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2306, 2015

Faith No More at Berlin Live on ARTE

June 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More will return to Germany and to ARTE as they film a TV appearance on Wednesday night.

Doors 19:00 / Showtime: 20:00

Schwuz, Rollbergstraße 26, Berlin Neukoelln

Please note: show is for free. First come, first served.

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911, 2014

Faith No More and the fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9th, 2014|Faith No More, News|4 Comments

Update: Tim Dalton, Faith No More’s then tour manager, has since posted a fascinating article on the night the wall came down

Conventional wisdom and urban lore has it that David Hasselhoff sparked the fall of the Berlin Wall such was the Knight Rider actor-turned-singer’s popularity on both sides of the Wall.

But Faith No More actually have a more legitimate claim as they were actually in Berlin that night. The band were playing at the Loft as part of their Real Thing tour on 9 November 1989.

And the band broke the news of the catacylsmic events from the stage to an unaware audience. On the now defunct Kraut Komplex site, Zulfikar Abbany recalled:
“Twenty-two years ago, Europe shifted. For some, it started on the streets of Dresden and Leipzig, in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and elsewhere.
“For others, it started later – on the night of 9 November 1989, at theLoft where the San Francisco band Faith No More had a gig.
“I wasn’t there but the story goes something like this: they closed their set, as they usually did at that time, with a version of the Black Sabbath song War Pigs. ‘Big Ugly’ Jim Martin played the first of two solos and Mike Patton, the singer, screamed, ‘der Mauer ist weg! Der Mauer ist weg!’ No one knew what the American rocker, known for grotesque pranks, such as packing faeces into hotel hairdryers, was on about.
The song continued and Patton screamed something about Satan. Then, ‘Big Ugly’ Jim ventured another solo and Patton gurgled “Thank you, Berlin, fucking night, see you later, man. And guess what? The wall is gone!’ he said, laughing maniacally.
But still no one knew what Patton was on about. ”

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Hopefully the band one day share their memories of that momentous night. Their performance of War Pigs was that night was recorded and made it on to b-side of Epic.

1906, 2009

Faith No More in Berlin: The Last Word

June 19th, 2009|The Last Word|0 Comments

Set list: 1.Reunited, 2.The Real Thing, 3.From Out Of Nowhere, 4.Land Of Sunshine, 5.Caffeine, 6.Evidence (in Spanish), 7.Poker Face/Chinese Arithmetic, 8.Surprise! You’re Dead!, 9.Easy, 10. Cuckoo for Caca, 11.Ashes to Ashes, 12.Midlife Crisis, 13.Introduce Yourself, 14.The Gentle Art of Making Enemies, 15. I Started a Joke, 16. King for a Day, 17. Be Aggressive, 18. Epic, 19. Mark Bowen. Encore 1: 20.Chariots of Fire/Stripsearch, 21.We Care A Lot. Encore 2: 22.Pristina.

Highlight: The mere fact that Faith No More performed at all and by most accounts performed a blinding set. First the area in which the concert was taking place was hit by a bomb scare after some World War 2 munition was found and then front man Mike Patton was hit by a leg injury but battled bravely and dominated the stage with typical Tigger-like ebullience. Oh and the wallet incident (1:20 here).

Video:
Only a small selection so far.

Photos: Gallery here.

Reviews:
Die Welt
Berliner Morgenpost
Der Tagesspiegel
Die Tageszeitung
Nuta.pl (in Polish)
Gaffa.dk (in Danish)

1706, 2009

Negative Berlin reviews

June 17th, 2009|Tour dates|42 Comments

Mike Patton in Berlin (c) dpa

Mike Patton in Berlin (c) dpa

Both Tagesspiegel and Die Tageszeitung have posted less than glowing reviews of last night’s Berlin concerts. The former leads with the headline “Faith No More: We Care a little bit” and opens by commenting that FNM’s playing of the Poker Face cover after playing a Barbie Girl cover in 1996 is nothing “more than the re-performance of a faded joke with changed parameters”. Going on, it complains FNM do not change the parameters enough otherwise and while praising Patton’s rich vocals, the reviewer slates Jon Hudson’s guitar playing as “shockingly lifeless” The conclusion they give is that Faith No More are unsure of what role they should be playing in the current pop music firmament which seems , which seems a very oblique and indeed irrelevant comment.

Tageszeitung is also critical of the band, arguing that the “music, with atrocious synth surfaces and slap-bass dullness, is no longer kickass”  but full of praise for Patton’s vocal miracles. It concludes with the pay-off that Patton is just “so damn good” but that Faith No More are now totally redunant.

Please note that these are not profesional translations and gleaned from various translation tools and pidgin German so if any German speaking reader can come up with any better interepretations of the germane German criticisms that would be greatly appreciated.

1606, 2009

Faith No More in Berlin set list

June 16th, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

UPDATE:
Setlist updated again after more top sleuthing from tbeest.

Reports from commenters at the gig are that Mike P is now limping badly so seems the cane was not a prop after all. Mike is due to play the Meltdown festival in London tomorrow night before three consecutive festival dates this weekend at Nova Rock, Southside and Hurricane.
Here’s the setlist courtesy of Mr Bungle in the comments and also on last.fm:

1.Reunited
2.The Real Thing
3.From Out Of Nowhere
4.Land Of Sunshine
5.Caffeine
6.Evidence (in Spanish)
7.Poker Face/Chinese Arithmetic
8.Surprise! You\’re Dead!
9.Easy
10. Cuckoo for Caca
11.Ashes to Ashes
12.Midlife Crisis
13.Introduce Yourself
14.The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
15. I Started a Joke
16. King for a Day
17. Be Aggressive
18. Epic
19. Mark Bowen

ENCORE 1
20.Chariots of Fire/Stripsearch
21.We Care A Lot

ENCORE 2
22.Pristina

UPDATE: There’s a longer version of the review below by the same author in Die Welt. They repeat the report that tbeest had passed on earlier – which I put down to cane confusion – that Patton may have a leg injury. They also list the songs but it seems to be all songs played on tour rather than a set list. They also quote Patton’s reaction to the news that Simple Minds were also playing in Berlin tonight: “Who is playing? Simple Minds? Simple Minds? Simply Red? Simply Red? “.

UPDATE: First review in from the Berliner Morgenpost. Sample quote: “It was if Faith No More had never been away, so powerful, so dynamic as on the first day…driven by Patton’s phenomenal voice that now after over 40 years has reached its highest volume.”

Faith No More play the fifth gig of their Second Coming tour tonight at the Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide in Berlin. Tickets are still available here. With Mötley Crüe and Neil Young also playing the German capital tonight, it seems that the FNM show, the first of six proposed German dates on the tour, will not sell out. Show time is 1900 CET with support from Farmers Market and Zu.
Unfortunately, Faith No More 2.0 will not be in Berlin for this one – or indeed for the next few weeks of shows – so all information, videos, photos and setlists will be much appreciated from German and other fans. Feel free to add a comment or catch us on Twitter.
UPDATE: A World War Two bomb has been found this afternoon in Wuhlheide. More (in German) here. Not sure how this will affect the gig or access to it.

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