- Midnight Cowboy
- Midlife Crisis
- Last Cup of Sorrow
- The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
- Introduce Yourself
- Get Out
- Home Sick Home
- Ashes to Ashes
- King For A Day
- Naked In Front of the Computer
- Just A Man
- This Guy's In Love With You
- Death March
Wow. This was my very first FNM concert experience, even though I've been a fan since about '91. I've managed to miss them every time in the past for various reasons (poorly-timed vacation, for example), but I wasn't going to miss tonight's sold-out show.
When we first got in the front door, we were searched more thoroughly than I have ever been searched before at a concert (and I've been to about 120 concerts). They were separating men from women, and with good reason: the guy who searched me groped me everywhere, including what could only be described as grabbing my balls. I couldn't believe it; I didn't understand why they did this. I did see someone taping during Limp Bizkit's set, but it might have been someone with the band since this person disappeared after their set.
St. Andrew's only hold about 1000 people, so the place was packed to the rafters. We got a great spot in the balcony right up next to the stage. I think this is actually a far better place than the floor, since you can actually WATCH the show and not get the shit kicked out of you by the meatheads. And boy let me tell you, there were some huge assholes there tonight. This one Shawn Michaels-wannabe was being a particular dick, body-slamming some poor kid half his size to the floor and blind-siding other people. The crowd was super rowdy, very unnecessarily so.
Limp Bizkit-- it's not so much that they suck, as they are just SO boring and SO predictable. "Let's see...how about for this song, we use the quiet-muttered-vocals verse followed by the loud-screaming-vocals chorus?" They basically played the same formulaic song eight times. The joke of the night was, "WOW, I didn't realize Korn changed their name." This band tried SO hard to be Korn, complete with 7-string guitar/5-string bass, and that inane, eyes-rolled-back blank expression that (I guess) is supposed to be scary. They inexplicably had a LOT of fans present tonight, so they were well-received.
Thank God for Faith No More. They opened with "Midnight Cowboy", a HUGE surprise. It was incredible, though, and it made the transition to "Collision" all the more brutal. Patton was a madman, jumping and flailing all over the place. "Midlife Crisis" sounded wonderful; everyone was really getting into it by this point. "Last Cup of Sorrow" was great live, although Jon's guitar was a bit buried in the mix. "Gentle Art" kicked ass, even though Patton missed the signature lines (Happy birthday, fucker) because he fell down. It was really hilarious; he was flailing so hard he lost his balance and ate it right into the stage, dropping the mic. The two slower songs followed, "Evidence" and "Easy". Patton dedicated "Evidence" to Marv Albert :). "Introduce Yourself" picked the pace back up, and then another BIG surprise: "Get Out"!!! I was so happy to hear this, seeing as they haven't played it on this tour yet. Either Jon or Bill messed up at one point (I think it was Jon), but they quickly got back on track and the song ruled. "Home Sick Home" and "Ashes to Ashes" were both great to hear live; Patton introduced "Home Sick Home" as a "fucking song". "King For A Day" was really amazing live, although you could hardly hear Jon's guitar once again for the "acoustic" parts. Patton did some vocal effects at the end. "Pristina" was eerie, but it's a really creepy song to begin with. "Epic", "Naked", and "Just A Man" finished it off; "Epic" sounded a bit plodding at times, but otherwise was okay. "Naked" rocked fast and hard, and "Just A Man"...they couldn't pick a better song to end with. Simply amazing. Patton is just a phenomenal singer/frontman. But then again, you probably already know that if you're reading this. The encore started with the Bacharach song, "This Guy's In Love With You". Patton couldn't stop smiling during this, doing his best lounge act. "Stripsearch" was next; I was curious to see how they'd pull this one off live, but they did a fine job, playing along with the sample. They were about to leave after this, but Bill looked around and said "One more?" They walked backed and did, of all things, "Death March"!!! I wouldn't have guessed they would play this in a million years. It took me a minute just to place what song it was, it was so unexpected. A special treat, indeed!
So that was it. A few minor bumps aside, it was still a great show. If anyone wants to drop me a line, feel free. Later...
Well, here is my little review about the Detroit show.
