Faith No More has officially called it quits.
Earlier this month, the band had played a handful of overseas concerts in Spain and Portugal, a move that served to at least temporarily set their fans' minds at ease in light of a never-ending sea of rumors, but their relief was short lived.
"After 15 long and fruitful years, Faith No More have decided to put an end to speculation regarding their imminent break up... by breaking up," reads a statement released today by bassist Billy Gould.
"The decision among the members is mutual, and there will be no pointing of fingers, no naming of names, other than stating, for the record, that 'Puffy started it,'" Gould joked.
The statement was confirmed by the band's management, Warren Entner Entertainment.
Faith No More had consisted of co-writer/co-founder Gould; Mike Patton, who also fronted Mr. Bungle and who was correctly rumored to be starting a new band; keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who started up the successful
Imperial Teen two years ago; and drummer Mike "Puffy" Bordin who was also known as an occasional drummer for Ozzy Osbourne. The band had a revolving door for their guitarists -- they had just added Jon Hudson, who replaced Dean Menta who replaced Trey Spruance who replaced Jim Martin. The band's last recorded effort was "Album of the Year" released last year.
In related news, Mike Patton's manager in Mr. Bungle has confirmed to Internet sources that Patton's new band will be called Phantomas. They had toyed with the name Diabolik, but opted for the former. The super group consists of drummer Dave Lombardo, formerly of Slayer, Buzz Osbourne of the Melvins on guitar, and Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn on bass. Their first show is scheduled to take place June 18th at Slim's in San Francisco.
Meanwhile Roddy Bottum's Imperial Teen, who issued their debut album, "Seasick" in 1996, have now completed their second album, this one titled "What is Not To Love." They plan on releasing
it this July.