Faith No More (w/ The Creepy Creeps) 11/30/10
The Palladium – Hollywood, CA
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
I had always assumed that I would get the chance to see Faith No More. Sure, the band broke up long before I started seeing concerts on a regular basis, but I knew one day when I was fat, old and bald the time would be right and I would get my chance. On the last day of November, 2010 this fat, old and balding freakshow got the chance, and it was well worth a lifetime of waiting.
With the Palladium sold out in weeks in advance, I made it into the venue just past 8pm. Hailing from San Diego, The Creepy Creeps had just taken the stage. Unknown to me, the four piece band (six if you count the lovely Go-Go dancers) played an action packed set of psychedelic-surf-polka with a dash of pop/punk on the side. While a few knuckleheads booed, the band did a great job of warming up the crowd. For as fun as the music was, the bands stage banter was equally as entertaining. When not discussing backstage catering, the masked foursome was giving out free merch in an attempt to win over the large crowd. If you like fun bands with catchy three minute songs and silly polyester suits – make sure you check The Creepy Creeps out.
I was very excited to see Tel Aviv rockers Monotonix serve as main support for Faith No More. I have heard good things about the emerging punk/garage rock movement in Israel, and always welcome a chance to see a band from a distant land. Yet as it turns out there was a slight issue with the Los Angeles County Fire Marshall who said at the last minute the band was not permitted to use pyros. Instead of skipping the fire and flames and just rocking, the band decided not to play at all. So instead of being exposed to new music, I got to sit back, talk to friends both old and new and watch an empty stage for an hour. Well, 57 minutes, as we were treated to three minutes from some midget and a terrible magician.
At 10:15pm sharp, Faith No More took to the stage at the famous Hollywood venue. As with all shows on this tour, the band opened with the Peaches and Herb’s triple platinum hit “Reunited.” From there, the band launched into an hour and forty-five minute set that featured some choice covers and of course classics from the entire Faith No More catalogue.
While covers of Lady Gaga (Poker Face) and the Bee Gees (I Started a Joke) were fun, it was the bands original material that left the crowd covered from head to toe in goose bumps. The band sounded awesome on songs like “Everything’s Ruined”, “Last Cup of Sorrow” and “Just A Man.” The band sounded tight all night, especially front man Mike Patton. With his 43rd birthday a few weeks away, I was shocked at just how great the pride of Humboldt County sounded.
It’s always fun to watch a band interact with a crowd, and Faith No More had a field day with the Hollywood elite. Patton and keyboardist Roddy Bottum encouraged the stiff crowd to let loose all night. They even shared with us all about the ancient French word Encore and how the band would play the final song, exit the stage only to come back and play some more. The group actually performed two encores, which featured such beloved songs as “Helpless”, We Care A Lot” and a smoking cover of the Burt Bacharach favorite “This Guy’s In Love With You” to close the night.
I had such a great time seeing one of my all time favorite bands that I made sure to secure a ticket for night two at the Palladium. Look for the full review (and hopefully better footage) to be posted right here on Thursday.