Seem that some extra tickets have been made available for the Faith No More show on Tuesday 16 February. Check out Ticketek New Zealand here.
Faith No More’s iconic front man Mike Patton turned 42 today. Given that Mike is one of the most deified figures in rock music today I’ll eschew a lengthy career hagiography but here is our by now traditional tribute celebrating rock’s finest vocalist in video and in his own words.
Unfortunately, I get error messages publishing this so I’ve split it in two. This is the text and the video comes in part 2.
On Faith No More 1.0:
“In Mr. Bungle, it’s more like a family thing, more like incest. It’s not such an employee kind of thing. In FNM, I kind of get the sense that it is more like five separate jobs that need to be done. There’s a ‘we’ in Mr. Bungle. In FNM there’s not really one collective ‘it’.”
Faces magazine 1990
“We just didn’t lie to each other. We were one of the few bands that told it as it was. If I was mad at Jim (Martin, former guitarist), I’d call him an asshole in front of everyone. If he was mad at us, he’d call us assholes. That’s just the way we were. We didn’t give the press a whole lot of angles, so maybe that’s why they all had to work on us. It was never what it was made out to be.”
“I have almost completely great memories. It was a lot of fun and a great experience. But to be honest I don’t reflect that much. I still got too much to look forward to and I’m always working on something. I was pretty young so it was cool to be able to travel the world and discover.”
“They come from my head, my ass, my toilet, my pillow, places like that.”
“I think that too many people think too much about my lyrics. I am more a person who works with the sound of a word than with its meaning. Often I just choose the words because of the rhythm not because of the meaning.”
From old.fnm.com FAQ
“Touring takes over your life. On the road, you have a lot of unsupervised time. There are perils: the drinking, the dope and the diseases, but we’ve done all right. We’re adults. We all live in a real sober fashion. Sure, there’s a toll taken by the physical exertion of playing music. We give up our bodies every night. But there’s no greater high than being on stage.”
San Francisco Chronicle 1995
On the rock n’ roll lifestyle:
[The infamous hairdryer quote]
When I was staying in a hotel room once, I took a shit, rolled it into a ball and put it in the hair dryer so that the next guest to dry their hair would get hot shit in their face. Ain’t that rock n’ roll? I do hope rock stars are a dying breed. People love to lap them up — you know how something always tastes better if you swallow it quickly.’
(The quote is sourced from a lengthy interview on Stefan Negele’s gig database and was by Amy Raphael but I have no information on which publication except that it was probably UK-based)
“I talk so much about masturbation in interviews because I go on the defensive as soon as journalists start asking about groupies. It’s much easier relating to yourself on tour than it is to someone you’ve just met. Maybe I should say I’ve grown beyond it and now I’m into farm animals. Too many journalists still believe the rock n’roll myth. From my side it’s definitely not like that. A lot of bands are doing it, but they must have had insecure childhoods — maybe their parents dropped them on their heads.”
From the same interview.
“All these girls screaming and wanting to sleep with me, it’s go nothing to do with sex. It’s like vampirism. I’m their transfusion. It’s not erotic or sexual, it’s cartoonish.”
Spin magazine 1990
“I’m uncomfortable with being a pop star. When you walk down the street and people yell at you and try to grab your hair, it’s not natural. We were doing an in-store appearance and someone grabbed my hat right off my head. That’s not right. You don’t do that to someone walking down the street, so why do that to me? And I lost it. Threw hot coffee in his face. He gave me my hat back.”
On writing an autobiography:
“I’ve got nothing to say. I do my talking with the music. I’m really not even a very good interview. I don’t enjoy talking about myself very much. If someone wanted to write something, that is fine. But I would kindly ask them to leave me out of it.”
Awesome Movieweb interview from 2007
On his Ipecac record label:
“I wanted to have more control and say over my own records plus I knew so many bands that needed an honest label. My manager Greg and I did it in 1999 as a way to release Fantômas, Maldoror and the Melvins. We did not expect it to turn into a real label. It has been a lot of work but very rewarding.”
On his prolific input:
“It is not about success or failure. It is what I do. I’m a musician. I love creating music and my tastes vary. Why limit oneself as an artist. That would be like painting the same kind of painting everytime or making the same kind of movie. I like to work and challenge myself. I’ll slow down someday, I’m sure.”
