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Faith No More Photos: 4/13 San Francisco @ Warfield
April 21, 2010
So I went to see this show last week... which by the way was fucking AMAZING!! I must say though that as awesome as it was being a 'fan' again, stuck amongst the rest of the crowd on the floor for this show in particular, I really truly don't miss it. Having everyone else sweat all over me and dealing with nasty dudes that smell like shit because they don't know what the fuck hygiene is were always the downsides of 'GA' for metal shows, but in select instances like this one, the experience of being that up close for an entire electrifying set (versus having 3 songs up near the front of the stage for photo ops) is entirely worth it!

Back to the issue at hand though... I really really wanted to get some kind of coverage set up for this rarest of reunion shows, but I never got any kind of approval or clearance for Photo (or anything else for that matter) because apparently I asked too far in advance and I was told that the band were purposely NOT allowing media peeps to have any kind of privilege for their shows. Pretty shitty for a band to take that kind of stance right? I mean, without media coverage, where would any of these bands be?

Fast forward 2 months later, and it turns out that they weren't really that dumb, selfish or fucked up after all. It was just their management teams and publicists passing along the misinformation they were given), instead of looking further into it. Oh well, better luck next time, right?

Anyhow, my buddy and Concert Photographer Alan Ralph of PhotographN.com did in fact manage to secure a photo pass for the show, and as usual he has posted some awesome pix from the show online at this location.

Head on over and check them out and if you dig Concert Photos, be sure to visit Alan's pages often at as he's constantly adding new stuff...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/AlanR666
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Hittin The Road... Don't Forget New Music Tunesday
April 13, 2010
Slow News Day? Yeah, pretty much... but it doesn't matter. I'm done for the day and off to hit up FAITH NO FUCKING MORE in SF!!

Some of you may not see any reason at all to get stoked about that... and you're probably all under 25 too. So it makes sense. For anyone that's a little older and knows anything about FNM... if you're going, get stoked. If not, be jealous... or something. And check out the video below.

Anyway, considering that it is new music Tunesday... for those of you that dig the more extreme styles of metal, you most definitely SHOULD check out some tracks from the Bay Area's best unsigned Extreme Metallers, RINGS OF SATURN! Best believe that once these guys get some attention from a label, a management team or a publicist, or any combination of the three, every other website you're likely to frequent will be all over their nuts like they discovered them... yeah, it happens. Just know that we brought em to ya first, like we always do! Get Stoked!!

Oh, and for those of you that don't really get into modern extreme metal... well, go listen to whatever it is that you listen to, and have a good one!

Alright... off to the show.

Cheers Fuckers!
 
 
 
 
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Mike Patton Scores First Feature Film
February 24, 2009
Mike Patton (Fantômas, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom and the forthcoming Mondo Cane amongst others) has just completed his first major motion film score for the film “Crank 2: High Voltage” (Apr. 17 release).

While Patton has often dabbled in film whether it was lending his voice to the creatures in “I Am Legend”, his score for the indie film noir short “A Perfect Place” or Fantômas’ film scoring interpretation via The Director’s Cut, this marks his first proper film score.

Created during the latter half of 2008, Patton holed up in a Los Angeles studio and eliminated all other projects during the recording, a point worth noting as he is well known for being one of modern music’s most prolific artists.

Patton has also provided vocals to several videogames including “Bionic Commando,” “Portal,” “Left 4 Dead,” and “The Darkness.” He also lent his voice to Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse (character name: Rikki Kix). Patton just wrapped up a trek across Australia with Fantômas as part of the Big Day Out festival.

His upcoming schedule includes a performance with labelmates Zu (Mar. 19 @ Great American Music Hall in San Francisco), the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Apr. 17 with Rahzel (ex-Roots beatboxer) and the highly anticipated reunion tour with Faith No More in Europe this summer.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1981
HOME TOWN: Bay Area, CA
MEMBERS:
Mike Bordin (drums)
Billy Gould (bass)
Jim Martin (guitar)
Roddy Bottum (keyboards)
Mike Patton (vocals)

