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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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.
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.
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:
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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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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...
SuicideGirls.com has interviewed Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Tomahawk, Fantomas, Crudo, etc.) in San Francisco to get all the details on his film score debut, "A Perfect Place." You can watch the video and read the complete feature on SuicideGirls.com. More...
Mike Patton's new band, Crudo, is playing a top secret warm up show in San Francisco at Great American Music Hall on Thursday May 22nd. Tickets just went on sale a couple days ago. This will be the first ever appearance of the Mike Patton/Dan the Automator project. It is the warm up show for their appearance at the Sasquatch festival at the Gorge in Washington on May 24th.
There has been no word on when the record will be released as of yet.
KORN guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer will release the debut album from his new project, dubbed FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, on August 8 via Munky's own label, Emotional Syphon Recordings.
The band features Munky on guitar and vocals; Billy Gould (FAITH NO MORE) on bass; Wes Borland (BLACK LIGHT BURNS, LIMP BIZKIT) on guitar; Brooks Wackerman (BAD RELIGION, TENACIOUS D) on drums and percussion; Leopold Ross on programming and guitars; and Zach Baird on keyboards and programming. The album will be produced by Shaffer, Ross, and Jim Monti, with additional production by Tim Harkins and Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS).
Acclaimed producer Ross Robinson (SLIPKNOT, KORN) comments: "What can I do to ever come close to feeling James's level of pure ruthless courage through a guitar? Since I've worked with him, I've tried to inspire, convince, beg, bleed, cry, prod and nearly die, hoping to hit that bar with others. I'm grateful to know what 'it' is, and where it always exists — in my brother, James. His solo band? Yes, please!"
The songs are being recorded at Music Grinder Studios in Hollywood, California, with Jim Monti handling the mixing duties.
According to a press release, FEAR AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM is "an exciting project that opens up the boundaries of rock, harkening back to the days when music was fearless."
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/fearandthenervoussystem.
Ipecac Records has announced that Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc.) has started yet another new project. The band, also featuring Dan The Automator, is called Crudo- Here's what Ipecac had to say:
"...wanted to let you know that there is a new Patton project that is about to show it's face. Yeah, another one. Seems that Mike and Dan the Automator have been cooking up some music and after a little marinating are about to reveal........ Crudo. Not much is known about Crudo, but we know this, they will be playing the super cool music festival, Sasquatch, at the end of May in the state of Washington at the Gorge."
The "Sasquatch! Music Festival" will take place at The Gorge in Seattle, WA on May 24 - 26th. Patton has also lined up some European tours, he will hit the road with Fennesz for the following stops:
February 27th Oslo, NOR - Rockefeller
February 28th Sofia, BUL - Universiada Hall
February 29th Warsaw, POL - Proxima
March 01st Zaandam, NET - de Kade
In addition, he will also team up with Zu for the following dates:
March 02nd Geneva, SWI - Usine
March 03rd Rome, ITA - Circolo degli Artisti
March 04th Turin, ITA - Ossigeno
March 06th Utrecht, NET - Tivoli
March 07th Verona, ITA - Interzona
Artisan News Service reports: Mike Patton, currently fronting MONDO CANE and about four other different bands, made his mark in the late '80s, early '90s fronting FAITH NO MORE. It was the band's "The Real Thing" album that created the funk-metal craze, opened the door for the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS brand of funk-rock, and tipped off what would become the nu-metal revolution. Bands as diverse as KORN and the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES benefitted from their groundbreaking work, with songs like "Epic" and "From Out Of Nowhere". Throw in NIRVANA, and the alternative revolution was born.
Artisan News Service spoke to Mike Patton and asked him if he thought "The Real Thing" would be as influential to music as any album in the last 20 years.
On whether he is aware of "The Real Thing"'s influence:
Patton: "No, but it's not my place to criticize. I just make the music and put it out there. Where it fits in the world, how important it is, how important it isn't is up to people like you. I have nothing to say about it."
On how he remembers his days with FAITH NO MORE:
Patton: "Fondly. They were good years. It was a decade of my life. It was lots of ups and lots of downs, but ultimately that's where I learned my chops and learned the craft and the business."
