Earlier this week, we learned that [news id="1605707"]Faith No More will be reuniting[/news]. Now, we know just who will be taking part in that reunion.
In an e-mail to metal site Blabbermouth.net, FNM bassist Bill Gould revealed the lineup for the 2009 version of the band, and, well, it looks a whole lot like their last incarnation, circa 1997.
Obviously, frontman Mike Patton is in, as is Gould. Founding members Mike Bordin (drums) and Roddy Bottum (keyboards) will be back for the reunion, as will guitarist Jon Hudson, who joined FNM for their last album, 1997′s Album of the Year. The band’s mid-’80s frontman, Chuck Mosely — who was replaced by Patton after being ejected for erratic behavior — and iconic guitarist Jim Martin — who split (or was fired) in 1993 — aren’t mentioned in the e-mail, though Gould does hint at their rather tumultuous exits from the band.
“[artist id="745"]Faith No More[/artist] has always stood out as some sort of unique beast; part dog, part cat — its music was almost as schizophrenic as the personalities of its members,” he wrote. “When it all worked, it worked really well, even if the chemistry was always volatile.”
Gould also explained that the members of [news id="1428815"]Faith No More didn’t speak much following their split in 1998[/news], but that after having a decade to cool off and look back on the band’s legacy, they all sat down last year and decided that 2009 (the 20th anniversary of the release of their most successful album, The Real Thing) was as good a time as any to reunite.
“Throughout our 17 years of existence, the mental and physical energy required to sustain this creature was considerable and relentless. Though amicable enough, when we finally split, we all followed paths seemingly destined to opposite ends of the universe,” he wrote. “Yet during the entire 10 years that have passed since our decision to break up, we’ve experienced constant rumors and requests from fans and promoters alike. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, none of us kept in regular touch, much less to discuss any possibilities of getting together.
“What’s changed is that this year, for the first time, we’ve all decided to sit down together and talk about it. And what we’ve discovered is that time has afforded us enough distance to look back on our years together through a clearer lens and made us realize that through all the hard work, the music still sounds good, and we are beginning to appreciate the fact that we might have actually done something right,” he continued. “Meanwhile, we find ourselves at a moment in time with zero label obligations, still young and strong enough to deliver a kick-ass set, with enthusiasm to not only revisit our past but possibly add something to the present. And so with this we’ve decided to hold our collective breaths and jump off this cliff…. BACK, GOD FORBID, INTO THE MONKEY CAGE!!!”
A spokesperson for Patton told MTV News on Tuesday that Faith No More only plan to tour Europe — where they enjoyed a huge following during their heyday — and that no U.S. dates are planned.