Faith No More
Band Photo: Faith No More (?)
From: Bay Area , CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped
In 1981, Bay Area, California, musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, "We Care A Lot," released on Mordam Records in 1985.
Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, "Introduce Yourself," was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely for various reasons. Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle) was hired in January of 1989 and "The Real Thing" was released six months later.
"Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 and Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S.
Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of 1992, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds.
Jim Martin was fired and Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited for 1995's "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime." However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance's replacement. Faith No More then replaced Dean Menta with Jon Hudson (ex-Systems Collapse). The band's sixth studio album, "Album of the Year" was released (June 1997).
In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members' many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould confirmed the split.
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
At the British Summer Time Festival in London's Hyde Park, Faith No More performed two new tracks live, apparently titled "Motherfucker" and "Leader of Men."
Footage of the show, including the set-ending song "We Care A Lot," has been posted online and can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user Joe Page. Give the new tracks a listen and let us know: do they stand up to classic Faith No More tracks off "Album of the Year" and "Angel Dust?"
After a silence of over a decade, Jim Martin agreed to a Q&A session with fans via a British based fan site. A set of 15 questions were selected by administrators of the fan site from over 500 submissions by fans eager to hear from Jim. What follows is a Q&A session with Jim Martin, former Faith No More guitar player, songwriter, and producer, and fans of Faith No More.
Jim comments, “Some weeks ago, the FNM 'fan club guy' was asking about how to contact me, he wanted to talk to me about the fan page.. After several exchanges via email, he and I decided to do a Q&A thing for the fans. My departure from FNM in 1993 was controversial; I left while the band was still at the peak of its success. I am proud of my contributions to the success and legacy of FNM. I appreciate the time and effort it took to put these questions together. Thank you for the opportunity."
1. What do you consider the highlight of your career?
Performing with Bo Diddly, Klaus Mein, Metallica, Gary Rossington, Pepper Keenan Sean Kinney Jerry Cantrell John Popper Jason Newstead, singing Misfits songs with Metallica live during our tour with them and GNR.
2. You are an influence to many younger guitarists today, but who were your biggest influences and what do you remember about how those people helped to craft your sound and play style?
My influences to a greater extent were Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and David Gilmore. Mostly Page. His method of using a pick and his fingers at the same time and his way of squeezing the humanity out of a guitar. It’s funny how influences work. My influences were influenced by old blues men. Those legendary blues men were influenced by their tribal ancestors. The tribal ancestors are the link back to the beginning; they are the keepers of the essence. Through my influences I am connected to the roots of time and the music that elevates the primordial spirit of mankind. We do not truly compose anything genuinely new, the listeners and the presentation are what is new, and it is the perspective that varies. The ability of expression and improvisation, the stuff of creation that fascinates all life.
3. It was great seeing you play again during the Metallica event...also some very great words spoken about Cliff....it was great to see ya! Weird question, Big Jim...and I only just thought of it while scrolling through the last post on FNM Blog: What was the deal with you being the only clothed FNM member in the infamous "FNM underwear poster?" Did you just think the photo idea was dumb, or did you think it'd be better/funnier with one dude dressed to the nines in jeans, leather vest, etc. while everyone else was near nekkid. Thanks for doing this Q&A, man! Excited to see the responses! More...
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival have announced that they have had to cancel this years event, which was set to feature headline performances from KISS, Faith No More and Queen + Adam Lambert, amongst others. The statement from the organisers reads as follows:
"It is with very heavy hearts and much regret that we announce the cancellation of Sonisphere Knebworth 2012.
"Putting the festival together in what is proving to be a very challenging year was more difficult than we anticipated and we have spent the last few months fighting hard to keep Sonisphere in the calendar. Unfortunately circumstances have dictated that we would be unable to run the festival to a standard that both the artists and that Sonisphere’s audience would rightly expect. More...
As Revocation prepares to kick off a North American tour with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal, the band is now unveiling a special treat for fans. Starting today, Ultimate-Guitar is hosting an exclusive stream of the bands own metallic rendition of Faith No More's track "Surprise! You're Dead." The song, previously available only on the "Chaos of Forms" deluxe digital edition on iTunes can now be heard here.
