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Faith No More in Ireland

August 26, 2009

We originally published this post in March but in honour of FNM’s return to Ireland tomorrow we again bring you Faith No More 2.0’s look back at Faith No More’s previous gigs in Ireland.

  1. 18 April 1990, Top Hat, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
    I was way too young for this gig at 15  – I do remember some mates heading to this – so information is scarce. Indeed, my only source is blog comment from an Irish Times blog. User Des commented: “The Top Hat I remember seeing Faith No More playing there with New York hardcore band Prong doing support slot back in 1990. FNM came on late so the DJ entertained the crowd for about 1 1/2 hrs playing tunes from the likes of Living Color, Fishbone etc. waiting for them to arrive. By the time FNM finished it was after 11.30 with the last DARTs [public transport] well gone back then leaving everyone in sundry with long walks home on that chilly Tuesday night.”
  2. 19 April 1990, Ulster Hall, Belfast
    FNM went north and over the border for a gig in the iconic and now reopened venue. I’m afraid I’ve no more info than that.
  3. 16 May 1992, Slane Castle
    This one I do remember. My first major gig, my first outdoor gig and a rare sunny and hot day in the Irish summer at the famous venue that has hosted U2, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Queen, REM…In the week of my 18th birthday I travelled the two-hour journey on a coach packed full of friends and fellow fans. Naturally, most were there to see headliners Guns N’Roses but there was no shortage of Faith No More fans too. Local band My Little Funhouse were the openers with FNM on stage around 3.30. It was a sparkling show in the sunshine with an inspired Patton winning over a host of new fans. I don’t remember many details [strangely I do recall finding the ideal way to spend the ensuing two hour wait for Axl to emerge…]. Thankfully I have tracked down some Irish media reaction, if no actual reviews. One year on, the City Tribune previewed their Sunstroke gig with the report: “They blew Guns N’Roses off the stage in the heat at Slane last May.”
  4. 30 November, 1992, Point Depot, Dublin
    I have slightly clearer memories of this gig in what was then the Point Depot [no the O2 something]. Girl grunge group L7 provided the support and enough risqué antics to excite a then 18-year-old. FNM were in their element on the night with Patton flopping around the stage in top form. I spent most of the gig in the mosh pit and recall emerging into an arctic Dublin night and having to ring the sweat out from the shirt I was wearing over my Angel Dust t-shirt. My other abiding memory is of some confused audience-goers actually waving lighters in the air during Easy. Here’s the Teach Me Violence fanzine verdict: “It’s strange, I’ve never watched FNM play from such close quarters before, and it certainly adds a new angle. Musically, the gig isn’t the best, but both the audience and the atmosphere are great. Only sour point are particular bouncers front of stage who are acting like assholes. Even Patton has to have a word with them at one point.” The Sunday Independent later rated it as one of the concerts of the year in Ireland.
    On a sorrier note one young schoolgirl was seriously injured at the gig and successfully sued for compensation some time later.
  5. 27 June, 1993, Dalymount Park, Dublin
    This one seems to have been erased from the official Faith No More gig archive as neither of the usual estimable sources, the Stefan Negele database or the aussiemusicfan Faith No More gig database refer to it. In fact, Faith No More replaced the Red Hot Chili Peppers as headliners at the Sunstroke Festival, with Belly and Sonic Youth in support. [Tragically I missed this gig as I was in the US but was there when RHCP played). However, I have unearthed the review from The Irish Independent, one of Ireland’s biggest newspapers: “It was not a day for the faint-hearted. If the sizzling heat didn’t get you, then the blistering sonic assault from the stage at Dalymount Park certainly did…Funk metal merchants raced on stage shortly after 8.30 and set about some impressive press-ups and other physical jerks. They meant business and they certainly breathed some fiery life into an otherwise disappointing day.”
26 Comments leave one →
  1. john kinch permalink
    March 18, 2009 5:38 pm

    i was at 3 of them shows,slane,the point and sunstroke. the point was the best imo. the were savage that night. highlight was ‘crack hitler’ sung through a bullhorn,brilliant stuff.

