On December 31st, 2002, Ipecac Recordings — the inimitable label co-founded by one Mike Patton — celebrated New Year's Eve with a roster-showcasing concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California. The bill featured Dälek, Pink Anvil, Mondo Generator and headliners the Melvins joined by Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra. However, the best set of the night belonged to the Dillinger Escape Plan who played with Patton himself as their frontman.
The short-lived supergroup played all the songs featured on their four-song EP, Irony Is a Dead Scene, released earlier that year, plus a cover of Faith No More's "Malpractice," but their closer took the cake. Introducing the song as "dedicated to all the real metallers out there. Not the false metallers, the real metallers," Patton led Dillinger through an epic take on Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You." The rendition would eventually appear on TDEP's 2006 covers EP Plagiarism, with Greg Puciato on vocals, but hearing Patton take on the tune is a special treat. Flashback above.