Monthly Archives: July 2009

607, 2009

Faith No More at Roskilde reviews

July 6th, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More played their earliest festival slot on Friday at 5pm at the iconic Roskilde Festival in Denmark. A review in Dutch site Het Parool reported that Mike Patton kicked off proceedings with a defiant “Enjoy the show hippies” and while acknowledging the “pure beauty” of the FNM show, the review also criticises Mike P’s cynicism and teasing.

Leading Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet gave a largely positive review, saying that the band brought “creative funk metal and absurd cover versions to the main stage” even if they were unable to shatter the siesta atmosphere of the early evening audience.

Leading Danish site BT only rated the FNM show 2 out of 6 in its review and concluded that “time and humour are clearly over for Faith No More”.

Jyllands Posten was more favourable with its review giving FNM 4 out of 6.

507, 2009

Faith No More at Ruisrock

July 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|5 Comments

Following the success of their Helsinki date last month Faith No More will play their second Finland date and the final date of the first leg of the Second Coming tour on Sunday 5 July in Turku at the Ruisrock festival. The San Francisco band will headline the main stage at with a set time of 21.45 until 23.15.

Tickets for Sunday are stil available.

There may be updates on the festival radio station X3M and on local newspaper Turun Sanomat.

407, 2009

Faith No More at Roskilde reviews

July 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Positive reviews today in the Swedish and Norwegian press on Faith No More’s Roskilde return. Dagens Nyheter ( focus on the bust-up between Puffy and Jon adding that it was Roddy who added laconically “this is what we do”.
Aftenposten ( may say that FNM were ranked behind Nirvana, Soundgarden and Rage Against the Machine in the 90s but the review is positive, saying that they sound more focussed and truer than ever.
No video on YouTube yet and we’ll have a full review round-up, videos and photos on Monday. Bon weekend!

407, 2009

Faith No More headline Open'er in Poland

July 4th, 2009|Tour dates, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Faith No More will play the second of three festival dates this weekend by headlining the main stage at the new Open’er Festival in Gydnia in Poland on Saturday night. FNM go onstage after Madness and before Pendulum on the main stage at 22.00.

Again it seems that tickets are stil available.

Coverage may be available from media partners TVP2 television or Trojka radio or the Gazeta newspaper.

307, 2009

Faith No More in Riga video, photos and review

July 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thanks to Claus…

Updates will be moinimal today as I’m almost battery-less in Belgium. Enjoy Roskilde.

107, 2009

Early start for Faith No More at Roskilde

July 1st, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

Faith No More have headlined most of their festival appearances on the Second Coming tour but the re-formed rockers will have to contend with a 17.00 start for their set at the Roskilde festival in Denmark on Friday 3 July. FNM will play the Orange Stage before Nick Cave, Oasis and Nine Inch Nails.

Tickets are still available here and are will also be available at the entrance.

This blog will be at the FNM-less Rock Werchter this weekend so updates from Roskilde, Ruis Rock in Finland and Open’er will be scarce but we’ll try to point you in the right direction for coverage.

107, 2009

Happy Birthday Roddy

July 1st, 2009|Uncategorized|14 Comments

Roddy on stage in Finland (c) Berit Lampe, Flickr

Roddy on stage in Finland (c) Berit Lampe, Flickr

Faith No More keyboard player Roddy Bottum celebrates his 46th birthday today. The classically trained musician was one of the founder members of Faith No More and has also performed as front man of Imperial Teen and has composed music for films, TV and documentaries notably the movie Adam and Steve.

In tribute, here’s Roddy at his best for Imperial Teen and FNM

Next up a compilation of Roddy’s best bon mots over the years – Roddy in his own words:

On Faith No More
“Faith No More is a good place to be, but there’s only so much input you can have as an instrumentalist in a band. I needed to express myself in a little bit more clearer terms. So, words, lyrics and message were important at the time we started doing the Imperial Teen thing … And I’m playing with people I am really close to.”
Oasis magazine, July 1996

“We don’t have a problem with that. I think it’s kind of what we’re best at – confusing people.”
Des Moines Register 1992

On Jim Martin
“Jim was very good at whatever Jim did. Getting rid of him was a real cleansing exercise, we were all very uptight with him.” [Was it a nasty split?] “It was very simple. We did it by fax.”
Unspecified European magazine 1995

On his sexuality
“I’m gay, and I’m open to that. But it’s just an uncomfortable feeling to be pigeonholed in any way,” he says. “Although, I am gay. I’m certainly not embarrassed about it. I’m proud of that. Being called any one particular thing, even if it is what you are, is sort of limiting.”
Oasis magazine, July 1996

“I would never have thought as a gay teen I’d be in a band that would be considered heavy metal or hard rock.”
Advocate magazine, August 2001

On Roddy
“I’m a fucked-up individual.”
1995 interview with Phil Sutcliffe, republished on The Quietus, describing a troubled year.

On touring
“I haven’t given it a lot of thought. I’m gonna try to just jump right in. If I think about it, it’s gonna make me miserable. I wanna get on the plane, no suitcase, I don’t want to be carrying a lot of stuff round Europe, just go with a couple of shirts and see what happens. Wouldn’t that be cool?”
1995 interview with Phil Sutcliffe, republished on The Quietus

“People like to ham it up. It’s their life, you know; if it isn’t really torturous, then what have they been doing all these years? To say that it hasn’t been torturous means they haven’t been working hard. So of course they have to act like it’s really horrible. That just implies that they’ve really been working hard all this time.”
Interview with Italian magazine Rockerilla November 1994

On the Internet
“It’s just a big bathroom wall. Stupid comments… But there’s some specialty groups that are pretty interesting. I went into these literary groups a couple of times, they were interesting…”
Interview with Italian magazine Rockerilla November 1994

On songwriting
“It’s always been really democratic. Most of the the songs this time [King for a Day..] I think started with Billy [Gould, bass player], playing with his computer setup, bringing in ideas, and we’d all kind of work around them. Billy has a really good ear, for keyboards especially, and he plays a lot with guitars; he wasn’t bringing in just bass ideas or anything.”

“I think I can take certain songs to a certain point, and then I start questioning myself, and then I’ll usually look for someone else’s input. I always like a drummer’s input. Dynamics really interest me.
Interview with Italian magazine Rockerilla November 1994

On Courtney Love
“Courtney and I have been friends for over 20 years and we have a mutual respect for each other’s craft…She’s a total professional and compulsively fixates on a project until it’s perfect.”
C0ntact Music March 2005

On Kurt Cobain
“I really loved Kurt and we got along really well.”
Rolling Stone June 1994

On how he got into rock music
“Drugs..San Francisco (smiles) I moved to San Francisco when I was about 17 got mixed up with a shitty crowd and here I am.”
Interview with UK TV station Channel 4 July 1997

And some Roddy YouTube for you to enjoy
Bravo TV Germany 1993

On MTV 1991

Italy TV 1992

107, 2009

Faith No More in St. Petersburg video including Time Forward!

July 1st, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

UPDATE: And here is the Time Forward! video. Time Forward! was one of the most recognisable pieces of music from the Soviet era, the main theme of the 1965 film of the same name, and was composed by Georgy Sviridov. (via AHAPX in the comments).


Not much news around about last night’s gig in St. Petersburg (which was not contrary to reports renamed Pattonograd for the occasion) but there is this superb video of the band performing Evidence on ye olde YouTube.

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