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Cleveland (OH), Agora Theatre  
September 23, 1997 Cleveland (OH), Agora Theater

Well, let's get the meaningless stuff out of the way. We arrived there about 8:00pm and waited a little bit to see a shit band. Limp Bizkit were the hair band's equivalent to the 90's. There is nothing different from this band to say Winger. Jump around just like Korn and copy, copy, and copy some more. Very boring to say the least.

After about a half hour wait, FNM took the stage. 2001 theme started it all and then came Collision. Man was the place rockin! Perfect sound and lots of intensity. The band really played flawlessly tonight. Some personal highlights include: Gentle Art of Making Enemies, What a Day, As the Worm Turns, and King For a Day. There was some talking to boot. Roddy told everyone before Midlife Crisis to stop clapping so they could get on with their work, a fight broke out in the pit and Patton told them to save it for the ballads, and before Highway Star, Billy, Patton, and Roddy asked what a typical Cleveland night was. Nobody really answered so Patton made a "nice" gesture(jerking off motion) and Roddy then chimed in that Cleveland people gamble(roll dice... going along with Patton's gesture). After all that, they played two encores and the set list is as follows(may not be in exact order):

  1. Collision
  2. Midlife Crisis
  3. Last Cup of Sorrow
  4. Gentle Art of Making Enemies
  5. Evidence
  6. Easy
  7. Introduce Yourself
  8. Ugly In The Morning
  9. Ashes to Ashes
  10. King For a Day
  11. Midnight Cowboy
  12. Epic
  13. Naked In Front of the Computer
  14. "Highway Star" (Deep Purple)
  15. Just a Man
    Encore:
  16. Stripsearch
  17. I Started a Joke
  18. As the Worm Turns
    Encore 2:
  19. What a Day

Finally, the show ended and we waited outside to see if they'd come out. Low and behold, they did. Roddy was the first to come out to sign autographs and bs. I just walked up to him and said "Could you sign my shirt"? Real polite, he said "Sure" and signed it. Roddy left and then Jon Hudson came out. I can't say enough nice things about this guy. He's really soft spoken and down to earth. Anyway, I just walked up right next to him and said the same thing as I had said to Roddy. Very politely, he said "Sure" and signed it. Billy came out after that and I didn't have as much luck as I did before. I walked right up to him, but this time he signed only a few(I was the next in line before he said he was done). Lastly, Puffy came out and signed everything(except mine). The security force(aka Clevelend's finest) told me to get on the other side of the fence, so I didn't get a chance. We then left and figured Patton wouldn't even sign anything.

Overall show::: A+(Flawless)

Hope it wasn't too long? Can't help it cause I had a great night!!

Steve.

Set List (not in exact order but as close as I can remember):

1.  Collision
2.  Midlife Crisis
3.  Last Cup of Sorrow
4.  Naked in Front of the Computer
5.  Evidence
6.  Easy (Commodores cover)
7.  Highway Star (Deep Purple cover)
8.  Ashes to Ashes
9.  Introduce Yourself
10. King For A Day
11. Midnight Cowboy
12. The Gentile Art of Making Enemies
13. Ugly in the Morning
14. Epic
15. Just A Man

-1st Encore-

16. Stripsearch
17. I Started A Joke (Bee-Gees cover)
18. As the Worm Turns

-2nd Encore-

19. What A Day

Ok, so let's see... After two and a half hours of driving, we arrived at the Theatre at about 8:10 pm. The place was a really interesting venue; the front of it was set up like a broadway theatre, with seats and a balcony (and an open floor near the stage) and the rear of it was like a club; there were pool tables and stands seeling drinks and pizza. Limp Bizkit went on at about 8:30, starting off pretty strong but then regressing into typical hard-core repetitiveness (as in, "ok, we're quiet now, but now I'm yelling again, everybody jump and get crazy!"). I didn't help that after about the third song the singer started ripping on the majority of the crowd ("Thanks for keepin' it real in the front here; fuck everybody else" and "this one goes out to all you two-faced motherfuckers out there" were two of my personal faves). Basically all he did was succeed in pissing everybody off; people started throwing shit at them and they essentially got booed off the stage (after their last song, the singer mumbled a "fuck you," dropped the mic, and walked away). This made me feel better about the crowd, because I had feared that a large majority were only there to see Limp Bizkit, due to the success of their Big Single, "Counterfeit." But, happily, this was Faith No More's night.

After a little more than a half hour, the lights dropped and the main theme from "2001: A Space Odessey" started playing over the speakers. This, of course, caused everybody in the place to freak. The band took the stage, all in three-piece suits except for Patton (no jacket) and Puffy (shirtless as usual). They launched into "Collision" and the crowd on the floor started jumping around immediately. I was in complete ecstacy at this point, this being my first FNM show; also, I couldn't have been more than ten feet from the stage during the entire performance. All around it was by far the most incredible show I have ever seen anyone put on.

