|Summary by Rain
First Word: Hamburg
After "Boy Racer": "It's nice to see so many pretty and laughing
Before "The Teachers..." : "What's next? Nothing."
Some people sang : "Eric Cantona lalalala" (former football player for
Manchester United) (to the melody of Boney M / "Brown Girl In The Ring") :
"What's that? Candle In The Wind?"
Before "Shoplifters": "Thank you for being so sexy".
I was disappointed that Moz didn't play "Why Don't You Find Out For
Yourself" or "London". The tix were too expensive (~15 pounds) for a one
hour show. I saw Moz for the 3rd time and this was (rather!) good, because half of the
songs weren't my favourites. But that's my problem for sure. But on the other hand the
band played very powerfully.
Summary by Alexander
The show took place in a packed "Grosse Freiheit", a club with a capacity of
around 2000, which is located directly in the heart of Hamburg's famous red-light district
"Reeperbahn". For the Beatles fans: The club used to be called "Star
Club" in the 60's, right next door is the "Kaiserkeller", both made famous
when the Beatles played there for a few months in 1960/61 (watch the movie
"Backbeat" if you want to know more about that).
Opening band was Elcka (although the Smoking Popes were announced on the tickets) who
played a short set, but were very well received. And then after a short while the man
himself entered the stage dressed in black and started the show with "Do Your Best
And Don't Worry".
The crowd was very enthusiastic, but not as violent as in previous years. The average age
of the fans was somewhere around 25 I would guess. So not a lot of new fans, mainly
old-timers like myself (29 years old, Smiths/Moz fan since 1984).
All-in-all a great concert, a nice mixture of songs from the last 3 albums, a few nice
comments towards the crowd "You look sexy", "It's nice to see so many young
and smiling faces tonight", "What do you want ? Brown girl in the ring?"
(to a group of fans singing something along to the tune of the old Boney M. song).
Moz touched a lot of hands, took letters and stuffed them into his pants, helped 3 people
onto the stage (one kneeled down in front of him), security seemed to be not too harsh.
I heard a few disappointed voices afterwards, due to the shortness of the set, I think
that if he wants to win over more than just the hardcore fans, he should probably rethink
his 60 minutes + 1 encore policy.
Still a great evening, so I hope I don't have to wait another 5 years again.
Summary by Joachim Sell
Well, after seeing three concerts in 1991 and two in 1992 (including the London Alexandra
Palace show), I missed him in February 1995 because Bruce Duff of the ACTS-Fanzine was
letting me and my friends down!
And today, we have the great luck of getting another chance to see him live in Hamburg
after waiting five long years. And what kind of luck it was! Yesterday my wife gave birth
to our first baby (a girl) and for a few days it wasn't sure if it would arrive before the
Moz show... But it's my daughter and she learns quickly, so she didn't cancel the event
for me =:-)
After reading all the reviews of the US dates and downloading something useful (many nice
pictures) - or useless - I was prepared for the show in Hamburg at the club "Große
Freiheit" near the Reeperbahn.
Support was Elcka, not the Smoking Popes as announced! But I must admit that I only liked
their two singles "Supercharged" and "Nothing To Lose", the rest of
the set was terrible, but the audience was kind and tolerant...
Then the typical intro tape of Morrissey's favourite (mostly 60s/70s) songs made the crowd
hungry for Morrissey, as several "Morrisseyyyy, morrissseyyyy"´s (to the
"here we go" football/soccer hymn) indicated. The venue was sold out, about 1500
people couldn't wait any longer and - finally - the "Operation" drum solo
started. And then there he was in person, dressed completely in black, screamed
"Hello Hamburgers!" and started into "Do Your Best And Don't Worry".
The atmosphere was electric, the audience was about 15 feet from the stage and jumped
during the first 3 songs. Sadly the sound wasn't too good, with the guitars too loud and
Morrissey's voice seemed disturbed a bit during the first half of the show.
Highlights were "Alma Matters", "Now My Heart Is Full", "Ignore
Me" and of course "Shoplifters" (as the only encore, Moz wore a white shirt
which he threw into the crowd at the end), where two guys crawled over some people and
made it on stage to hug him. Before that, two more guys and one girl hugged him during
"Ignore Me". Morrissey smiled and was amused.
As usual, he didn't talk too much, he made only the following comments:
- "It´s nice to look into your smiling faces"
- "Thank you for being so sexy - I meant myself!" (before
- "I love you" (after "Shoplifters")
And after some people singing "Eric Cantona, lalalala,..." he said:
- "What does that mean?"
Then the fans started the famous "Morrisseyyyy, morrissseyyyy"´s again, Alain
Whyte was helping to get more people singing so it gets louder. Alain gave a happy
It was just a great pleasure to see the man again. He's my favourite pop star and meant so
much to me during the last 11 years. He still hasn't lost the things he's always stood
for: the charisma, the voice, the powerful songs. Hopefully he will carry on for some
years. But I believe this will be his last tour :-(
And now, three hours after the gig, I am sitting at home in front of my computer. My wife
and our baby are still in hospital. What more can I write? The birth was the "other
event" during the last two days, that's for sure!