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Brixton Reviews round-up

June 11, 2009

Great edited video I found on YouTube from reportagem giving a flavour of what it was like in Brixton last night

  • Stubbadub have posted an excellent and exhaustive fan review from Gemma. Sample quote: “As a whole, the band was fantastic – so tight and together for guys warming up after an eleven year break. The atmosphere and camaraderie was palpable, and it was great to see them obviously enjoying themselves as they played.”
  • Gigwise add another glowing review to the list. Sample quote: “Playing against a backdrop of red curtains there are no visual enhancements, the show is solely about the music, but visual entertainment is ever present from Mike Patton, as he bounds about the stage, jumping or dropping to his knees in ultimate vocal-wrenching pantomime, only stopping to adjust his vocal equipment or for rests between songs.”
  • Great review from clickmusic. Sample quote: “It’s an onslaught of energy, unpredictability, aggression, love and humour and played to absolute perfection. Astonishingly for a literal comeback gig, Faith No More are as tight and faultless as a well-oiled tour machine, but with none of the weariness and complacency.”
  • The Daily Mail also give a very positive review. Sample quote: “Bass player Bill Gould (the man who puts the Faith in FNM, being he’s the only one who has always remained open to a reunion) is grinning like the cat that got the cream and the early bird that caught the worm combined.”
  • Rolling Stone has added another to the list of glowing reviews. Sample quote: “Faith No More were always left-field, yet inadvertently created some awesome songs with mass appeal. Last night was about a band rediscovering their special chemistry, and proving good music only improves with age.”
  • Rock Sound, who have Faith No More as band of the week this week, also give a very positive review. Sample quote: “This is not a nostalgia trip; this is a truly inspiring piece of musical history showing no signs of losing its relevance. Now this was a reformation truly worth waiting for. Download is going be amazing!”
  • BBC 6 music give a glowing review. Sample quote: “If The Pixies reunion showed that classic bands can reform with dignity and deliver their songs with at least some of their original intent, then last night Faith No More proved it’s possible to retain the capacity to shock and surprise your fans. A truly staggering return.”
  • Not sure if this is the official review from Metal Hammer or just a personal blog from Beez – either way its bang on the money. Sample quote: “Reunions can be soul-destroying occasions where your memories are smashed to smithereens and your dreams of finally seen your heroes are dashed by greedy sons of bitches just playing the hits badly and taking your cash. What you’ll get with FNM is an authentic FNM experience. If they want to do soul covers, they’ll do them. If they want to do little known album tracks, they’ll do them. If they want to bring a tear to your eye via the solo in ‘Epic’, the intro of ‘Easy’ and cutting the music to let the crowd sing the chorus of ‘Midlife Crisis’ (a moment that will live with me for the rest of my days), they’ll do it.”
  • First major publication review is out and its a mixed one from London’s Evening Standard newspaper. Sample quote: “The San Franciscans’ swaggering pop-funk-rap-metal-grunge was always too perversely peculiar for a Nirvana-esque crossover and since nobody would argue they were greats first time around, the dice of moderate expectation are loaded in their favour.”
    I think that’s called daming with faint praise.
  • Here’s one from Random Reviews, a personal site. Sample quote: “Mike Patton’s voice is amazing and he can sing such a fantastic range of styles. Who else could go from Surprise! You’re Dead (complete with manic laughter) to Easy?”
    Very true of course and the way the band segued from style to style throughout the set was fascinating to behold; it was certainly not a case of slow songs here, heavy ones, etc.
  • Another personal posting here. Sample quote: “I must be honest, the band weren’t tight – Roddy in particular fluffed a good few notes, and the bass intro to Evidence was non-existent, although that may have been down to the soundguy taking a while to sort his levels. That said, when they got in the groove, no amount of bad sound could effect it. “Cuckoo for Caca”, “Surprise you’re dead” and in particular “Midlife Crisis” were HUGE, and really made me regret not getting.”
  • One more from Aussie music site Fasterlouder. Sample quote: “Mike was a true entertainer. Some of his antics included body-rolling whilst doing a handstand – sort of like a gymnast, only less graceful. However, it was his facial expressions and body language that set the tone. He spent a lot of time screaming and rolling around the floor during Jizzlobber and Gentle Art.”