Front man Dave Davidson spoke about the band's new song and upcoming tour: "What's up shredders! We're stoked to premier our rendition of the classic Faith No More song 'Surprise! You're Dead!' through Ultimate-Guitar.com. We had a blast recording this cover and we're honored that we could pay homage to such an amazing band, we hope you guys dig it! Also, we'll be hitting the road with Children of Bodom, Eluveitie and Threat Signal very soon so come out to the shows and rage with us!"
Revocation's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Some bands are just so eclectic, it’s practically impossible to label them. Everyone likes these bands because their music is always guaranteed to be interesting, and none of these such bands are more intriguing than Faith No More. Faith No More began life thirty years ago when it was founded by bass player Billy Gould in 1981, along with drummer Mike Bordin, vocalist Michael Morris and keyboard player Wade Worthington. They did not adopt their current moniker until 1982 after Worthington had been replaced by Roddy Bottum and Morris had been fired, leading the band to through a series of vocalists, including future Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, before settling on Chuck Mosley in 1983, the same year they found guitarist Jim Martin.
They began recording their debut album independently, pooling their money together and recording it as and when they could. By the time five songs had been recorded, the group earned the attention of Mordam Records, who signed the band and gave them the money they needed to finish their album, which was released in 1985 under the title, "We Care A Lot." Faith No More then signed with Slash Records, and released "Introduce Yourself" in 1987, which, despite the release of "We Care A Lot" two years prior, is considered by many to be the bands debut album, owing to the limited availability of the previous record and the re-recording of its title track.
Not long after "Introduce Yourself," Mosley was fired from the group, due to erratic behaviour on and off the stage, including falling asleep during the "Introduce Yourself" release party. Taking his place was Mr. Bungle frontman, Mike Patton, who dropped out of Humboldt State University so he could sing for Faith No More. They released their first album with Patton, "The Real Thing" in 1989 and broke through into the public eye in the process, thanks largely to the records second single, "Epic" which became a top ten hit around the world. They performed live at the MTV Video Music Awards and Saturday Night Live, as well as touring all over the world. After releasing a live album, "Live at the Brixton Academy" in 1991 and contributing the song, "The Perfect Crime" to the soundtrack of the movie, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (in which guitarist Jim Martin made a cameo appearance,) the band got to work on their next album. The result, "Angel Dust," was released in the summer of 1992 and featured a much more experimental tone than previous releases, thanks predominantly to Mike Patton. Despite selling well over six hundred thousand copies in the United States, the album sold better overseas, going Gold in Australia and reaching the number 2 position on the album chart in the United Kingdom. More...
Orange County, California based hard rockers Avenged Sevenfold have been confirmed as the headliners for this year's edition of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which will take place on April 20th at the Nokia Centre in Los Angeles, California and will be televised by VH1 on May 28th.
Also performing at the show will be the original lineup of the Alice Cooper band, as well as Duff McKagen's Loaded, Devildriver, Asking Alexandria, Volbeat and Fozzy, who's lead singer Chris Jericho will also be hosting the event. Alice Cooper is also set to receive the eponymous Golden God award, while Motley Crue will be picking up the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award. The list of other nominees for the awards are as follows: More...
Harmonix and MTV Games today announced the complete lineup for the upcoming Rock Band 3 video game, which includes several metal tracks. Rock Band 3 will be released October 26th in North America and October 29th in the rest of the world. The complete list of songs on the game, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Amy Winehouse, "Rehab"
Anthrax, "Caught in a Mosh"
At the Drive-In, "One Armed Scissor"
Avenged Sevenfold, "The Beast & the Harlot"
Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations (Live)"
Big Country, "In a Big Country"
Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
Bob Marley, "Get Up, Stand Up"
Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4"
David Bowie, "Space Oddity"
Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Def Leppard, "Foolin’"
Devo, "Whip It"
Dio, "Rainbow in the Dark"
Dire Straits, "Walk of Life"
Doobie Brothers, "China Grove"
Dover, "King George"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "The Killing Moon"
Elton John, "Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting"
Faith No More, "Midlife Crisis" More...
The Dutch power metal band Revamp, led by ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen have added a cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to their live set for their first album's tour. This latest metal cover of Lady Gaga comes after Faith No More's cover of "Poker Face" and The Demonstration's cover of "Bad Romance."
