10 August 2006|
Øya Festival, Oslo, Norway
PanicThis concert went down well. The crowd was quite enthusiastic considering that this was a festival appearance and Morrissey was also performing in front of non fans. There were minor sound problems at times, and rain, thunder and lightning threatened, but nothing seriously disrupted the concert. The man himself was clearly in good spirits and had a good time teasing the fans.
Morrissey did not play an encore, possibly because of time constraints, but still did 19 songs which is probably a record for this leg of festivals. "Panic", "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" and "Ganglord" were reinstated in the setlist, replacing "The Father Who Must Be Killed" and surprisingly "Life Is A Pigsty". The latter song was actually on the setlist under "PIGS or WORK OF ART", but Morrissey went for the latter number instead.
The intermission music was started a bit too early, so the Jobriath walk on music had to be played twice before Morrissey came on stage. When he did, he greeted the audience "Hola Øya, soon, very soon, it will rain..." After "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" came part 2 of his greeting, inspired by the threatening storm: "Welcome to our small selection of songs... little strips of poetry and several musicians electrified... electrocuted!" Then as the first notes of "Irish Blood, English Heart" were heard, Morrissey added "...closely!" At the beginning of the latter song, he changed the tone of a line by singing "and no regime can buy or sell me... maybe!"
"In The Future When All's Well" was introduced by Morrissey with the words "We are actually... we are... (to someone in front of him: watch it!)... silly enough to release a new single. Why? And I believe, I'm not sure, but this is it..." After the song he teased the fans and his favourite one in particular: "Julia, have you been rained on? Yeah well, it's all a part of growing up! I should warn you, life gets worse!" As an introduction to "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" he announced "Sometimes, through no fault of your own, the mind travels backwards, like this!" After the song he enquired "So the name of our friend on the backdrop is?" He didn't get a satisfying answer so he sarcastically imitated some voices and said "You see if they're not born in Trondheim you don't know who they are... that's terrible, that's jingoism... I think..."
After "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now" Morrissey enquired "How is the sound for you? Who cares? Well I do! I really do care, I really do... Would you like it louder or quieter? (audience: 'louder!') Quieter?" At some point into "Let Me Kiss You" he sang "Let me kiss you if you dare!". After the song he proceeded with the customary band introduction: "Would you please, if you really don't mind, if you're not too busy, would you please please please say hello to Boz Boorer... would you even say hello to Gary Day... (the audience cheers louder so Morrissey adds) he pays the crowd to cheer louder (crowd cheers again)... and they do!... and high and mighty, Matt Walker... here, Jesse Tobias... Michael Farrell... and to hell with me!"
The Roxy Music cover "Street Life" was preceded by the comment "Our role in life is to make you happy and we're about to fail..." The song had been introduced in the set two nights earlier in Karlstad and again it was received with mostly blank stares. Morrissey was clearly not happy with the song's performance and at the end of it he apologised by saying "I told you! No-no-no-no-no-no-no-no-no... You don't need to feel pity, you don't need to feel pity, it's okay... Awful... Horrible!" It's no surprise that this was to be this cover's final performance ever. At the end of "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey sang "Let me whisper my final goodbye I know it's serious". He had been using that live change in the first few performances of this title early in the year, but had long stopped doing it.
After the latter song Morrissey pointed at the huge screen on his left side of the stage and asked "Is that really me? (crowd: yes!) Well, very depressing... Why do they do this?" He joked about it in "You Have Killed Me" when he sang "Who am I that I come to be on this screen?" He veered off earlier live changes in that number by singing "Pasolini is me I wish!...", and further down "... Anna Magnani, why can't you be?". Following that he joked "That song was called 'You Should Have Me Killed'... Good idea? It can be arranged!"
There were more live changes in the following planned song "At Last I Am Born". Halfway into it Morrissey sang "Look at me now, from fat little child to spectral hand, who is Claude Brasseur?" After the song he told the audience "You have nerves of steel!" then asked his guitarist: "Boz? What would the next song be?... Milking it, he's milking it..." Following "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me" he announced "Tomorrow we drag our bodies to Iceland... And do you know why? (someone shouts something silly) Hysterical, hysterical... (someone suggests that Morrissey should stay in Sweden) Stay here and do what?"
Following Michael's trombone performance at the end of "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" Morrissey jokingly said "He will be fantastic when he learns to play it." In "First Of The Gang To Die" the man extended a line to "...until you've seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs, I have!" In "How Soon Is Now?" he sang "you could meet somebody who really loves you I don't think so!", "and you leave on your own, go home, cry, you die..." and "See I've already waited too long and look!, all my hope is gone".
The complete concert minus "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now", "Street Life" and "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me" was shown on Norway's NRK1 television network and possibly also webcast on the network's webpage.
As for audio-only, an audience recording of the near-complete concert is also circulated on the internet (recorder: Wiltteri). It features the four songs dropped from the television broadcast, particularly the rarely played "Street Life" and "If You Don't Like Me, Don't Look At Me", but lacks the second half of "How Soon Is Now?". The sound quality is obviously not as good as that of the tv broadcast rip mentioned above, but even as an audience recording from 2006 it is not very interesting. The first few songs are very distorted from too much bass and the recording often skips.
The audio from the television broadcast is sometimes seen with artwork under the title "Live At The Øya Festival Oslo".
The existence of a second audience audio-recording is rumoured but not confirmed at this point in time.
Do you have information about this concert? Or do you own an uncirculated recording of it? If yes please contribute and get credited.
Morrissey, in a statement to the True To You website in September 2006: "At Oslo we attempted our own version of Roxy Music's "Street Life" - which we had tried at Karlstad to the blankest of blank reactions from the audience. The same blankness occurred at Oslo, and I couldn't wait for the song to end even though Mikey had done well with the whirring white noise. It's the first time I felt stranded in time, and that the audience hadn't a clue what the song was meant to be. I'd only sing it again under hypnosis - and that's a promise."