Amsterdam, Paradiso
March 15, 1995 Amsterdam (Holland), Paradiso

  1. Digging The Grave
  2. Be Aggressive
  3. Midlife Crisis
  4. The Real Thing
  5. Evidence
  6. We Care A Lot
  7. Cuckoo for Caca
  8. Easy
  9. Get Out
  10. Land Of Sunshine
  11. King For A Day
  12. Introduce Yourself
  13. Epic
  14. What A Day
  15. From Out Of Nowhere
  16. Caffeine
  17. Surprise! You're Dead!
  18. I Started A Joke
  19. The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies

The band was *very* enthusiastic, just like the last time in Paradiso, back in 1992. Also, Dean Menta adds a lot to the band. He is lightyears better than Jim Martin will ever be. It's such an improvement that they kicked him out, unbelievable. For example, remember that Jim didn't do shit during Easy (because he disliked the song ??), well, Dean played some killer clean melody during the whole song and made the solo sound like a melody instead of a concatenation of notes for a change !!! He also plays a lot heavier, his guitar sound is just way better than Jim's.

The sound was brilliant. There was no instrument that snowed the others. Everything was there crisp and clear. Roddy's keys were perfectly audible (I've heard different in the past), as was Bill's bass and Mike's voice. I found it rather great that they dug some old songs from the grave that they didn't play during the AD tour: Real Thing (played that in '92 as well) and FOON. Pitty they didn't play anything off their first album, but this was made up for by playing 19 great songs. Each of them ruled in its own right, but I must say the ones that pleased me most were Real Thing, King... and ISAJ. King For A Day just went on and on forever, the lights dimmed and everyone was playing very soft. Roddy was hitting 16-bar chords, Dean hit the occasional chord on hi guitar, Mike played shuffles, and Mike Patton just stood there staring into the audience like I have only seen James Maynard of TOOL fame do, saying 'Don't let me die with that silly look in my eyes' over and over. There was only a red spot shining on Mike's face, and the look on it scared the shit out of me. ISAJ, Evidence and Easy were played in true Frank Sinatra show-time style, with Mike mimicking every variety artist you have ever seen. This side of FNM is just so great, the skeptics will shut up once they see Mike perform. In my opinion, they focused too much on the harder songs, I was dying to hear Star AD and Take This Bottle. Mike's screaming has gone completely insane now. He nearly killed himself during Cuckoo and Gentle Art... Awesome !!! There was also a bit of audience teasing before Easy. Mike said 'I know a fine game, let's divide the audience into two parts. the first part is going to sing along during the first part of the next song, the second part during the final part of the song. Whoever sings best wins some candy.' And then Billy replied upon hearing the audience cheering to this proposal (stupid gits) 'Seems a pretty stupid game to me'. Mike: 'we can make it more interesting by demanding that the ones who win kill all the others'. Hilarious. Mike also screamed himself hoarse durin Land..., to the point where he just forgot about the lyrics and kept on screaming...Great!!!

- Frankco

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