I saw Faith No More for the first time on September 7, 1997 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They played at Edgefest '97,an annual music festival called sponsored by a local radio station. Also on the bill was Helmet, Real Big Fish, Limp Biskit, Our Lady Peace, Sugar Ray, Artificial Joy Club, and Caroline's Spine. There was a crowd of about 30,000. Faith No More took the stage at 9:00 p.m. This was one of the highlights of my year. They have been my favorite band since 1990. They blew all of the other bands there that day away. They played after Sugar Ray and before Helmet. In fact, a lot of people were rudely chanting "Faith No More" during the Sugar Ray's final songs. Here's the song list:
(Intro: Ceasar's Palace)
- Midlife Crisis
- Gentle Art of Making Enemies
- Last Cup of Sorrow
- I Started A Joke (I think)
- Naked in Front of the Computer
- We Care A Lot
- Introduce Yourself
- King for A Day
- Ashes to Ashes
- Just A Man
(The order is probably slightly wrong)
They weren't allowing recording devices into the festival and they were checking bags but I did see someone filming on stage throughout the day so there might be a copy of the show out there somewhere. They only played one song that I didn't recognize, but I think it was "I Started A Joke." After about the third song Mike Patton introduced their new guitar player Jon Hudson as Sting. After "King for A Day" Mike told the crowd that they (Faith No More) were hugry for barbeque and wanted to know if there was a barbeque restaurant open that late. He asked for someone to write down the adress and name of a barbeque place and throw it on stage. Unfortunately there was little room to breathe, much less write, in the crowd. No one, to my knowledge threw anything on stage. After "Ashes to Ashes" Mike said that they would play one last song and then they were going to eat barbeque. He ended "Just A Man" by hungerly chanting "Barbeque" over and over, and with that they left the stage. The crowd chanted for them to come back out but it did no good.
The concert was extremely short (around 40 minuets). They were keeping the bands on pretty tight schedules. A band started at the top of every hour since 10:00 a.m. Helmet had to play after Faith No More. They didn't even come to the "meet and greet" table after the show where bands had been signing autographs all day. That was pretty dissapointing. I was suprised that they did not play "Epic," the song they are mostly noted for. I was also suprised that the only Faith No More merchandise sold was T-shirts. There were no posters, stickers, or even cd's. I did, however get both T-shirts. One is their U.S. tour shirt and the other is the Album of the Year Faith No More 1997 shirt which has some pictures of the bearded guy on the front and photos of the band members on the back. All in all it was a great concert. They played very aggressively and Mike did an excellent job on the slower parts. It was an evening I will never forget!