On his friendship with Danny de Vito:
“Danny is great. He is a multi talented renegade artist who is completely immersed in everything he does. He is also a great father. We met at a Fantômas show at Coachella. His son turned him on to my music. We instantly bonded. Nothing very funny.
It was cool that he was watching our set while all these celebrities were at the other side of the festival watching Coldplay. We had drinks and kidnapped him into our trailer. I think people think it is funny that we are friends. But it makes perfect sense to me. Much respect to brother D!”
On a FNM reunion (in 2008):
“There’s some guys in the band who would love to do that and then there’s me. Everyone understands where I’m coming from and generally I think they agree. But every 3-4-5 years some brain surgeon in Scotland has an idea, some Svengali who thinks he can change the world, comes with a briefcase full of cash and makes a crazy offer. And it’s not easy to go, ‘eh, fuck it.’ It would be very easy for some of us to rehearse for a couple of days, smile and cash the check. I’m not at that point. I got enough things to worry about, enough problems and enough things on my plate. Maybe if he comes with two briefcases full of money… (laughs)”
On the reunion in 2009:
“There was an offer for some shows in Europe. I thought it was a good moment and ended up agreeing. In the first rehearsal, I was late and I didn’t manage to enter the studio. I sat outside on the floor and listened to the band playing. The sound was very good, I felt I would be comfortable singing those songs again. And now we are here. We already played about 40 shows, and we are all happy.”
O Globo (2009)
On scoring films/movies and the future:
“It’s a new challenge and something that’s been a part of my musical language for a while, so I think that I can handle it. Again, it’s all about finding a director who might want to take a chance on someone like me, and those are pretty few and far between. So far what little scoring work I’ve gotten has been through friends. And that’s wonderful because so far I’ve been able to do exactly what I’ve wanted. Who knows where it’ll lead? But it is definitely something that I’d like to do more of. I’m getting up there. I’m, like, 40 now, and I definitely see a light at the end of my touring tunnel, so to speak. And right now, my livelihood is kind of going out and playing a show in Serbia or playing a festival in Amsterdam—I’m going in a couple days. So, looking in the crystal ball, film’s going to be a really nice way of getting to stay at home a little more and still be very creative and busy.”
The AV Club 2008
On a new record:
“We haven’t discarded that completely, but we are not thinking about composing. We don’t want to be like those bands that stay years apart, then return and release a horrible record.”
O Globo 2009
On FNM future:
We are not Starbuck’s, that are in every corner. If you want to see us, it is better go this time, because we don’t know if there will be another one, certainly not in another 10 years. So far we have shows booked until February, and maybe that will be it. The curious fact is that we didn’t have many offers to play in the USA.
O Globo 2009
Here goes for Part 2 of our Mike Patton tribute.
I’m not usually one for evangelising for Faith No More – music is such a subjective thing – but fan Bobby B Better has emailed me with this excellent idea and, as he has done all the work for me, here’s how you can help spread the word of Faith No More to the American media.
Here’s Bobby’s mail in full:
“So finally the US tour is becoming a reality. I know we are all excited. As I see it, if we are to have any hope of any new material, future tours, etc., the US tour has got to be a great success. As you can see by Faith No More’s non-headlining status at Coachella and the lack of media interest, it’s going to be an uphill battle. The only consistant radio play they get in the US is Epic. Once in a blue moon you might hear Midlife Crisis or Last Cup of Sorrow and that’s it. They are going to need all the help they can get.
My suggestion is that we, the fans, blitz the media with requests for Faith No More in support of their tour. We are fortunate in the US to have quite a few national media venues that could feature them (and have featured them in the past). I am sure they will play New York and Los Angeles (where most of these shows are taped) and would be able to appear while on tour. I have compiled a list below and how to request an appearance, more airplay, etc. If you can think of any more, please post them here. Believe it or not, fan e-mail campaigns have influenced programming in the past (i.e. the 2nd season of Jericho). I also encourage all of you to request (e-mail, phone, etc.) FNM at your local House of Blues, other concert venues, radio stations, magazines, etc. Just remember that every airplay, appearance, and interview is an advertisement for the band which can contribute to a sucessful tour. Anyways, it can’t hurt.”
