3005, 2014

Faith No More promise to get creative after joining Twitter and Instagram

May 30th, 2014|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

As the more eagle-eyed of you may have noticed, Faith No More have officially joined social media. New FNM Twitter and Instagram accounts run by the band are now up and running.
And the band are promising to get creative!

The first tweet read:

The first Instagram had the same Mike Patton photo:

1006, 2009

Faith No More LIVE at Brixton Academy 2009

June 10th, 2009|Tour dates|32 Comments

Follow Faith No More’s first gig since 1998 and their return to their London spiritual home the Brixton Academy here throughout the day. I’ll be blogging here and Tweeting (see column on right) and look forward to your views and reviews too. LATEST UPDATES WILL APPEAR ON TOP.

And Pristina is it. The band are actually wearing different pastel tint suits now the lights come up  –  Bill in mint green, no idea for Puffy. Ok, that’s it for me. Three times as many people were on this site today as were at this gig so I thank you so much. I’m going to brave the journey home now but I’ll post reviews tomorrow. Make no mistake, this tour is going to be mind-blowing.
PS Apologies for not getting round to comments. All much appreciated and I will now.

Second encore begins with I Started a Joke. What a voice this man has. Lest I be accused of Pattonitis, this is a superb version. Fashion update, Patton suit peach, Hudson baby blue, Puffy vest, Bill black shirt and ecru and Roddy pink tint.  And surely to here in 97 Pristina.

Chariots of Fire movie theme tune starts the encore and then the apparently unplayable-live Stripsearch. Stunning version needless to say. Final thanks from Mike P and his fanboy-paean (how I read it anyway) Just a Man. The band are tight, sound a little muddled and Patton vocals at their peak. This is the band at their best – no ennui, no album to promote, all re-energised and fuck it –  it needs saying –  Patton is in awesome form. He’s never been better. No vitriol, all passion.

Finishing as I started I can’t recognise the final song. We’re waiting for encore here. Mark Bowen I think.

Roddy’s Crossroads style (Old UK soap opera not blues) keyboard at the end gets me every time.

Mike goes over the monitors in submissive pose for that and now..Epic. Sounding fresher than anytime since 92. Mike still has the nasal voice of Real Thing when he wants (his vocals have chnaged so much down the years) but chorus is heavier.

Malpractice as Angel Dust is fittingly dusted off again. “The crowd roarsIt’s deep and so unhealthy.” And then Jizzlobber. Death metal heaven. I will have to be in the pit for that at Greenfield. Smiles and Bruises indeed. Roddy was offstage for those but is backed for his penned Be Aggressive.

This is any exhilaratingly eclectic setlist. Sublime version of King for Day with Mike tweaking his set up at the close for a fresh finish.

Yep. I’ve checked the lyrics and its Reunited by Peaches. Fuck what a version of Gentle Art of Making Enemies. I HAVE never felt this much alive. Still with us Brixton says Mike. There’s a Tube strike tonight, the perfect intro for RV..

I’m getting Reunited for the opener via Twitter..

Mike P. “Drummer feeling a little lazy tonight…all he wants to play is ballads”. So…Cuckoo for Caca. Surprise but Mike P is really giving it the vocal range on this. Bill bass there spot on..Shit Lives Forever!!!

Crowd sing chorus. Patton whistles in response…and bounces around stage singing chorus. He still has the same mic moves as on the Angel Dust tour. Well done muscle memory.

Midlife Crisis. 92 all over again for me and now we’re all thirtysomething.

Mike P delves into his box of tricks as we hit Last Cup of Sorrow. I’ve read your Tweets on the opener but I can’t elaborate. Just didn’t recognise it: cheesy MOR.

And now Easy.

And a surprise segue into Surprise You’re Dead. Slightly less death metal than back in the day. I wonder why. Oh, as I say that a superb death growl by Mike with Satanic laughter to follow.

