The irony was lost on the crowd when Morrissey gestured towards them with the lyrics "On the flesh rampage . . . at your age!"
Age, he believes, does not stifle his own wit or dampen his vocal powers in what he considers to be the greatest stage of his career.
This is why fans were again frustrated that he stuck to his usual format of playing songs from his most recent album, a couple of songs from his days in The Smiths and the odd obscure track from his solo career, including the afore-mentioned Trouble Loves Me.
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He has had something of a resurgence in recent years, thanks to the wave of nostalgia that has given the likes of Richard Ashcroft and the Happy Mondays a new lease of life.
This recent popularity has seen Morrissey move from Birmingham's Carling Academy to the National Indoor Arena and now Symphony Hall in just a few short years.
And there is no doubt that the home of The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra offers Morrissey the best environment to show off his vocal range.
The hall was also a haven for the musicians who gave a new depth to Morrissey's songs on The Ringleader of the Tormentors.
The clarity of the booming bass drums, guitars and trumpets on Life is a Pigsty, The Father Who Must Be Killed and To Me You Are A Work Of Art was outstanding.
Morrissey rounded off his 70-minute set with a one-song encore of Irish Blood, English Heart after two shirt changes.
Just goes to show that as you lose the ability to counter perspiration in your later years, for some people, genius is ever present.