Yesterday was the first of two FNM club gigs here in the Netherlands. The gig took place at the Tivoli in Utrecht, a club somewhat like the Paradiso in Amsterdam that can harbour about 1,000 people. We arrived way too early in Utrecht, and while we were walking to the hall there were a LOT of people in demand of tickets. It seems that AOTY has regained FNM some popularity.
The support act isn't worth mentioning so I won't. FNM started at 22:00 and they played the following songs (again, no surprises whatsoever).
(Also Sprach Zarathustra intro followed by Caesar's Palace entrance)
- Midlife Crisis
- The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
- Last Cup of Sorrow
- Introduce Yourself
- Got That Feeling
- Home Sick Home
- Ashes to Ashes
- King For A Day
- Naked in Front of the Computer
- Just a Man
Yes, that's right - 16 songs for a club gig, 1 hour and 5 minutes in total. Let me start by saying that it was just TOO hot inside the Tivoli. Temperatures must have risen to about 40+ degrees. Anyway, FNM didn't sound half as tight as they did last Sunday at Lowlands. The sound was HORRIBLE. I couldn't hear the guitar at all in quite a number of songs (Evidence being the most painful), and there was absolutely no balance in the sound - too much emphasis on high and sharp (Patton's voice and Bordin's crash cymbals were mixed in way too loud). The audience wasn't as into the gig as they were last Sunday either. There were a lot of stagedivers, but they were more annoying than amusing. There were also some good things about this show. For some reason, the setlist doesn't bother me anymore, so I can enjoy the songs on their own merits. It seems that the hardcore songs work best for me these days - I particularly enjoyed The Gentle Art, Got That Feeling, and my new personal live favorite Naked in Front of the Computer. It's great to see everyone on stage go wild during these short blasts. Another great thing was the ending of King for a Day, which is very much subject to experiment these days. Again, a GREAT rendition of this song. After the almost mythical ending (again, I was reminded of the atmosphere of the Navy PBR approaching the Do Lung bridge in Apocalypse Now...) it was very nice to hear Pristina, although I seemed the only one around who actually knew the song (the crowd was DEAD during Pristina). I thought it worked pretty well though, especially at that point in the setlist.
All in all I would say this was a pretty mediocre FNM club gig. It came nowhere near their Paradiso performances, which are always total (pleasant) chaos. Most of my friends agreed with me. Strangely enough, two friends of mine who aren't as much into FNM as me thought the show was much better than Lowlands. But they watched it from the balcony, so maybe the sound was better there. Besides, this was their first real chance to watch Patton's stage antics from close-by.