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Faith No More Lands Concussive Blows on Audiences - New York (Photos)

Eighteen years after their last album, Faith No More's Sol Invictus is on the verge of release, so the band is rewarding patient fans by punching them in the gut at shows throughout US and Europe.


Faith No More
City: New York
Venue: Webster Hall
Date: 2015-05-13

When exiting Webster Hall after Faith No More's show on May 13th, I noticed spots of blood on the stairs. I didn't see what happened, but imagined two dudes in black t-shirts getting into an argument and then getting rough enough to draw blood. They should have remembered the music is pounding enough. While I had arrived at the venue dressed casually as I would for almost any show, apparently black was the recommended attire. The color marked those who were hardcore fans; those people there to see the band they first loved decades ago.

Faith No More got their start in the 80s with a couple of hard rock albums. Around the turn of the decade, the band ditched their lead vocalist and, with Mike Patton now on board, they sharpened their songwriting and released what is arguably their finest album The Real Thing. Almost a decade after that, in 1997, the band released Album of the Year and disbanded early the next year. Now eighteen years later, the band, which includes Patton, Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould and Jon Hudson, is set to release their seventh album Sol Invictus on Ipecac Recordings (of which Patton is a co-founder). Their current US tour is almost over, and they will be heading to Europe before returning for more US dates in mid to late summer.

At Webster Hall, the audience was already primed to see the band even before opener Le Butcherettes had begun. After the opener, stagehands in sterile-looking white outfits draped with white cloths over the platforms and gear, and lined up prepared boxes of colorful (fake) flowers along the front. It wasn't the atmosphere I anticipated, but the tranquility it promised was quickly shattered when Faith No More took the stage. Before the second song had ended, people in the audience were crowd-surfing their way to the front as Patton sang and screamed, letting spittle fly from his mouth. He even wielded a bullhorn if it wasn't clear the band was here to wield their hard rock with concussive force. Every ounce of energy they had went into their taut 90 minute set giving the audience little room to breathe. Faith No More's tour may not be for everyone, but fans of the band should definitely catch them if they can as should hard rock fans who hadn't been around two decades ago during their heyday. A Faith No More show is an assured assault on the body from unapologetic performers enthusiastic to be back together.

Tour dates:

May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

May 29 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier

May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival

June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere

June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival

June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival

June 6 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle Spandau

June 8 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena

June 10 Bratislava, Slovakia Aegon Arena

June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival

June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival

June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest

June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival

June 23 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg

June 26 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival

June 27 Seinajoki, Finland Provinssi

June 28 Odense, Denmark Tinderbox

July 26 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall

July 27 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom

July 28 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center

July 30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park

July 31 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater

August 1 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts

August 2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion

August 4 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

August 5 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

August 7 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum

August 7 - 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal

Sept. 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio

5/13/2015 setlist:

Motherfucker

Land of Sunshine

Caffeine

Evidence

Epic

Sunny Side Up

Surprise! You're Dead!

Midlife Crisis

Last Cup of Sorrow

The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Easy (Commodores)

Separation Anxiety

King for a Day

Ashes to Ashes

Superhero

[encore break]

Sol Invictus

As the Worm Turns

This Guy's in Love With You (Burt Bacharach)

[encore break]

From the Dead

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