Faith No More | Riot Fest, Chicago - September 11th 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 and Canada for a second leg. The fifteenth date was on Friday September 11th at Riot Fest, Chicago.
Faith No More is one of those bands that challenges critical integrity, because many wouldn't cross the street to see them, yet the group is brilliant at what they do. Think of a Faith No More set as an Italian opera in which the tension ratchets higher and higher, until at the end the fat lady doesn't just sing ... she explodes. The hooks swing for the fences, and every rock star visual accoutrements is present, from a showy drummer to a keyboardist who presents even the most rudimentary chord with a flourish. Everything is drum-tight and stylish, right down to the perfectly timed screams of excess. There's so much to admire about a pro band being its brilliant self, once you banish that wee voice in the back of your head, saying, "But I don't LIKE this stuff." Which isn't the point. And it was all going so well until that cover of "Easy," by The Commodores.
interlude Boz Scaggs "Lowdown"
Last Cup of Sorrow
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
This Guy's in Love With You (Burt Bacharach)
We Care a Lot