More to follow.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 11, 2009 10:40 am

    I must agree with the review, a few fluffs missed cords etc…. As for the sound guy, I don’t know if he came with the band or was supplied by Brixton but I would sack him, crap , totaly crap. I thought Selfish Cunt’s set sounded distorted and they would have sorted it out before FNM came to the stage.

    Come on reviewers its been 11 years

    I spent just under £400 to watch this concert and would spend the same again tomorrow, oh…. I am haha.

    Just wait for July, Denmark, Poland and Finland are gonna get some kind of show. The band will have had more practice by then and iron out the creases by the time they get there. I wish I was going.. and hpoefully get rid of the sound guy.

    All I can say is the passion was there and thats what we are all going for right?

  2. June 11, 2009 10:57 am

    Gig was amazing. Sound schmound. I unbelievably won tickets to see the gig through a ‘name that shark’ on the cover of their greatest hits album competition. Best thing I’ve ever won [not a tough competition though considering I’ve only ever won one other thing…]. There was no way I would’ve been able to afford ebay prices and even though we tried, we couldn’t get tickets on the day they went on sale.

    Check out my post on:

  3. Damo permalink
    June 11, 2009 11:12 am

    very jealous of everyone that was at the brixton show! Looks like it was amazing. Can’t wait to see them when i’m in Paris or hopefully when they come to Australia

  4. Mike in NY permalink
    June 11, 2009 1:41 pm

    Any confirmation on what the camera setup was for (the one you were sitting behind)? I’d love an official live CD/DVD release, but it would be surprising that they’d choose the first show back to record.

  5. June 11, 2009 1:43 pm

    Very disappointed with the crowd booing Selfish Cunt off. To many metalheads with low expectations. Faith No more where amazing..the highlight off the year no doubt…man I’m glad I only paid the standard price, but I would have paid £400 to see that. It didn’t feel like an old band getting together for cash…I think Faith No more have got so much more to give and are so relevant right now. So much love for this band. I think only Slayer can put on a show as good.

    • monaghanunited permalink*
      June 11, 2009 1:45 pm

      Agree 100% on the booing and the rest.

  6. June 11, 2009 2:59 pm

    Dont feel inclined to defend Selfish Cunt, just because FNM had them open.
    FNM doesnt always pick the greatest opening band –
    Limp Bizkit for the AOTY tour?
    we boo’d their asses the eff off stage!
    Durst was practically crying!

  7. Selective Tourettes permalink
    June 11, 2009 3:23 pm

    I think patton in particular likes to fuck with the audience when i comes to support acts, i mean, mr bungle at the astoria had a kid’s magician as an opening act! (it was brilliant, but i felt so sorry for the poor guy and his assistant).

  8. June 11, 2009 6:28 pm

    I remember Prong from way back, pile of crap really, Selfish Cunt not my thing. We all wanted Faith No More and nothing else, who could have supported them really.

    I will answer my own question there: Mr Bungle…..

  9. June 11, 2009 6:30 pm

    Fair play to u guys for the live blog last night,i felt like I was there myself,kudos all the way!Was on the metal hammer website and voted in their poll for who would top Download(FNM obviously!) and Limp Bizkit were miles ahead,but reading the reviews for last night’s gig you just wonder whether Fred is going to get a rude awakening!

  10. June 11, 2009 6:32 pm

    Fred sucks Pattons cock for gigs.

  11. S Man permalink
    June 13, 2009 5:11 pm

    I bought my ticket on ebay for £75 – definitely worth every penny!

    The gig was amazing, Patton was unbelievable, as was Puff, Roddy and Bill, but the new guitarist wasn’t up to it….

    The sound also fucked up a couple of times, particularly during ‘Evidence’ – you couldn’t hear the bass or guitar at all 😦

    Selfish Cunt I thought were good – they def didn’t deserve the boos.. I must admit when the singer started humping himself I didn’t know what to make of it, but I just couldn’t stop laughing.

    And when they went off stage he goes “All boys together”

    Wicked night.

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