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Faith No More at Open’er Poland

July 6, 2009

Faith No More played a storming set at the Open’er Festival in Poland on Saturday with Roddy Bottum declaring on Twitter: “Polish Land fucking killed! Top show of the tour! Incredible time, thank you Poland. One show left of this leg…”

The reviews concurred. Poland’s largest web portal had a glowing review. Sample quote: “Those who came to Gdynia specifically for the performance by Faith No More cannot have felt disappointed. Everything was as expected: Mike Patton and his friends played with such energy and joy.” has a less positive review, seemingly focusing on Mike Patton’s vocals putting him on a higher plane than his band and concluding that while it was good to hear the old songs again even if the audience may have been bored by them.

Mike Patton was declared king of the festival and Faith No More set the standard for the rest of the young bands at the festival to aspire to according to Patton is desciribed as “alternately charming and diabolical” and “his beautiful voice and charisma” exposes the emptiness of the early careers of young musicians such as The Arctic Monkeys and The Gossip, who also played at the festival.

Metro has a short report on the FNM show, alluding to the fact that some 60,000 people crowded to the main stage to see the band in action, while also suggesting that some of the group’s energy may have come from Zubrowka vodka.

Dziennek reported that FNM was the biggest event of the festival and said that Mike Patton is like wine, getting better with age.

Regional portal have a glowing review headlined “Faith No More versus the rest of the world.” Sample quote: “The star of the evening and as it turned out the whole festival so far was the band Faith No More, who gave a spectacular performance.”

14 Comments leave one →
  1. omega male permalink
    July 6, 2009 1:49 pm

    This was ultimately the best show of the fest and one of top 3 shows in my entire life. Voice was amazing as always, energy crushing the audience. I was in Berlin in June and Polish show was maybe less heavy but the contact with the audience was perfect. Mike was definately amazed by how the audience was happy to see FNM live. Singing EVIDENCE with guys from first rows (he wanted them to sing it in Polish but it is rather difficult to translate it to Polish and make some sense with the melody), showing half empty bottle of zubrovka etc. In Berlin the contact wasn’t that good. Mike said we’re the best audience so far (I don’t know how many times he said that before on this tour). My personal pleasure was to hear songs which were missing in Berlin – Digging the Grave, Just a man, last cup of sorrow, This guy’s in love with you. I couldn’t be more satisfied than I am right now. All I need now is their new album :). Rock’n’roll.

    • jacob permalink
      July 6, 2009 2:35 pm

      cool! nice to hear they played Digging The Grave. have they even played it anything before this show?

      I’m still waiting for them to pull out Ugly In The Morning – Mike asked us if we wanted to hear that or We Care A Lot when I saw them in Sweden, and obviously the audience cheered more for We Care A Lot…

      • Epicor permalink
        July 6, 2009 5:28 pm

        They played Digging The Grave in Helsinki too.

  2. Ken-D permalink
    July 6, 2009 3:54 pm

    Yes Jacob, I Really Wished For Ugly In The Morning at P & L….but noooo….. – and yeah, another album w/ FNM….Ooh, I don’t even dare to dream about it…..

  3. Zwierze permalink
    July 6, 2009 7:40 pm

    I went to Open’er festival only for them. The show was amazing, I am bruised and happy as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. July 6, 2009 8:26 pm

    I was there, it was really dream come true. I was nearly killed in mosh pit but it was worth to see them so close 😉
    It seems that Mike still has problem with his leg, he wasn’t raging at the stage as much as in Berlin, but the show was incredible.

    • jacob permalink
      July 6, 2009 8:47 pm

      wait, does he really have a problem with his leg? I thought he was only limping as a joke. hell, he came out in a wheelchair at P&L, Sweden. I thought it was just part of the whole “look, we’re old” joke.

  5. Ken-D permalink
    July 7, 2009 12:00 am

    Well, I think it’s both…as a “Joke”…but unfortunately He’s also got a pulled tendon.

  6. July 7, 2009 7:27 am

    Roddy wrote on Twitter that Mike really pulled a tendon. I guess sometimes limping may be a joke, but I think he has problem with leg anyway.

  7. Iza permalink
    July 7, 2009 11:31 am

    That was the most amazing gig i have ever been too! Something will never forget – so dynamic and moving at same time. There were many moments i had tears in my eyes. The guys keep the form, I hope i’ll see them again in Poland…
    btw the review of Gazeta is the most shitty one i’ve read and actually the only one that presents the gig as average. But the guy who has written it was definietly not prepared as he stated that We Care A Lot is among the greatest hits of FNM. Well… Besides it’s not the only one review of the man which is at least controversial. IMO this is the guy’s method to draw attention. No comment then.

  8. Kurczak permalink
    July 7, 2009 12:53 pm

    I agree, guy from Gazeta didn’t have a clue and I don’t really know on which concert was he on, as he is the only one who wasn’t satisfied (and he really did draw attention, hasn’t he?). I guess he’s just deaf as he hasn’t heard the audience screaming like crazy for MORE. I’ve been waiting for FNM to play for so long and they live up to any expectations one might have. Shame they didn’t play “The Real Thing” though.

  9. Bartek permalink
    July 7, 2009 5:38 pm

    setlist (from
    Reunited (Peaches & Herb cover)
    Land of Sunshine
    Surprise! You’re Dead!
    Last Cup of Sorrow
    Cuckoo for Caca
    Easy (Commodores cover)
    Ashes to Ashes
    Midlife Crisis
    I Started a Joke (Bee Gees cover)
    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
    King for a Day
    Be Aggressive
    Just a Man

    Chariots Of Fire/Stripsearch
    We Care a Lot

    Encore 2:
    This Guy’s in Love with You (Burt Bacharach cover)
    Digging the Grave

    I think it’s accurate. The show was awesome!
    The funniest moment:

    • Zwierze permalink
      July 8, 2009 9:15 am

      Hi Bartek! Thank you very much for the set. I’ve been waiting for it. I tried to memorize it during the concert but I failed 😉

  10. laguniak permalink
    July 9, 2009 1:04 pm

    Oh man, I miss them already…

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