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Faith No More, live in Los Angeles

Live Review

Venue: The Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles

The first of three sell-out shows as rock's favourite oddballs make their triumphant return to Los Angeles

You'd expect a support band to be at least interesting if they were hand-picked by Faith No More, and New Jersey three-piece Ho99o9 (apparently pronounced Horror) are nothing if not that. Baffling at times, yes, but interesting nonetheless, and even quite intense at times, despite the fact that much of their set seems to be thinly disguised karaoke. Unless there's some other term for playing along to recordings of other bands, notably Black Flag and Bad Brains. One of the two frontmen even pulls off an HR style back flip, although the sounds vary through punk and metal to rap and beyond. Frankly, it's all over the place, but strangely compelling all the same. Which is something tonight's headliners know all about!

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