During Faith No More’s 12-year hiatus, while Mike Patton worked on everything under the sun, I feel as though the band has consistently been kept alive – or maybe more so, the music they made during their time of activity stayed fresh despite changing trends that generally have veered far away from heavy metal. At the time of Faith No More’s initial beginning and success (late 1980s and early 1990s), metal was one of the most popular styles of music around, but today that’s not so much the case. And despite having to live through the horrible rap rock that descended from Faith No More, it hasn’t affected the originality and quality of the band at their prime (which, for me, translates as 1992’s Angel Dust and 1995’s King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime, as well as about half of 1997’s Album of the Year).
There was a quote of Patton’s recently from ARTISTdirect.com where he stated that there’s more interest in Faith No More now than when they were active in the 1990s. I can think of a couple of reasons for this. One would be myself and other fans my age who got into Faith No More when we were too young to do things like go to shows or write in magazines and are now of age and still interested. Another reason could be that the popular heavy music of the late 1990s and early 2000s created interest among that audience by citing the band as an influence.
So now they’re reunited, and as their opening cover song indicates, it feels so good. In terms of Patton projects, for me Fantômas and Mr. Bungle are main entrees, with Tomahawk being a side john and his noise projects serving as spices which are more to pique interest than to nourish. But public opinion does not coincide with this, as indicated by the words of the spectator in front of me when Fantômas opened for Tool. “I love Faith No More, but this sucks,” he said, and I refrained from saying that they were probably my favorite currently active live band. But I think the fans across the board – from the geeks to the jocks – can agree on Faith No More, and at the Mann Center they brought all the hits and the crowd ate it up, including me.
This was one of three East Coast dates this year, the only other US dates for 2010 being in California, while the more extensive touring has taken place in Europe and Australia. No news from Patton & Co. on future dates or new material yet.