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Faith No More

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Formed: 1981
From: Bay Area , CA, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Background

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.

Latest Faith No More News

Below is our complete Faith No More news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day Three

The final day of a festival always seems to be the most subdued and relaxed, most likely a result of tiredness, but with such a solid lineup to look forward to, who has time to take it easy? Graspop Metal Meeting still had plenty to offer the head bangers on this Sunday, with things getting off to a great start at the second main stage, where New Zealand hard rockers, Like A Storm got things underway. This was another case of checking out a band I had never heard of and they proved well worth a gamble, as their brand of hard rock with a tinge of alternative metal was the perfect way to wake up the sleepy unwashed and accentuate a few hang overs. Like The Dead Daisies two days before, Like A Storm are all about having a good time. It's rock the way it was designed to be, a lot of fun and high energy, though they put their own, native stamp on things by utilising the didgeridoo, which believe it or not, actually works really well with their music. The instrument was first used in a solo performance, before being brought out again for their song, "Love the Way You Hate Me," and there were other surprises in store too, most notably a cover of the Coolio hit, "Gangsta's Paradise." A great way to start the day.

A little bit of Pop Evil followed, which continued the theme of enjoyable hard rock, before the day's first trip to the Marquee came, this time to check out Winterfylleth. This was another band I was unfamiliar with, despite seeing the name in passing a number of times. I assumed from the name that they were a black metal group, but there's a lot more to them than that. They display an amazing musical talent which goes beyond the simple goal of making music just to be extreme, which some bands are guilty of, and don't conform to the uniform of corpse paint and spikes out of a mistaken sense of obligation, something else young black metal groups have done from time to time. Winterfylleth are another outfit that let the music do most of the talking, which is guaranteed to win over newcomers and please fans who turned up to see these metal Mancunians. More...

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Faith No More Album Invades The Charts

Faith No More’s comeback album "Sol Invictus" has landed atop international charts with the ten-track release at #2 in Australia, #4 in Germany, #6 in the UK and #6 in the United States (#14 on Billboard’s Top 200).

“What this tells me,” said Faith No More founder and bass player Bill Gould, “is that there is a need out there; people want to hear things that exist outside the mold. It makes me feel grateful and it gives me hope.”

“We are honored to be a part of the FNM team and very proud of the success of 'Sol Invictus,'” added Greg Werckman, co-owner of Ipecac Recordings. “Of course, none of this would have happened without the band delivering such a fantastic record and them having faith in us to handle it properly.”

The album was released as a joint partnership between the Faith No More’s own Reclamation Recordings and Ipecac.

Faith No More returns to North America this Summer and the band launches a European tour on today. More...

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Aftershock 2015 Festival Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival will feature a lineup of hard rock, alternative and metal artists, as well as an expanded festival site with onsite camping Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th at its new home at Gibson Ranch just outside Sacramento, CA. In addition, the festival will feature live, in-ring matches with WWE’s NXT Superstars.

The band lineup for Aftershock 2015 includes Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Coheed & Cambria, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, and more (daily lineup below).

Corey Taylor of Slipknot says, "We are really looking forward to playing Aftershock in Sacramento! A lot of great bands--can't wait to see everyone, from Manson to Clutch. Sacramento won't know what hit it when me and my friends are through."

Deftones’ Chino Moreno says, "We’re looking forward to being one of the headliners at Aftershock this year and performing in our hometown. It's always special to return to the city that made us."

Saturday, October 24: Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon, Black Veil Brides, Clutch, Hollywood Undead, P.O.D., Sevendust, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Helmet, Snot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, Art of Dying, Temperance Movement, Kill It Kid, Devour The Day, September Mourning, Stars In Stereo, Raveneye

Sunday, October 25: Faith No More, Deftones, Jane’s Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots, Coheed and Cambria, All Time Low, Death From Above 1979, Eagles of Death Metal, Sleeping With Sirens, Yelawolf, Failure, Glassjaw, Suicidal Tendencies, Issues, The Sword, Highly Suspect, ’68, Red Fang, One OK Rock, Madchild, Neck Deep, Pink Slips More...

