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Auckland, Logan Campbell Ctr
August 6, 1995 Auckland (New Zealand), Logan Campbell Ctr.

aaaahh.... now this was a great show as well, not as great as the one in 1993 at auckland, but i can remember it a whole lot better!

well, first the local New Zealand band, Pumpkinhead played, but unfortunately, i've never been particularly fond of them...
but faith no more... aaaaah...

their energy was boundless... i had heard that Mike Patton takes a mixture of coffee and (sleeping pills?) before he performs, and that gives him a fair whack of energy, regardless.. he was like a wild animal, let loose...

aaaaahh....

they started the show with one of their singles... (i think it was ricochet, but i don't really remember... they did, after all, play almost the entire album...)
and the crowd went spastic... even on the concrete floor of the logan campbell center, you could feel the ground shake with stress... i got right up to the front.. and surprisingly, it was calmer in the first row than in the back...

Dean Menta seemed to fit incredibly well... a bit shy perhaps, but that's forgivable... it didn't seem too weird without Jim, like i thought it would...
Roddy? well, he seemed a bit lacklustre, i'm afraid... he seemed weary of his job, it was very sad to see... he was the only one that didn't turn up backstage...
Mike Bordin... well, up on the drum kit there, behind all of that equipment, you can't really see him when you're on the ground... i would occaisionally see a spidery arm bounce up and hit a cymbal, but other than that, he remained fairly enigmatic...

Billy, oh yes, billy... what a guy! that's all i can say... out of all of them, he had the most odd-looking haircut... and yet, his performance was powerful... wonderful, wonderful chap...

which brings me to Mike... well, it's strange really, that the favourite in everyones eyes would always be mike... (well, or Roddy... but we're talking about Mike..) but he's just such an odd character that you just have to notice what he's doing... it's an unwritten law...

at one point in the set, he suddenly glared straight forward, i felt as though he was looking directly at me, though that would be impossible (glare from the lights, why would he look at me anyway...) and he stuck his hand forward, and started yelling "AAH!! AAAH!!! AAAH!!! AAAAHH!! AAAHH!!! AAHHH!!!" in brief little bursts, for at least a full minute, clasping and unclasping his hand to emphasise each outry... This picture has been forever emblazoned in my memory... it was a beautiful scene... pure psychotic catharsis... aaaaaahhh...

the songs? well, they played all of King For A Day... with the exception of star AD, and possibly something else... they medleyed take-that's "whatever i said" (? is that the right title?) song with... ummm... well, they did it anyway...
they did a cover of Portishead's "Glory Box" (give me a reason to love you...), with Mike putting particular emphasis on the "i just wanna be... a woman" part...
the version of caffiene they did went for about nine minutes, they dragged out the psychotic instrumental part just before "say something, anything... i'm warning you..." to about three or four minutes... it was great! they were pissing off all of the wankers in the audience BIG TIME!!!! terrific effect!

ummm... other songs?
more or less just the usuals... epic, caffiene, midlife crisis, we care a lot, etc.

but those extra bits... PHEW!!!! aaaaahh!

TWO MAGICAL ENCORES!!!!!!

and then, after the concert, my two friends and i sat outside the back, waiting for them, and we and two other people waited there for ages... and when they finally did come, we spoke, shook hands, it was all very very friendly... a much happier side of them, especially in comparison to the 1993 signing... i think it was because they didn't have to deal with a multitude of leeching fans (we didn't even ask for their signatures) and now i can say that i've met my favourite band in a vaguely one on one situation...

terrific, terrific night... i just wish i'd taken some photos...

thanks for bearing with me...

Michael McClintock

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