photos by James Richards IV

Faith No More
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So much for needing to shake off any rust. Thursday at an uncomfortably packed Concord Music Hall, Faith No More picked up where it left off 18 years ago, the last time the avant-metal band toured North America and released an album.

Exploring extremes of loud and quiet, manic and mellow, sinister and auspicious as if venturing into such divisive territories constituted the norm, the quintet proved anything but conventional. Its diverse 80-minute set served as a constant reminder that the group's success in the 90s -- a run that included a major-label deal, hit albums and renowned videos -- remains as bizarre as its most innovative songs. Historically, the sort of artistic experimentalism practiced by Faith No More gets confined to the fringes. [Chicago Tribune]

The reunited Faith No More are currently on tour, having hit Chicago's Concord Music Hall this past Thursday (5/7) with Le Butcherettes. The above review and pictures in this post are of that show. Setlist below.

The tour comes to NYC this week for two sold-out Webster Hall shows (5/13 & 5/14), also with Le Butcherettes, and it returns for a much larger show on August 5 at MSG with Refused. Tickets for MSG are still available, and we're also giving away a pair on Facebook.

Faith No More's first album since 1997, Sol Invictus, comes out next week (5/19) via Reclamation/Ipecac, and it's now streaming in full on NPR.

More Chicago pictures and setlist, and FNM's updated list of dates, below...

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Faith No More @ Concord Music Hall - 5/7/15 Setlist: (via)
Motherfucker
Land of Sunshine
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up
Get Out
Midlife Crisis (with Boz Scaggs - 'Lowdown' interlude)
Last Cup of Sorrow
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Encore:
Matador
We Care a Lot
I Started a Joke (Bee Gees cover)

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Faith No More -- 2015 Tour Dates
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre +
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory +
May 29 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival
June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere
June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
June 6 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle Spandau
June 8 Krakow, Poland Tauron Arena
June 10 Bratislava, Slovakia Aegon Arena
June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival
June 23 Hamburg, Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
June 26 Norrkoping, Sweden Bravalla Festival
June 27 Seinajoki, Finland Provinssi
June 28 Odense, Denmark Tinderbox
July 26 Austin, TX Austin Music Hall
July 27 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
July 28 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
July 30 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park ++
July 31 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater ++
August 1 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts ++
August 2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion ++
August 4 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ++
August 5 New York, NY Madison Square Garden ++
August 7 Toronto, ON Ricoh Coliseum ++
August 7 - 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal
Sept. 5-7 Bumbershoot Festival Seattle, WA
Sept. 25 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rock in Rio

+ - Le Butcherettes
++ - Refused