  2. March 24, 2009 11:35 am

    It wasn’t there before, but it’s there now, thanks to you and your excellent blog keeping track of FNM and the reunion far better than I can. Huge Thanks.

    • monaghanunited permalink*
      March 24, 2009 11:37 am

      No worries Andrew. Building on the shoulders of giants. Hope the database continues for the 2009 dates.

  3. cavanman permalink
    March 24, 2009 1:32 pm

    Having mitched off school for the Point gig and been there for the Dalymount park one as well, I think the Point was the better one..Mike Patton kept saying “Since we are in the land of Sinead O Connor” before playing some Enter Sandman and Nothing Compares to you…

    Would be great if they landed in ireland but already have the tickets booked for Download festival….

  4. March 26, 2009 12:00 am

    The Point was my only FNM concert (saw Mike in various guises throughout Europe since then). Vague but powerful memories of it now. Wish I was back in Europe this summer for some of the gigs.. 😦

    I have seen the 92 Point concert on a bootleg list, anybody have a listen or got a link for it? Would be great to hear it again..

  5. April 11, 2009 7:15 pm

    I was at the point gig,an absolute blast,i remember Jim telling the crowd that “we wannna fuck your women”not goimg down too well with the rest of the band.roddy also wore a fuck me mike p t shirt!
    Sunstroke was an interseting gig as patton walked out with his locks shorn and a new moustache which flommoxed the crowd.he kept asking for change to be thrown onstage then went crazy when he nearly got his head torn off by coins.RHCP my ass.Up the drogs!

  6. Kieran permalink
    May 11, 2009 3:12 pm

    Just came across this website, great to recall the Irish gigs, saw them all bar Top Hat too young at the time, remember meeting them at the Megastore before the Point gig in Nov 92, class people to boot, bar Jim what a grump…
    Heading to Brixton for the June 10 gig, some tickets available on seatwave and flights to standsted are really cheap on the day with Ryanair.

    • monaghanunited permalink*
      May 11, 2009 3:15 pm

      Cheers for the post. Off to Brixton myself – even managed to get a cheap flights from here in Switzerland.

  7. Kieran permalink
    May 11, 2009 4:00 pm

    All time favourite band and i would consider them one of the best live act’s on the planet, they really give it everything on stage. Hopefully Brixton 09 will live up to expectations, will be interesting what set they will go with…

  8. Martin permalink
    May 12, 2009 9:58 pm

    I was at the point and sunstroke gigs..great times. I’m going to Download as well but can’t make Brixton. I really hope they play here this year especially when they never played Ireland on the AOTY tour.
    By the way i thought i was the only Faith No More superfan from Monaghan!!!

  9. Django permalink
    May 16, 2009 4:42 pm

    Great to see this site – especially with an Irishman at the helm. I’ve been a long time fan myself but never got to see them. The first time I was in any position to go see them was Slane (17 years ago today… crikey) but I was just about to turn 12 and I couldn’t find anyone to bring me. Same went for the Point and Dalymount shows. Not having any older siblings really let me down on those occasions.

    So when I FINALLY thought I had the chance to go see them – when they were down to play what I think was Sunstroke in 1995 or ’96 – I happily headed down to HMV on Grafton Street, floated up to the ticket desk… and was brutally shattered by a pimply, smirking cashier who took great pleasure in informing me that they had cancelled.

    Well, not leaving it to chance this time: Brixton and Berlin here I come! Simply cannot wait.

    Oh, by the way, was the Top Hat definitely their first Irish show? I’ve heard mention of a very early show in Fibbers…

  10. May 28, 2009 10:35 am

    Would be a total shame if they didn’t bother to visit Ireland on this tour.

