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1304, 2018

LINKS FOR A DAY 204: Book round-up and more

April 13th, 2018|Faith No More, Links for a day|4 Comments

Amazingly, this is the first Links for a Day post in over a year.

In mitigation, I’ve been busy-—with the book.

There’s been some good coverage in the past few weeks.

Here’s the most recent interview with the Faith No More blog, which goes into some detail on writing the book and what’s covered:

For fans, this will be a book that tells the full story of Faith No More – with new stories, new details, and new insight from band members and key figures. If you want to know how and why the band started; how the various members joined and left; how the band were signed and signed again; how and why they had such success with The Real Thing; how the albums were made; what happened on tours; who nearly joined the band; how and why the band split; how and why the band got back together; and what the band thought and think of it all – and much, much more – then this is the book for you.

And here’s a story from Patton Fanatic.

Remember, you can buy the book from your Amazon store/shop here.

A video of Faith No More playing their scintillating set at the industry showcase at the Foundations Forum metal expo in Los Angeles 1989 has surfaced this week on YouTube via Malochio. The story behind the show features in Small Victories, but suffice to say Metallica and Axl Rose all feature.

911, 2014

Faith No More and the fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9th, 2014|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

Update: Tim Dalton, Faith No More’s then tour manager, has since posted a fascinating article on the night the wall came down

Conventional wisdom and urban lore has it that David Hasselhoff sparked the fall of the Berlin Wall such was the Knight Rider actor-turned-singer’s popularity on both sides of the Wall.

But Faith No More actually have a more legitimate claim as they were actually in Berlin that night. The band were playing at the Loft as part of their Real Thing tour on 9 November 1989.

And the band broke the news of the catacylsmic events from the stage to an unaware audience. On the now defunct Kraut Komplex site, Zulfikar Abbany recalled:
“Twenty-two years ago, Europe shifted. For some, it started on the streets of Dresden and Leipzig, in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and elsewhere.
“For others, it started later – on the night of 9 November 1989, at theLoft where the San Francisco band Faith No More had a gig.
“I wasn’t there but the story goes something like this: they closed their set, as they usually did at that time, with a version of the Black Sabbath song War Pigs. ‘Big Ugly’ Jim Martin played the first of two solos and Mike Patton, the singer, screamed, ‘der Mauer ist weg! Der Mauer ist weg!’ No one knew what the American rocker, known for grotesque pranks, such as packing faeces into hotel hairdryers, was on about.
The song continued and Patton screamed something about Satan. Then, ‘Big Ugly’ Jim ventured another solo and Patton gurgled “Thank you, Berlin, fucking night, see you later, man. And guess what? The wall is gone!’ he said, laughing maniacally.
But still no one knew what Patton was on about. “

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Hopefully the band one day share their memories of that momentous night. Their performance of War Pigs was that night was recorded and made it on to b-side of Epic.

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