With "The Real Thing" celebrating 20 years next year, is there a possibility of getting back together with the FAITH NO MORE guys?
Patton: "I wouldn't rule it out. I don't think we would need to reform the band, but maybe there's other things we can do together."
Mike Patton (ex-FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE and currently of PEEPING TOM, FANTOMAS and MONDO CANE amongst others) steps into the world of film with I Am Legend and A Perfect Place.
Patton's shape-shifting vocals will be heard in movie theaters across the country this month as he lends his voice to the dreaded creatures in I Am Legend, the post-apocalyptic film set for release on December 14th.
Next up is Patton’s debut as a film composer with the film noir short, A Perfect Place. The 20-plus minute film also marks the directorial debut of Derrick Scocchera, one of the founders of Fantoma Films, best known for their catalog of rare, cult films reissued on DVD. The score creatively reflects the style and tone of the film, which focuses on a pair of bumbling friends trying to dispose of a body. The film, shot in anamorphic black and white, will be packaged as a double-disc with the score and distributed together via Ipecac Recordings in March of 2008.
While Patton’s film work is relatively new, he’s previously appeared in 2005's award-winning independent film Firecracker and has already provided vocals to several video games including The Darkness and The Portal. 2008 finds him as the lead in the video game Bionic Commando and contributing vocal effects to Left 4 Dead.
The Pulse of Radio reports: Harmonix Music announced the final track listing for its highly anticipated Rock Band video game on Thursday (November 1). The 58-song soundtrack includes dozens of original master recordings by artists such as FOO FIGHTERS, METALLICA, NIRVANA, BLACK SABBATH, RADIOHEAD, SMASHING PUMPKINS, FALL OUT BOY, THE KILLERS, THE ROLLING STONES, THE WHO, NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN, THE CLASH and many more, spanning alternative rock, classic rock, metal and punk from the '60s to the present. In addition to 45 tracks from established stars, the game will also feature 13 songs from independent up-and-coming acts.
Rock Band comes out on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on November 20, and PlayStation 2 on December 18.
The complete Rock Band soundtrack is (* indicates cover version):
THE ROLLING STONES - "Gimme Shelter"
AEROSMITH - "Train Kept a Rollin'"*
THE WHO - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
BOSTON - "Foreplay/Long Time"
MOUNTAIN - "Mississippi Queen"*
THE POLICE - "Next to You"
DAVID BOWIE - "Suffragette City"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"*
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
THE RAMONES - "Blitzkrieg Bop"
DEEP PURPLE - "Highway Star"
KISS - "Detroit Rock City"
MOLLY HATCHET - "Flirtin'With Disaster"
THE OUTLAWS - "Green Grass & High Tides"
SWEET - "Ballroom Blitz"*
RUSH - "Tom Sawyer"*
BON JOVI - "Wanted Dead or Alive"
THE CLASH - "Should I Stay or Should I Go"
PIXIES - "Wave of Mutilation"
FAITH NO MORE - "Epic"
R.E.M. - "Orange Crush"
IRON MAIDEN - "Run to the Hills"*
FOO FIGHTERS - "Learn to Fly"
METALLICA - "Enter Sandman"
NIRVANA - "In Bloom"
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Vasoline"
WEEZER - "Say It Ain't So"
SMASHING PUMPKINS - "Cherub Rock"
RADIOHEAD - "Creep"
BEASTIE BOYS - "Sabotage"
HOLE - "Celebrity Skin"
GARBAGE - "I Think I'm Paranoid"
SOUNDGARDEN - "Black Hole Sun"
THE HIVES - "Main Offender"
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE - "Go With the Flow"
THE STROKES - "Reptilia"
JET - "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
OK GO - "Here It Goes Again"
NINE INCH NAILS - "The Hand That Feeds"
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - "Maps"
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - "Dani California"
COHEED AND CAMBRIA - "Welcome Home"
FALL OUT BOY - "Dead on Arrival"
THE KILLERS - "When You Were Young"
NEW PORNOGRAPHERS - "Electric Version"