Monthly Archives: February 2015

2802, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Sydney: set list, photos, videos etc

February 28th, 2015|Faith No More, News|16 Comments

Faith No More played a wonderful set Soundwave Sydney which includes two new songs and a welcome return for Zombie Eaters.

Set list


From Out of Nowhere
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Zombie Eaters
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy (Commodores cover)
Cuckoo for Caca
Ashes to Ashes


Digging the Grave
I Started a Joke
We Care a Lot 


Not all Faith No More fans are superannuated old farts. Proof here that they are attracting young fans like Kristo from Sydney who stuck it out in the pit all day to get front row for FNM. Cool banner, cool kid.






From Out of Nowhere


Midlife Crisis

We Swear a Lot

public service announcement: mike patton is god. #faithnomore #soundwave #mikepatton

A video posted by steve d (@sdrak) on


2702, 2015

Links for a day…(vol. 149): The Shocker, Rock in Rio date, Download sales

February 27th, 2015|Links for a day|0 Comments

One video that we missed from our SOUNDWAVE odds and ends compilation and no intro does it justice:

And another view (also from Sky Allison on YouTube) of the flower-eating incident:

Faith No More will play ROCK IN RIO on 25 September, with the exact date reported by a Brazilian journalist:

Day tickets for the DOWNLOAD festival have been on sale today. Faith No More play on Saturday 13 June.
Tickets here

2702, 2015

Faith No More to feature on BBC Radio 1 Rock show on Sunday

February 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|1 Comment

Faith No More will feature on the iconic BBC Radio 1 Rock show  on Sunday night from 7pm UK time..

Programme presenter Daniel P Carter tweeted the new earlier.

The announcement has prompted speculation on in what way the band will feature: a UK tour announcement, an interview, a first play for Superhero, a session (unlikely as the band are in Australia)?

2702, 2015

New big new Faith No More interviews published: Sounds of the record and tensions revealed

February 27th, 2015|Faith No More, News|7 Comments

Faith No More‘s promo push for Sol Invictus continues today with two major interviews.

The first with Metal Hammer entitled “Faith No More: rebirth of the Real Thing” is arguably the most revealing and high-profile so far. In the interview on the subscription Team Rock site and presumably also in the latest issue of Metal Hammer, Bill Gould speaks extensively about the new record.

He elaborates on the dark theme of the record and the creative tensions within the band and a little on the band’s music per se: ““Sure, it sounds like us at our age,” shrugs Billy. “I can speak in colours. There’s a touch of colour from the first album, a little Angel Dust, a little King For A Day… on there, and some stuff we’ve never done before. We have a song that’s like a blues song, which we’ve never done before! It’s just stuff that excites us.”

Meanwhile, Roddy Bottum has given an interview to the Time Out section of the New Zealand Herald.
Roddy also spoke about the sound of the record: “The consensus among the band is it sounds like the way that we started. It has some really sombre tunes, some really high points of energy, lots of peaks and valleys, some lyrics that I’m really fond of, and lots of piano.”
The interview also had some interesting news on the band tensions and also the tantalising prospect that there will be 15 unreleased songs: “Tensions arose when it came time to whittle down their 25 songs to a more manageable 10 for the album. “We wrote a lot of songs, and a lot of songs never made it on the record, a lot of decisions were made and they’re really painful to make. A lot of people had songs they wanted on the record that didn’t make it on the record.”



2502, 2015

Faith No More Links for a day…(vol. 148): Flattbush news; Pinkpop confirmed; Bill is all about that bass

February 25th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|10 Comments

As we await Faith No More’s second weekend in Soundwave, a quick digest of some recent band news.

FLATTBUSH have announced that they will be supporting Faith No More on one of their April US tour dates. Their announcement came via No Studio in unique style:

Yes, that’s Espen J Jörgensen who collaborated with none other than Bill Gould of Faith No More on 2013’s Fugly and previously Sequential Art.
More on Fugly
uch more on Flattbush over at Bill’s Koolarrrow
More on Espen
And we’ll have more news on the FNM/Flattbush date in due course.

As we previously reported, Faith No More have been confirmed for the Friday night of the PINKPOP festival in the Netherlands on 12 June.

Here’s the promo video:

As we previously reported, Bill launched his signature ZON bass last week in Japan. Here’s a video from the guitar company of him speaking about it:

Some somewhat overlooked videos from TOKYO last week.
Mike turns the tables on phone filmers during Evidence:

Japanophile Jon Hudson plays a snippet of Japanese traditional tune Sakura



2502, 2015

Faith No More: Sol Invictus songs live in 2015

February 25th, 2015|Faith No More, News, Video vault|2 Comments

Faith No More have now unleashed four of their 10-track Sol Invictus live – and playd all four in the past week in Japan and Australia.
Here they are:

Cone of Shame
The band have only played this new one once so far – on the second night in Tokyo.
The original YouTube video has already racked up over 100,000 views

Here are some other views

The band have now played forthcoming single Superhero – released on vinyl 10 March and digitally 17 March – seven times (more than Malpractice, World is Yours and Paths of Glory if you believe and since its live debut in Hyde Park last summer.
Here is video from friend of the site Shaun Noonan from Soundwave Melbourne!

