16 January 2008|
Clermont Ferrand (France), La Coopérative de Mai
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One BeforeThe first date of this leg went down well, but it was not going to be the highlight of the tour. Reviews were generally good, Morrissey sounded good, but he was more restrained with his banter and physical communication with the crowd than he was known to be at the time. He also axed two songs off the planned setlist as the band was about to launch into them. The crowd was overall quite receptive and chanted Morrissey's name many times. Only one fan tried to get on stage but was roughly stopped by security before making it.
There were no surprises in the setlist which looked a lot like those from the recent American dates. "Life Is A Pigsty" was on the setlist after "You Have Killed Me", and "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" after "Stretch Out And Wait", but they were both dropped.
Morrissey reached out to the French audience by thanking it in French ("merci!"). He asked at some point "can you hear me" and chatted with a few fans in the front rows. One French fan gave Morrissey a black t-shirt with the words "NME journalists who lie" on it. Morrissey thanked him and told the crowd, "He made it himself..." He asked front row regular Julia "How have you been?" and after answering she returned the question. He then asked her "Are you jetlagged?"
Morrissey then asked another fan the latter question but this time, as the fan was going to take the microphone that was handed to her, Morrissey teased her by snatching it back. After a few taunts the fan in question decided not to play the game anymore and buried her face into her hands. Morrissey still teased her by asking her to "say something witty... very witty," but she refused to rise to the bait. Morrissey kept repeating "very witty" as if to say sarcastically that her silence was terribly witty. He also chatted with a Turkish fan who he seemed to recognized. Morrissey asked him either the name of the venue in Istanbul where he had played, or perhaps whether he could recommend a good venue to play on his next visit to Turkey.
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