Faith no more stepped out in pastel tuxedos — half pimp, half prom — and swayed into a cover of Peaches and Herb’s, “Reunited.” Without skipping a beat, they launched into “From Out of Nowhere” and the next hour was spent reliving the greatest hits of my musical formative years. The Manhattan skyline falling in front of the sunset, could you think of a more perfect way to spend an evening?
The song selections were well thought out; diverse enough to keep you guessing what record they would pull from — let alone, what song. Yet every choice kept the half hipster, half heavy metal parking lot crowd fist pumping along. Expectedly, they played “Epic” second to last, but not before “Caffeine” took me back to getting into my first car accident at 17 (it was playing on my tape deck at the time). And nothing could top hearing their “Easy” cover as the sun was setting behind the Empire State Building. It was a surreal moment that left me in some teenager / grown man paradox.
A first encore of “Be Aggressive” followed by a “We Care A Lot” second encore closed the show, which could only be described as a monumental rock concert. The type of arena rock performance that is relatable to the independent minded types who’ve spent the last ten years listening to Fantomas, Imperial Teen and Brujeria waiting for this moment. It was a reunion a decade in the making, and nothing short of epic