And we’re back for a quick round-up of FNM info.
The Dutch blogosphere has been buzzing with speculation that Faith No More will play the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands in May 2010. Not a lot of detail in the two stories at Rockblog and FOK but regular Netherlands-based commenter tbeest reckons Rockblog may have inside information from a family member of the festival organiser.
We’ll keep you posted if and when we hear more news but the rumour certainly comes right from out of the blue with much of the recent FNM speculation centering on when they would be announcing the promised US dates. Could Roddy’s Mystery Leg actually be another European festival jaunt in May and June?
Otherwise, the Coachella festival forums continue to reverberate with chat of an FNM appearance at the famed Californian festival in April while there have also been inevitable murmurs of a joint FNM/Soundgarden tour.
In site news, I will be upgrading and relocating the site in the next week or ten days but I’ll make sure to give plenty of notice. Anything new you’d like to see on the site?
For those of you you have yet to sign up to the Faith No More mailing list, here is the latest update:
First of all, yeah, we know we’ve had this mailing list for awhile now; to be exact, we’ve been collecting your names since May! Nevertheless, we’ve been hard at work: two tours of Europe and one of South America. Plus, we’ve tried to keep this whole endeavor as honest as possible; we haven’t employed any so-called “street teams” for viral marketing on forums, etc, and we’ve done our utmost to try to stick to the no-interviews policy, in order to keep the focus centered around the shows and the music.
However, although we’ve been relatively quiet on a media level, that is not to say that we haven’t appreciated the 1000% percent support we’ve received from our fans. Truly, these shows have exceeded our expectations, and a big part of it has come from the amazing energy of the audience. It’s been a real shot in the arm, and made this worthwhile for all of us. We honestly had no idea what was going to happen when we got into this, and are humbly overwhelmed by your attention and praise and good will.
So, here’s a big THANK YOU for 2009, and a wish that 2010 is a productive, prosperous and happy one for all of you!!
FAITH NO MORE
PS. NEW PHOTOS of LEG 3: SOUTH AMERICA are now posted on the fnm.com site!!
PSS. STAY TUNED FOR US DATES! ”
Remember to sign up for the mailing list here.
With Christmas now less than two weeks away, here’s a few FNM-themed gift suggestions.
New official T-shirts
Last few Norway rat posters (cheers Martin for the heads up in the comments)
Faith No More: The Real Story
Aussie tour poster
Angel Dust gold disc
Aussie Rare Records
Even more rarities
In the words of supposed Epic video fish-owning Icelandic singer and sometime Mike Patton collaborator Björk “its oh so quiet” so we’ve decided to plunder recent YouTube FNM videos for your entertainment. Enjoy.
RnR with Chuck Mosley
Faith No More in Lego
RV in Santiago
Evidence (alternative video)
Epic at VMAs 1990
Superb Edge of the World clip from Yo MTV
Ricochet in Santiago
Footage of Faith No More’s first ever live show at the Mabs in San Francisco on 11 October in 1983.
The four-song set included The Jungle, Why Do You Bother?, Spirit and another unknown song.
According to the aussiemusicfan.com gig database the band line-up was:
Joe Pop-O-Pie (vocals)
Jake Smith (guitar)
Bill Gould (bass)
Mike Bordin (drums)
Roddy Bottum (keyboards)
Why Do You Bother?
Joe Pop-O-Pie was the vocalist of the legendary Pop-o-pie in San Francisco in the early 1980s and there was a revolving crossover of members between the band and FNM. Find some details and photos on Pop-o-pie here. The band were famed for regularly playing their one hit – a cover of the Grateful Dead’s Truckin’ – over and over again in live shows. A contemporary report in the San Francisco Bay Guardian quotes Billy Gould as saying: “That was actually one of the highlights of my life,” Gould said about performing the song live and watching unsuspecting audiences go from nervous laughter to mild annoyance and then to full-fledged anger and, finally, passive acceptance. “There was this one [show] we did in Texas, like in Dallas at this warehouse, where we just played ‘Fascists Eat Donuts’ for so long that I was actually starting to hallucinate. I was starting to hear new melodies and new songs, because it was just this drone that was going on relentlessly.”
Roddy tweeted on the show this week: “First gig was phenoms. We had really grand aspirations and our aim was to hypnotize. Pretty certain we pulled it off.”
Thanks to Gezarie for bringing the video to my attention.
The man who belied that drummer hanging out with musicians gag and the man who makes FNM tick, the one and only Mike “Puffy” Bordin celebrates (or at least we do on his behalf) his 47th birthday today. Puff was an original member of the band and his distinctive drumming set the tone for the group right from the off. His soul may have been metal but the Ganeshian drummer had and has the skill and mind set to drive FNM in any direction.
As Mike P would chastise, Mike is also, of course, Ozzy’s drummer, recognition that we is feted by his peers as one of the greatest metal percussionists of all time.
Mike in video:
Mike burps (feckin’ amazing vid; possibly the best FNM YouTube I’ve ever seen)
Where’s the Puff?
Mike Puffy B masterclasss
Puffy being a leg-end
Mike for Ozzy fans
Puffy in Brazil
The two Mikes
Mike joins Korn
Puffy facts (not all are true)
- A left-handed drummer who plays right-handed kit
- Along with Billy, was an original member of FNM precursors Faith No Man
- Made dreads cool again for white guys
- First dreadhead to live long enough to show that dreads look cooler in silver
- Competed in Who Wants to be a Millionaire
- Taught the Little Drummer Boy how to play