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Tempe (AZ), Celebrity Theater
October 4, 1997 Tempe (AZ), Celebrity Theater

Yeah, Patton was nuts! The way he jerked around on the thrash songs... What a stage presence. Balances out the other guys well, who are all relatively laid back. They don't need to jump around - Patton is the focal point. He's obviously well-read; he mentioned a few items in the day's paper ("Are you all Promise Keepers?" and saying about how Tempe (AZ) is the date rape capital of the US). And he introduced that "Road Rage" song by taunting a huge guy in the front - "Hey, fatty, do you 'road rage'? This one's for you, fatty!"

Rock, Hudson, Rock! I was right on the side of the stage by him. He was awesome, just cooly playing, but into it - I got the feeling that Dean was kinda out of it. His solo on Easy was nice. I think he fits in well. Roddy always does that, going offstage (since FNM has been writing some keyboardless songs). Why just stand around looking stupid when he can get some water or whatever? Tho he does seem a bit lower-key than in the past. He played guitar on Naked in Front of a Computer (rather mechanically). Poor Puffy, never gets a break. He's tireless. Awesome drum sound.

Highlights:
Their entrance to Midnight Cowboy - the best entrance I've ever seen. Just beautiful how it was dark while they played it. And they looked very dapper in their 40's-era shirts and slacks (except for Puffy, only shorts of course). And with Patton playing that keyboard/blowtube thing (is that the octarina?). Very dramatic. Tears in my eyes.
And then immediately kicking into Collision...beautiful. Last Cup was also great, even though they've been almost overplaying it on the radio - never get sick of it.
But the absolute best part (that you forgot in the setlist) was Just a Man! I think it closed the regular set. The concert was at the Celebrity Theatre (nice low stage, and got really close), and the stage is in the round (but one side is curtained off), and there's a ramp that the band enters on. During the spoken part, Patton walked out onto it, and people swarmed around him, and the security had to surround him (like bodyguards! it was funny). Then the way he lifted his hand to heaven at the climax, and how he jumped onto the monitors...awesome.

Speaking of security, they weren't worth a shit. So many people got on stage (one bastard bearhugged Patton, who hit him on the head with the mic as the security dragged him off). Patton said "It's a war out there, and the guys in yellow are losing."

John Kestner.

I WENT TO SEE FAITH ON SATURDAY OCT 4TH IN PHOENIX, AZ USA. THE SHOW WAS MOVED FROM THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM TO THE CELEBRATY THEATER. NOW THE CELEBRATY THEATER USUALLY HAS CONCERTS FROM TOM JONES AN THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS SO YOU CAN IMAGINE THIER SHOCK AT THE PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP. THE ELECTRIC BALLROOM IS A BAR WITH A BIG OPEN STAGE NO SEATS. BUT THE CLEBR. THE. HAD LOADS OF SEATS. THERE WERE ONLY A FEW FEET BETWEEN THE SEATS AND THE BARRACADS BUT THAT WAS ENOUGH ROOM. THERE WERE ONLY 7 OR 8 SECURITY GAURDS AT THE MOST. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE THE SHOW WENT LIKE THIS.

MIDNITE COWBOY
COLLITION
MIDLIFE CRISIS
LAST CUP OF SORROW
GENTILE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES
EASY
HOME SICK HOME
EVIDENCE
HIGHWAY STAR
EPIC
INTRODUCE YOURSELF
SOME SLOW SONG THAT I HAVE NEVER HEARD BEFORE
DEATH MARCH
LAND OF SUNSHINE
LAST TO KNOW.

