Yesterday night I had the opportunity to witness a historical success. The first concert in over 11 years of the worldwide acclaimed band Faith No More took place at the Brixton Academy, London. It was the kick off of ‘The Second Coming’ tour, a proof of fire for the band and an absolute privilege for about 5.000 people. The result: Faith No More did an amazing show.
It last for two hours and was absolutely remarkable. The musicians were dressing smart suits, a different colour each other, except the drummer, who was wearing sports clothes, like he used to.
‘So, what have you been up to this 11 years?’ Asked Mike Patton to the audience. Well man, you know. Trying to survive… t’kind of stuff. What about you?
Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, Peeping Tom, John Zorn, Zu, Bjork, Tomahawk, X-Ecutioners, Dan the Automator, Rahzel, movie soundtracks, and so many other projects and collaborations… Mike Patton is one of the most prolific artists ever. Hyperactive. And yesterday night he expressed himself all along his many identities. And he shocked us. He made us love him.
Hold on… is it Caruso singing? Nah… Nah… it’s Mike
Patton was definitely extraordinary. With the exception of the Opera singers, I’ve never seen alive a better singer. He can achieve tones and sounds that normally a singer can’t, while moving and dancing and after more than an hour singing and shouting.
Special moment was when they played Bee Gees cover ‘I started a joke’. I thought I was listening someone singing a Verdi composition. There were so many special moments that I couldn’t name them all…
For me it was a pending coursework to see Mr. Patton alive. I never had the chance to see him with his multiple bands, and luckily I managed to get a ticket for the first Faith No More date in 11 years. Did the fate had this prepared to me? Who knows…
Don’t miss ’em
If you have the chance to see them alive, don’t miss it. You’ll be pleased.
Check the above youtube video that some fan recorded last night when ‘Land of Sunshine’ was performed. Patton uses a megaphone, and in minute 2:10 you can see and listen Mike’s powerful and beautiful voice. And it’s a fan’s video recorded with a digital camera, which doesn’t catch the sound properly. Imagine how was to be there.
Thank you for this night, Faith No More.
Thank you for yourself, Mike Patton.