Faith No More has announced its first live performances since splitting up in 1998. The band will play a series of European festival dates this summer, according to a statement from frontman Mike Patton’s publicist.
No North American Faith No More dates are scheduled at this time. As previously reported, only Patton and frequent collaborator Rahzel will perform at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, despite speculation about a Faith No More appearance.
Neither the lineup for the revived Faith No More nor the specific festival dates have been announced. Patton’s spokesperson Monica Seide said no further details on the band are yet available.
The news of Faith No More’s reunion comes as Patton completes his first film score, for “Crank 2: High Voltage,” which will hit theaters on April 17.
Patton and beatboxer Rahzel, meanwhile, have worked on an album that has not yet been officially released.
Faith No More’s biggest single, “Epic,” reached No. 9 on the Hot 100 in 1990. “Midlife Crisis” earned the band the top spot on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in 1992.
According to U.K.’s Kerrang! magazine, industry insiders suggest that hugely infuential ’90s alt-metal band FAITH NO MORE is planning to return next year. Kerrang! understands that a number of U.K. venues have been placed on hold for shows from the band next spring, while U.K. festival appearances are rumored to follow in the summer. Founding bassist Bill Gould played down the speculation, telling Kerrang! “If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven’t spoken with any of them in over a year. So as far as I know, there isn’t anything to talk about, and I’m pretty sure that if you were to contact [Mike] Patton [vocals], he would tell you the same thing.”
Despite several years of vigorously denying claims the band would reform, Mike Patton seems to have softened in recent months. In an interview with the Artisan News Service in January, he said “I wouldn’t rule it out. I don’t think we need to reform the band, but maybe there’s other things we could do together.”
Watch video footage of Mike Patton talking about FAITH NO MORE and “The Real Thing” at Artisan News Service.
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