And one from friend of the site and long-time Faith No More gig database guru anuassiemusicfan

And Adelaide

And Tokyo

Faith No More’s comeback single has now had six plays since it was first played in London last year.
Hwere is is from Adelaide

The first new song that the band played on the reunion tour back in Buenos Aires in November 2011, track 9 on the album has now been played nine times live. However, it has got only one outing so far in 2015 – at the Melbourne Soundwave.
Here is it as the first song of the encore:







2402, 2015

Faith No More Sol Invictus: the previews are in and they’re great

February 24th, 2015|Faith No More, News|45 Comments

Faith No More have already distributed advance promo copies of Sol Invictus to some lucky media across the world. And some of the lucky few are already tweeting their verdicts.

None more so than Kerrang editor James McMahon who has been raving to his Twitter followers in terms that suggest Sol Invictus really is the Faith No More Second Coming:

Beez, a presenter on UK rock and metal channel Scuzz, has also been tweeting high priase:

NPR and Prog magazine have also reported receiving copies of the album but revealed no more details:

And two more tweets from Beez from Scuzz in reply to this -and the excitement mounts!

2302, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave first weekend reviews

February 23rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|3 Comments

The Australian media were universally positive about Faith No More’s headlining slots at the Adelaide and Melbourne Soundwave efstival shows last weekend.

Adelaide Now /Advertiser hit an understandably  elegiac tone as it reported on the final Adelaide Soundwave but that not prevent it from praising Faith No More: “Patton was as frantic as we’ve seen him with his spine tingling screams probably giving North Adelaide residents nightmares for the coming week. But there was one band who was genuinely scary on day one — a band whose guttural screams and powerful live show were matched by an equally menacing crowd.”

And The Music also had some high praise: “Patton, of course, was in full voice, as the band greeted its fans with Motherfucker. Hits like Evidence and the still-fittingly titled Epic came surprisingly early, but then, Faith No More have got more great songs than you might have remembered. From the thrash of Ashes To Ashes to their iconic cover of The Commodore’s Easy (still a staple on easy-listening stations the world over) this was undoubtedly the most varied and interesting set of the day. Unlike Cornell, Patton did submit to an encore, which included a treat for long-term fans in We Care A Lot.”

The Music review

The Music review

Metal Obsession give more of the same: “After opening with their new track, ‘Motherfucker’ the group blew the crowd away with an incredible one and half hour set. Mike Patton, though a man of few words had the audience hanging on to every note he sang. The man’s voice really is incredible and extremely diverse, he flawlessly nailed every note, scream and growl – much to audience’s appreciation. Everyone in the crowd sang along to the band’s staple tracks like ‘Epic’, ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ and ‘Ashes To Ashes’ and moshed, crowd surfed and danced to hard-hitting tracks like ‘We Care A Lot’ and their new song ‘Superhero’. All in all it was an amazing performance, marred only slightly, once again by sound problems.”

Glamadelaide, meanwhile, reported: “Mike Patton was brilliant as usual, and served up hits like Epic, Last Cup Of Sorrow, Midlife Crisis, and of course Easy to the by now rock-weary crowd. They were a standout and sounded as awesome as ever.”

Moving on to Melbourne and Metal Hammer give Faith No More at 10/10 review, stating: “Patton seems determined to play the class clown tonight, and the only thing matching his impish self-regard is his ability to vocally soar as easily as most of us draw breath. Epic, Last Cup Of Sorrow, and Midlife Crisis – during which he pauses mid-song to break into a rousing, field-wide singalong of The Lion Sleeps Tonight – pass by like a roll-call of hits, an unsubtle reminder of just how immense their back-catalogue really is, and just how ambitious an attempt to follow it up must be. But it’s really that playful command of Patton’s that makes this show really shine, the drum-tight unity of the band.”

Metal Hammer review

Metal Hammer review

Leading Aussie papers The Age/Sydney Morning Herald shared reviewer was obviously under deadline pressure when they filed with Faith No More getting a perfunctory two lines: “Despite a spirited and accomplished performance, Faith No More closed the festival to an exhausted crowd, barely managing to raise their devil horns.”