Puffy pounds the skin. Roddy on synth as we lead into As the Worm Turns.No we won’t. Its Chinese Arithmetic. (sorry for confusion here). Patton is a livewire tonight – great to see him as a front man again.

Mike responds to a You Fat Bastards chant: “You say that now and its actually true. Now for phat with a ph…” Evidence.

Whats going on fuckheads is Patton’s greeting. Thanks for coming after 11 fucking years. Incest quip. And then Caffeine. Come On! Patton voice better than ever, tight band, good sound.

Land of Sunshine.Patton on knees giving it the full maniacial treatment. New Here’s How to Order sample. Megaphone out for those vocals – not samples.

From Out of Nowhere. John H in sky blue suit. Christ this is good.

Superb version. Bill has already shed jacket, Mike P pristine. Flinging himself around the stage circa 92 style. Puffy in black vest. Red lights and curtains the classy set.

Cover to start. ( Reunited by Peaches). Mike P and Roddy! On vocals. Dream Lover? Classic MOR cover. Superb. Ecru suits. And now…The Real Thing….

The first chant of You Fat Bastards resonates around this great venue as the expectation rises.

Roadies on stage. Mic test. Sparse stage set and I’d forgotten how small the actual stage here is. Looks like Mike P will have some of his vocal morphing and synth devices out front which is new for FNM but common for his solo outings. Hints of some new interpretations tonight?.Drum riser to rear, Marshall stacks either side, three mics (and not yet two Mikes) and Mike P’s gear on stage. World music as background sound for now.

Even our lofty eyrie in the Circle is filling up now. We thought we had great seats before until we sat down to have our view obscured by a TV/film camera. You Fat Bastards 2 a possibility?

The good news is that the bar is serving Guinness.

Selfish Cunt leave the stage to a chorus of boos (nearly said a chorus of booze there) and at least one thrown bottle. They take in their stride, baiting their critics and its not reminiscent of FNM supporting GNR in 92.

Selfish Cunt are on stage and are getting booed after every song. Personally, apart from their ook at me name, I like them a lot. No hints on stage set yet as they are playing in front of red curtains.

Hi from Brixton Academy. Have successfully blitzed the merchandise stall.I’m taking it as a personal tribute that the vintage logo t-shirt is now sub-titled Version 2.0.

Huge queues snaking around the corner before the doors open. I’ve retired to the Beehive bar for a pint

We’ve had a surprisingly clear run by car from Earls Court to Brixton. Arriving shortly and lots more news then.

The O2 Academy has Tweeted on the stage show: “Well I can hear FNM & there is a lot of red (you’ll see what I mean). Enjoy guys & send me any twitpic’s you gather.”

An original ink version of tonight’s gig poster is already available for sale on the secretserpents store. Non-original posters themselves go on sale after the show and are indeed on sale at the show.

Some 70,000 fans heading to Wembley for England v Andorra are adding to the Tube travel chaos in London.

Roddy has added an image from the stage on his Twitter

I’ve heard of sport stars Tweeting mid-game but will Roddy be the first musician to give us updates during a gig? Check his Tweets on the right (will be put higher when I get to computer).

Latest stage times from the O2 Academy Twitter: There keeping me on my toes, right “FINAL” FNM stage times: Doors 7pm, Selfish Cunt 7:30pm, FNM 8:45pm, Curfew 11pm.

First slice of big news pie. Faith No More will be wearing suits tonight as in the Album of the Year era. The Todich Floral Desgn Blog, which I check out daily as you can imagine, report that: “The platinum status band has asked us to create for them 5 special button holes to accompany their suits in tonight’s gig, which are being created by our head florist as we speak!” The whole post is worth a read.

1905, 2009

Fake Big Jim speaks out?

May 19th, 2009|Uncategorized|4 Comments

The recently re-published Metal Hammer article on the story behind King for a Day… has provoked the ire of former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin..maybe. Earlier today he said via his Twitter: “10 years and a bit of h would distort anyone’s memory. i had fukn good riffs ready 4 angel dust,most of this is total BS”.