Crowd was pretty good. They seemed to enjoy Limp Bizkit, which I thought was a nice guesture. Alot of people from the band talking to the crowd. Billy commented on how the vocals were the "best they have been all tour. Doesn't he sound great?", then Mike responded "What'd he say? I can't hear a word he is saying. You know, I can't hear a note he is playing." Near the end of the show Mike commented on how the place we were in looked like someones parents basement. And wanted to know "Do your parents have a swimming pool?". Mike had a ton of energy as usual. They opened up with Midnight Cowboy, not that 2001 music. Mike was playing his little piano flute. That was really neat. Several times throughout the show he dropped his mic. I thought it was really cool during Gentle Art that when he dropped his mic you could still year the crowd singing along. We only got one encore, but ohh well.
Hope everyone else had a good time. I actually managed to meet Puffy as I was walking to go wait in line.
I saw the show from a great spot. I was on the balcony about 6 feet away from John and 8 from Patton. I snuck in a camera so hopefully I will have some JPEG's to give out soon (maybe someone can post them on their web site). The show was great, Billy looked like a kid in his first high school band's show. He was really pumped. Roddy was kind of being a suck. He kept plugging his ears during the first three songs or so, he then walked up to Patton and asked him to turn the vocals down. He said he couldn't hear what he was playing. Patton kind of shrugged him off. Patton then told Billy about it and Billy just waved his hand as in "don't worry about it" Roddy went and got some earplugs. Then before they played the next song, Patton asked the crowd: "Can you hear him?" and pointed to Roddy, "I can't hear a note he's playing!!" (sarcastically) Roddy adjusted his tie.
After playing Get Out, Patton asked the crowd: "Who here is wearing Micheal Jordan cologne?" a few people raised their hands, he asked again and then after a few moments came back with: "Fucking Marv Albert cologne man! Marv Albert!" and then made a sign like he was jacking off.
Here's another interesting moment (this will stir up even more "Roddy Gay?" postings :) ). During LCOS, someone threw a porn mag up onto the stage. Before they started to play Gentle Art, the roadie came out and grabbed the magazine. Roddy doesn't play keyboards in this song so he went off to the side and sat next to the roadie and looked through the magazine. It was definitely a porn mag because I saw them hold up the centerfold and there was some chick spread out (I thought I'd just stir the pot with that one).
Overall it was a good show but not half as good as the KFAD tour. They didn't seem as close on this one. On the last tour they were kidding around a lot more and seemed more like a unit, this time they all kind of kept to themselves. John's feet were glued to his little corner, he didn't move or talk or anything throughout the entire show. Roddy asked where they played the last time they came to Detroit, this was definitely a smaller hall (I think my grade school had a bigger stage!).
This was my first Faith No More show. And I have to say that it was excellent. FNM put on a great show. The band didn't say all that much to the crowd. But Mike Patton did make fun of the security guards, and played with the bald head of one of them by rubbing it with his fingertips. Everyone in the band was really into the show. Patton was singing great and jumping all over the stage (small as it was), Bill Gould was especially into the show. He was jumping up and down to every song he was playing, really violently, even to Easy and Evidence. Roddy was really cool. I stood in front of Roddy the entire concert pressed up against the barricade. During Evidence I looked up at Roddy and gave him the old "thumbs up", and he looked back at me, with a smooth expression on his face and pointed back at me. Puffy was really good on the drums, and he had some guy behind all their equipment that would rum out and pour water on him when he got hot. Jon Hudson didn't do all that much, but he was really cool to look at. He always had some cool expression on his face to, and he played extremely well. It was especially cool when Mike Patton dedicated Easy to the "Marvelous" Marv Albert, we all laughed at that. When Faith No More first came out Patton had some weird intrument. It looked like a little Casio keyboard with a tube connected to it that he blew into to get sound out of it. And he played Midnight Cowboy with that. I felt sorry for my friend, John, he threw up and had to go sit down right in the middle of Midnight Cowboy. Later in the show Mike Patton kept asking if anyone was wearing Michael Jordan Cologne. And during Epic he improvised some R. Kelly into the ending of it. As for the order of the songs, I'm about 99% positive about songs 1-6, after that I can't remember, except for Just A Man, I know they played that before the encore. And I know that the order of their encore songs are in the right order too. If any one knows what song it was that they played before Stripsearch please let everyone know. All I know is that it was really poppy sounding and really cool. A small complaint I had was that sometimes Bill's bass would overpower the guitar and I couldn't always hear Jon play. Like during the guitar solo in Epic. Other than that everything was great. I could hear Roddy's keyboards great, especially during Stripsearch. I was surprised that song worked out in a live show. This was probably one of the best concerts I've ever been too.
