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Mike Patton Comments On Faith No More's Reunion Tour

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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.

MetalSucks: I know a lot of people are really excited about the shows and the reunion. Do you think you guys, reconciling as you are, will ever get back into the studio to write and record new stuff?

Mike: Who cares? Why does that have to matter? Basically, what we’re about right now is having people enjoy a certain moment. Anything beyond that, hey, I can’t control it. We can’t control it. So, it’s not important. If people are deciding to come to our show based on [whether] we’re recording another record or not? Hey, are you fucking kidding me? No. No one fucking cares. It doesn’t matter. And. for the record, if we do it, yeah, that’d be fine. But it doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards right now. One of the reasons this reunion has been so fun — so enjoyable — is because we haven’t had those kind of clouds hanging over our heads. There’s no pressure. We show up. We play music.

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1. grim writes:

please dont make anymore FNM let the piece of sh** band stay dead and i still wish patton would die as well.
i cant explain why i hate them as much as i do but f***em all to hell

# Apr 29, 2010 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Blindgreed1 writes:

I personally think Mike is a very talented man. Can't say as I own any FNM (anymore), but I wouldn't be opposed to it. Wouldn't a Mr. Bungle reunion be more popular?

# Apr 29, 2010 @ 6:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Caveman1 writes:

I've got All Mike Patton stuff on ipod from FNM to Tomahawk. and i am considering just deleting em cause its not that good. why is this crackhead an icon i wonder

# Apr 30, 2010 @ 10:10 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. DeathCrush writes:

Angel Dust is still one of the best albums of all time

# Apr 30, 2010 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Karnage writes:

Angel Dust and The Real Thing are just classics, and have undeniably influenced soo many musicians, but the rest is just meh... And i hate his screaming stuff. Its just noise.. But the first two, GENIUS!!

# Apr 30, 2010 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Blindgreed1 writes:

I saw Tomohawk live and just thought to myself how glad I was that I didn't buy the ticket to see them. Then I thought to myself... Why am I standing here watching this crap when the line for beer is nearly nonexistent? So I got drunk and waited for Tool. Great night all in all.

# Apr 30, 2010 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. XxSorrowxX writes:

i love Mike and FNM is such a great band! i own all their stuff!

# Apr 30, 2010 @ 12:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Mikeless writes:

Man, you guys are probably really close minded metalheads in here. I heard about that time they were booed of that Tool show. Tool is great, but so is Tomahawk. FNM is arguably one of the best bands ever. and Mr. Bungle along with the extreme Fantomas rapes any metal band you know. Naked City (an avant garde band) also puts any death metal band to shame. Sure, metal is my music. But all of you basterds sound really ignorant and pathetic. FNM have gotten praise, but they still remain underrated. That's right. They were completely original and made some of the most killer metal there ever was, along with a few different other genres. You can hate Patton, but that fine. You just can't accept the talent this man has. One of the best vocalists of all time, and yes, one of the most brutal screamers ever. WHAT!

# May 19, 2010 @ 6:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Cozen writes:

As stated above, "The Real Thing" & "Angel Dust" are undeniable.

BG1-either find your FNM $hit or buy some more!

NP: Zombie Eaters

# May 19, 2010 @ 2:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Awaken the Guardian Forever writes:

If I was that interviewer, after Mike Patton said, "Who Cares?" I'd have cut him off with, "We care a lot."

# May 19, 2010 @ 10:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

patton is an phenomenal vocalist...his abilities are paramount

a lot of his 'music' is frankly unlistenable....

he is also a major fvcking a$$hole

decide fer yourselves what his stuff is worth to ya

the actual song 'the real thing' i fvcking love....simply great performance

# May 19, 2010 @ 10:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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