Hot on the heels of last night’s sold out gig (which one die hard in the audience proclaimed was “the best show [he’d] ever seen”), Faith No More didn’t skip a beat for their second night at the Warfield. Though the band hasn’t toured in five years, they greeted the capacity San Francisco crowd (their entire US tour sold out in hours) with the ferocity of a band eager to show the world why they deserve their rabid following.
At 9:25, the band (Album of the Year-era lineup consisting of Mike Patton, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, and Jon Hudson [oh, and “the Gimp”]) started their set with the haunting “Motherfucker.” Moments after the track hit its last note, the Bay Area natives broke into The Real Thing’s opening track, “From Out of Nowhere” just to remind the old-school fans that they can still shred as hard as they did for the final two decades of the 20th century. By 9:40, veteran vocalist Mike Patton had already taken 2 stage dives into his sea of loyalists and it was clear he was just getting warmed up. Their 90-minute set covered much of the band’s catalog as they churned through favorites like “Epic,” “Midlife Crisis,” and “Ashes to Ashes” while sprinkling in new tracks “Superhero” and “Sol Invictus.” Shredders like “Surpise! You’re Dead!” and “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies” kept the audience on their toes, in the pit, and in the air while the band demonstrated that they’re performing as tight as ever. One would think that a voice like Patton’s would deteriorate over time, especially given the incredible range of extremes he’s able to produce but he flawlessly nailed every gentle note and every blood-curdling scream. Bordin, Gould, Bottum, and Hudson followed suit with their respective instruments by providing a sonic masterpiece to serve as the backdrop to Patton’s recital. All too soon, the evening was appropriately brought to a close by a crooning cover of Burt Bacharach’s heartbreaker, “This Guy’s in Love With You.”
Ask any attendee and I’m sure they’ll tell you that Faith No More can’t come back soon enough. The night was impeccably described by a close friend as “transcendent.”
Sol Invictus, Faith No More’s highly anticipated follow-up to Album of the Year, arrives on May 19 via Reclamation Recordings/Ipecac Recordings.
2. From Out of Nowhere
6. Sunny Side Up
7. Surprise! You’re Dead!
8. Midlife Crisis
9. Everything’s Ruined
10. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
13. King for a Day
14. Ashes to Ashes
16. Sol Invictus
17. Digging the Grave
18. This Guy’s in Love With You