Revamp will be touring Europe throughout the summer on the following dates:
May 28 2010 9:00P Waerdse Tempel w/Morning Heerhugowaard [NL], NL
Jun 4 2010 8:00P Bibelot (Official Releaseparty) Dordrecht [NL], NL
Jun 5 2010 8:30P Escape w/Morning Veenendaal [NL], NL
Jun 11 2010 8:30P De Kade Zaandam [NL], NL
Jun 12 2010 8:00P Dokkum Open Air Dokkum [NL], NL
Jun 13 2010 8:00P Bosuil Weert [NL], NL
Jun 18 2010 8:00P Fenix Sittard [NL], NL
Jun 19 2010 9:00P De Piek Vlissingen [NL], NL
Jun 25 2010 11:00A Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel [B], Limburg, BELGIUM
Jul 17 2010 12:00P Zwarte Cross festival Lichtenvoorde [NL], NL
Oct 23 2010 8:00P Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze [B], BE
MetalSucks recently spoke with Faith No More front man Mike Patton, whose collection of Italian language cover songs (recorded with a 40-piece orchestra) "Monda Cane" comes out on Tuesday, May 4th. Patton spoke about "Mondo Cane," the events that led to the Faith No More reunion, and whether or not he ever plans to release new Faith No More music. An excerpt follows:
MetalSucks: Given all the projects you’ve worked on over the years, what brought you back to Faith No More?
Mike: No good answer for that. It just happened. I think it was a reconciliation of sorts. We’ve been offered to reform many, many times over the last ten years. At some point, we all realized, “Hey, what’s the problem here? Should we do this? Will the music stand up?” That was a big question. So, we rehearsed to kinda figure out whether it would stand up or not. And it did. And here we are.
MetalSucks: How have these reunion shows been for you? Have they been enjoyable for you?
Mike: Yeah. Of course. I’m not in the business of suffering. I’m not gonna put myself out there and torture myself. I’m just not gonna do it. It feels good. It feels comfortable. In a way, we’re sort of… we’re revisiting the past but we’re also healing some old wounds. We didn’t break up under the best of circumstances and this is sort of a chance to get that right. Anyone in their life, if they have a chance to sorta go back to a certain snapshot in their life, and maybe do something different… I think that’s what we’re doing right now.
MetalSucks: With these live shows, whose idea was it to include Peaches & Herb and Lady GaGa covers into the set?
Mike: [laughs] I don’t wanna take complete credit, but… Look, it’s something that happens. It’s not something where we sat down and said, “Hey, let’s do a Lady GaGa cover over one of our tunes.” It just kinda happens. A lot of that is my responsibility. We played a certain set of music for a long period of time, and it’s only natural to get a little complacent. So, to me, what’s fun is injecting other people’s tunes over the top of our tunes. I guess it’s a live mash-up, if you will.More...
Reunited alternative rock legends Faith No More has announced their first show on the East Coast of the United States since they reformed. The concert will take place at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Waterfront on July 5th. The band have previously announced that they will be performing a three night residence at the Warfield in San Francisco from April 12th- 14th and that they will be taking part in the Coachella Festival on April 17th.
A nine-minute highlight video from Faith No More's set at the Soundwave Festival on March 1, 2010 in Perth, Western Australia has been posted online. It's pretty decent quality sound and footage, so check it out below.
Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has announced through his Twitter page that the band is currently planning dates for an upcoming U.S. tour. More information will be announced as it becomes available.
BARONESS has posted a second preview track, "A Horse Called Golgotha," from their new album, "Blue Record," at their MySpace page. “A Horse Called Golgotha” can be streamed along with the "Blue Record" intro track, “Bullhead’s Psalm,” and its successor, “The Sweetest Curse.” "Blue Record," the follow-up to 2007’s "Red Album," is set for an October 13th North American release date through Relapse Records. More...
Baroness has announced the dates for their first-ever Australian tour. The band will be touring in support of their brand new album, "Blue Record," as part of the Soundwave Festival.
