Faith No More | Madison Square Garden, New York - August 5th 2015
Faith No More's North American tour in support of Sol Invictus was five years ago.
FNM began their Sol Invictus tour in Japan and Australia, they returned to the USA for the first time since October 1997 in April 2015. After this they toured in Europe and the UK before returning to the USA for a second leg. The ninth date was on Wednesday August 5th at Madison Square Garden Theatre, New York.
The band sauntered on to a completely white stage, all members decked out in mostly white. They performed four songs off their new album, Sol Invictus, which fit in just fine with the basic career-spanning set list—though only only one song off their last release, 1997′s Album Of The Year and a concentration on the well known stuff. They dedicated their usual cover song, the Commodores’ Easy, to Lenny Kravitz’s penis, which reportedly broke through his leather pants during a recent performance, a fact that seemed to delight Faith No More as they mentioned it several times. During Midlife Crisis, the band quit playing while the crowd sang the chorus, and then silly shaman Mike Patton changed up the tempo while a light hit the disco ball and the place lit up like a roller rink. They ended the set with Superman off the new album. The encore started with Motherfucker. It dawned on me that they probably wrote that song just so they could say that word over and over again. During RV, a song where a man is wondering where his children are, Patton changed some of the lyrics to wonder if they were upstairs at the Garden, which got a big laugh from the crowd. They closed with the soaring Just a Man, the final song off King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime. Like that self depreciating album title that fit the evening’s general storyline, the sense of goofy humor Faith No More has always displayed kept any bruised egos at bay, and made for a show that satisfied the faithful who waited through 18 years for a new album and two ticket finaglings for this show.
The Real Thing
interlude Boz Scaggs, "Lowdown"
A Small Victory
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Ashes to Ashes
Just a Man