FAITH NO MORE
June 24, 2009
KAISANIEMI PARK, HELSINKI -FINLAND
REPORT BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND ARTO LEHTINEN
PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ
Faith No More called it quits in 1998 after the ALBUM OF THE YEAR had seen the light of day and the tours were completed. Since then it has been speculated about the possible return or comeback for years and even the band members had ruled out the whole reunion thing several times. Singer Mike Patton was always asked in several interviews about a possible return, but he rather focused on his own bands Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, and Tomahawk etc. than teaming up with the old band members. However, some things should remain unchanged and untouched, but it is just amazing to see how some minds can change after all and Faith No More truly returned to the limelight.
When the Finnish date was announced earlier in the spring, all in all 13,000 tickets were sold out immediately. That was kind of a phenomenon as Faith No More have never pulled that much people to their own gigs in Finland. The last time the band played here in House of Culture and that place has a capacity less than 2000 people. Obviously their reputation as one of the most important bands of the 90’s and above all their music have had a strong impact on the music genre so heavily and tremendously as increasing an entire new Faith No More fan base and generation. Therefore their return to the limelight was more than welcomed.
The whole stage had been constructed to have blood red looking curtains hanging all over. When the five piece stepped onto the stage each of them were well dressed in suits and ties. Well, Mr. Patton had kind of silver looking pants. The hot weather and sunny evening in the Kaisaniemi Park literally spellbound the 13.000 fans when several hits were roared out of monitors one by one.
The band is truly aware of the status of their comeback when Patton drank a glass of wine and sung "reunited it feels so good" from the surprisingly opening song "Reunited", a song which was originally recorded by 70’s soul band Peaches and Herb. It definitely felt utter great to see Mike Patton in his own element. He constantly raged all around the stage, jumped and pointed and played with a walking stick and megaphone. As a matter of fact in can be said that Patton was the most extreme, passionate wild and above all charismatic front men from the 90’s and that’s exactly what he still is. In addition, his excellent, wide vocal range and his charisma is beyond the norm as it dominates. Patton can always be praised about doing a wonderful job as a front man, but so did the other guys. Keyboard player Roddy Bottum did a great job with backing vocals and he even took over some lead singing as well. In addition he showed us his funny, personal sense of humor when he was communicating with the audience. Whereas the current hired guitarist Jon Hudson, who also played on ALBUM OF THE YEAR album and tour, mostly remained in the static role, but definitely handling his job perfectly. It is a pity that original guitarist Jim Martin isn’t involved in the reunited FNM line-up as several old FNM still remember and even consider him as the main piece in the whole puzzle of the FNM concept. On the other hand, many sources say that he’s been completely out of the music business since he departed the band after the release of classic ANGEL DUST in 1994.The drummer Mike Bordin, having been in the Ozzy Osbourne band for the last ten years, was in tight shape as expected. Bassist Billy Gould, who has worked as a producer with a few Finnish bands like CMX, stylistically handled the duties with the bass and did really energetic performance.
About the set list; it was great that they included songs from their entire career and there were was material played from each album. Set included some of bands biggest hits like; "From Out Of Nowhere", "Midlife Crises", "Epic" and "Diggin’ the Grave" but also some rare and more obscure gems like "Cuckoo For Gaga", "Just A Man" and a completely Spanish version of "Evidence". A hilarious version of Lady GaGa’s megahit "Pokerface" is also worth mentioning here. Playing such a song in front of thousands of FNM fans was another proof of bands irreplaceable sense of humor and that joke worked out very well.
In brief this show was excellent with no weakness at all. Although the band was on hiatus over ten years, there was no evidence of any kind of tiredness or being rusty in a way or another. The whole band was in a real strong strike and they played very tight together. Faith No More is still hungry and restless as they were 20 years ago…maybe they are even hungrier nowadays? Hopefully this reunion will last more than this just one tour and we will someday get some brand new material from this great band?!
Reunited (Peaches & Herb cover)
From Out of Nowhere
Land of Sunshine
Evidence Spanish Version
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Last Cup of Sorrow
Chinese Arithmetic Intro Poker Face (Lady GaGa)
Cuckoo for Caca
Easy (Commodores cover)
Ashes to Ashes
King for a Day
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Just a Man
Chariots Of Fire/StripsearchChariots of Fire is a Vangelis cover
Digging the Grave
I Started a Joke (Bee Gees cover)
We Care a Lot
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