And here’s his exhaustive list:
- The Jay Leno Show (in flux)-http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/-under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment programming? Email us using the pulldown menu below:” select The Jay Leno Show. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- Last Call with Carson Daily-http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/-under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment programming? Email us using the pulldown menu below:” select Last Call/Carson. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- Late Night with Jimmy Fallon-http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/-under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment programming? Email us using the pulldown menu below:” select Late Night/Fallon. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- Saturday Night Live-http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/-under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment programming? Email us using the pulldown menu below:” select Saturday Night Live. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (in flux)-http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/-under “Questions not found on FAQ page about NBC Entertainment programming? Email us using the pulldown menu below:” select Tonight Show/Conan. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson-http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php-beside “Regarding:” select The Late Late Show with Crain Ferguson. Beside “Message Type” select Request. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- The Late Show with David Letterman-http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php-beside “Regarding:” select The Late Show with David Letterman. Beside “Message Type” select Request. Enter your name, e-mail, subject, and message.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live-http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us-Enter your name, e-mail, state, and zip code. Beside “Select a Show or Catagory” select Jimmy Kimmel Live! Beside “Subject” select Comment. Enter your message.
- Fuse Music Channel- email@example.com -E-mail
- Sirius XM Radio Channel 42 Liquid Metal- firstname.lastname@example.org -E-mail and/or 1-877-87-HEAVY
- Sirius XM Radio Channel 47 Alt Nation-http://www.xmradio.com/emailus?ch=47-Enter your name, e-mail, and message…and/or 1-888-I-AM-4-ALT
- Sirius XM Radio Channel 48 Octane- email@example.com -E-mail and/or 1-888-3-OCTANE
- Sirius XM Radio Channel 52 Faction-http://www.xmradio.com/emailus?ch=52-Enter your name, e-mail, and message…and/or
- Sirius XM Radio Channel 54 Lithium-http://www.xmradio.com/emailus?ch=54-Enter your name, e-mail, and message.
- Rockline- firstname.lastname@example.org -E-mail
It does now seem that fans who want to see Faith No More at the Coachella festival on 17 April will have to shell out $269 for a three-day pass. Tickets go on sale on 22 January at 10am from the Coachella site and a number of local record stores. The Coachella site notes: “Every person entering festival area, including camp sites, must have a festival pass. A festival pass is ONE wristband for the entire weekend. A 3-day pass ticket will be exchanged for a single wristband upon entry to the event grounds.”
So, it does look like here will be no single-day tickets for the event for the first time.
In other ticket news, no update yet on when and where tickets for Faith No More’s extra 24 February date will be available but it should not be too far from Ticketmaster.
Faith No More have added a second pre-Soundwave date in Melbourne for 24 February. Bill Gould tweeted simply earlier today: “2nd Show added in Melbourne, AU…Feb 24!”
The Eagles of Death Metal will support FNM on their other sidewave dates on Monday 22 February at Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
and Thursday 25 February at the Festival Hall, Melbourne.
More details in the Australia and New Zealand page here and about Soundwave here. Ticket details for the new show when we have them.
While the announcement that Faith No More will play the Coachella festival on 17 April was the news their United States fans have meeting waiting for, the re-formed rockers’ sub-headlining slot and the media reaction to the overall line-up is more sobering, illustrating perhaps why the FNM reunion has shunned a return home so far.
Initial news reports have focused more on the headliners Jay-Z, Muse and Gorillaz plus Thom Yorke and even Sly and the Family Stone. The fact that their desert date marks their return to live shows in the US – warm-up gig aside – since 1997. Enough caviling; below is a brief round-up to the Coachella announcement with a Faith No More focus:
- Los Angeles Times – Ann Powers alludes to “Faith No More’s arty take on frat-boy rap rock”, terming the line-up “a model for recessionary times”.
- E! (can’t forget that !) Online – E! somehow concludes that the lineup is one for the kids with FNM – “ who will resurrect their classic ’80s Epic sound” – relegated to the final paragraph.
- New York Times – A NYT blog goes one better and manages to avoid mentioning Faith No More at all.
- Noisecreep – Metal site Noisecreep hit the right tone, noting that “recently reunited Faith No More are confirmed for the second night of this year’s installment. It will be the first time since the band announced its reunion early last year that they’ll play on U.S. soil.”
And that is pretty much it. Maybe we’ll get more reaction tomorrow. For dedicated FNM fans the big question, of course, is when will the band’s other US dates be announced and will there be a Coachella warm-up date in San Francisco.
Mike Patton is making a return visit to the Mojave desert in 2010 after appearing with Rahzel last year.
Here’s a taster of that show:
Playing with the radio