18 January 2008|
Strasbourg (France), La Laiterie
How Soon Is Now?The second date of this new leg of Morrissey's Greatest Hits tour went down better than the first one. Morrissey appeared to be in a much better mood. He was talkative and playful with the audience who in turn was even more energetic and raucous.
The highlight of the evening was the live introduction of two yet-to-be-released new songs: "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" and "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed". "Tomorrow" and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" returned to the setlist for the first time in 2008, just like "I Just Want To See The Boy Happy" and "Life Is A Pigsty" which had been planned on the previous date, but dropped. To make space for these, "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before", "That's How People Grow Up", "Jack The Ripper" and "You Have Killed Me" were dropped.
Before going into "Billy Budd" Morrissey said "Once I applied to the European Court of Human Rights... and do you know what they said? They told me to get stuffed..." He introduced the new composition "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" by announcing that they had been in what is called a recording studio making what is called an album. After the latter song's first live performance he self-deprecatingly commented on the audience's appreciation with the words "Very convincing!" Before "All You Need Is Me" he replied to someone's shout by quoting from one of his songs: "Who said I lied? Who said I lied because I never, I never. Who said I lied because of (?)..."
When Morrissey introduced his musicians he introduced his new keyboardist as "...our new friend Kristopher Pooley" and himself as Alain Delon. At some point he took a fanmade calendar handed to him by a someone in the audience who told him something in French and he retorted "What does that mean in French?" He had a look at the calendar and asked "Is that me? Attractive, hmmmm…" before placing it on the drum riser. As was tradition on earlier legs of this tour "Life Is A Pigsty" segued into the traditional air "Auld Lang Syne". However this now led into the crowd favourite "The Loop" instead of "How Soon Is Now?". New composition "Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed" was introduced with the line "If you can bare one more song from our new cd (crowd cheers)... No? (crowd: yeah!)... It's called... (says undecipherable joke title)... No, it's called 'Mama Lay Softly On The Riverbed'..." After the song Morrissey told the audience "I know four or five of you will be curious to know the title of the album (crowd cheers)... So?" Morrissey then asked the fans if they were really interested and teased them by asking how much money they had.
"The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores" was announced with the words "Every song has a filthy story behind it..." As was routine, Morrissey handed the microphone to a fan for an answer to the question "And is there any point in having children?" in "Stretch Out and Wait". This date's selected fan shouted "Only if they're yours, Morrissey!" Morrissey then made a face and pulled on his ears as if the shouting had hurt them.
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