Live at Hammersmith Apollo, London
Arriving on a stage that has perhaps singlehandedly kept the local branch of Interflora afloat for the next decade, and clad in mental institution chic, Faith No More started proceedings with a ferocious "Woodpecker From Mars". The nominal instrumental from 1989’s The Real Thing soon gave way to Mike Patton leading the crowd through a sing-along of "Delilah", a severe change in musical tempo that sums up Faith No More – essentially expect the unexpected. The band followed this up with a highly charged version of "Midlife Crisis" and a very welcome outing of King For A Day’s "Ricochet" and a storming "Land of Sunshine". With Hammersmith bathed in a sea of sweat the tempo was slowed with the arrival of "Evidence", giving the crowd a chance to catch their collective breath after such an unrelenting opening."Everything’s Ruined" (my personal favourite) led at least one crowd member to become temporary hoarse due to balling each and every word along to it (yes, me) and the sing-along nature of parts of the set perhaps reached its apotheosis with the stunning double whammy of "Easy" closely followed by "Epic".The gig effectively saw each band member on form be it Mike Patton swinging his microphone and simultaneously singing through a megaphone, Billy Gould knocking the hell out of his bass or Mike Bordin demonstrating why he is regarding as one of the best drummers out there. Indeed, to add a further surreal twist to proceedings - was that Danny DeVito crouching behind Bordin’s kit? It certainly was. As DeVito starred in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest back in 1975, it all added to the asylum vibe that the band was creating.Other highlights included Mike Patton rick rolling the crowd on two separate occasions, a pounding version of "We Care A Lot" in the encore, the crowd playfully chanting “you fat bastards” in a nod to that famous Brixton Academy gig and the fact that the band genuinely seemed to be enjoying what they were doing on stage. Basically this was a gig for the fans which was reflected by the band playing several obscurities from their 1985 debut album during the said encore. As the dust settled after the final strains of “Why Do You Bother?” the crowd chanted for more for several minutes but that was finally to be it. "Always leave them wanting more" goes the old showbiz adage. Faith No More did but what they delivered was more than enough.