Faith No More brought the curtain down on the third leg of their Sol Invictus North American with a headline slot at the Heavy Montreal Festival. The band returned to the Quebec capital exactly 23 years to the day since they last played the city as part of the Metallica/Guns N’Roses tour and the famous riot.
From Out of Nowhere
Midlife Crisis (with Celine Dion’s The Power Of Love interlude)
Cone of Shame
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Ashes to Ashes
Digging the Grave
This Guy’s in Love With You
Just a Man
There was no shortage of reviews for the tour climax:
It’s hard to conjure the beatific command that Roddy Bottum holds, standing over his keyboard like a preacher at his pulpit. It’s difficult to explain the chemistry between Jon Hudson and Mike Bordin and Billy Gould, tossing the focal point of a song between them effortlessly. And it’s fully impossible to explain what it is like to watch Mike Patton howl, shriek and contort on stage, his slicked-back dark hair becoming wilder and more sweat-soaked with every song. Patton was in a mean mood: “Motherfucker,” which they opened with, sounded like even more of a threat than usual, and there was something pointed, even cruel, about his delivery of the bit of “Power of Love” by Celine Dion that served as an intro to “Midlife Crisis.”
After roughly 23 years, Faith No More has finally played in Montreal again. Obviously, this time they played Heavy Montreal and headlined Saturday’s lineup with one hell of a performance. A performance that schooled many younger bands, to be sure. And if you’re a fan of heavy and dominant bass, then you were in love with Billy Gould’s presence last night. Yes, the bass was dominant, but it wasn’t distracting (OK, maybe a little because it was so cool and I’m writing about it), and it certainly wasn’t the only thing to be heard.
Ils ont poursuivi la soirée avec brio, les musiciens étaient visiblement en forme, la voix de Patton était puissante à souhait, illustrant la richesse de son registre, et les jeux de batterie et de basse étaient rythmés et solides. Le groupe a conclu la soirée avec «Ashes to Ashes», extrait pendant lequel Mike Patton s’est jeté sur la foule, et «Superhero», où il a demandé à la foule si elle désirait un Lenny, avant d’offrir à Montréal son propre #penisgate.
They continued the evening with brio, the musicians were clearly on form Patton’s voice was powerful as he wished, illustrating the richness of his register, and drum and bass playing was rhythmic and solid. The group concluded the evening with “Ashes to Ashes”, during which Mike Patton threw himself into the crowd, and “Superhero”, where he asked the crowd if they wanted a Lenny, before offering Montreal its very own #penisgate.
The first half was punctuated by a tremendous Epic and dead-crowd time between songs. Weird. Then came the Easy cover, Midlife Crisis with a Céline bit (oui) and a growing bond. And the band, anchored by Billy Gould and Mike Bordin on bass/drums, and Bottum’s… well, it was either dry wit or sincerity – drove the point forward while Patton worked through all the gears on his stentorian voice. As the set proper ended with massive Ashes To Ashes and Superhero and Patton in the crowd, momentum had utterly turned in the band’s favour. Cue an encore built around a gorgeously brawny This Guy’s In Love With You. Ultimately, the climactic ending to Just A Man, with Patton goofing around Bugs Bunny/Leopold-style, took them 9 minutes over time – the only band to do so all weekend.
TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal w Jon Hudson (take 2)
TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal / w Bill Gould (PART 1)
TOUR TALK / Heavy Montreal / Montreal / w Bill Gould (PART 2)
Roddy mentions a Jimmy Kimmell appearance on 3 September here.