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I came back from my holiday yesterday. Here’s a few things I discovered while I was away:

  • One baby on a plane is bad, but when there’s five within two rows of you, it’s pretty near unbearable. Especially when one of them squeals.
  • It’s a pain in the arse to get around London when there’s a tube strike. And very expensive to catch a minicab from the airport.
  • Faith No More still rock live.
  • I don’t sleep very well when camping and I’m super-cranky when I don’t get any sleep. Saturday at Download was pretty much a write-off for me due to extreme crankiness. Bailed 3 songs into The Prodigy, even though they were really good (I was surprised by this because everyone I knew that had seen them live said they were rubbish).
  • Camping is made bearable by sleeping pills. Much happier on the Sunday even though it was  80’s metal day. Hell, I even enjoyed Journey.
  • Jaffa Cakes are the best. I can buy a Greek version at the local supermarket, but they’re not as good.
  • The British Music Experience is awesome. You should visit it.
  • I really didn’t retain anything from the four years of German I did in high school. Pretty much all I could remember was ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘excuse me’, ‘thank you’, ‘do you speak English?’ and the numbers. It was sufficient to get around ok though.
  • You should always have wet weather gear at a festival, even if it says it’s going to be 31 and sunny. I got completely drenched at Nova Rock on the Friday.
  • Wellies are fantastic.
  • You don’t get your passport checked going from Vienna to Bratislava by train.
  • $2 plastic ponchos are a necessity if you are going to an outdoor concert in the rain.
  • Depeche Mode are brilliant live (so were FNM, NIN, Kaiser Chiefs and Chris Cornell, but I already knew that).
  • The random song that I used to get stuck in my head was Its No Good by Depeche Mode. I never knew what it was called or who sang it. Here it is for those of you who haven’t heard it:
  • The holiday was totally worth it. Seeing FNM three times, Chris Cornell twice and also seeing NIN, Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo and Depeche Mode within the space of 2 weeks was unbelievable.

I have had a long running argument with a friend regarding who the better rock vocalist is – Mike Patton or Chris Cornell. For years I went with Chris Cornell, because he has that awesome scream. I may have started to turn when he released Scream because, well, it’s not rock. However, I was seeing both Mike Patton and Chris Cornell perform within a day of each other at the Download festival, so I figured that would give me a reasonable chance of comparison.

Mike Patton won. I still love Chris Cornell and he did a good variety of songs – Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog and some solo stuff. His scream is just as brilliant as ever and Spoonman went off. But Mike Patton was better. The diversity in his vocal styles is amazing, from the kind of nasal style in “Falling to Pieces”, to screaming in “Jizzlobber” and crooning on “Just a Man”. If you heard all three songs without ever having heard of Mike Patton, you wouldn’t even know they were performed by the same person. I think the atmosphere while watching FNM may have helped a little too.

So, after 12 years I officially and publicly concede defeat.  James, you win.

Last night was the first Faith No More concert in 12 years. And it was fucking brilliant! Here’s the setlist:

Reunited (Peaches & Herb cover)
The Real Thing
From Out Of Nowhere
Land Of Sunshine
Chinese Arithmetic
Surprise! You’re Dead!
Last Cup Of Sorrow
Midlife Crisis
Cuckoo For Caca
The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
King For A Day
Be Aggressive
Mark Bowen

Encore 1:
Chariots Of Fire/Stripsearch
Just A Man

Encore 2:
I Started A Joke

Mike Patton’s voice is amazing and he can sing such a fantastic range of styles. Who else could go from Surprise! You’re Dead (complete with manic laughter) to Easy? They played my favourite, the Gentle Art of Making Enemies, which was my highlight of the evening, but of course the biggest crowd reaction went to Epic. For good reason too! I also never thought I’d hear a rock version of Chariots of Fire (which lead into Stripsearch). Surprisingly, I think if someone released that version of Chariots of Fire it would actually be something I would buy. It will be interesting to see what the setlist is at Download on Friday. Can’t Wait!!

The support band, Selfish Cunt, weren’t too bad but the lead singer was really camp and they did get a lot of booing. To be fair, I think pretty much any band who supported FNM were going to get booed just purely because they weren’t FNM.

Here’s a very low quality video of them playing Evidence at last night’s show:

I would have linked The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies, but the distortion was really bad, and you can hear the guy recording it singing more than anything else.