  11. Kieran permalink
    June 19, 2009 7:30 am

    I did manage to get a ticket for the Olympia on Aug 27th however i can understand the frustration and disappointment for the Irish FNM fans by playing such a small venue, it is obvious the promoter does n’t realise the size of the Irish support for FNM.
    I really do hope a second gig is put in the calendar as there is a slot after the Edinburgh gig..
    They were awesome in Brixton and believe me it was like they were never away, they sound as good as before…

  12. Glenn permalink
    August 26, 2009 4:39 pm

    I caught their show at the pukkelpop festival in belgium last thursday. you are in for a serious treat if you have a ticket for the olympia! one of the best live acts i’ve seen in awhile.

  13. Sarcoball permalink
    August 26, 2009 5:28 pm

    I’m desperately looking for a ticket or two – already got ripped off by a tout – lost 100 quid, with a no show on the tikets.(should have seen it coming- felt dodgy) If anyone has a spare, or knows of someone who has, please get in touch. I need to see this band!!

  14. Django permalink
    August 26, 2009 11:13 pm

    Hey Sarcoball, some guy got in touch with Roddy on Twitter to ask to be put on the guestlist and he said yes, so you could try that as a last resort?!

  15. Django permalink
    August 26, 2009 11:18 pm

    Sarcoball, check the comments on the previous post, there’s a guy on there called Jason who says he has a space ticket…

    • Shane Maher permalink
      August 27, 2009 7:29 am

      Thanks Django, but I managed to get my hands on 2 tickets late yesterday evening. Cost me €250 for seated. All I need to do now is find someone who wants to trade seating for standing. Slim chance, I know! But at least I’m going now…… can’t wait. Where’s the best place to go for a drink before the gig?

      • Django permalink
        August 27, 2009 9:12 am

        There’s a fair few good bars near there, Brogan’s right beside the Olympia does a great pint but will most likely be jammed beforehand. The Oak a few doors down is always good too or Foggy Dew in the other direction by Central Bank.

        Most places around there are a good bet, just don’t venture too far into the cesspit that is Temple Bar or you could end up handcuffed to an English stag party goer for the evening!

  16. Django permalink
    August 26, 2009 11:19 pm

    Spare ticket. Not a space ticket. They don’t exist as far as I know.

    • Shane Maher permalink
      August 27, 2009 7:30 am

      Pity ’bout the space ticket. That would be epic!!

  17. August 27, 2009 12:28 am

    Hi there! we added as friend… please feel warmy to read our website.

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    Excelent review of one of the best concerts of the second coming tour in ireland! Thanks u!

  18. August 27, 2009 2:56 am

    Hey! Warning! That “Zombie” video was in Buenos Aires 9-10-1995. I was there! Actually my surprised face appear between the audience in the very moment that Mike P start the lyrics for the Cranberries classic.
    Can’t wait to see FNM in Chile and Argentina!
    Hugs for all

    ps: anyone there in the FNM 1998-2000 trading community (we used to send cassettes, VHSs and CDs of our fav band worldwide! hahaha)

  19. Ronnie permalink
    August 27, 2009 7:35 am

    Ireland awaits ye guys tonight, we are going to go fecking mental that I assure you. There will be more energy from the 1400 or so than 14,000 anywhere else 😉

  20. vanjaqwq permalink
    August 27, 2009 9:44 am

    erraghhhhhhh. Thomas Reid’s for roundy pint’s at 4 bell’s.

  21. Deframe permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:48 pm

    Hey all, just back from The Olympia. No big suprises in the set, one encore. Bit shortish if anything though Roddy suggested they had a cut-off time imposed. Anyhow, fine performance and plenty of banter (someone threw a mankini on stage & Patton did a stage dive during Easy!)

    Only downside is that the sound seemed to be off. Very heavily distorted from where I was standing (the opening band – who were great – didn’t have that problem) and perhaps it was just me but the vocals seemed to be too high in pitch?

    The security was a bit stringent in places too though that was to be expected given the venue.

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