- Lots of FNM Moscow reviews to start. As the Google Translate from Russian is so ropey I have eschewed the usual sample quotes but all seem positive. One from KM.ru here and Gazeta here and leading news agency Interfax here.
- Here’s the Moscow setlist via setlistfm. I’ll be updating all the Last Words on this week’s gigs early next week when a) the first chapter of the Second Coming is over and b) I return from Rock Werchter (I know FNM aren’t playing but I’d booked my tickets, flights and hotel before the reunion was announced).
- Elsewhere Stubbadub has unearthed an amusing Australian interview with Mike P and Billy from 1995.
- I’ve also been trawling the archives and stumbled upon an unusual interview from Joyzine with Jim Martin from the early post-Mosley days. Sample quote: “Q: How do you typically work out a song? JIM: It works best if we give each other tapes, but it’s different every time. A lot of times, I’ll start off with a song and I’ll have no idea how it’s going to turn out. There’s one song on this LP, “Epic,” that they had all worked out, pretty much, and I didn’t know what the fuck I was going to do with it. So we were having practice and I said, “OK, just play it, I’m just going to jam.” And that’s how I figured out what to play; it just came to me. I just played it!”
- Fast-forwarding to 2008 and here’s a The Quietus feature on the ultimate FNM mixtape. Let us know your’s in the comment and I’ll put together a feature in the near future.
- The Moscow poster should be on sale soon though it is not on the Secret Serpents Store page yet.
He may be 41, sporting a spiffing suit and seemingly suffering from a leg injury that requires cane support, but that didn’t stop Mike Patton from stage diving during From Out of Nowhere in Moscow on Monday night. (via nick in comments)
And here’s his front flip from Helsinki earlier in the tour (better quality one again via nick)
The first outing of the tour for Zombie Eaters came last night at B1 Maximum in Moscow.
UPDATE: First video (from the very back of a packed venue) from the gig below
Faith No More play the B1 Maximum club in Moscow tonight as the Second Coming tour moves east. The gig has certainly garnered plenty of pre-show publicity.
The Infox agency has a very lengthy preview and career retrospective. The article recycles an old quote from Axl Rose calling Mike Patton “the best voice in America” and has this poetic description of King for a Day..: “Adult and mysterious, baleful and mystical, beautiful and unrestrainedly despising the tastes of the crowd – it failed to sell in the United States and Europe, despite the rave reviews of the reviewers.”
Kommersant also has a detailed preview. In it FNM are termed “one of the most popular and possibly the best heavy group of the past 20 years” while the reunion is termed “one of the major musical events of the year”.
GZT.ru also have a lengthy preview which opens by describing Faith No More as the “most influential group of the 1990s”. The revival is also labelled one “one of the most symbolic events of the year” and it concludes my promising that gig-goers can “enjoy one of the most exciting spectacles – the resurrection of a great group.”
The Moscow edition of TimeOut also has shorter preview here.
Both Roddy and Billy have confirmed that Faith No More will play Argentina on 1 November. Roddy: “BUENOS AIRES! Club Ciudad – November 1 = Tix on Sale June 29. Really excited about this one… stay tuned for more South American dates..” It seems, as we previously reported, that the gig will be part of the Pepsi Music fest which also features Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains and Depeche Mode.
No news yet on set list. As usual, I look forward to your reviews and feedback.
From Out of Nowhere
Land of Sunshine
Surprise You’re Dead
Last Cup of Sorrow
Cuckoo for Caca
Ashes to Ashes
King for a Day
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Just a Man
Chariots of Fire/Stripsearch
As the Worm Turns
Take This Bottle
Highlight: A 22-song set list and a 1.40 minute show enraptured the passionate crowd and a final encore of Take This Bottle decicated to the German country music band Truck Stop.
Video: Full playlist from MikelMovies on YouTube here.
Photos: Gallery here.
Faith No More are playing the Peace and Love festival in Borlänge, Sweden tonight. More news as we get it later.
Roddy Bottum has pretty much confirmed today on Twitter that Faith No More will be playing Brazil as part of the Second Coming tour: “we will be coming to south america most def, peoples, and skipping brazil would be like eating my own poo.”