And now, thanks to a press release touting singer Mike Patton’s involvement in the “major motion film ‘Crank 2: High Voltage,’ ” we know that Faith No More — the much-celebrated, much-missed art-rock act that he fronted from 1989 until its dissolution in 1998 — are finally reuniting.
That news was, er, broken, in the final line of the press release sent late Monday night, which listed Patton’s upcoming performance schedule, including a stop at the Coachella festival and “the highly anticipated reunion tour with Faith No More in Europe this summer.” Needless to say, long-suffering FNM fans were pumped.
But is the news true? MTV News contacted Patton’s publicist, who told us that yes, the Faith No More reunion is happening … and no, they’re not going to be playing any dates in the U.S. (sorry, Coachella fans). This is will be a strictly European affair.
Faith No More is one of the most influential and underrated rock bands of the last 20 years, so for them to come back now, hopefully to audiences appreciative of their legacy, is a great thing for rock music. I’ve seen Mike Patton with Fantomas and Tomahawk, and his vocals and live performances are absolutely amazing. What’s unclear is which members of the band are on board for the reunion, but I’m hoping at this point for the Real Thing/Angel Dust-era lineup. In the meantime, check out this live performance of “From Out of Nowhere” at Brixton Academy: