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Rock En Seine Festival
St Cloud, France
August 29 , 2009

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Roddy Bottum, Billy Gould and Mike Patton: Faith No More live at ock En Seine Festival in St Cloud, Paris, France

I grew up listening to Faith No More.
In fact, I consider The Real Thing one of the best metal albums of all time.

I was incredibly happy when I learnt that they were reuniting, and even more when I knew that one of the last dates of the European Summer Tour will be near my hometown.

Mike Patton and his elegant suit

Well, the second coming of Faith No More was awaited like the second coming of the messiah.

A lot of people in the audience had Faith No More T-shirts, some of them with the inscription "Faith No More 2.0".

So, by 9:30pm a red curtain appeared on the back of Rock En Seine's main stage.
Just like for Def Leppard's latest tour, this theatre-like feature was going to be the band's customized stage.

Roddy Bottum from Faith No More live in St Cloud, August 29 2009

The musicians came on stage one by one, dressed in elegant suits (except for drummer Jim Martin).

Faith No More started with that slow Peaches & Herb cover song called Reunited.
That was a great choice.
It was like a slow intro so they could attack right after that with a super-energetic version of From Out Of Nowhere.
An incredible way to start the show!

Billy Gould from Faith No More live at Rock En Seine Festival in Paris, France

Faith No More's setlist was composed of classics from all periods of the band.
From my favourite songs, thet didn't play Falling To Pieces and Digging The Grave.

The band has changed its setlist on every gig of the reunion tour, so that gives the hope that maybe they'll play those if I see them again.

Mike Bordin from Faith No More in St Cloud - August 29 2009

In the meantime, I was really pleased to hear songs like We Care A Lot, Last Cup Of Sorrow or Midlife Crisis. As you can imagine, I got mad when they played Epic... but I was no the only one!

Faith No More's sound was not very clear, but it was way louder than for Offspring.

Lights, as you can imagine, where excellent. That's no suprise as Faith No More were headlining Rock On Seine Festival this saturday.

Joe Hudson from Faith No More in St Cloud August 2009

There were very few speeches, but sometimes Mike Patton adressed the audience in french.

Rody Bottum also tried, and screamed by the end of the show "Paris, je suis très Joli!"

Faith No More just deligted us by playing song after song... and managed to play 19 tunes in just an hour and a half!

Mike Patton in St Cloud

Now... can there be any negative points about such a show?
Well, I'll say yes.

First of all, Faith No More's Line-up. OK, Four historic FNM members were there tonight... but Jim Martin was Faith No More's guitarist for 10 years, from 1983 to 1983.

I think this reunion was the best opportunity to get Faith No More's longest lasting line-up.

Mike Patton and Joe Hudson - Faith No More at Rock En Seine Festival in St Cloud

Jim Martin's raplacement was Joe Hudson.
Joe who? Oh yeah, he recorded Album Of Year with Faith No More in 1997. But does anyone really cares about him in FNM? He doesn't even have a proper biography on Wikipedia (at the time of writting this review there are only 3 lines on him, while ther's a whole page on Jim Martin).

Anyway, what I mean is that Jim Martin is part of Faith No More's history, while Joe Hudson is, and will probably always be, a replacement.

Mike Patton from Faith No More at Rock En Seine in Paris, France - August 29 2009

Another negative point is the lack of communiction on stage between the musicians.

Oh yeah, we could feel that it was a reunion tour.

Billy Gould and Mike Bordin were the exception, as they communicated visually with Jim, Patton and Rody.

On the other hand, Joe Hudson seemed to be quite isolated, and alone on the right side of the stage...

Roddy Bottum from Faith No More in St Cloud - August 29 2009

Anyway, maybe there will be another album, maybe there will be another tour, maybe this is the end of Faith No More.

In any case such a good concert is something rare.

This is a moment I waited for more than 15 years.

I enjoyed it to the full and will keep a great memory forever.

Mike Patton pulling faces Faith No More in Paris - August 29 2009

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Setlist Faith No More – Rock En Seine Festival, Saint Cloud, near Paris, France – August 29, 2009

01. Reunited
02. From Out of Nowhere
03. Be Aggressive
04. Caffeine
05. Evidence
06. Surprise! You're Dead!
07. Last Cup of Sorrow
08. Cuckoo for Caca
09. Easy
10. Midlife Crisis
11. Epic
12. I Started a Joke
13. The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
14. King for a Day
15. Ashes to Ashes
16. Just a Man
17. Midnight Cowboy
18. Chariots Of Fire/Stripsearch
19. We Care a Lot

Faith No More playing Midnight Cowboy in Paris
Roddy Bottum and Billy Gould from Faith No More in St Cloud - August 29 2009
Billy Gould, Mike Patton and Mike Bordin - Faith No More live in St Cloud, France - August 29 2009

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Faith No More Line-up:

Mike Patton - Vocals
Billy Gould - Bass
Roddy Bottum - Keyboards
Mike Bordin - Drums
Joe Hudson - Guitars
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