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Faith No More LIVE at Brixton Academy 2009

June 10, 2009

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 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.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. Ben permalink
    June 10, 2009 1:18 pm

    Where can we go for drinks nearby Brixton before the show!!??


  2. Michael Bolger permalink
    June 10, 2009 5:01 pm

    “First slice of big news pie. Faith No More will be wearing suits tonight as in the Album of the Year era.”


    I loved that era and it’s something that you never see represented on MTV or VH1 anymore. They’re always about re-running the long hair era FNM. I always liked that band, but I thought they did their best work when they started getting haircuts and dressing up in matching suits.

    Excellent reporting too. I’m really looking forward to living this tour vicariously through the internet. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Diego permalink
    June 10, 2009 5:45 pm

    amazing!!!! thanks form Chile!!!!

  4. Vlad permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:45 pm

    Absolutely amazing, from now on this is my favourite blog.

  5. Mike in NY permalink
    June 10, 2009 7:53 pm

    You lucky bastard! I sit here at work in NY at 4PM EST wishing I was across the pond taking this show in. Here’s to a US tour in the future! Thanks for all the updates, you’re doing an amazing job with this site.

  6. Steve permalink
    June 10, 2009 8:21 pm

    Thanks for posting… Wish there could be video too!

  7. Erik permalink
    June 10, 2009 8:32 pm

    I really hope this will be released on DVD… Excellent reports, thx!

  8. Sibbujju permalink
    June 10, 2009 8:57 pm

    man, this is just the greatest gift you could ever give us, the America’s fans!
    Thanks a lot, i mean A LOT! U MADE MY DAY!

    Greeting from CR

  9. Anzlezz permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:05 pm

    This is SO COOL! Thanx for the work man!!!

  10. Kironeks permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:22 pm

    THANKS MAN! two weeks and theyll be here! AWESOME!

  11. June 10, 2009 9:24 pm

    How did Malpractice work without the keyboard?

  12. tbeest permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:24 pm

    Fucking awesome! Sitting at home reading this all. THANKS Just thrilled, excited. Perfect setlist so far! (sorry for bad English)

  13. csaldiass permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:56 pm

    ..u´re f***ing killing me!!!!

    ..hi from Chile!!!!

  14. Florent permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:08 pm

    Thanks a lot for making us live the show with you! Great blog, good job!

  15. mrg permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:10 pm

    thanks so much for doing this man. you’re a total star, and no mistake.


  16. June 10, 2009 10:12 pm

    Thanks for your live blogposts this evening. Much appreciated!

  17. ThePetro permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:22 pm

    What a great writeup. Thanks for the continuous updates during the show. Much appreciated from a fan in California.

  18. Ashley permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:57 pm

    Here’s to hoping that they tour America! Until then, Much appreciative Thanks to you for all of your work keeping everyone updated!

  19. kittySpit permalink
    June 10, 2009 10:59 pm


    That was a kick-ass review… How did you find the time to enjoy!?!


  20. June 10, 2009 11:04 pm

    I belive the last song before the encore was rarely-played Mark Bowen. But awsome comeback, a few mistakes here and there, but screw that n Mikes vocals are better then ever, dont know how thats possible. Didn’t they fuck up Malpractice? It just ended so abruptly and Mike seemed mad at Puffy.

  21. Micmike permalink
    June 10, 2009 11:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing man.
    So no new song huh?

  22. rdr permalink
    June 10, 2009 11:36 pm

    Thank you sooooo much for sharing this with us!!!!!!!

  23. Micmike permalink
    June 11, 2009 12:19 am

  24. Michael Bolger permalink
    June 11, 2009 1:26 am

    Ah, I love living in the future.

    My favorite band just played their first show in 11 years earlier today, early afternoon by pacific time standards. The sun has isn’t even going to set in California for another 2 hours and we already have several videos online to check out.

    Thanks for sharing, London!

    I like this one.

    Check out how Patton’s style has changed.

    One hand is still clutching the mic in an Angel Dust attack stance, but the other hand is all Peeping Tom, it’s floating all over the place with the music. His body seems a lot more fluid as well. I think it’s a great evolution of his stage presence.

  25. Leon permalink
    June 11, 2009 1:35 am

    Fucking loved it tonight! So cool the band are back, let’s hope they stick around for a few years more…:D

  26. Juliana permalink
    June 11, 2009 2:13 am

    In massachusetts, USA and can barely contain my jealousy. Thank you so much for this blog. I just cannot wait until they play here. Stripsearch?? Gaaaaah!!!! Come on, dudes, announce US dates already!!

  27. Travis permalink
    June 11, 2009 2:46 am

    Thank you so much for these updates.

  28. Alksyntrs permalink
    June 11, 2009 10:58 am

    Merci! Thanks from Québec (Canada)!

  29. June 11, 2009 2:52 pm

    Sounds like an awesome gig. I couldn’t get tickets but I am going to see Mike Patton next week in London on a solo show. Does anyone reckon there is a chance of a few surprise guests? Heard he would be doing stuff from all his back catalogue…

    • monaghanunited permalink*
      June 11, 2009 2:55 pm

      Its Meltdown and with Fred Frith so I’d be expecting it to have a jazzy tinge.

  30. June 11, 2009 3:05 pm

    missed this bloody gig, I wanted to take pics of them, it’ll hapen soon.

    Live on 35mm


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