And Fan for a lifetime. Saturday was my big night in Philadelphia, I got to see Faith No More for the first time in over a decade. The show was PHENOMENAL! It was everything I had hoped for and more. We had good seats, we could see and hear everything perfectly. Mike Patton was the same as always, his vocal range never ceases to impress me. He was able to do amazing covers of Peaches and Herb’s “Reunited” and the Jackson Five’s “Ben” and still growl the likes of “Caffeine” and “Surprise! You’re Dead!”. The musical highlight of the night for me was my favorite, “The Gentle Art of Making Enemies.”
The music wasn’t the only thing I came to see. Patton, as usual, is just as fun to watch as he is to listen to. Patton promised that he would “slow dance” with one of the fans before the night was over. He delivered during “Ben”, when he singled out an extra large fan in the front row and climbed onto his shoulders. He had the guy carry him throughout the entire song across the front of the stage while he sang.
Patton didn’t stop there. During “Just a Man,” he jumped onto one of the rope ladders leading up to the stage lights and proceeded to climb his way to the top. Judging by the way two stage hands ran across the stage, this was not a planned event. Patton shoved the mic into his mouth as he climbed and still continued to sing. He finished from the top of the ladder and after noticing that there was nowhere else to go, said “Kinda got myself into trouble, didn’t I?” The rest of the band just stared up at him and played “Edge of the World” in striptease fashion as he climbed back down.
The band came out for an encore of three songs, ending with “Digging the Grave.” It was sad when it was over. I may never again get to see them perform together again.
I learned a few technical details from the show. The first is that neither the Flip Mino nor the Motorola Droid are good for long distance video. The second is that I suck as a camera man. It didn’t matter, I got to see it live. Here are a couple of my crappy videos from the show:
Thanks to Mark for coming with me! I am anxious to see how your iPhone videos turned out.