The headliners were traditionally the leading UK rock acts of the time until the late 80s when Alice Cooper took one of the prestigious spots. Later in the 90s giving way to bands such as Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Faith No More have been on the bill twice, the first on August 24th 1990.
FAITH NO MORE | READING | 24.08.1990
Faith No More were on the tail end of their two year solid tour promoting 'The Real Thing' and had become somewhat a sensation in the UK due to success of their single 'Epic'. Hence their top of bill spot supporting The Cramps.
From Out Of Nowhere
Falling To Pieces
The Real Thing
As The Worm Turns
The Crab Song
Edge Of The World
We Care A Lot
Sweet Dreams (Nestles)
Surprise! You're Dead!
Woodpecker From Mars
War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
FAITH NO MORE | READING | 28.08.2009
In the later half of the 90s FNM preferred to perform at the Phoenix Festival and Monsters Of Rock (now Download), therefore after their eleven year hiatus it was nineteen years after their original performance at the festival that Faith No More returned to Reading (and this time Leeds) for their Second Coming Tour. This show received nothing but glowing reviews.
Midnight Cowboy (John Barry)
From Out Of Nowhere
Surprise! You're Dead!
Last Cup Of Sorrow
I Started A Joke (Bee Gees)
The Gentle Art Of Making Enemies
King For A Day
Ashes To Ashes
Just A Man
Land Of Sunshine
NME Magazine | September 2009 | Emily Mackay
"We're here in the tent," grins Mike Patton wolfishly, red lights glinting off the diamanté trim on his Mephistophelean scarlet shirt. "Fuck all the rest of them."
Outsiders even in their glorious cash-racking comeback. Faith No More have always been an anomaly. Smarter, sexier and funnier than Rage Against The Machine or Red Hot Chili Peppers, they were the alt metal art who were really fucking alt. No genre is safe from this band, no expectation either: rather than blast onstage - big comeback! - they sidle softly through their cover of the theme from Midnight Cowboy. Then they play 'From Out Of Nowhere', and you're reminded in a rush that, however good Patton's subsequent experimentations in more avant-garde acts such as Fantomas and Peeping Tom might be, it's in this band that he found the perfected balance of jockey mainstream and arty weirdness. 'Be Aggressive' sounds sensational, the thundering roll of Mike Bordin's drums taunted by the cheerleader-chant of the refrain. 'Epic', the thinking man's 'Killing In The Name', is maliciously magnificent, Patton's remarkable, freakishly versatile voice flicking from rich booming croon to bratty yowl to death-bark at the flick of a note. Then, in case it was just getting a little bit too retro-reverential, FNM slip in a brief-but-obviously meticulously rehearsed instrumental rendition of the EastEnders theme tune. You wouldn't get that from bloody Pearl Jam, would you? The first time Patton, hamming it up,keeps a straight face. The second time those familiar plangent notes ring out, he can't help corpsing as the crowd shriek with laughter. He knows how totally ridiculous his band is. And he loves it.
Reformed avant-garde metal band Faith No More treated the Reading Festival to a cover of the 'EastEnders' theme tune as they headlined the NME/Radio 1 Stage tonight (August 28).
After a furious rendition of 'Malpractice', singer Mike Patton, dressed in a diamanté-trimmed red suit, turned to the crowd with a wry look as the band kicked into a rendition of the theme tune, once recorded by 'EastEnders' actress Anita Dobson as 'Anyone Can Fall In Love'. They even reprised their tribute halfway through.
Coming on to chants of "Faith No More! Faith No More!", they opened with 'Midnight Cowboy', featuring Patton blowing on a melodica, before launching into songs such as 'Epic' and 'Be Aggressive'. Later in the set, Patton treated the crowd to a singing lesson. "Got that note? Happy with it?" he asked. "Now we're going to teach you rhythm. Welcome to my world, bitches." Teasing the ecstatic crowd throughout the set, Patton finally thanked them for "having been patient with us for so long", adding, "Be patient with this", before launching into an encore of 'RV' and 'Land Of Sunshine'.