2016 may have been a relatively fallow year for Faith No More (We Care a Lot re-issue aside) but as usual the individual band members are keeping as busy as the Trump Tower lifts. Roddy has returned to opera and his latest opus – The Ride – will be performed at the Merkin Music Center in New York tomorrow night (15 December).
The opera chronicles two gay men from different generations who take part in an AIDS charity bike ride from San Francisco, CA to Los Angeles, CA. Roddy of course has taken part in the bike ride himself and raised quite a considerable sum of money for the cause.
“The older generation of gay men who dealt with AIDS as a life threatening disease and were in the trenches for the first generation of the disease helped their friends get through life or death situations,” Roddy told Experiements in Opera, who are present the piece as part of Story Binge II. “The generation of gay men today who are on PrEP drugs and TRUVADA don’t really view the disease as life threatening. It’s just a different relationship. And that, to me, is interesting.”
Story Binge II is a single evening event featuring semi-staged and concert versions of five works in progress. Throughout this 15-minute opera, the characters sing and talk from stationary bikes about how their participation in The Ride is emblematic of their relationships with the disease.
The cast is: Robbie Daniels, rider one; Tristan Viner-Brown: rider two; Ann Magnuson, Lorri Jean; Luis Illades, drums; Roddy Bottum, synthesizer; Robbie Lee, synthesizer; Domenica Fossati, Margaret Lancaster, Katie Cox, and Roberta Michel, flutes.
This week Roddy tweeted about the event:
my new opera premieres Thursday! NYC, come out, i’m real proud… https://t.co/AtALsMrCZ0
— Roddy Bottum (@roddybottum) December 13, 2016
And here is the trailer video: