28 October 2007|
New York (NY), Hammerstein Ballroom
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThe final night of Morrissey's 5-date residency at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom was a great one. The band was tight and Morrissey was in great form and very chatty. The audience was energetic and appreciative. A few fans made it on stage during the encore.
For the benefit of the fans who had bought the Maximum Morrissey package (tickets for all 5 New York shows), many changes were made to the content of the setlist. The most noticed one was the return of "Interesting Drug" which had not been performed by Morrissey since 1992. The other returns were "Billy Budd", "Shoplifters Of The World Unite", "Girlfriend In A Coma", "Human Being" and "Good Looking Man About Town". To make space for these, the following songs were dropped: "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side", "The National Front Disco", "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me", "All You Need Is Me", "The Loop" and "Dear God Please Help Me". "Tomorrow" was on the setlist before "How Soon Is Now?", but Morrissey decided at the last minute to skip it. "All You Need Is Me" was also on the setlist as a potential alternate or second encore.
As a greeting to the audience, when he entered stage Morrissey shouted "Mama, I wanna sing! Mama, I wanna sing!" After set opener "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" he thanked the audience and added "Thank you, and God help you!" After "Billy Budd" he simply said "Well?" Following "Interesting Drug" he said "That song was for those of us who are over thirty - forty - thirty... years... thanks for the t-shirt!" After "Shoplifters Of The World Unite" he said "This, of course, is our fifth, fifth night at (crowd cheers)... the Frankenstein Ballroom and thanks for those of you who crawled through every night (crowd cheers)... Nerves of steel!... and other things..." After "Irish Blood, English Heart" he jokingly said "By the way, we play for seven hours..."
Before going into "Girlfriend In A Coma" Morrissey proceeded with the introduction of his band: "Very late last night, I was wondering down by the docks, as you do, and I met these musicians. I believe their names are: Boz Boorer... Solomon Walker... Matt Walker... the glamourous Jesse Tobias... and last, but by all means least, Michael Farrell... Somebody screamed and ruined the night!" Following the line "just to make myself attracted to you, have I failed?" in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys" Morrissey shouted "YES YOU HAVE!" At the very end of the song he pretended to sneeze. He then started to say "Well, you may not realise this, but tonight..." but was interrupted by someone shouting for the song "Alma Matters". So Morrissey replied "No she doesn't", then resumed: "...we are present... we are in the presence of... (someone shouts something, Morrissey looks disappointed and says) Spoiled... Did you hear?..." The name said by the fan was very likely David Johansen as Morrissey was about to launch into his cover of the New York Dolls' "Human Being". At the very end of that song he said "I'm a human being... what went wrong?" then joked "I see David Johansen at the back running for the exit, stop him! It's not fair!"
Over the opening bars of "I Like You" Morrissey asked the crowd "Recognition, no? Is this Las Vegas? No? Waukegan? Merrillville? Salt Lake City? I don't know..." After the song he asked "You're still standing?... On who?" After "Jack The Ripper" he asked "Is life what you expected? Anybody with a disagreeable opinion?... Anybody from... Germany? Anybody from Finland? New Jersey? (crowd cheers)... Russia? No? Would anybody like to speak into the microphone? (tries to reach someone who looks eager to) What, should I jump? (fan asks Morrissey how many shows he's done, Morrissey replies) Since you've been at most of them, surely you know... (hands microphone to another fan, this one says everybody there agrees that Morrissey is 'fucking amazing', Morrissey replies with a cheeky smile) That's my son!" After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself" he said "Every song, a bitter lesson... I wonder why? When we live in such a perfect world, where happiness, attainable like that. Human fulfillment, everybody has it. We all love our politicians, our world leaders... do we? No! no!"
Besides the usual lyric changes in "Stretch Out And Wait" Morrissey also sang "will the world end in the night time, don't ask me I don't know". As an introduction to "The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" he said "It's an absolute fact which cannot be disputed that anybody in American music, of any significance, was never on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine (crowd cheers)... So, what does this tell us about Rolling Stone magazine? Nothing?" After the song he asked "Who'd like some blood?" The lesser known "Good Looking Man About Town" was cheered loudly so Morrissey looked surprised and asked "What's happened?" Then over the opening bars of "Sister I'm A Poet" he added "...nearly." Besides the usual lyric changes in the latter number he also sang "A bag of lax, standing at the traffic lights, that once was me".
Morrissey changed a line in "I'm Throwing my Arms Around Paris" to "In the absence of your smiling face, I scooter all over the place". After the song he said "Well thank you... we're all so (?) here..." Then over the opening notes of "You Have Killed Me" he continued: "Have you noticed?... Did it strike you?". When he sang the line "and well nothing entered me" in the latter number he made a naughty "well if you know what I mean" face. After the line "I am human and I need to be loved" in "How Soon Is Now?" he added shouts of "So what! So what! So what!" When he came back to the stage for the encore his final significant words to the audience were "We only live to give, and we thank you for giving us five fantastic nights and... we will see you in far off places..." There was a constant stream of crowd surfers during the encore, and a few fans managed to make it on stage.
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