Highlights:
1. Patton, in general! The whole show, Patton was conversing with the audience in a funny, casual manner. He led into "Highway Star" by asking the crowd, "So, how does this rate compared to a typical Cleveland, Ohio night? What does everybody do on a typical night in Cleveland, Ohio?" He asked the latter question several times, knowing full well that he wouldn't be able to understand anything the crowd was shouting at him. He and Roddy were chuckling about this, and then Patton asked "Is this what you do?" making a masturbation gesture with his left hand. To which Roddy replied, "What, gambling?" ... At some point, Patton and Bill Gould noticed a couple kids fighting near the front and started yelling a them. "Hey... Hey! Stop!" Patton called with a smirk on his face. "You've got an hour left of concert to fight!" ... As the band went into "Evidence," Patton announced, "We've submitted this song as an entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" (which of course is located in Cleveland). "Your votes are appreciated." ... During "Evidence," someone threw what must have been a three foot long hot dog up on stage, which Mike promptly snatched up and started munching on. "How'd ya know I liked sucking dick?" he asked the crowd as he took the first bite from the dog. He continued eating the dog through the rest of "Evidence" and the entirety of "Easy," meaning that he sung both those tunes with hot dog in his mouth, and was still perfect... I was so impressed by how dead on he was on every song. Many bootlegs that I heard from the King For A Day tour had him growling through sensitive songs and just plain fucking around during the more aggressive ones, as if he was just kinda bored with everything. But at this show he really gave a phenomenal effort for everything he sang. The climax of "Just A Man" (in my opinion the best song they played) very nearly made my two female companions lose consciousness. He had such an awesome stage presence that I really have little recollection of what any of the other band members were doing up there; I couldn't take my eyes off Patton the whole show.

2. Jon Hudson. I had heard some shaky reviews of FNM's new guitarist's live work on some of the older tunes ("Evidence," in particular). But Hudson (who, by the way, looks like he could be Sting's evil brother) really did well for himself. He nailed the "Evidence" solo, performed all the "Album of the Year" tunes flawlessly, and brought new life to older songs like "What a Day" and "Ugly in the Morning."

3. "Epic." To be perfectly honest, I didn't want them to play this one. I figured that by now they must have been so sick of this song that it would be completely devoid of energy. But "Epic" ended up being my second favorite thing they played, behind only "Just A Man." The band somehow managed to bring an incredible amount of intensity to a song that should have run out of steam years ago. Plus, during the piano outro, Patton sang the chorus from R. Kelly's "I Beleive I Can Fly" (yes, the one from "Space Jam!"). An outstanding performance of a classic tune.

4. "Midnight Cowboy." I couldn't beleive that they played this song! It came right after "King For A Day," which ended with some very mellow noodling by Billy and Puffy. As they played out the very end of the song, Patton walked to the back of the stage, picked up this thing which was basically a mini-keyboard with a tube to blow into (I really don't know what the hell the name of it is), walked up to the mic and started playing the opening to "Midnight Cowboy." It took a couple seconds for the sound guys to give him volume, but he came in just as the rest of the band did and the crowd loved it.

5. The crowd! Almost everyone there seemed to be in the same mindset as myself and my companions; that of "I can't beleive all these people know all these songs!" I don't know how it is overseas, but in the U.S. the true Faith No More fan is really a dying breed. It's truly a challenge to find people who listen to music other than that which is forcefed to them through modern rock radio and MTV. So it was a real pleasure to hang out with people who shared the same "addiction" as I did! Everybody was just having a great time, allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by an incredible performance by a great band. We called them out for two encores, and I really don't think they were expecting the second one (they had to have a little "band huddle" to figure out what they were going to play). "Encore number two for Cleveland, Ohio," Patton called out after being called back a second time, "and counting!" When the lights finally went up, everyone in my vicinity looked as if they had just had an orgasm. This was their night, and they definitely made the most of it.

Lowlights (?):
Well, being a big "Angel Dust" fan, I guess in retrospect I was kind of disappointed that they only played two songs off that album. But the show was so incredible that I didn't even realize it until a while after it was over. I think the fact that they concentrated on their more recent stuff (there was only one song each off "The Real Thing," "Introduce Yourself," and "We Care A Lot") helped them keep their performance very fresh and high-energy. Whatever they're doing, they should most definitely keep it up, because they are better now than they have ever been and appear to be in no danger of slowing down!

written by grady mutzel at fredonia state college in new york

thanks to suzy clements and kate besaw for attempting to help piece together the set list

Grady Mutzel

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