Let me start by saying, on October third, Mike Patton & the boys put on the best Faith No More show I have yet to be a part of. "Excitement", "energy", "passion" & "magic" are only four of the words I would use to describe this particular Las Vegas performance.
NOTE: These are definately the songs they played, however, the order may be off here & there.
- Midnight Cowboy (what can I say, AMAZING!!!)
- MidLife Crisis
- Last Cup Of Sorrow
- The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
- Evidence (Jon Hudson nailed this song, it was great)
- Introduce Yourself
- Ashes To Ashes
- What A Day (I was thrilled to hear this song live)
- Naked In Front Of The Computer
- "Highway Star" (Deep Purple) (great cover, short, but energetic)
- Home Sick Home
- King For A Day (great ending, as expected I suppose)
- Pristina (beautiful performance)
- Just A Man (best song of the night...hands down)
- "This Guy's In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach) (great vocals)
- Be Aggressive (one of my favorites, happy to hear it live again)
- ? (not sure what the last song was, might have been "I Started A Joke", if it was, my apologies for not recognizing it)
***Review of each band member***
PUFFY: Awesome, as always. He hits the drums so hard that no matter how many times I see him play, I never get used to it. Great sounding kit by the way, snare drum was clean & crisp, stood out in Midnight Cowboy, put a big smile on my face. I met him after the show, he was very friendly. (Actually, I met all the boys in the band after the show, I was in heaven, they were all very cool.)
BILLY: I was really impressed with his backup vocals, they seem to have
improved. His bass sounded sweet, especially in the end of KFAD, I could tell
by his facial expressions that he was very into it.
After the show, I had a chance to talk with Billy, I told him that I was going to be posting a review of the night's performance on the Website Of The Year, & he said, "I think everyone at the Website Of The Year is doing a great job", pretty cool huh.
JON: I was impressed, his playing was on. Two songs that stick out in my
mind are Evidence & Ashes To Ashes. His playing was solid on Evidence, solo
sounded good, all the octave runs sounded dead on. The solo in Ashes To Ashes
was amazing, his tone was great. I like him, I hope he stays with the band.
He was also very friendly, we watched him sound check before the gig, but we did not meet him until after the show.
RODDY: Man I love this guy, he is so fun to watch. During the verses to Epic,
he would prance around his section of the stage, moving his hands in such a
manner as a orchestra-conductor would. His backup vocals were solid, & his
playing was crisp. He was the only one in the band who sported a tie.
Everyone had on black pants & a white shirt (except Bordin, but hey, he's the
When I met him after the show, I said, "Great performance Roddy", & he said, "Thanks for being a great audience", that made my night.
PATTON: Mike Patton was perfect!!! His vocals, his manner & his theatrics
were outstanding. Just A Man floored me, Mike was so good on this song, best
tune of the night in my opinion.
At one point in the evening, the guy right next to me splashed water from his plastic water bottle all over the audience, Mike Patton & Billy Gould. We were standing right in the front, there was one person between me & the barricade in front of the stage. After Mike responded with more than a few physical gestures towards the guy who splashed water on him, he walked back to the drum riser, picked up a bottle of red wine, & began pouring it all over us...IT WAS AWESOME!!! I stood there with my mouth open & my arms in the air.
Being that I was so close to the stage, I wasn't able to understand anything Roddy, Billy or Mike said all night. Which is really sad, because they were talking quite a bit...it seemed they were having a blast. However, just before they played the Deep Purple cover, Mike engaged in a question/answer conversation with the audience. Mike pointed to me & I yelled out, "WILL YOU GUYS PLAY PATHS OF GLORY???", & Mike said something like, "That's not a question", I don't know...I guess I missed something.
I met Mike Patton, what else is there to say...he was really cool.
Oh yeah, one more thing, I told all the guys in the band that I would also be attending their 10/5 show in Hollywood. I told them it would mean a lot to me if they played Take This Bottle, I'll let ya' know if they do.
Any questions or comments? ...feel free to email me at: Try2Focus@aol.com
I was eager to see Faith No More again. They don't often come to Las Vegas and saddly, this would only be my second live experience with them. The crowd was diminutive, of course composed largely of drunken bullies hoping Faith were still something like a little like Winger. The band came out and puzzled most of them with with their tuxedo suits and expensive hair styles. Of course, only the diehard fans such as myself appreciated the bizarre mix of serene tranquility through the melodies of those such as "Midnight Cowboy", "Easy", and "Evidence", blended to appetizing perfection amongst the emotional impact of backbreaking stompers such as "King For A Day," "Midlife Crisis", and "Epic".
Patton's hamminess was evident, and reflecting on his performance in the "Last Cup Of Sorrow" video - I wish he'd take a few acting jobs!
After the concert - I waited and eventually got to meet him. It was a thrill of a lifetime and completes my ambition to have met my favorite vocalists (I met Danny Elfman and Dicky Barrett recently). He signed my "Pranzo Orchestrana" CD and seemed disappointed by it's lack of sales, but assured me a third solo effort weould eventually happen. Less intensive (or drunken) was Billy Gould, who proudly, pilotly, strided forth to me and my companion and introduced himself with no apparent motive (he MUST have mistaken us for someone else). I congratulated his performance and admitted that we were merely fans of seven years. It was such an honor to meet him - he really is the backbone and leading man of Faith No More - without him, there truly would not be such a band as talented as this. He was exceedingly polite, gentle, and seemed like the nicest guy - I couldn't believe for a minute that he might condone the covers of Brujeria! After delivering fine travel tips on London ("It's expensive!")he hopped into a van with a confused Mike Patton and rode off into the neon party land.
My only disappointments of the night were not having met Roddy, especially Roddy, and Mike Bordin. I had a chance to meet Jon Hudson - but then I hardly would have known what to say since he is such a newborn in band that has done it all and seen it all. Ohm and they didn't play "Striptease" or "Helpless" - that kind of sucks!