19 August 2006|
V Festival, Staffordshire, UK
PanicAfter zigzagging all across mainland Europe playing festivals Morrissey returned to the UK for two more in his homeland. This first of two V Festival dates went down well considering the rainy weather and the fact that Morrissey was playing in front of a crowd that included many non-fans, particularly leftovers from dance act Faithless who played the same stage before him.
The setlist was extended with the return of "Ganglord", and "To Me You Are A Work Of Art" was replaced by "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now". Bookends "Panic" and "How Soon Is Now?" switched positions.
After bowing alongside his musicians, Morrissey found a way of mentioning the bad weather and his return to England by beginning his set with a few lines from the Sundays' song "Can't Be Sure": "England my England / The home of the free / Such miserable weather..." At the end of set opener "Panic", he followed the chorus of "Hang the DJ" with "Anyone will do!" Before going into another song he added "I know that you're wet, you have sore eyes, but do we care? I don't think so..." After a great performance of "First Of The Gang To Die" that got the crowd to sing along, Morrissey said "You're very brave... and probably insane!"
In "You Have Killed Me" Morrissey sang "Anna Magnani I wish you'd be" and put more emphasis on a line by singing "I entered nothing, and obviously nothing entered me..." After the song the man started "We're very greatly honoured to have your ears for a while and..." He was interrupted by some shouting and answered "Oh that's okay..." He then resumed his introduction of "The Youngest Was The Most Loved" by getting a chuckle out of his audience: "This next song has a very catchy chorus so if you feel like singing along, for God's sake, don't!"
Before "Let Me Kiss You" Morrissey went looking for his favourite fan and said "Well Julia? Julia! Julia the rain is a message from nature... and the message is: keep your hands to yourself, and... I forget the rest, sorry..." At the end of the latter song he removed his sweat-soaked shirt, wiped his chest with it, and threw it into the audience. The Smiths-era classic "Girlfriend In A Coma" was then introduced with the line "Now occasionally there is an icy black hand on my shoulder... and it's the past! And it's deadly!"
Upcoming single "In The Future When All's Well" was introduced with a plea by Morrissey to buy a live version of it in digital format to help it make the charts: "Now this is the very queasy point where I must become very bureaucratic, and I must ask you (to someone: yes, bureaucratic) because... (what's that humming sound?) On Monday we release a new single, and of course, typically, no radio stations will play it (crowd boos) Yeah well, they don't care what you think... So in order for us to crash in at number 600... (crowd laughs) I'm not kidding... If you text the number you see on your screens now... This is the modern world! Everything helps! And you'll hear the song that's being recorded now in which the basic message: 'Blair, no, Bush, no, Blair, no, Bush, no, in, the future, when all's, well..."
Before going into "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice" Morrissey replied to someone's shouting with "What? Jesse-Jesse-Jesse!?" After the song he proceeded with the customary band introduction: "The extremely manful facets beside me are: Boz Boorer... the two and only Gary Day... the gong-lord Matt Walker... the low fringe and the pouty mouth of Jesse Tobias... and who put the M in Cleveland, Michael Farrell.. and I live in a hole, and I know nothing..." Then "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" was introduced with "And if you have actually heard this song before please stop me." After the song he added "So you didn't stop me..."
After "Life Is A Pigsty" the audience broke into a chant of Morrissey's name and the man in question answered "You don't have to... it's nice, but you don't have to..." During the beautiful bridge in "We'll Let You Know", as Boz was playing the flute and Michael created radio airwave noises, Morrissey picked up the end of Gary's double bass and together they carried it around. After the song he apologised "I'm sorry about the big screens, it's a bit shocking, I know..." then replied to someone "Well I'm trying... I was born in the slums..." After the crowd-favourite "Irish Blood, English Heart" the grateful audience chanted Morrissey's name again and the man this time answered "It's a beautiful name!"
In "At Last I Am Born", besides many of the usual changes, after a row of "blah blah blah", Morrissey pretended to sneeze then just carried on. He was being very playful and ad libbed many bits here and there between lines. After that song he thanked the audience with a heartfelt "Thank you friends" then "That's right, sss-spit it out!" Morrissey didn't go into set closer "How Soon Is Now?" before saying goodbye: "With this next song, we bid you goodnight and we thank you earnestly... God bless you, don't forget me!"
Twelve songs from this gig were broadcast on the UK's XFM later in the year as part of a Morrissey special. The special consisted of a one-hour Morrissey interview followed by this one hour set. Songs: "Panic", "In The Future When All's Well", "Don't Make Fun Of Daddy's Voice", "I'll Never Be Anybody's Hero Now", "Stop Me If You've Heard This One Before", "Life Is A Pigsty", "We'll Let You Know", "I Will See You In Far Off Places", "Irish Blood, English Heart", "At Last I Am Born", "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and "How Soon Is Now?".
"In The Future When All's Well" was broadcast on radio by itself, probably as part of a special on the V Festival, or perhaps as a promo for the single release of that song.
The incomplete set radio broadcast mentioned above is also circulated, but the quality is not what would be expected of a FM recording. Perhaps at some point a better recording will pop up. It must be noted that this is sometimes incorrectly circulated as being a broadcast of the other V Festival date from the following day (there was no broadcast of that date).
The radio broadcast of "In The Future When All's Well" by itself is also circulated on the internet, unfortunately in mono quality.
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Morrissey, in a statement to the True To You website in September 2006: "At the V festival in Stafford there was a large screen on which I looked hunched and contorted [but only because I am.] (...) I had made the download request at V because Sanctuary had asked me to, and they had suggested it because we were faced yet again with zero airplay and the unassailable competition of all the usual marketing devices that would pull the mid-week #6 rug out from underneath us. It all seemed so unfair. We would be pushed out by 'artists' whose audience wouldn't fill an average kitchen in a Battersea council flat. Modern life is war."