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2112, 2015

INTERVIEW: Roddy Bottum looks back on 2015 with The Skinny

December 21st, 2015|Faith No More, Interviews, News|0 Comments

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Scotland’s leading music website The Skinny have always given Faith No More the coverage they deserve and this year was no exception. Fittingly then, they have just published an extensive interview with Roddy Bottum in celebration of Sol Invictus being number 11 in their albums of the year list  – and looking back on the year of the album’s release.

First of all, Roddy spoke at length publicly for the first time about his recent appearance on stage with Dinosaur Jr:

“Could you imagine?” He gasps like a man who just struck one off the bucket list. “The show was on J’s birthday – the last night of their six night residency at Bowery Ballroom. I played guitar on Start Choppin’ – pretty fun! There were a lot of guests that night – Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo played, Evan Dando came out onstage and sang, Kurt Vile, the dude from Negative Approach – a lot! It’s rare when a horrible guitar player like me can get onstage with J Mascis and play.”

He again recounted the album’s genesis and agreed that Bill Gould was the driving force:

“Billy wears those pants for sure. That’s the sort of person he is; he drives things forward in our band and kinda always has. When we started doing stuff again we were in different cities – I was in Los Angeles at the time, and just the prospect seemed a little crazy. It’s not that I didn’t believe in it, but I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. I was working on some projects, as was Mike Patton, but Billy and Mike [Bordin] really started to get into the rhythm and groove of it. Billy eventually presented it all to us and it took a while for us all to get involved, but these things happen for a reason. Honestly, that’s the way it happened back in the day. Billy was always the champion, nudging us onwards; he’s just a very motivated guy. Sol Invictus followed the course that the records of our past followed. In that way it was fitting too.”

And Roddy makes a fresh point about Mike Patton’s lyrics on this record:

“With Mike in his lyrics, and I think this is also true of the band musically… things start to evolve into a personal statement by the end of the day. I think Mike, particularly on our earlier records, would revert to taking on roles of other people and characters and not really speaking in his voice. Which is effective; that’s one process. But this record in particular took on some personal themes – that’s what’s going on, it’s about ownership, coming into our own and a resolution where we’re taking back what’s ours. It sounds selfish when I say it out loud but it’s taking artistic ownership too.”

But he makes no promises about the band’s next steps:

 

1012, 2015

Roddy Bottum plays live with Dinosaur Jr

December 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

The Bowery Ballroom last night played host to a sight likely to quicken the heart, moisten the eye and flannel the shirt of any 1990s alternative music fan, as Faith No More’s Roddy Bottum joined Dinosaur Jr on stage as they played the last of their seven 30th Anniversary shows.

Roddy was one of a stellar cast of indie luminaries who joined the band. The FNM keyboardist showed his multi-instrumentalist chops by playing guitar for Start Choppin’ along with Imperial Teen band-mate Lynn Truell. Evan Dando, Kevin Shields and Kurt Vile were among the others who joined the band on stage for collaborations.

I got to play guitar with Dinosaur Jr tonight. I was invited. by J. a shining highlight in my life.

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words with Kevin Shields. one guitar player to another.

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oh. and Lynn played too. #coattails

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#iphoneconcertsabotage #jmascis #dinosaurjr #roddybottum #faithnomore #boweryballroom

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2610, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Aftershock setlist, video and more

October 26th, 2015|Faith No More, News|14 Comments

Faith No More definitively wrapped up their stunning 2015 – new chart-topping album, US and world tours,  new music video – with a final show at the Aftershock festival at the Gibson Ranch, Elverta in California.