Of course like a lot of celebrity Twitters this is more than likely a massive hoax and the bio on Jim’s Twitter page doesn’t do much to assuage such doubts:was in Faith No More FNM until they started recording tracks without me pricks. I want in on the reunion. Someone else don’t. wheres my frikn agent? fakeonmore”.

Anyone think its genuine or know that its not?

405, 2009

Faith No More 2.0 now on Twitter

May 4th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

You can now follow us on Twitter
. I’ll send blog updates here and hopefully also live updates during the summer gigs.

105, 2009

What is the final tour date?

May 1st, 2009|Tour dates|0 Comments

Roddy’s must-read Tweets continue. His reaction to Roskilde – “The next to last date of the first chapter of The Second Coming…” – has got us thinking. So, we’re assuming the first chapter is the June and July dates with the August dates the second chapter. What, then, is the final date? It could be a gig that same weekend given that Faith No More are playing on Friday in Denmark so a weekend engagement in Volt (unlikely as Sziget is already confirmed), Rock Werchter (unlikely as the line-up is apaprently complete), B’estfest in Romania, Open’er in Poland or Rock for People in the Czech Republic are all options. Or it could conceivably be the following weekend with the following festivals all on: Oxegen in Ireland (please!), Bilbao in Spain, Exit in Serbia and Optimus Alive in Portugal.

1404, 2009

Links for a day (Vol 6)

April 14th, 2009|Links for a day|0 Comments

Faith No More 2009 ((c) Ryan James Terry

Faith No More 2009 ((c) Ryan James Terry

  • Could there really be Faith No More shows scheduled for New York? In an interview with metal magazine site Metalholic, Justin Foley from Boston-based band Killswitch Engage suggested that his band will be playing some dates with the reformed Faith No More in New York. Here’s the relevant extract: “Metalholic: Are you more into older stuff, or newer stuff or a combination? JF: Maybe older.  I guess there’s not too much stuff that’s very recent that I listen to a lot.  Actually, Faith No More.  I think part of it is because they’re in reuniting mode.  They’re doing some shows in NY, and they’re doing one that we’re on with them.”
    I’ll leave that to yourself to work out. All I know for certain is that Killswitch Engage are on the Download and Nova Rock bills with Faith No More so maybe there is some confusion from that.
  • We finally have some details on the Faith No More Finland date. As reported, the date is Wednesday 24 June with gates opening at 1630. Tickets go on sale next Monday 20 April from here and here.
  • I simply had to include the pic above from Ryan James Terry that I have seen on a few blogs now – Patton Archivio and A Thousand Points of Light. Wonder what the band make of it, especially Puffy?
  • I’ve been thinking of this quite a bit lately but Faith No More certainly seem to be reinventing how bands communicate with their fans with Bill and Roddy’s Twitter updates. It has not gone unnoticed with the Italian tech site reporting on the band’s web 2.0 approach, saying that while the new site is simple, almost bare,it links to MySpace, Twitter and Flickr and adds that Roddy and Bill are providing micromessaging almost in real-time of the band rehearsals.
1204, 2009

Faith No More in the studio

April 12th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Studio view from Roddy via Job at

Studio view from Roddy via Job at

The Faith No More reunion is gaining momentum with Roddy Bottum having now joined Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Bordin in the rehearsal studio, according to the keyboardist’s Twitter updates. Roddy reported that the band have been working on a setlist of some 20 songs and kicked off with The Real Thing while reporting that Mike Patton may join on Monday. He has also posted a selection of photos from the latest studio session.

2403, 2009

Faith no More on the web

March 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

  • As you can see, I have now added Roddy Bottum’s Twitter feed alongside Bill’s.
  • Bill’s latest Tweet suggests that the new will soon be up and running and the existing site is currently down.
  • Finally, Roddy suggests in his Tweets that there may be a warm-up show before the tour proper begins.
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