Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 12:18 p.m.
Faith No More
November 30, 2010
Reemerging from a decade plus absence, Faith No More returned earlier this year for a high profile slot at Coachella. After making a few appearances over in Europe, Faith No More returned for two nights at the Hollywood Palladium as a precursor to their final reunion stop in Chile on December 5.
Decked out in a sharp red suit, Mike Patton strutted on stage with a cane to sing the smooth tones of Peaches & Herb's "Reunited" just as they did at Coachella. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum pitched in on vocals while adding some gentle keys. Faith No More have always gone against the grain and challenged their rabid fanbase.
Shifting gears immediately, Patton ditched his sunglasses briefly used his megaphone to tear into "From Out Of Nowhere." The rolling bassline by Billy Gould and tribal thumping of Mike Bordin melted together seamlessly with Patton's urgent vocals. "Caffeine" injected even more energy into the crowd with its high arching synthesizer pads and stumbling drum beat. Patton crouched at the front stage ready to pounce.
Elastic bass notes and military drum fire of "Surprise! You're Dead!" assaulted your senses with Patton's rapid fire vocal delivery meshed against an odd time signature. It was damaged art metal at its finest. Something only Faith No More could pull off. Sliding back into cover mode, their rendition of "Easy" by the Commodores was flawless. Crowd surfing kicked into high gear during "Midlife Crisis" which seemed ironic as most Faith No More fans should be approaching that time frame shortly.
The familiar intro sound blast of "Epic" had the Hollywood Palladium shaking between the crowd singing along, Gould's subsonic bass and Bordin's gigantic drum slams. After playing "Chariots of Fire," the chirping synthesizers of "Stripsearch" still managed to keep heads banging in approval before closing their first encore with "Spirit."
Fans were lucky enough to get a second encore as the funk infused "We Care A Lot" picked up were the band had left off in terms of bowling the crowd over with sound. Fittingly winding down the evening with another cover, Faith No More kicked out another sultry ballad "This Guy's In Love With You" with a bizarre walking across the stage cameo by Danny Devito. Only at a Faith No More show.
Personal Bias: I begrudgingly caught only a few songs of their Coachella performance and wanted to see a full set of Faith No More in front of their devoted fans.
Crowd: Faith No More is one of a few select bands where it is acceptable to wear Faith No More shirts.
Overheard In The Crowd: "Pretty sure I just saw one of the worst bands ever." Was mentioned in reference to garage surf horror punk opening band Creepy Creeps.
Random Notebook Dump: I was warned to watch out for Mike Patton's cane when I was photographing.
"From Out of Nowhere"
"Surprise! You're Dead!"
"Last Cup of Sorrow"
"Cuckoo for Caca"
"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies"
"I Started A Joke"
"Ashes To Ashes"
"Just A Man"
"Chariots of Fire"
"We Care A Lot"
"This Guy's In Love With You"