I got married in Sacramento. A photo posted by Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) on

@faithnomore closed the night out with an amazing set!! What an incredible weekend!!! @monstermusic #aftershock Photo @stephaniedcabral

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Setlist

Here is the full list:
Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up
Midlife Crisis
Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

We Care Alot
Just a Man

 

Videos

From Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael:

 

909, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 190: Roddy and Mike Bordin interviews; Vote FNM

September 9th, 2015|Faith No More, Links for a day, News|1 Comment

RODDY BOTTUM INTERVIEW

Chat show host and Faith No More keyboardist was his usual eloquent self when speaking about homophobia in an interview with Westword:

“If someone had a problem with it, I don’t think they would address that to my face. Bigotry is chickenshit, you know? The Klan wore masks because they were ashamed to show their faces. The people who would have a problem with a gay keyboard player wouldn’t do it publicly; they would talk about it behind my back. So that way, I didn’t see a whole lot of resistance. ”

MIKE B MODERN DRUMMER INTERVIEW

Mike Bordin has given an interview for the October edition of Modern Drummer magazine. Mike speaks about the evolutionary recording process, the band’s musical language and getting a second chance as Faith No More.
Get the magazine on iOS, Android or Google Play here

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There will also be an online Q and A published soon

MIKE B SPEAKS TO ROCK AND POP

Mike also spoke to Chilean radio station Rock and Pop for a radio interview:
Full interview here

VOTE FAITH NO MORE

Faith No More have been nominated in the Album of the Year category for the Classic Rock  Roll of Honour awards – for Sol Invictus not Album of the Year.
You can and should and must vote here

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A LETTER FROM MIKE PATTON’S MUM

Friend of the site Jim Brown from Faith No More Followers has been digging deep into his exhaustive Faith No More magazine archive for some great articles recently – and right at the bottom of this one is a possibly apocryphal letter to Rolling Stone from Mike Patton’s mother from September 1990.
She said: “FNM is a group of hard-voicing, talented and creative musicians who are responsible and intelligent young men with keen senses of humour.”

2408, 2015

LINKS FOR A DAY 188: Rolling Stone catch-up, Boston photos, Take this Bottle cover and more

August 24th, 2015|Links for a day, News|1 Comment

Rolling Stone interview

Roddy Bottum and Mike Bordin spoke to Rolling Stone as the magazine published their second in-depth piece on the band in a manner of months. Here’s the video below. This seems like a trailer to a larger story but this is the full story on the site.

Matt Wallace interview

Faith No More’s long-time producer and friend of the band, Matt Wallace has given a very revealing interview with the AllMusic site.
Here are some choice cuts:

On Mike Patton and The Real Thing:
And he was listening to a bunch of Tibetan chanting, Eskimo nose singing, all these things, and he’d bring these different ideas into the record within the context of a heavy rock, alternative, progressive band, he was bringing his ideas on how his vocals should go. And it was really forward-thinking, because a lot of bands, after that record, kind of followed in his footsteps, because Patton was unafraid to try different things, whether it was a different vocal approach or a different lyric, some of the lyrics are pretty challenging. I thought it was really stunning that he came to the forefront and grabbed the flag. That was a thrill, that whole record was a thrill to make.

On Faith No More now:
It’s interesting that the band trusted their instincts, they did Angel Dust and put it out there and it didn’t sell well in the States, but it did well overseas, and about eight or nine years ago, Kerrang magazine did a thing about the most influential records of all time, and I started in the 50s, 40s, 30s, and I said, “Man, none of my records made this,” I was hoping something I’d worked on would have made it, and at number one was Angel Dust, they thought it had influenced so many bands, and that’s a really nice indication of a band that just trusts their gut, and seeing them live in L.A. a few months ago when they did “Midlife Crisis,” the entire place, everyone sang that thing a cappella like it was a huge hit, it was really wonderful to see a song that’s kind of a twisted lyric and kind of a unique song, but so many people sang the entire chorus, and it was really surreal. That moment for me was one of the best.

WIN Red Rocks tickets

You can win two tickets to see Faith No More at Red Rocks on 8 September through Tunespeak. Only US and Canada residents can enter. Enter here.

