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Faith No More

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Band Photo: Faith No More (?)

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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Faith No More Planning New Studio Album?

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.

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Several More Bands Added To Download Festival 2009

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
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Hatebreed
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Therapy?
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Tim "Ripper" Owens
Sevendust
Voivod
Papa Roach
Static-X
In This Moment
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Suicide Silence
Shinedown
Anvil
Sylosis
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Backyard Babies
A Day To Remember
Volbeat
We Are The Ocean
Auger Bane
Hostile
Man Raze
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio
Middle Class Rut
Turbo Wolf
No Americana

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Sevendust And More Added To Download

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced several more bands to perform at the event this year. Northern Irish rockers The Answer will be performing at the festival, as will Sevendust, Staind, Stone Gods, Shinedown, Static-X, Bring Me The Horizon, Fightstar, Volbeat, Go:Audio, Facecage and Auger Bane. The festival will be held at Donington Park between June 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Sevendust
Papa Roach
Static-X
The Answer
Clutch
Buckcherry
Shinedown
Anvil
Staind
Bring Me The Horizon
Fightstar
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Volbeat
Auger Bane
Karma To Burn
Steadlur
Go:Audio

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Eight More Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Opeth
Meshuggah
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Five Finger Death Punch
Devildriver
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Skin
Parkway Drive
Dir En Grey
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Lawnmower Deth
Architects
Karma To Burn
Steadlur

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Faith No More To Perform At Rock In Idro Festival

Recently reunited alternative rock legends Faith No More has been confirmed as the latest band added to Italy's Rock In Idro festival which takes place between June 12th - 14th in the city of Milan. Other bands confirmed to perform are Limp Bizkit, Lacuna Coil, Bring Me The Horizon, Babyshambles, Gallows and Flogging Molly amongst others.

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Additional Bands Confirmed For Download 2009

Twelve more bands have been announced for this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival. New Orleans supergroup Down will be making their second appearance at the festival and they will be joined by Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil, legendary rockers Journey and former Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell. Also added to the bill are Tesla, Papa Roach, Clutch, Black Stone Cherry, Architects, Skin, Parkway Drive and Karma To Burn.

The lineup is now as follows (in no order) :

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Down
Chris Cornell
Black Stone Cherry
Journey
Lacuna Coil
Tesla
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Papa Roach
Clutch
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Devildriver
Skin
Parkway Drive
The Blackout
Billy Talent
Architects
Karma To Burn

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Faith No More, NIN And More Added To Nova Rock

Austria's Nova Rock Festival has announced some more big names for this years edition of the festival. In addition to the already confirmed big names such as Metallica and Slipknot, the organizers have confirmed that Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Dimmu Borgir and Dir En Grey will now also be performing at the event. The festivities take place between June 19th - 21st in Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, which near the Hungarian and Slovak borders.

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Faith No More Bassist Gives Rehersal Account

Faith No More bassist Billy Gould has posted a brief message via his Twitter account regarding the bands first rehersal which took place yesterday. His message reads: "First rehearsal was good! Much better than expected. By the end of May we should be completely dialed in."

Faith No More reunited at the end of last month, announcing that they will be heading out to Europe to perform at selected festivals which includes a headlining position at the Download Festival in England.

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Faith No More Not Ruling Out U.S. Shows

Faith No More began rehersals today for their upcoming reunion tour of Europe. In a brief statement via his Twitter account, bass player Billy Gould said: "Bass gear goes into rehearsal room (this morning, Wednesday March 4th), and we officially get started. Playing old songs for the first time in 10 years! Crazy shit." In a brief message shortly after he added, ""By the way, US shows are not out of the question." Stay tuned for more details as they develop.

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Faith No More To Headline Download Festival

The recently reunited Faith No More has been confirmed as the third headlining act for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. This will be a part of their European tour which is the bands first tour in eleven years.

The lineup is now as follows:

Faith No More
Slipknot
Def Leppard
Korn
Whitesnake
Limp Bizkit
ZZ Top
Marilyn Manson
The Prodigy
Motley Crue
Pendulum
Dream Theater
Killswitch Engage
Trivium
Buckcherry
Anvil
Dragonforce
Devildriver
The Blackout
Billy Talent

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Mike Patton Scores First Feature Film, "Crank 2"

Mike Patton (Fantômas, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom and the forthcoming Mondo Cane amongst others) has just completed his first major motion film score for the film "Crank 2: High Voltage" (April 17 release).

While Patton has often dabbled in film whether it was lending his voice to the creatures in "I Am Legend," his score for the indie film noir short "A Perfect Place" or Fantômas' film scoring interpretation via The Director's Cut, this marks his first proper film score.

Created during the latter half of 2008, Patton holed up in a Los Angeles studio and eliminated all other projects during the recording, a point worth noting as he is well known for being one of modern music's most prolific artists.

Patton has also provided vocals to several videogames including "Bionic Commando," "Portal," "Left 4 Dead," and "The Darkness." He also lent his voice to Adult Swim's Metalocalypse (character name: Rikki Kix). Patton just wrapped up a trek across Australia with Fantômas as part of the Big Day Out festival. His upcoming schedule includes a performance with labelmates Zu (Mar. 19 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco), the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 17 with Rahzel (ex-Roots beatboxer) and the highly anticipated reunion tour with Faith No More in Europe this summer.