I MAY HAVE LEFT SOMETHING OUT THOUGH. EXCEPT PUFFY THEY WERE ALL WEARING NICE EXPENSIVE CLOTHES EVEN SHOES. THIS WAS A SHOCK TO ME BECAUSE I HAD SEEN THEM 2 YEARS EARLIER AT CLUB RIO AND WE GOT TO TALK WITH PATTON. HE CAME OUT INTO THE CROWD AND STARTED WALKING AROUND. HE IS A VERY COOL GUY. PATTON TOLD US THAT TEMPE(SUBERB OF PHX, HOME OF ARIZONA STATE UNIV.) IS THE GANG RAPE CAPITOL OF THE WORLD? SO SINCE I WAS A CONCERT WE ALL CHEERED LOUDLY. PATTON WAS NOT PLEASED WITH THAT AND HE SAID "IS THAT WHAT YOU GUYS REALLY THINK?" THEN THEY PLAYED HOME SWEET HOME. BEFORE EVIDENCE RODDY TOLD US TO FIND A SEAT BECAUSE THIS IS A SLOW SONG AND THIS PLACE HAS SEATS. NO ONE SAT THOUGH. HOW COULD WE? PATTON ASKED HOW MANY OF US ARE PROMISE KEEPERS? NO ONE KNEW WHAT THE HELL HE WAS TALKING ABOUT SO WE CHEERED AND HE GAVE US THE FINGER AND PLAYED GENTLE ART...ITS A RELIGIOUS MENS ORG.THING WERE REALLY GETTING OUT OF HAND AND THE SECURITY COULD NOT KEEP ANY OFF THE STAGE. PATTON STARTED TO TAUNT THE CROWD BY THROWING PUNCHES AT THE GUYS UP FRONT. THIS BAND HAS DONE ITS HOMEWORK- IN PHOENIX,TUCSON, LOS ANGELES, AND FEW OTHER WESTERN CITIES WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED ROADRAGE. THIS IS WHEN SOME HURTS SOME ONE ELSE ON THE ROADS OR FREEWAY. LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF IT BECAUSE PEOPLE GET KILLED ALLTHE TIME. SO AFTER A SONG PATTON TELLS US THAT WE ALL HAVE ROADRAGE. SO WE ALL ARE CHEERING AT THAT. THEN HE POINT AT ONE GUY IN THE FRONT AND HE SAYS THAT HE HAS MORE ROADRAGE THAN EVERYONE. HE KEEPS CALLING HIM FATTY. THE DUDE REALLY WASNOT VERY FAT THOUGH. THEN HE SAYS THIS IS FOR YOU FATTY AND THEY PLAY HIGHWAY STAR BY IRON BUTTERFLY. I DONT THINK THEY HAVE DONE IT THAT MANY TIMES IT NOT ON YOUR LIST. THEN AFTER THE ONCORE 3 GUYS AT ONCE WERE UP ON STAGE JUMPING ON PATTON. HE WAS HITTING THEM AND THE SUCURITY WAS TRING TO GET THEM OFF. THEN RODDY SAID ITS A WAR OUT THERE AND THE YELLOW GUYS ARE LOSING( SECURITY). IT WAS FUN AS HELL, NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST TIME I SAW THEM BUT I GOT MORE THAN MY MONEY'S WORTH. AS I WAS COMING OUT I SAW LOTS OF DUDES WITH TAPERECORDERS THAT WERE IN THE BACK. AND I SAW ON KID WITH A VIDEOCAMERA OUTSIDE. I THINK PEOPLE IN PHOENIX ARE SO ROUDY BECAUSE OF THE HEAT. IT WAS AT LEAST 100 DEGREES THAT DAY.

TRAVIS KLEIN TUCSON,ARIZONA, USA

TRAVIS KLEIN.

To start off with, the show was moved from the Electric Ballroom to the Celebrity Theater as the Ballroom lost it's alcohol license. Which was actually cool as Celebrity Theater is better. It is an In The Round stage. Although half of it was closed. But I still had great seats.

Well the opening band was cool. I'd never seen Rage against the.... um Biohazar... oh um Cypress Hil...no... Beastie Bo.... no um ....311...oh crap...Limp Bizkit before. Sorry I got confused there for a minute. The lead singer was a very angry young man. A lot of inner rage. The guy on the record deck served no purpose what so ever. My guess is that he was the brother of teh lead singer and they felt guilty so they gave him a turn table to play on. But who cares about a support band when the headliner is....

FAITH NO MORE

Well like their previous shows, they come on stage in suits. Roddy was the only one wearing a tie. They opened with MIDNIGHT COWBOY, which was awesome with Mike playing away on his little blowy keyboardy thing. Then the lights went out and Mike screamed 1, 2,3 COLLISION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He went psycho. Next was MIDLIFE CRISIS. But unfortunately Roddy got out of time with the rest of the band and the Yeah yeah yeah part was mistimed and Mike did NOT comment on this!!!!!!!

