Follow Faith No More’s first gig since 1998 and their return to their London spiritual home the Brixton Academy here throughout the day. I’ll be blogging here and Tweeting (see column on right) and look forward to your views and reviews too. LATEST UPDATES WILL APPEAR ON TOP.
And Pristina is it. The band are actually wearing different pastel tint suits now the lights come up – Bill in mint green, no idea for Puffy. Ok, that’s it for me. Three times as many people were on this site today as were at this gig so I thank you so much. I’m going to brave the journey home now but I’ll post reviews tomorrow. Make no mistake, this tour is going to be mind-blowing.
PS Apologies for not getting round to comments. All much appreciated and I will now.
Second encore begins with I Started a Joke. What a voice this man has. Lest I be accused of Pattonitis, this is a superb version. Fashion update, Patton suit peach, Hudson baby blue, Puffy vest, Bill black shirt and ecru and Roddy pink tint. And surely to finish..like here in 97 Pristina.
Chariots of Fire movie theme tune starts the encore and then the apparently unplayable-live Stripsearch. Stunning version needless to say. Final thanks from Mike P and his fanboy-paean (how I read it anyway) Just a Man. The band are tight, sound a little muddled and Patton vocals at their peak. This is the band at their best – no ennui, no album to promote, all re-energised and fuck it – it needs saying – Patton is in awesome form. He’s never been better. No vitriol, all passion.
Finishing as I started I can’t recognise the final song. We’re waiting for encore here. Mark Bowen I think.
Roddy’s Crossroads style (Old UK soap opera not blues) keyboard at the end gets me every time.
Mike goes over the monitors in submissive pose for that and now..Epic. Sounding fresher than anytime since 92. Mike still has the nasal voice of Real Thing when he wants (his vocals have chnaged so much down the years) but chorus is heavier.
Malpractice as Angel Dust is fittingly dusted off again. “The crowd roarsIt’s deep and so unhealthy.” And then Jizzlobber. Death metal heaven. I will have to be in the pit for that at Greenfield. Smiles and Bruises indeed. Roddy was offstage for those but is backed for his penned Be Aggressive.
This is any exhilaratingly eclectic setlist. Sublime version of King for Day with Mike tweaking his set up at the close for a fresh finish.
Yep. I’ve checked the lyrics and its Reunited by Peaches. Fuck what a version of Gentle Art of Making Enemies. I HAVE never felt this much alive. Still with us Brixton says Mike. There’s a Tube strike tonight, the perfect intro for RV..
I’m getting Reunited for the opener via Twitter..
Mike P. “Drummer feeling a little lazy tonight…all he wants to play is ballads”. So…Cuckoo for Caca. Surprise but Mike P is really giving it the vocal range on this. Bill bass there spot on..Shit Lives Forever!!!
Crowd sing chorus. Patton whistles in response…and bounces around stage singing chorus. He still has the same mic moves as on the Angel Dust tour. Well done muscle memory.
Midlife Crisis. 92 all over again for me and now we’re all thirtysomething.
Mike P delves into his box of tricks as we hit Last Cup of Sorrow. I’ve read your Tweets on the opener but I can’t elaborate. Just didn’t recognise it: cheesy MOR.
And now Easy.
And a surprise segue into Surprise You’re Dead. Slightly less death metal than back in the day. I wonder why. Oh, as I say that a superb death growl by Mike with Satanic laughter to follow.
Puffy pounds the skin. Roddy on synth as we lead into As the Worm Turns.No we won’t. Its Chinese Arithmetic. (sorry for confusion here). Patton is a livewire tonight – great to see him as a front man again.
Mike responds to a You Fat Bastards chant: “You say that now and its actually true. Now for phat with a ph…” Evidence.
Whats going on fuckheads is Patton’s greeting. Thanks for coming after 11 fucking years. Incest quip. And then Caffeine. Come On! Patton voice better than ever, tight band, good sound.
Land of Sunshine.Patton on knees giving it the full maniacial treatment. New Here’s How to Order sample. Megaphone out for those vocals – not samples.
From Out of Nowhere. John H in sky blue suit. Christ this is good.
Superb version. Bill has already shed jacket, Mike P pristine. Flinging himself around the stage circa 92 style. Puffy in black vest. Red lights and curtains the classy set.
Cover to start. ( Reunited by Peaches). Mike P and Roddy! On vocals. Dream Lover? Classic MOR cover. Superb. Ecru suits. And now…The Real Thing….
The first chant of You Fat Bastards resonates around this great venue as the expectation rises.
Roadies on stage. Mic test. Sparse stage set and I’d forgotten how small the actual stage here is. Looks like Mike P will have some of his vocal morphing and synth devices out front which is new for FNM but common for his solo outings. Hints of some new interpretations tonight?.Drum riser to rear, Marshall stacks either side, three mics (and not yet two Mikes) and Mike P’s gear on stage. World music as background sound for now.
Even our lofty eyrie in the Circle is filling up now. We thought we had great seats before until we sat down to have our view obscured by a TV/film camera. You Fat Bastards 2 a possibility?
The good news is that the bar is serving Guinness.
Selfish Cunt leave the stage to a chorus of boos (nearly said a chorus of booze there) and at least one thrown bottle. They take in their stride, baiting their critics and its not reminiscent of FNM supporting GNR in 92.
Selfish Cunt are on stage and are getting booed after every song. Personally, apart from their ook at me name, I like them a lot. No hints on stage set yet as they are playing in front of red curtains.
Hi from Brixton Academy. Have successfully blitzed the merchandise stall.I’m taking it as a personal tribute that the vintage logo t-shirt is now sub-titled Version 2.0.
Huge queues snaking around the corner before the doors open. I’ve retired to the Beehive bar for a pint
We’ve had a surprisingly clear run by car from Earls Court to Brixton. Arriving shortly and lots more news then.
The O2 Academy has Tweeted on the stage show: “Well I can hear FNM & there is a lot of red (you’ll see what I mean). Enjoy guys & send me any twitpic’s you gather.”
An original ink version of tonight’s gig poster is already available for sale on the secretserpents store. Non-original posters themselves go on sale after the show and are indeed on sale at the show.
Some 70,000 fans heading to Wembley for England v Andorra are adding to the Tube travel chaos in London.
Roddy has added an image from the stage on his Twitter
I’ve heard of sport stars Tweeting mid-game but will Roddy be the first musician to give us updates during a gig? Check his Tweets on the right (will be put higher when I get to computer).
Latest stage times from the O2 Academy Twitter: There keeping me on my toes, right “FINAL” FNM stage times: Doors 7pm, Selfish Cunt 7:30pm, FNM 8:45pm, Curfew 11pm.
First slice of big news pie. Faith No More wil be wearing suits tonight as in the Album of the Year era. The Todich Floral Desgn Blog, which I check out daily as you can imagine, report that: “The platinum status band has asked us to create for them 5 special button holes to accompany their suits in tonight’s gig, which are being created by our head florist as we speak!” The whole post is worth a read.