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Faith No More Streams New Album

Eighteen years after the band's last full-length studio album, Faith No More is coming back with "Sol Invictus."

While the album won't officially drop until May 18th via Reclamation Recordings / Ipecac Recordings, all of the release is now online for streaming ahead of time.

Check out all of "Sol Invictus" in the player below or over at NPR.org here.

A list of upcoming Faith No More tour dates is also available after the jump. More...

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Faith No More To Stream May 8th Performance

Faith No More, who release "Sol Invictus" - the band's first new album in eighteen years - on May 18th, will be live streaming the upcoming May 8th concert from Detroit via Yahoo! Live at 9:15 PM eastern.

You can watch the show online at this location. The show, which will be broadcast from The Fillmore, is one of the band’s first North American performances since 2010 and is part of a string of sold out dates by the Bay Area outfit.

Faith No More returns to North America in late July with a dozen additional dates including an August 5th performance at Madison Square Garden and a headlining spot at Heavy Montreal on August 8th. Bumbershoot also recently announced Faith No More as one of the headliners of the venerable Seattle festival.

New album "Sol Invictus" will be streaming in its entirety via NPR on Monday, May 11th, with Pandora also giving listeners an early listen as of May 13th. See the band live supporting the new album on these dates: More...

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Faith No More Re-Issuing Albums With Bonus Discs

As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years this May, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with deluxe editions of "The Real Thing" and "Angel Dust."

Each album will be offered as a two-disc set that includes the original release accompanied by a second disc filled with rarities related to the album. Both will be available on June 9th at retail outlets for $19.98. The collections will arrive soon after the band concludes an extensive North American tour.

In addition to the CD set there will also be a double LP, 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August. More...

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Faith No More Streaming Remix Track

On the eve of a sold out North American tour, Faith No More is sharing a remix of the single “Superhero,” crafted by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke. Give it a listen below.

The music arrives as the band announces two additional U.K. dates: June 14th at O2 Academy (Glasgow) and June 17th at The Roundhouse (London). Faith No More plays the Download Festival on June 13th.

Faith No More will release new album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, with pre-ordders available at this location. More...

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Faith No More Adds New Tour Dates

Faith No More - gearing up to release new album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th - will return to North America for a late Summer tour, kicking off on July 26th in Austin.

The announcement arrives as the band is about to embark on its first North American outing since 2010, with all dates sold out along the three-week trek that starts April 15th in Vancouver. Faith No More will play The Tonight Show on May 13th, marking the Bay Area band’s first late night TV performance since 1995.

April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum #
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater #
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield ##
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield ###
April 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern *
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern **
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern * * *
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall +
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore +
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts +
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre +
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall +
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory +
May 29 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Rock Im Revier
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival More...

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Faith No More Posts New Song "Superhero"

Faith No More is streaming the brand new song "Superhero" off the upcoming new album "Sol Invictus" below. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Bill Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

Explains Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum why the band decided to make its first new album since 1997: "We got really bored with what we were doing, and we also felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired and encouraged by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage with a lot of people watching over and over, it felt kind of cheap and easy and a little too safe of a place to be. That's not who we are."

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Faith No More Reveals New Album

It's finally happening - after nearly two decades, Faith No More will release new full-length album "Sol Invictus" on May 19th, 2015.

This new album was tied with Slayer for "most anticipated of 2015" in our annual year-end awards. "Sol Invictus" was produced by Gould and recorded in the band’s Oakland, Calif. studio.

"What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we're doing reflects where we've gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch,” explained Bill Gould in a recent Rolling Stone interview. “And I think there's parts that are very powerful and there's parts that have a lot of "space." Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it's always going to sound like us. It's just what we do, that makes us feel good. “

Faith No More will also kick off a round of touring starting with Japan and Australia in February and then kicking off in North America in April (full dates available below).