All tour dates are part of Soundwave Festival w/ Faith No More, Jane's Addiction, AFI, and Meshuggah
February 20 - Brisbane, Queensland
February 21 - Sydney, NSW
February 26 - Melbourne, NSW
February 27 - Adelaide, S. Australia
March 1 - Perth, W. Australia
Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has announced that the band has confirmed a live show on November 1st in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The band's other confirmed tour dates are as follows:
6/30 Jubileeny St. Petersburg Russia
7/1 Dream Factory Riga Latvia
7/3 Roskilde Festival Roskilde Denmark
7/4 Heinekin Open'er Festival Gdynia Poland
7/5 Ruisrock Festival Turku Finland
8/8 Sudoeste Festival• Zambujeira do Mar Portugal
8/10 Lycabettus Amphitheater Athens Greece
8/14 Spirit of Burgas Burgas Bulgaria
8/15 Sala Polivalenta Romania Bucharest
8/16 Sziget Festival Budapest Hungary
8/17 Tesla Arena Prague Czech Republic
8/20 Pukkelpop Festival Hasselt Belgium
8/21 Lowlands Festival Netherlands
8/22 Highfield Festival Erfurt Germany
8/23 Area 4 Festival Oberhausen Germany
8/25 Corn Exchange Edinburgh Scotland
8/27 Olympia Theater Dublin Ireland
8/29 Rock en Seine Paris France
9/1 Fair, Trade & Convention Centre Tel Aviv Israel
10/30 Estadio Bicentenario de la Florida Santiago Chile
The Download Festival website has been updated with the following statement about streaming a live performance by Faith No More:
"We’ve just heard that Faith No More have agreed to let us broadcast their phenomenal Download set live from Donington right here on downloadfestival.co.uk!
"That means that the band’s first gig since reforming after an 11-year hiatus will be shown across the world via our Webcast. Having listened to them sound-check this afternoon, we can confirm that the performance will be very much worth the wait.
"Set to be THE festival band of the summer, Faith No More are joined by the likes of STAIND, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KORN, THE BLACKOUT and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, all going out live on the official Download website throughout Friday.
"Click Here from 9pm on Friday 12th June to see the Epic Faith No More as they perform at Download not only to 80,000 festival goers, but also to the entire world online."
Mike Patton is taking a break from touring with a reunited Faith No More to work with legendary comic book writer Alan Moore on an audiobook / soundtrack compilation that aims to excite all the senses at once.
Moore has already recorded the two-hour audiobook for the deluxe package of the semi-autobiographical work, provisionally titled "Unearthing." Alongside the audiobook comes a series of art prints and a vinyl soundtrack with contributions from Patton, Andrew Broder of alternative act Fog and Justin Broadrick from Jesu and Godflesh.
The project, which looks to be released early next year, is the first in a series with Moore already hard at work on the second piece.
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a urther seventeen bands for this years edition of the event. The festival will now see appearances from Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Trigger The Bloodshed, Lauren Harris, Hexes, Hunting The Minotaur, Japanese Voyeurs, White Man Kamikaze, Loverman, Black Spiders, General Fiasco, Sacred Mother Tongue, The 69 Eyes, Dear Superstar, Pulled Apart By Horses, Violent Soho and Brides.
The full lineup is now as follows:
Friday Main stage:
Faith No More
Friday Second stage:
Bring Me The Horizon
Dir En Grey
A Day To Remember
In This Moment
Friday Tuborg stage:
Duff McKagen's Loaded
Middle Class Rut
Hunting The Minotaur
White Man Kamikaze More...
Rumor has it that the reunited alternative metal legends Faith No More might be gearing up for a new studio album in the near future. No further details are available at this time. This would be their first album of new material since 1997's "Album of the Year." No release date for the new album has been given, nor is it known which label would handle it.
Faith No More is currently booking a European tour for this summer.
The organizers of Britains Download Festival has announced a string of new confirmations for this years event. The festival will now also see performances from the likes of Hatebreed, Voivod, God Forbid, Suicide Silence, Sylosis, Therapy?, Tim "Ripper" Owens, In This Moment, We Are The Ocean, Turbo Wolf, A Day To Remember, Backyard Babies, Hostile, Esoterica, Man Raze, Middle Class Rut and No Americana.
The lineup for the event is now as follows:
Faith No More
Black Stone Cherry
Tim "Ripper" Owens
In This Moment
Bring Me The Horizon
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Dir En Grey
A Day To Remember
We Are The Ocean
Karma To Burn
Middle Class Rut