It is early morning on October 6 just saw the show at the Palace in Los Angeles, CA (USA) last night and it was exceptional (this was the first time I had ever seen FNM live). Patton's voice has improved immensely. His ability to sing and maintain the pitches with added vibrato and deliver them powerfully is stunning. This, combined with his animalistic screaming is simply an incredibly intense experience. Everyone else was in top form, as well. Gould was steady with every song, Bordin ("Puffy") seemed, as always, to have unlimited energy, Hudson was careful and deliberate enough to play exceptionally without detracting from the power of the tunes, and Bottum was right in there with the keys, as always.
Opening with "Midnight Cowboy" was something I had expected and I enjoyed it immensely. Patton was using a small keyed horn for the melody that used again toward the end of the show in the Burt Bacharach song (can't remember the name) - he's finally learning an instrument! "Collision" was next and was an absolute rush. "Midlfe Crisis" was album-faithful and impeccable.
I have to admit the the song order gets kind of confused after this point, but to the best of my recollection the follwing is accurate. "Last Cup of Sorrow" was well-played and provided a good transition into "Just a Man", which was a real treat considering that I'm happy just to sit back and watch Patton in his "tongue-in-cheek lounge mode." "The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" got everyone going at a feverish pace and was followed up with a very excited (on the part of Patton - whose saliva was going everywhere) rendition of "Epic" (though I think they really could drop this one). Next was a great performance of "Evidence" with everyone playing perfectly. After this came a cover of Fishbone's "Death March" and ended with a great undulating wall of noise formed by Pattons howls and Hudson's effects and Gould's droning. "Stripsearch" was next and was performed really well; this was followed by a very powerful "Ashes to Ashes." "Home Sick Home" was nice and evil-sounding - more so than on the album. "Get Out" followed and was simply abrasive (in the best way). I regret to admit that I can't remember the name of the tune that they played before they went offstage, but it sounded kind of like "I Started a Joke."
The encore was the best I could have hoped for: the Burt Bacharach tune followed by the song that I most hoped they would play, but didn't really think they would - "Caffeine"! As soon as I heard the first animal noises, I went crazy! It was the best way they could have closed the show.
Other than Patton ridiculing a guy who was constantly flipping him off and asking if the audience was happy and immediately following with "Well you sure look happy!", there wasn't a whole lot of interaction with the audience. Who cares? The music was what I came for and I got more than I expected.
Midnight Cowboy Collision Midlife Crisis Last Cup of Sorrow Just a Man The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Epic Evidence Death March Stripsearch Ashes to Ashes Home Sick Home Get Out Just A Man "This Guy Is In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach) Caffeine
I'm not sure if the show was recorded either aurally or visually, but it absolutely would be worth getting a copy of. Of the setlists I've seen so far, this was probably one of the more aggressive.
NOTE: These are definately the songs that were played, however, the order may be off here & there.
Midnight Cowboy Collision Mid Life Crisis Last Cup Of Sorrow The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies Evidence Easy Introduce Yourself Get Out Ashes To Ashes KFAD Stripsearch Home Sick Home Naked In Front Of The Computer Epic Just A Man encore: This Guy's In love With You Caffeine
I tell ya', I hate to say this, but this year's Hollywood show was not as wonderful as I had hoped it would be. I promised myself I wasn't going to post anything negative, however, I need to get a few things of my chest.
First of all, the sound was horrible. Puffy's drums were off from the start, the bass drum was entirely to clicky, & the snare was barely audible. Puffy seemed to be having a bad night as well. His tempo was fluctuating more than usual, & his performance during Collision was less than descent. Don't get me wrong, I love Puffy, I love him lots, however, this was definately an "off night" for him.
Patton's vocals were also under par. His performance was again outstanding, however, the sound quality was just plain BAD. The mid's were way up there in the mix, & he was always either too loud or too soft, there was never a medium.
Billy's bass was too quiet, & Roddy's boards, forget it, could barely hear them. Man I was bummed, I still am, I love FNM more so much, it breaks more heart to witness an evening such as this one.
I guess the worst thing about the night, was that the "vibe" was just plain missing. I have no idea where it went, but it was long gone. I couldn't take it, especially after seeing them rule the world in Las Vegas (October 3, 1997).
So that's that, I am sorry to seem to grim, but I speak the truth & I speak from the heart. It's Ok though, all bands have their bad nights I guess, I just hate it when I happen to be a part of the audience for such a gig.
