On The Streets I Ran" and "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" were temporarily dropped.
Morrissey came on stage to loud cheers of his name. Before going into set opener "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" he corrected the fans with "No-no-no-no... My name is Sweden Patrick Morrissey". After the song came part 2 of his greeting: "Welcome to the entertainment factory and this is entertainment... Surely!" Before "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me" he said "And of course today there was a absolutely beautiful photograph of me in your local newspaper today... (cheers) and I was doing this (grins)... That's life, nobody's perfect..." Shortly after that "Life Is A Pigsty" was introduced with "There's something which maybe some of you don't know... some of you are old enough to know and some of you have been lied to all of your life... which of course is very funny... but the fact is, no matter what you do, no matter where you turn, no matter what you become, life is a pigsty."
Following "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey proceeded with the customary introduction of the band. He started with "The extremely..." but interrupted himself to say to someone in the audience "You know that's not how I spell my name you know... I hate to embarrass you but... but thank you anyway... Well, you know, I don't really want it!" He then returned to the band introduction: "The manful crew behind me - or beside me - are: Boz Boorer... and Gary Day... (Gary's name gets chanted so Morrissey asks him) How much did you pay them? They were robbed... (returns to introduction) The great, the great (in a pirate voice) Matt Walker... Is it a bird, is it a plane? Yes, Jesse Tobias... Could that be Tommy Körberg? No, it's Michael Farrell..."
After "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" Morrissey announced "Now very mysteriously Sweden has one of the highest suicide rates in the world... and nobody quite knows why. However 'Ringleader Of The Tormentors' has done very well in Sweden, and 'You Are The Quarry'... and (to a heckler: 'Shut up!') there's bound to be a direct link, no Julia? Julia? Julia explain to everybody, is there a direct link?" He then handed the microphone to his favourite fan for her to answer his question. In "At Last I Am Born", besides the usual changes, Morrissey also sang "At last I am born I'm here living the one true free life".
"The Father Who Must Be Killed" was introduced with the line "This is an extremely ugly little song which I'm sure some of you love... there's no account of taste, really..." After the song Morrissey asked "Is that absolutely horrible? Yesss...." Before going into "How Soon Is Now?" he announced "So, before our little mule cart takes us to Oslo tonight, we shall say thank you for listening, and... always keep a dark space in your heart." He then changed the first line of that song to "I am the son and the heir of a shyness that is crippling and vulgar". After the live debut of "Street Life" he had a few words with someone at the front who was trying to get on stage: "Watch yourself! Watch yourself... See how the world gets younger everyday... (handing him the microphone) Could you say that again? Could you say it louder?"
There were more attempts to make it on stage during the final song "First Of The Gang To Die". Morrissey acknowledged a failed attempt with the words "Nice try". But he was then distracted and one of his musicians had to supply the vocals for most of the rest of the song. This was the best concert ending possible for Morrissey. He was clearly beaming and profusely thanked the audience.
This concert was recorded and the full set minus "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me", "In The Future When All's Well", "Let Me Kiss You", "The Father Who Must Be Killed" and "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" was broadcast on Swedish Radio P3 the following 27 October.
An audience recording of "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me" and "In The Future When All's Well" is also circulated on the internet.
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