Faith No More make live festival comeback at Download

Band also cover Lady GaGa

Faith No More brought the first day of Download to a close tonight (June 12) with an epic comeback set on the Main Stage.

Opening with a tongue-in-cheek cover of Peaches & Herb‘s soul classic ‘Reunited’, which saw massive cheers on its chorus of “we are reunited”, the Californian quintet played a hit-laden set from their 28-year history as well as a brief rendition of Lady Gaga‘s hit ‘Poker Face’.

The band, who broke up in 1998, all wore black suits except for frontman Mike Patton, who walked onstage with a cane and was dressed entirely in red.

Patton was on eccentric form, leaping around the stage, wielding his cane about and engaging with the crowd with banter such as, “Download, are you down? Are you loaded? Man, that was terrible”.

‘Land Of Sunshine’ saw him alternate between a microphone and megaphone, while on the closing ‘We Care A Lot’ he took to singing while doing sit-ups.

At one point, Patton asked the crowd to raise their hands if it was their first time seeing them, and – obviously overwhelmed by the huge wave of arms in the air – said: “Fuck! Are we good? We’re ready to pick up our social security cheques, so we’re a bit insecure here.”

The band received huge cheers for classic songs such as ‘From Out Of Nowhere’ and ‘Be Aggressive’, while Commodores cover ‘Easy’ saw lighters go up in the air.

Faith No More are expected to play the Reading And Leeds Festivals this August.

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Faith No More played:

‘The Real Thing’
‘From Out Of Nowhere’
‘Land Of Sunshine’
‘Poker Face’
‘Chinese Arithmetic’
‘Surprise! You’re Dead!’
‘Last Cup Of Sorrow’
‘Midlife Crisis’
‘Introduce Yourself’
‘The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies’
‘Take This Bottle’
‘Ashes To Ashes’
‘Malpractice Play’
‘Cuckoo For Caca’
‘Be Aggressive’
‘Epic Play Video’
‘Mark Bowen’
‘Chariots of Fire’/’Stripsearch’
‘We Care A Lot’

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