On a possitive note, it was great to hear Get Out & Caffeine, they were great! Caffeine was literally amazing, good job boys!!! ...Get Out was strong as well, tight, fast, & very crowd pleasing. Oh yes, & let's not forget Just A Man, I tell ya', they should always make sure that one is a part of the setlist, that tune is a true work of art in concert.
Talk to you soon :)
FNM show @ Palace in Hollywood, October 5, 1997. I went last night and the only word to describe the "boys" is CLASS. They were all wearing slacks and button up shrits (excluding Puffy of course) and Patton was acting like a a mix between Elvis and a lounge singer. They covered some old 70's song called "I will always love you" or something. Also, at the end of Epic, Mike sang "I believe I can fly" by R. Kelly off the Space Jam soundtrack. It was pure genious. FNM is the best , ROCK ON!!!
- Midnight Cowboy Theme
- Midlife Crisis
- Last Cup of Sorrow
- Easy (Like Sunday Morning)
- King For a Day
- Introduce Yourself
- Gentle Art of Making Enemies
- Ashes to Ashes
- "I believe I can fly" (R. Kelly)
- Get Out
- Naked In Front of the Computer
- Home Sick Home
- Just A Man
- "This Guy Is In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach)
High points: The whole show. Specifically- "Just A Man", "Caffiene", "I Need Your Love", "King For A Day", "Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
Not so high points: Keyboards lost in mix. Only three songs total off of TRT, and AD. Only one encore.
From the second the band walked on stage all the way to the last huge E chord of Caffeine, Faith No More pulverized a sold out crowd with a ripping set full of intensity, passion, and total energy. For all of you who have seen them live, you know what I'm talking about. For all of you who havent seen them, all I can say is youre missing out big time!! The crowd was totall y responsive to them, jumping, singing, slamming, and just feeding off the bands live energy. I've been at shows where the crowd doesn't know any other songs than the bands singles- this was not one of those crowds. Everyone there knew all the lyrics, and all the parts to every song, and showed it enthusiastically.
The show opened with the band wearing suits, Mike Patton wearing a white shirt and black pants. They came out to a dark stage, and went into "Midnight Cowboy"- not the traditional "opening song", but then again, Faith No More isnt the traditional band either. Patton took center stage blowing into a recorder under a single spotlight. It set the mood, and built up the crowd very nicely. Then the stage lit up and they roared into "Collision"- see the set list above.
I've read reviews criticizing Patton for ignoring the crowd during their shows. He didnt display any evidence of that tonight. The guy was fired up! He looked to be having fun, and enjoying himself, and constantly chatting with the crowd. At one point he singled out an audience member, "Everybody, I want you to know that I have a lover. And he's here in the audience tonight. He's right there (pointing), he's been giving me the finger all night long. I love you, man. (Grabbing his cock) This is all for you. This has your name all over it.". Or while introducing "Evidence"- "This song is like a high school dance song. So, its ladies choice tonight, time to find your partners...and I know youre nervous." Patton also had a bottle of red wine that he kept at the base of Puffy's drum kit, and helped himself to a glass throughout the evening.
As for the rest of the band- they were totally solid. However, they were
hardly noticable staying to the sides and giving center stage to Patton.
Jon Hudson's guitar playing was excellent, and his guitar tone was as thick as a brick wall. He fits in real well as the new guitarist. Puffy and Billy pounded through every song perfectly, they were locked in together, and the low end of the set couldnt have sounded any better. Unfortunately, Roddy's keyboards were lost in the mix somewhere. Even on keyboard driven songs like Stripsearch, Ashes to Ashes, or King For A Day, he was completely drowned out. Only when the band was playing quietly like for, Easy, Evidence, or the end of Epic did you hear Roddy's playing. He also did a lot of guitar playing, and background vocals- and he did that rather well.
The set mainly consisted of songs from their last two albums. "Epic" was the only thing they touched from The Real Thing. "Midlife Crisis" and "Caffiene" were all they played off of Angel Dust. I would have loved to of heard of few more from those albums, but I guess they only have so much time. For the encore, they played a really cool, loungey, swinging song that I have never heard them play before. From what I could tell it was called "I Need Your Love". Patton may have done his best singing of the night on this one!
Besides Roddy's non-existant keyboards, the overall sound of the show was really clear. At one point Patton was yelling at someone off stage and pointing at his ear- a possible monitor problem? Either way, it didn't effect the band's performance. They tore through every song with intensity, energy, and devotion. And the crowd was treated to one hell of a show!
