14 November 2006|
Guadalajara (Mexico), Arena VFG
William, It Was Really NothingThis concert was very positively reviewed by the local press and much appreciated by the fans who attended. Morrissey was in great form and apparently very happy about the fact that the Arena was filled. The crowd was perhaps overall slightly subdued, but it still gave Morrissey a great reception and sang along to some favourites, particularly the Smiths-era numbers. There were one or two attempts by fans to make it on stage but none were successful.
This was the first date of a new leg of the Tour Of The Tormentors MMVI and many second grade songs from the latest album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" were dropped from the setlist in favour of new additions. Two of these additions were seeing their live debut. From his Smiths-days catalogue Morrissey pulled out "William, It Was Really Nothing" and from his most recent album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" he added the only song which had never been performed live yet, "Dear God Please Help Me". Some numbers which had previously been performed live but not on this tour were reinstated. These included "Disappointed" last played in 1992, "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" last played in 1991, "Everyday Is Like Sunday" last played in 2004 and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" which had only been played once before, in 2002. "The National Front Disco" was on the setlist before "Everyday Is Like Sunday", and it had been soundchecked before the show, but it wasn't performed.
As Morrissey entered stage, he greeted the audience "Tapatios, hola!" Throughout the gig he would often greet and thank his Mexican fans in Spanish. The new live reintroduction "William, It Was Really Nothing" had the whole audience singing along. The fans were so loud they probably didn't hear Morrissey sing "I'm here trying to live mine" instead of "God knows I've got to live mine". Before going into "Disappointed" Morrissey asked "Is the sound okay? (crowd cheers) Well it shouldn't be!" There were lyric changes in the latter song. Some of them had been heard in live performances from 1991, such as "they'd rather die than have to sleep with you". But Morrissey also introduced new ones, such as "I have spent my whole life confused" instead of "I have spent my whole life in ruins". Also, instead of the studio version's "Our unsleepable friend" or the live "your unspeakable friend" from 1991, Morrissey sang "your unsleepable friend".
"Ganglord" was introduced as "Get Back To The Ghetto", the song's working title. At the beginning of it Morrissey shouted "You may scream!" and the audience took him up on his request. After the song he joined them in their chant of "Mexico! Mexico! Mexico! Morrissey! Morrissey! Morrissey!" Then "Panic" was introduced with the line "Wherever I go, there is always behind me - and beside me - a very old ghost". The latter song as well as its follow-up "First Of The Gang To Die" really got the crowd excited and the fans sang along loudly to both. For the first half of "First Of The Gang To Die" Morrissey strapped around his waist a Mexican flag that had been thrown on stage from the audience. The flag had the words 'Mexico Loves Morrissey' on it.
After "Dear God Please Help Me" Morrissey enquired about his favourite fan and front row staple: "Is there a Julia in the house? Julia?!" Then whether he was serious or not, he asked "In Guadalajara Julia means policia, no? Police? No?" and sighed, seriously or jokingly disappointed about his lack of knowledge of Spanish. In "Let Me Kiss You", as he usually did earlier in the year, while he sang "you see someone you physically despise", he opened his shirt and teasingly caressed himself. In "I've Changed My Plea To Guilty" he sang "It's safer to stay inside" as the song had been originally written and not as it was recorded. After that he said "Thank you amigos" and enquired "Can you bare more?". The audience cheered positively and Morrissey asked further "Why?" Someone answered "Because we love you!", which was echoed by Morrissey in a funny voice with "Well I love you too! I love you too!".
During "Everyday Is Like Sunday" a Union Jack was thrown on stage. Morrissey waved it about for the latter part of the song, then walked around with it tucked into his waist before throwing it back into the audience just like he had done earlier with the Mexican flag. "Life Is A Pigsty" was ended with the traditional air "Auld Lang Syne" played by Michael alone on the piano. This beautiful echo of the way the Smiths' "Asleep" ends was then abruptly interrupted by the opening tremolo of the crowd pleaser "How Soon Is Now?". The switch took the audience by surprise and they cheered loudly.
Before going into "You Have Killed Me", Morrissey said "Tomorrow we make our way to Mexico City (crowd reacts)... some people cheer, some people boo... we cheer..." He made many changes in the song. Besides the previously heard ones ("what the hell is my life for", "come to be standing here"), he started with "Mozalini is me, and Mozalini I'll always be" and sang "Fellini I'd rather be" instead of "Magnani you'll never be". Halfway into the song a fan tried to make it on stage and as he sang "you did your best but", he motioned for her to try harder. But she did not make it and as she was dragged away by security, he replaced two lines of the song with "Vaya con Dios! Vaya con Dios!". At the very end of the song, instead of singing "always I do forgive you", he sang "...y me llamo Estebano".
"I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" was then introduced with "And in the smelly old United Kingdom this is our new single... Yeah, oh yes! Ah-ah-ah-ah! This is our new single in youk: the UK..." Before the main set closer "I Will See You In Far Off Places" Morrissey saluted his audience: "So with our final song (crowd: no!) Oh yes! (crowd: no!) Oh yes! (crowd no!) Oh no! (crowd: yes! and no!) We say hasta luego! We say vaya con Dios! Oh we do! And I say buenas noches and we say me llamo Esteban... okay..."
Returning after a short break to perform the encore, after the customary bow alongside his musicians, Morrissey announced announced "El cantante es un fregón" (The singer kicks ass) before going into "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". In the latter song the man made a yet unheard change that would become standard by singing "Let me have who I want". Before "Irish Blood, English Heart" he cryptically announced "And it will be!" At the end of that song, the set's final number, he sang repeatedly "And so! And so! And so!" and exited after a roaring "Adios!", leaving the band to finish with a slightly extended outro.
The audio was ripped from the above video recording and is being circulated by itself on the internet, but audio collectors will prefer a fair quality audience recording of the full set, also circulated on the internet. It only lacks a section of "Life Is A Pigsty" and the first few notes of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". It sometimes comes with artwork and the title "Live from Guadalajara 14-11-2006 Arena VFG". This recording was supposedly ripped from a DVD that has not been seen in circulation yet.
There is at least one additional audience recording out there, but it has not been shared much yet, and its quality is unknown.
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