Wellington, Queens Wharf  
October 16, 1997 Wellington, Queens wharf events centre

Only two months ago I came to the realisation that FNM were not a dull thrash band, and now consider them in the same league as gods, but more fun to worship. I was delighted when I heard they were coming to Wellington for the fourth time - although this was to be my first time seeing them.The day before the concert, the best thing ever happened to me. I was walking past a CD store and noticed that if you bought Album Of The Year(again) you would get one of fifty backstage passes. Needless to say, I bought two and despite the fact i had an important exam the morning after the concert, I could do nothing but squeal for joy for the next thirty hours. Come the night of the concert, we got led to this room backstage, and after a small wait they came out; we cheered like crazy, Patton looked at us and mentined we had a situation on our hands, then we got to mingle with the band for fifteen minutes. I was the only one who had Adult Themes For Voice, and Mike was clearly impressed when he signed it; he was like "How'd you get this in New Zealand?" I was over the moon just to speak to him; he is my true idol. Like Mike, the other members of the band were really cool and pleasant; Ronny was ever so polite when my dumb friend gave him a biro to sign a laminated backstage pass with. Needless to say, it didn't work. Then the band snuck off and we waited not too long for the boring support act Syke to finish - whilst I spent $110 on FNM merchandise. The pretty full crowd went beserk when they came on, then went dead quiet when they heard Midnight Cowboy. Anyway, this is the songs they played; the middle might be a wee bit out of order.

  1. Midnight Cowboy
  2. Collision
  3. Midlife Crisis
  4. Last cup Of Sorrow
  5. The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
  6. Evidence
  7. Easy
  8. Introduce Yourself
  9. Ashes To Ashes
  10. King For A Day
  11. Epic
  12. Home Sick Home
  13. Pristina
  14. Mouth to Mouth
  15. Land Of Sunshine
  16. Naked in Front of the Computer
  17. Just A Man
  18. This Guy's In Love With You (Burt Bacharach)
  19. Get Out
    Second encore
  20. Stripsearch
  21. Highway Star(Deep Purple)

All the songs were superb. mike wasn't as energetic as I've seen him on video, but he was still phenomenal. His voice never fails to astound me, it can do anything, and he's the perfect frontsman to display the voice. You couldn't possibly ask for more in a lead singer. The crowd was really into it, moshing even to Evidence and Easy and singing the words whenever they knew them. I can't really pick a fave song - they were all so superb. King For A Day confused some people, with the ten minute experimental bit at the end, and pristina didn't really move the crowd, but I found them awesome. At the start of Just A Man he announced it would be the last song, then they played two encores. Before This Guy's In Love With You, Mike asked the crowd "How many of you are over 40?" The whole mosh pit cheered, and Billy stepped forward and saiud "Cut out that shit guys; if it weren't for this song most of you wouldn't even exist." Mike dedicated Easy to John Denver, and when they came on for their second encore Mike said "That's what seperates us from other bands. You'll want to go home, we'll still be playing!"

I can't think of much to say for each individual song; just that they were all magnificent; if I Had to make a choice it would be Midlife Crisis or Evidence. Mike's maniacal laughter in Land of Sushine was extraordinary. Stripsearch was beautiful,with that really dramatic ending, and Last Cup Of Sorrow and Ashes to Ashes were spot on. If onlty they had played Caffeine! At one stage the crowd was chanting for Helpless, which was interesting. Roddy wasn't all that energetic, but his keyboarding couldn't be flawed. the sound was great - I've heard other concerts have had the keyboards drowned out; but no such worries here. Overall, an amazing concert. I get a feeling they've been more fun before - they didn't associate that much with the crowd, and Mike almost, bizarrely seemed to be Mr Nice Guy. Nonetheless, it was still a magnificent concery. The crowd couldn't have been more into it, and the music was flawless. I was blown away. By the way, i think I failed that exam, but it's worth it. I'm just gonna have to think of a way to spend another two or three years waiting for their next tour now. Long live faith no more!


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