I arrived at The Palace in Hollywood at 7:00pm on October 5th to see Faith No More . The line outside was a big long turd that wrapped all the way around the fucking corner so I decided I'd go on a walk to kill some time. I decided that I'd try to find that lamp post from the Knickerbocker hotel picture in Angel Dust. I didn't have an actual copy of Angel Dust with me so I couldn't really figure it out to well though, so I went walking through the parking lot and I asked the people getting out of their cars whether they had it etc.......no luck. What I did find instead was this guy who said that he knew Patton from all the way back in the 6th grade, when they both went to the same elementary school in Eureka CA. where they grew up. Anyway, I'm pretty much just standing there while my friend Jason is talking to that guy from Eureka, and Puffy walks up to some guy ten feet away from us in the parking lot. We walk over to him and listen in for a minute and then some mini-van pulls into the lot so Puff runs over to it and jumps on the front bumper as if he knows the guy. A minute later they come back over to us again and start talking three-way with the two of us listening in. We learned during the course of the conversation that Puffy has been on the road for 22 months with Ozzy and FNM combined, and he's also got a baby which was conceived during that tour. I also discovered that the mystery man from the mini-van was the drummer for Marilyn Manson named Ginger I think. We asked where the rest of the band was and Puff told us that they weren't there yet but Dave Lombardo (old drummer for SLAYER) was going to be there and then Puff went back inside. We bummed around for a while and we met up with our friend Allan in the line. We went back to the parking lot and saw Dave Lombardo so we said "Hi" and then we went inside to see the show. Limp Biskit was horrible. Faith No More came onstage.....
The Set included the following songs. Midnight Cowboy, Collision, Midlife Crisis, Stripsearch, Last Cup of Sorrow, Naked in Front of the Computer, Ashes to Ashes, Home Sick Home, Get Out, Evidence, The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, King For A Day, Just A Man, Epic, Caffeine, Be Aggressive, and more.
Not to be a picky asshole but the sound at The Palace sucked that night. I was pretty disoriented during the show because it was hard to focus on the band while I was getting worked by the crowd, so you'll have to get the bands remarks from Allan or someone else.
After the show I wasn't able to hear or speak very well. I went to their tour bus and waited.....nothing. I walked around to the parking lot on the other side and roadies were moving shit. Patton came out so I ran up to him and heard him get shit from some bouncer about not being able to carry his beer into the parking lot. He said he was just looking for some friends in the lot but the bouncer wouldn't let him pass me. I tried to ask him for a favor, but he took off back into the building. A little later John Hudson came out with a girl friend so Jason went to him and told him he put on a good show and reminded him that he had just talked to him two days earlier at the show in Las Vegas. John told Jason that he gets around or something and then he took off. After that we went to get something to drink and then we headed back home sick home.
Tuesday October 7 8:28 AM EDT
REVIEW/PERFORMANCE: Faith No More No Good
Faith No More (Palace; 1,250 capacity; $16.50)
By Troy J. Augusto
HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - Time isn't exactly being kind to eclectic San Francisco rock band Faith No More. The group never appeared comfortable with the mainstream fame brought on by the unexpected success of their 2 million-selling 1989 album "The Real Thing," and since the early '90s they've toiled in increasing obscurity.
But as it turns out, Faith No More makes better music when the eyes of the world are focused elsewhere, as evidenced by the quintet's fine but roundly ignored last two albums, 1995's "King For a Day -- Fool For a Lifetime" and this year's wryly titled "Album of the Year" (Slash/Reprise).
Unfortunately, the same rule doesn't apply to FNM's live shows, as they've deteriorated from the wild and unpredictable performance art they used to be into cynical, unemotional exercises in the routine. At the almost-full Palace on Sunday, the five, all dressed in button-up white shirts and black dress pants, played a short set heavy on new songs but light on spontaneity or verve.
Having dropped such spastic crowd faves as "Surprise You're Dead" and "We Care a Lot," Faith No More (which featured new guitarist Jon Hudson in his first L.A. show) did little in the 75-minute show to generate excitement, though many in the house whooped and hollered and moshed about nonetheless.
In fact, the most interesting points of the evening were when the band segued from one of their patented thrashy, synth-driven numbers to a curious cover song -- "I'm Easy" by the Commodores or Burt Bacharach's "This Guy's In Love With You." Funny, but not ha-ha funny.
Presented by Goldenvoice. Band: Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould, Jon Hudson, Mike Patton. Reviewed Oct. 5, 1997.