Friday, 07 October 1983
On Broadway
San Francisco, CA, USA
with Helios Creed, If Then Why, Fade To Black
Setlist albums:
We Care A Lot cover We Care A Lot 2
Other cover Other 1
Faith. No More cover Faith. No More 1
Introduce Yourself cover Introduce Yourself 1
The Jungle
Why Do You Bother?
Poop's Principles
Flyer for gig "Friday, 7th October", billed as "Faith. No More."

eBay link (very unlikely to be 1988 as listed)

The 1983 FNM demo tape indicates that the 11th October 1983 was Faith No More's first gig. Either the demo tape is incorrect, or Faith No More were billed for this 7th October gig and didn't play.

Given this date has a flyer and the 11th doesn't, the 7th is a Friday (while 11th is a Tuesday), we believe the 7th is the more likely date for the "first gig" demo recording. Perhaps the "11th" is the date of the recording of the studio demo side of that tape?

FNM Followers blog of first shows (inc flyer)
Faith No More's first gig.

Gig details from Faith No More's first demo tape.

Jake Smith's only gig with the band.
Joe Pop-O-Pie (vocals)
Jake Smith (guitar)
Bill Gould (bass)
Mike Bordin (drums)
Roddy Bottum (keyboards)

The Jungle is instrumental.

Why Do You Bother? includes different lyrics, but does include the words "Why Do You Bother?".

Spirit has the same music, but Joe sings the chorus of Pop-O-Pie song "The Words Of Jamal" (ie. "Spirit. Excellent. Good stuff. Further on down the road.").
On This Day:
Year Venue State/Country
1990 Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville TN, USA
1992 CANCELLED Memorial Fairgrounds, York PA, USA
1992 City Gardens, Trenton NJ, USA