"Welcome to Vegas" Mike yells at the crowd. He points at us. He turns his hand and flips us the bird, a twisted smile on his face. LAST CUP OF SORROW was next, which sounded great. They went into a quiet section of the show, EVIDENCE, where Jon played the solo so absolutely-god-damned-perfect that it bought tears to my eyes. Then EASY, with Jon also doing a great solo. Now the crowd was all mellowed out. The perfect time to go into INTRODUCE YOURSELF.

GET OUT was next. Security was pretty bad as numerous people got onto the stage. At one point a guy leaped on stage wrapped his arms around Mike and tackled him to the ground. Security guards leaped on him but not before Mike had punched him in the head repeatedly and WITHOUT missing a beat in his singing!!!!!! Very impressive.

Mike was great. Any asshole that got on stage and was too close (it was a small stage) was elbowed, punched or kicked. Mike dedicated the next song to "that fat f@#k with the stupid long hair" as he so nicely put it, HIGHWAY STAR. THE GENTLE ART OF MAKING ENEMIES was next. EPIC still sounds as good as it did 8 years ago. Roddy then gets his guitar for NAKED IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER. Yeeeeeeeesssss!!!!!!

Seeing Mike as a lounge singer is great. The way he winks at the crowd and points and gestures is wonderful. Great entertainment. "I feel like Wayne Newton" he said at one point. They then break into KING FOR A DAY.

HOME SICK HOME sounded cool. During the chorus of Drive me home, Mike started stamping his foot like a spoilt child. It was hilarious. The showstopper had to be PRISTINA. Damn! That is all I have to say about that. next come ASHES TO ASHES which probably sounds even better live.

JUST A MAN was the last song. It still sounds as good as ever. For the ending dialogue Mike walks right to the edge of the stage and taunts the crowd, on the verge of falling in.

The encore was short. Just three songs. This guys in love with you, Land of sunshine, which at the end part Mike sang instead of letting Jon play. It sounded great. The last song was Death March, ashes ashes we all fall down.

Here is the set list;

  1. Midnight Cowboy
  2. Collision
  3. Midlife Crisis
  4. Last Cup of Sorrow
  5. Gentle Art of Making Enemies
  6. Evidence
  7. Easy
  8. Introduce Yourself
  9. Get Out
  10. Home Sick Home
  11. Naked In Front of the Computer
  12. Ashes To Ashes
  13. "Highway Star" (Deep Purple)
  14. King For A Day
  15. Pristina
  16. Epic
  17. Just A Man
    Encore
  18. "This Guy's In Love With You" (Burt Bacharach)
  19. Land of Sunshine
  20. Death March
  • We Care Alot - No songs - most notably We Care Alot was not performed
  • Introduce Yourself - 2 songs
  • The Real Thing - 1 song
  • Angel Dust - 3 songs
  • King For a Day - 5 songs
  • Album of the Year - 6 songs
  • Others - 3 songs

Obviously there were some songs I wished that they'd played. Caffeine, Jizzlobber, As the worms turns (which they have been playing lately. d'oh!) Stripsearch. But the set they played was great. I had well and truly lost my voice by the end, which is always a good sign.

The one thing that I did notice. Roddy looked sick. He does not move around as much as he used to. He has put on weight and he is losing his hair. He did not seem to fit in this time. He missed a beat a couple of times. For a couple of songs he wasn't even on stage. Hopefully he was just tired and this is a once off thing. Bill said about two words to the crowd. Puffy said absolutely nothing. Jon didn't get introduced. But a one point when Mike was jumping around he slammed into him and said sorry "Jon my buddy" which was nice.

Personally I think Jon fits in with the band great and like I said, the Evidence solo blew me away. I hope they keep this guy.

To conclude, this was probably the best show I've seen so far. The only thing is that it is a shame to see them on a small stage. Mike has too much energy to cooped up. I can't wait for the next time.

Craig Chenery

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