Take this Bottle cover

Here’s a pretty cool recent cover of Take this Bottle by Jake Carden. The singer from The Pimpsons and Just Like Vinyl did an all-Faith No More acoustic show in Seattle with assistance from lenn Cannon of Windowpane and Johndus Beckman of Ten Miles Wide and The Mothership.

Boston photos

Meg Loyal have some great shots from Faith No More’s performance at Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion here.
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Superhero

And given that it’s the fourth ever video on the band’s YouTube channel, here’s official Superhero

1008, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Toronto setlist, video and poster

August 10th, 2015|Faith No More, News|5 Comments

Faith No More’s penultimate North American Sol Invictus tour date saw them return to Canada. The band again played an 18-song set and threw in some snippets of Drake and Van Halen.

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (Van Halen ‘Jump’ interlude)
Cone of Shame
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
I Started a Joke

We Care a Lot

Videos

Playlist from fnm4ever

Poster

Tour Talk

Part 1

Part 2 brought to you by Invictus wine

608, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Madison Square Garden – setlist, posters, videos, Roddy’s Tour Talk

August 6th, 2015|Faith No More, News|16 Comments

Faith No More made their debut performance at the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York last night (ok, the Theater after a late switch) and delivered another hugely impressive set.

The band played no fewer than six songs from Angel Dust – with RV and A Small Victory again getting relatively rare airings – with five from new album Sol Invictus.

One New York resident was very impressed:

  As was the venue itself

Setlist

The Real Thing
Be Aggressive
Everything’s Ruined
Evidence
Epic
Black Friday
Caffeine
Midlife Crisis (with Boz Scaggs – ‘Lowdown’ interlude)
A Small Victory
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Motherfucker
RV
Just a Man

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Tour Talk

Here’s Roddy with special guest Steven Barrymore Blush

Tour Talk on Periscope

Videos

Posters

These are again by the brilliant Tara McPherson and here they are:

And here is Tara’s own post

508, 2015

TOUR TALK: Roddy Bottum chat show – Blue Hills/Boston/w Anika Jacobs & Pete’s Birthday episode

August 5th, 2015|Faith No More, News|0 Comments

YouTuber Invisigoth is now uploading Roddy’s Periscope Tour Talk chat show episodes to the video site for posterity so here is the most recent episode from Boston last night.

308, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia

August 3rd, 2015|Faith No More, News|8 Comments

Faith No More pulled out all the stops as their US tour continued at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, with RV and A Small Victory on the setlist  (the first time both songs have been played in the same set since the Phoenix Festival in July 1993).  In fact, it was the first time RV has been played in the US since February 1993 (Tipitina’s, New Orleans). For good measure, the band played Rise of the Fall for only the third time – and for the first time outside Germany.

Setlist

The Real Thing
Land of Sunshine
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up
Last Cup of Sorrow
Midlife Crisis (with Boz Scaggs – ‘Lowdown’ interlude)
A Small Victory
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
Easy
Separation Anxiety
Matador
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

Rise of the Fall
RV
Just a Man

Videos

Roddy’s Tour Talk

Roddy’s guest on his latest chat show was none other than Faith No More lead singer Mike Patton – and synesthesia .
Watch Tour Talk

Poster

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3107, 2015

CONCERT: Faith No More in Atlanta setlist, poster and video plus Roddy’s Tour Talk with Refused

July 31st, 2015|Faith No More, News|6 Comments

Faith No More resumed the third leg of their US Sol Invictus tour with a concert at The Masquerade in Atlanta. Sunny Side Up made a welcome return to the set.

First up, here is Roddy’s latest Tour Talk on Periscope – with Dennis Lyxzén from Refused

Setlist

Motherfucker
Be Aggressive
Caffeine
Evidence
Epic
Sunny Side Up
Everything’s Ruined
Midlife Crisis
Last Cup of Sorrow
Easy
Separation Anxiety
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
King for a Day
Ashes to Ashes
Superhero

This Guy’s in Love With You
Just a Man

Show was killer.

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Poster

Videos


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