Preceding the North American tour will be the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 41

Two months to the day since the last episode, the MetalUnderground.com podcast is back. This time, our regular co-host Kevin Perez (aka N0thinghead) is joined by longtime member, F.A.N. and veteran staff member Oliver Hynes (aka Diamond Oz/me) to discuss the MetalUnderground.com Best of 2014 Awards and whether or not they agree with the choices voted by staff members, as well as who they felt perhaps should have fared better.

The show also features Saboter as its unsigned band of the week, opening the show with the exciting thrash metal band's song, "Eye of Terror," before closing with their track, "Redemption."

Check out the new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Faith No More Announces North American Tour

Faith No More has confirmed a Spring North American outing kicking off April 15th in Vancouver. The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on the follow-up to 1997’s "Album of the Year."

The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, titled “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17th followed by a digital release on March 31st.

See the group live on these dates: More...

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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2014 Awards

What was old is now new again, as much like with Hollywood returning to Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Terminator, metal heads had a desire for past and present to collide throughout 2014.

This was another year of major reunions and comebacks with the likes of At The Gates, Slipknot, Sanctuary, and Massacre all returning with new material. The long dead Coal Chamber also came back to life, although we won't see an actual release until next year (with varying opinions on to whether that particular resurrection was wanted or needed).

Besides all the blasts from the past, this was a year marked by spectacles in the metal world – some truly unfortunate and others less so. Heavy metal managed to hit the Facebook trending bar and gain exposure to millions when 92 year old actor Christopher Lee released his Metal Knight EP and Christmas single ”Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”

Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying was finally sentenced after being arrested back in 2013 for attempting to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife – an act that lead to the creation of Wovenwar, featuring the remaining members of As I Lay Dying as well as a fellow ex-believer from Oh, Sleeper.

This was also the year that included Roadrunner Records botching the release of the first Opeth single from “Pale Communion” and subsequently breaking the Internet. And who could forget Wintersun's infamous rant (perhaps best summarized as “I can't possibly record an album unless its in my own personal studio that someone else has paid for”), which sent a horde of lemming-like fans to send death threats to the Nuclear Blast Facebook page?

Typical metal shenanigans aside, this was actually a solid year for metal overall even past the major reunions. Now moving into 2015, the big question marks are if that Metallica album actually comes out, when Dimmu Borgir is finally going to get around to leaking some new info, and for those of us who have been impatiently waiting since 2012 – when will God Of Atheists finally drop that debut release that we voted most anticipated two years ago?

Before any of those questions come close to getting answers, let's take a look back at what 2014 had to offer for metal fans... More...

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Faith No More Live Footage Available

Supporting new single "Motherfucker" and amping up hype for a forthcoming studio album, Faith No More performed at set in California at Amoeba Records for Record Store Day's Black Friday celebration.

Fan-filmed footage of the event can now be seen in the clips provided below, courtesy of YouTube users Jose Henrique M. Oliveira and ittlemoe69.

"Motherfucker" officially drops on December 9th, with more details on the upcoming full-length album to be revealed shortly. More...

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Faith No More Reveals New Single Release Date

Back in September, Faith No More officially revealed that work had begun a new album - the band's first in 18 years.

The band had announced a new single titled "Motherfucker" was to drop at the end of November, but now that release has officially be set for December 9th, 2014.

Pre-orders are available at iTunes here and the cover artwork can be seen below.

Further details on the upcoming full-length album are to be revealed shortly. More...

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Faith No More Recording Album

It's official - after 18 years of waiting, Faith No More will release a new album in 2015! The band revealed the news to Rolling Stone in a new interview, stating the record is due out next April through Reclamation Records.

Remember that new song "Motherfucker" the band played in London earlier this Summer? That will be the lead single off the album, and will be released separately on November 28th.

If you hadn't seen the performance, check out footage below. Further details on the album are forthcoming, and you can read the full interview at Rollingstone.com here. More...

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Faith No More Performs New Tracks Live

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?"

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Jim Martin Answers Fan Questions

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...

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Sonisphere Knebworth Is Cancelled

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...

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Revocation Streaming Faith No More Cover

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!"

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