5 November 2007|
Atlanta (GA), The Tabernacle
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThis concert went down well, but it was not the most memerable show of the tour. Morrissey was very good, moderately chatty and shook many hands, but he seemed to be coming down with a cold. It was particularly noticeable during the first few numbers. Either because of his illness or because he was in a playful mood, he made many improvised changes to his lyrics. A lot of the ones he did at the beginning did have to do with him being sick. The crowd was receptive but, with the exception of the first few rows, it lacked energy. A few fans attempted to make it on stage during the encore, but they all failed, even when helped by Morrissey himself.
Perhaps because he wanted to save his voice, Morrissey only scheduled 20 songs on this date. "Interesting Drug", "The Boy With The Thorn In His Side" and "Life Is A Pigsty" were replaced with "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and "Let Me Kiss You". The latter title was actually a last minute replacement to "You Have Killed Me".
Following set opener "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before" Morrissey greeted the audience by saying "Welcome to my sickbed." Near the end of "Irish Blood, English Heart" someone threw an Irish flag on stage so after the song he picked it up, draped it around this legs, then hung it from the drum rise. Because the American holiday of Thanksgiving was approaching he said at some point "Thanksgiving yes. Thankskilling, no... please spare the turkeys, ducks..." He made a reference to his recent visit to the city's Chastain Park in July and for some reason this prompted the audience to boo. When he introduced his musicians he said of Boz, Solomon and Matt that they were "alive alive", then said that Jesse was"excessively glamorous" and pretended to forget Michael's name.
At some point Morrissey asked "Does anyone have anything horribly embarrassing to say?" When someone in the balcony shouted something nasty he gave them a strange look then said "Someone in the balcony absolutely hates me!" After "Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself?" he handed his microphone to a fan and asked "Anything to declare?" She answered "I have one thing to declare: your jeans' frinkiness..." To this Morrissey replied very tongue-in-cheek, "I think we need extra security." After a few more songs someone gave him a Sasha Distel LP. He handed his microphone to the giving fan and she explained that they were "gifts from Paris." He held up the record approvingly and set it up on the drum stand, atop the Irish flag that he had draped there earlier and, as if on cue, went into "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris". At the end of the latter number he thanked the audience in French: "merci!". He used French one more time when he told someone, "Je ne sais quoi". The returning "Let Me Kiss You" was introduced with the line "I'm about to make a suggestion..."
Besides most of the usual lyric changes in "The Last Of The Famous International Playboys", Morrissey also sang "The last of the famous... me!... international playboys... me! me! me!" The two occurrences of the line "through my shiftless body" in "Tomorrow" were replaced respectively with "through this useless body" and "and this ridiculous body". Further into that song Morrissey changed another line to "tell me, tell me that you love me, tell me that you love even a little part of me". Following the line "is there any point ever having children?" in "Stretch Out And Wait" he added "oh, I'll never know..." In "All You Need Is Me" he changed a line to "and fate never handed it to me, ugh."
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