In 1981, Bay Area California musicians Mike "Puffy" Bordin, Billy Gould, Mike Morris, and Wade Worthington formed a band called Faith No Man. A year later when Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, and Mike "The Man" Morris was ousted, the group began calling themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love, the band was joined by Chuck Mosely in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. A four-song demo tape recorded in 1984 led to the band's first real album, "We Care A Lot," released on Mordam Records in 1985. Within a year the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album, "Introduce Yourself," was released. The subsequent tour brought Faith No More a good deal of press in Europe, but when the tour was over the rest of the band chose to fire Mosely due to his constant drinking, limited vocal capabilities, and squabbles with bandmates. Mike Patton, frontman of Eureka, California band Mr. Bungle, was a replacement suggested by Jim Martin, who had heard a demo tape that exhibited the long-gone death metal side of Mr. Bungle. Patton was hired in January of 1989. In two weeks he had written lyrics for the songs Faith No More was working on for their next album, and "The Real Thing" was released six months later. The album was a critical success, and the band toured with Metallica shortly, playing in front of huge audiences. Even so, it wasn't until the song "Epic" was released as a single in January of 1990 that Faith No More's popularity took off in the U.S., thanks in large part to heavy rotation of the video (which even received some negative attention for a brief scene of a fish flopping around out of water) on MTV. Another successful video for "Falling To Pieces" followed. Members of mega-rockers Metallica and Guns N Roses named Faith No More among their favorite rock groups. The band received a Grammy nomination for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock performance. By the end of the year, "The Real Thing" had gone platinum in the U.S. In 1991, following the impressive success of "The Real Thing," Faith No More released in Britain a recording of a live show they played there, along with two previously unreleased tracks, entitled "Live At Brixton." A video of the same performance called "You Fat B**tards" was released elsewhere. The San Francisco band was now playing large venues worldwide as the main act, their unique sound & Patton's manic stage antics a draw for fans of all kinds of music. With Faith No More's fourth studio album, "Angel Dust," Patton had more time to compose as a full-fledged member of the band, and Gould, Bottum, & Bordin, thanks to the success of "The Real Thing," had more confidence in their ability to create the album they wanted to. At the same time, Martin began to become dissatisfied with the direction that their music was going, and often did not show up at scheduled rehearsals. Gould was sometimes forced to fill-in guitar parts, and ultimately Martin did not have much input on "Angel Dust," with the exception of the guitar-heavy "Jizzlobber." In the summer of 1992, after the release of the album, its first single, "Midlife Crisis," played regularly on MTV and radio. It was followed by videos for the b-side "Easy," which was very popular in Europe, and "A Small Victory." The latter, though an excellent video, was almost entirely overlooked by MTV, perhaps because neither song supported the hard rock image of the band prevalent since "The Real Thing," and MTV U.S.A. favors music that is easily categorized. Meanwhile, Faith No More was part of the biggest tour of the year, opening for rock giants Metallica and Guns N Roses. After that tour, on which they received lukewarm responses from fans of the main acts, they embarked on tours of the U.S. and Europe as headliners to smaller crowds. In the end, there was no single on "Angel Dust that measured up to the success of "Epic," and the album did not sell as well as "The Real Thing" had in the U.S., but it did sell enough copies to go gold. It was even more popular in Europe and Australia, outselling "The Real Thing" in Britain. By the time the touring for "Angel Dust" was complete, the rest of the band agreed that Jim Martin was holding them back with his lack of enthusiasm for the direction their music was taking. In November of 1993 he was fired. For 1995's "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime," Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance was recruited. However, once the album was recorded, however, he left the band before touring began. The reasons given for his departure varied depending upon whom you asked; Faith No More maintained that Spruance was unwilling to commit to a long, worldwide tour. Trey claimed that he was ready to tour, but the others decided he wasn't right for the band, and never really made him a permanent member in the first place. Dean Menta, a former Faith No More roadie & guitarist for the band Duh, was Spruance's replacement. Though "King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime" reached number one on the charts in Australia, and spawned such overseas hits as "Evidence," the album was hardly noticed in the U.S. Videos were made for "Digging The Grave," "Evidence," and "Ricochet," all songs with commercial potential, but which were virtually ignored by American MTV. A less than enthusiastic response to shows in the UK prompted the band to cancel the second portion of the European "King For A Day" tour, although band members insisted that this would provide an excellent opportunity for them to get back in the studio & start working on their next album while they were happy with their current line-up. Over the next two years, rumors of a breakup were rampant as several members of Faith No More spent time with various other projects. Drummer Mike Bordin toured with Ozzy Osbourne, Mike Patton toured with Mr. Bungle in support of their new album & released two solo works, and Roddy Bottum found success with his Imperial Teen. Once again they had to find a new guitarist. "Dean had been our guitar player and worked great for the tour, but when it came to writing, we found that we worked differently," said Bill Gould. They settled upon Jon Hudson, a friend of Gould's and former member of Systems Collapse. The band's sixth studio album, "Album of the Year" was released (June 1997), along with singles and videos for "Ashes To Ashes," "Last Cup of Sorrow," and the electronica-tinged "Stripsearch." Successful tours of America, Europe, and Australia ensued. In the early months of 1998, break-up rumors spread even more intensely than usual. There was speculation that the band members' many side-projects were taking their toll, and interest in Faith No More was waning. On April 19, 1998 Bill Gould began spreading the following by e-mail and fax: "After 15 long and fruitful years, Faith No More have decided to put an end to speculation regarding their imminent break up... by breaking up. The decision among the members is mutual, and there will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that "Puffy started it". Furthermore, the split will now enable each member to pursue his individual project(s) unhindered. Lastly, and most importantly, the band would like to thank all of those fans and associates that have stuck with and supported the band throughout it's history. " Faith No More played their last show in Lisbon, Portugal on April 7.