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Faith No More Reveals Reunion Lineup

In an official press release, Faith No More has announced the lineup for their reunion tour. You can check out the press release below.

"Faith No More has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat - its music almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members. When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile. Throughout our 17years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe.

"Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up we've experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.

"What's changed is that this year, for the first time, we've all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we've discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right. More...

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Headline News

Faith No More Reunion Announced

Billboard is reporting that Faith No More have officially announced plans to reunite for a string of live shows. Excerpts from the article are below:

Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton's publicist.

No North American Faith No More dates are scheduled at this time. As previously reported, only Patton and frequent collaborator Rahzel will perform at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, despite speculation about a Faith No More appearance.

Neither the lineup for the revived Faith No More nor the specific festival dates have been announced. Patton's spokesperson Monica Seide said no further details on the band are yet available.

Read the full article at Billboard.

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Mike Patton To Perform At Coachella

Billboard.com reports: Contrary to rumors that Faith No More will reform to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, the group's frontman Mike Patton will perform at the event in tandem with beatboxer Rahzel.

Patton and Rahzel have worked on an album-length collaboration that has yet to see official release, but Rahzel appeared on Patton's 2006 self-titled album as Peeping Tom, and the two acts also guested on Bjork's 2007 album "Medulla."

Faith No More split in 1998 after touring in support of the previous year's "Album of the Year."

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Mastodon And Disturbed To Appear On Covers Album

Warner Brothers will be releasing a compilation of covers this year and will feature some of the biggest names in modern rock covering some of their favourite tracks of all time. Among these covers include Disturbed doing a rendition of the Faith No More classic, "Midlife Crisis," Mastodon performing ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" and The Used contributing a version of the Talking Heads staple, "Burning Down The House." The album will be released in late February.

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Book Examines Link Between Spirituality and Metal

A new book entitled "The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition" has recently been released by editor Justin St. Vincent examining the connection between spirituality and metal music. The bands referenced in the book include Angelcorpse, Asva, Blackmass, Breed 77, Brujeria, Cannibal Corpse, Dawn Of Azazel, Enslaved, Enthroned, Evocation, Faith No More, Fantômas, Gorgoroth, Hatesphere, Metal Church, My Dying Bride, Napalm Death, Pitchshifter, Purgatory, Requiem, Resurrection, Samael, Striborg, Tarot, Unleashed, and Vile.

The website for the book gave the following explanation on what it covers:

The Spiritual Significance of Music: Metal Edition provides an exciting exploration of how music powerfully impacts spirituality, and why spirituality influences music. Readers will discover sincere expressions of spiritual beliefs from the world of metal music. This portfolio includes an eclectic mix of musicians playing many forms of metal music; ambient metal, avant-garde death-metal, black metal, brutal metal, death metal, doom metal, experimental metal, funeral-doom, gothic metal, grindcore, heavy metal, industrial metal, melodic metal, power metal, progressive metal, psychedelic metal, Satanic metal, sludge metal, speed metal, symphonic metal, technical metal, thrash metal, and includes musicians from alternative-rock, avant-rock, and hardcore-punk bands. Metal Edition provides readers with an important introduction to metal music’s affinity with demonology, divination, magic, mysticism, Satanism, spiritualism, the occult, and witchcraft.

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Faith No More To Reunite?

British magazine, Kerrang! has stated that a number of industry insiders are suggesting that Faith No More will be reuniting for a world tour next year and that a number of venues in the United Kingdom has been put dates on hold for Faith No More shows. However, bassist Bill Gould says: "If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven't spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn't anything to talk about, and I'm pretty sure that if you were to contact Mike Patton [vocals], he would tell you the same thing."

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Serj Tankian/Mike Patton Collaboration Online

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian and former Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton have collaborated for a track on the "Body Of Lies" soundtrack. You can listen to the song, "Birds Eye," on Serj Tankian's MySpace page.

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Asva Announces Berlin Show, Posts MP3 Online

Epic doomsters Asva will be kicking off the new year with a one-off show at the Maria in Berlin, Germany on January 28th. This is a rare opportunity to see the group charging through highlights from their recent album, "What You Don't Know Is Frontier."

Asva contains members of Sunn O))), Faith No More, Burning Witch, Mr Bungle and Goatsnake.

You can download an MP3 of Asva's song "A Trap For Judges" off their latest album.

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Unjust Signs to Swell Creek Records

San Francisco Bay Area's UNJUST have inked a European deal with German label Swell Creek Records for their fourth album, entitled "To Lose a Name", due out July 25th. The CD was recorded with producer/engineer Mark Keaton (MACHINE HEAD, ONE MAN ARMY, MR. T EXPERIENCE, KGB) and mixed by Ryan Massey at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. UNJUST have been on a break focusing on family, animating Oscar winning films, mixed martial arts and relaxing. The band have also gone back to the two guitar format with the departure of Thom Tucker.

Commented the band: "With such flattering reviews in the German and European press by major magazines and fanzines of an unsigned band like us we knew it was only a matter of time before our music was recognized by a label. Swell Creek Records have great distribution and we couldn't be happier to work with them. We will be playing soon with Mendoza back on guitar, and fun guest jams." More...

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