Faster Louder, though, anointed Faith No More as the kings of the weekend in their Soundwave listicle: “At his charismatic best Patton proved the consummate frontman/comedian, ridiculing the Aussie accent during the audience sing-a-long of ‘Midlife Crisis’, launching into an impromptu cover of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ and discussing AFL tactics. If witnessing Faith No More bust out classics such as ‘Evidence’ and ‘Epic’ with the same vitality as their younger selves wasn’t special enough then getting a sneak peek of their new material certainly was. The back end of their set featured new songs ‘Superhero’ and ‘Matador’.

And Australian Musician were also singing from the same hymn sheet: “On stage, white curtains flowed in the breeze as Patton and co casually strolled onto a scene resembling an exotic day spa. The crowd was quickly removed from any meditative state as the band tore into ‘Motherfucker’. The first thing which smacks you in the face with Mike Patton … he with eternally mischievous look in his eyes … is that voice. The man has lost none of his power, particularly evident on the iconic ‘Epic’. The warped mind of Patton had great joy in instigating the ‘wimmoway’ backing from the crowd for a verse of the ultra-daggy ‘Lion Sleeps Tonight’ before more FNM hits came.”

Heavy magazine captured the tone perfectly in their min-review: “Mike Patton and Co. were on point from the outset, mixing in both the old and the new. Opener ‘Motherfucker,’ the single from their upcoming album, played out like a mantra as 20,000 people chanted the chorus across the showgrounds. However, undoubtedly the greatest moments were when the crowd was able to almost drown out Patton, as was seen in ‘Epic’ and ‘Midlife Crisis.’ Soundwave has a knack for facilitating special moments when its headliners grace the stage and this year it was no different. Faith No More are in a league of their own.”

And something different from s blog we’ve featured before. Touring Tim, an associate of the band from back in the day, pens his unique take on Faith No More at Soundwave: “This is the first FNM show I’ve passively watched. I’ve mixed well over 1,000 of their shows and it’s a strange feeling, not unlike seeing that ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend. Show over and I head to the backstage dressing room compound where some burly security guard grabs me and says, “no way mate”. Then I feel a kidney punch and before I know it I’m in a headlock; Patton has grabbed me and is dragging me into the dressing room while mocking the security guard.”

2302, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Melbourne other videos: All about the Bass; Patton eats; Lion Sleeps Tonight; Patton hosed

February 23rd, 2015|News, Video vault|4 Comments

Faith No More were on top form both musically and as pure performers at Melbourne’s Soundwave show on Sunday. The band – perhaps liberated by finishing their comeback album Sol Invictus – were in spectacular form, even exceeding their impish best.
Here, culled once more from the work of Youtubers to which we are eternally grateful (sorry Roddy for encouraging filming at gigs!) is a collection of the more alternative moments on stage.

Mike Patton sings All About the Bass
Faith No More have always interjected slices of contemporary pop into their live sets (Technotronic and New Kids on the Block back in the day and Lily Allen and Lady Gaga more recently) so this quick reprise of the Meghan Trainor hit was no surprise. I suspect there may be a longer snippet of this out there.

Mike Patton eats into the camera
Mike often has fun with camera operators at gigs and has been known to eat the set decoration (not to mention regurgitate shoelaces) so here he is eating what may or may not be flowers.

Faith No More perform Lion Sleeps Tonight
The band always add something in the pause in Midlife Crisis (Sir Duke, Popcorn, Eastenders theme to name just three) and on Sunday it was the Solomon Linda/Tokens/Tight Fit classic The Lions Sleeps Tonight.

Mike Patton get’s squirt gun facial
Let’s just say it was very hot and leave it there.

Jon Hudson revealed as baby of the band
Some lively pre-Superhero chat



2202, 2015

Faith No More at Soundwave Melbourne set list, photos, etc

February 22nd, 2015|Faith No More, News, Tour dates|5 Comments

Faith No More rocked a sensational and loud – audible 7km away – set at Soundwave Melbourne.
Their set list included Matador and As the Worm Turned in the encore.
(Set list photo from friend of site Gerry LaFerla)

Mike P sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight during Midlife Crisis

And a playlist

Set list:
From Out of Nowhere
Get Out
Midlife Crisis
Everything’s Ruined
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Cuckoo for Caca
King for a Day…
Ashes to Ashes

I Started a Joke
As the Worm Turns


Some Instagram videos (thanks for sharing)

My lover ❤️ #motherfucker #faithnomore #mikepatton #future #husband

A video posted by Emm Annzig (@emzime) on

Only the love of my life #mikepatton #faithnomore #evidence

A video posted by Emm Annzig (@emzime) on

Mike Patton flower eating
(Thanks for sharing and to @mariadollyfnm) for tip)

Mike Patton having a snack during Easy! Lol! #Soundwave #melbourne

A photo posted by Justine Battistella (@juzybatt) on

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