Faith No More | Hellfest, France - June 20th, 2015
Faith No More's European and UK tour in support of Sol Invictus was five years ago.
FNM began their Sol Invictus tour in Japan, Australia and the USA before returning to Europe in May 2015. The fourteenth date was Saturday June 20th in Clisson, France at Hellfest.
In the middle of the evening, the Mainstage 2 offers an idyllic setting: an orange sunset, coupled with pink / purple lights, enhances a most singular scene. Indeed, the frame in which one of the biggest names of this Hellfest is about to play stands out: white, flowers, flowers and flowers. Faithful to themselves, the Americans of Faith No More do nothing like the others and seem more than expected.
The musicians, all dressed in white, enter the stage without particular artifices and the first notes of the single "Motherfucker" resound. Perhaps a little questionable choice to put a hot boiling audience in the bath. Those who attended the 2009/2010 tour took advantage of the excellent "From Out Of Nowhere" as an opening.
But this is the only thing that we will blame Faith No More . Without blabla, Roddy Bottum sends the organ of introduction of "Be Agressive". The lyrics of this atypical song are also really well interpreted by Mike Patton and we are delighted to see how the singer always performs so well live. It is before continuing on the Angel Dust momentum that the group salutes the public, not by Patton but those of Bottum with a magnificent "Bonzoiiiir, za vaaaaaaa? " So there is "Caffeine" where the gently and gently begin to freak out. First declaration of the man: "Fuck the Hellfest" before announcing that "we are going to put the heavens in Hellfest. And you know what ? You will love . " Then comes the intro groove of "Evidence" and the heads start to move.
Whether it is a lounge like the one mentioned above, energetic like "Black Friday" or even dark like the inevitable "Midlife Crisis", each title has an excellent sound. Even if by four times during the concert it will cut itself clean for half a second. To return to "Midlife Crisis", the group offers during the title a break where "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs is resumed for about a minute.
Also included: the inevitable "Easy" from Commodores . The set list focuses mainly on Sol Invictus , no less than six songs are played, and for the rest, the discography is really well covered: "Cuckoo for Caca", "Ashes to Ashes", "Epic", "We Care a lot "... The classics are linked and make you happy. Mike Patton does not fail to splurge like going to the security service to exchange the top of his tunic for an orange t-shirt. The singer notes that it is also "a little too wide for him".
The concert ends on "This Guy's in Love With You", cover by Burt Bacharach , and we tell ourselves that we have just attended an almost perfect concert: An effective set list, a very good sound, a magnificent scene, zikos at their best and especially a warm interaction with the public. We can just regret the little technical problems and the musicians ( Bordin , Gould and Hudson ) a little too withdrawn compared to the keyboard player and the singer. But apart from that, it's a very great moment of music offered by Faith No More.
If for some Hellfest is a world apart, then Faith No More ruled it for 1h20. As for those who claimed that the group had nothing to do at Hellfest ... No, in fact nothing, ignorance is the most beautiful of contempt.
Motherfucker Be Aggressive Caffeine Evidence Epic Black Friday Everything's Ruined Midlife Crisis interlude Boz Scaggs, "Lowdown" The Gentle Art of Making Enemies Easy (Commodores) Separation Anxiety Cuckoo for Caca Matador Ashes to Ashes Superhero Cone of Shame We Care a Lot This Guy's in Love With You (Burt Bacharach)