Okay, I won't bog everyone down with the details they've already heard. I j ust know a few interesting facts that went on during the show and thought I sho uld mention them. First off the show kicked ass. It was a lively audience...a good time was had by all. I'd say that Hudson looks more like Guile from Stre et Fighter than Sting, but whatever your pleasure.
Anyway, I was at the concert with two of my friends, neither or them are Fai th Fans but I made them come with me. THe girl stayed back, but I was up front the whole time. My guy friend he's the one with all the dirt. Now don't ask me why he did this but during the show he thought it would be funny to spit at Patton (I didn't see him do this, I lost him long before otherwise I would have smacked him) so he did it liked three times! I guess he says the first and th e third time didn't come out well, but he said he nailed patton on the side of his face...but Patton, with his usual grace didn't miss a beat and actually lef t it there!
Everyone forgot to mention him dropping the mic. It was actually funny becau se he looked rather pissed when he did it, and then he just took his time to pi ck it up even though he was right in the middl eof a verse and then he apologiz ed before continuing! Yes, the mark is still on his nose!
After the show me and a few friends went to the bar and my guy friend left to go smoke some pot. Well I don't smoke so I stayed in the bar, and now I wish I would've gone because he...and again he's not a Faith fan...was outside and R oddy was out there! He asked Roddy if he wanted to smoke with him and he said Yes, and I guess they were passing it, and my friend asked me if it was Roddy who was the gay one, and said yeah, and nodded and said, Yeah, I could tell. H e was touching my hand excessively when we were passing the joint around! My f riends not gay but he is silly so he gave him eyes or something and I guess the y finished it and Roddy, he thinks went to go buy, now don't get pissed when I say this, I'm just calling it as I heard it, but I guess he went to buy some co ke from some guy. I thought he'd kicked the habit? Oh well.
Anyway, if Faith comes to your town or close by, go see them. We drove thr ee hours and it was well worth it! Faith Rules!
The last FNM show I was priveleged to attend was in 1995 on the KFAD tour. It was the first ever concert I had been to; I was rightfully humbled by their collective glory that night.
This show destroyed that one for fun.
The Hall stands not 1000, but about 500-600 people, and yes the stage WAS barely worthy of a high school gym.
I actually felt somewhat sorry for Limp Bizkit in that they had to
play on a balance beam, basically. The singer couldn't even get to the
right side of the stage. Nonetheless, their substantial fanbase at the
Hall translated their furious, yet predictable on-stage effort rather
well. I enjoyed their act overall, and was pleased that they weren't
destroyed here as they were at that New York show at the Roseland not
too long ago.
Can you say Korn?
They set the table for THE band of the evening. And after grudgingly sitting through 40 minutes of tinkering with the mixing board by an apparently inept soundman, THEY arrived.
With the lights down, and shallow blue spots on the band, they began
Midnight Cowboy. Instantly I knew this night was to be a revelation. I
would not be denied.
The rest of the set amazed (as published by previous contributors) and was laced with much bantering by the band (especially Patton), falls, many broken drumsticks, many drummer water dousings, and incredible instances of musical genius.
They loved the crowd. They talked between almost every song, sometimes at length ("Where did we play last time we were here?", and the cologne bits), and not once did they relent in the show. As if the pre-encore setlist wasn't enough, Patton punctuated the final bombast of Just A Man with a bafflingly powerful operatic verse that seemed to echo forever.
Rightfully so, they were roared back for the 3 song encore with just as much force as the opening set. And in the end, they left the stage almost too quickly. I simply couldn't believe that it was over.