Faith No More’s Mike Patton Opens Up About His Battle With Agoraphobia

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mike Patton shared more information regarding the cancellation of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle’s live shows last year. As it turns out, the frontman has been suffering from agoraphobia.

Patton said the following about his condition:

“It’s still going on — but it’s better. [Pauses]. It’s easy to blame it on the pandemic. But I’ll be honest, man: At the beginning of the pandemic, I was like, ‘This is fucking great. I can stay home and record.’ I’ve got a home studio. So I was like, ‘Yeah, what’s the big deal?’ And then something clicked, and I became completely isolated and almost antisocial [and] afraid of people.

That sort of anxiety, or whatever you want to call it, led to other issues, which I choose not to discuss. But I got some professionals helping me, and now I’m feeling better and getting closer to diving back in. Towards the end of the year, I’ll be doing my first shows in, like, two years, which is the longest time since I started doing this, that I’ve been out of the game.”

He continued when asked if his other issues included substance abuse:

“It was a little bit of everything. But mostly, in my experience, it was mostly mental. I saw some therapists and all that stuff, which is the first time I ever had to do that in my life. And they basically diagnosed me as having agoraphobia; like, I was afraid of people. I got freaked out by being around people. And maybe that was because I spent two years basically indoors during Covid. I don’t know. Maybe it reinforced feelings that I already had. But just knowing about it, talking about it, really helped. And we’ll see how it goes in December.”

Patton went on to say he realized he had a problem when he was getting ready to return to the road:

“Right around the time that Faith No More was about to go back on the road. That’s when I kind of lost it, and it was ugly and not cool. A few days before we were supposed to go on the road. I told the guys, ‘Hey man, I don’t think I can do it.’ Somehow my confidence was broken down. I didn’t want to be in front of people, which is weird because I spent half of my life doing that.

It was very hard to explain. And there were some broken feelings on both sides about it, but it’s what I had to do. Because otherwise something really bad could have happened.”

He also added:

“…It was right before our first rehearsal, and I just freaked out. I just said, ‘I can’t do it.’ They had been rehearsing so [pauses] If I were them I’d be really pissed off at me. And they were. And they probably still are. But it’s just about being true to yourself and knowing what your limits are. And I knew that if I kept pushing, it could have been some sort of disastrous result. It was just like, ‘Goddamn it. Maybe I don’t need to do this. Even though I agreed to do it, and it’s gonna bum a lot of people out. I gotta take care of myself.’ So I’m getting better at that.”

On another note, Patton also shared an update on Faith No More:

“Radio silence. [Laughs]. I don’t know. We may reschedule stuff; we may not. I’ll just leave it at that. It’s a little confusing and complicated. So if we do, we do. If we don’t, that’s cool, too.”

For now, the singer will be focusing on therapy and making music:

“Trust me, it’s different. And it’s really cool and very exciting. But we made an agreement — at least for this first project — to not talk about it, so I can’t tell you what exactly what it is. But to me, it’s completely invigorating and came along right at the right time. This is what I needed.”

Faith No More Release Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio Mixes Of “Epic,“ “Midlife Crisis,” And “Easy“

Faith No More have released new Dolby Atmos/Spatial Audio mixes Of “Epic,“ “Midlife Crisis,” and their cover of The Commodores‘ “Easy.“ The band commented:

“We’re happy to share that three of our songs (“Epic,” “Midlife Crisis,” and “Easy”) have been released in Dolby ATMOS/Spatial Audio, under the careful eyes of original producer, Matt Wallace and Will Kennedy, co-mixer. Those mixes are now available via Apple Music, Amazon Music and TIDAL.”

Matt Wallace Discusses Producing Faith No More’s “The Real Thing” In New Episode Of Gibson TV’s “Behind The Boards”

Gibson TV have shared a new episode of their “Behind The Board” series. This one finds Matt Wallace discussing his time producing Faith No More’s “The Real Thing.”

Official Faith No More Pen-And-Paper RPG Announced

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for a new Faith No More tabletop game. The authorized pen-and-paper RPG will be called “The Real Thing” and fans can donate to it through Kickstarter.

Here’s a description of the game:

“The Real Thing is a self-contained, story-driven, pen-and-paper tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) inspired by the music of Faith No More. Specifically, we have drawn significant story elements and inspiration from Faith No More’s album from 1989 entitled The Real Thing. It was groundbreaking at the time and remains one of the best albums ever created, in our humble opinions. More to the point, however, is the fact that many of the songs revolve around similar themes and ideas, making it a perfect album around which to craft a concept RPG.

As fans of Faith No More and their music, we have poured our whole hearts into this project. We have received official backing from the band to use their material and to present our interpretations of their content and themes in this first-ever Faith No More role-playing game. We couldn’t be more excited!

While the concept for the story is grounded in the music and words from the album of the same name, it also pulls in themes and other elements from other Faith No More titles. Song titles and lyrics from every Faith No More album are included judiciously as a gesture of fandom and respect for one of our favorite artists.

Our plan is for this to be the first of a five-part series. The subsequent releases will follow the themes from Angeldust, King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime, Album of the Year, and Sol Invictus, in that order. We anticipate, each of these zines expanding on the stories and characters presented in The Real Thing.”

Faith No More Digitally Release J.G. Thirlwell’s Remix Of “Motherfucker”

Faith No More have digitally released J.G. Thirlwell‘s “Calcitonin Mix” of “Motherfucker.“ You can find that HERE. The track was previously only available on 7 inch vinyl along with “Cone Of Shame.“

Faith No More Cancel Their Australian/New Zealand & European/UK Tours

Faith No More have officially cancelled all of their scheduled shows for next year. This includes their planned Australian/New Zealand and European/UK tours.

The band commented:

“An update from our camp at FNM:

Unfortunately due to our current challenges, we aren’t going to be ready to perform for the upcoming Australian, New Zealand and UK/European tours.

To play at anything less than 100% after so long is not an option for us. We apologize to all of you ticket holders, and are forever grateful to our fans for your support and understanding.
—Bill, Jon, Mike, Mike & Roddy

Impacted Dates:
February 10, 2022 – Christchurch, NZ – Christchurch Arena
February 12, 2022 – Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena
February 15, 2022 – Brisbane, AUS – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 17, 2022 – Sydney, AUS – Qudos Bank Arena
February 19, 2022 – Melbourne, AUS – Red Lever Arena
February 21, 2022 – Adelaide, AUS – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
February 23, 2022 – Perth, AUS – RAC Arena

June 07, 2022 – Glasgow, UK – Academy
June 08, 2022 – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Academy
June 10, 2022 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
June 11, 2022 – Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo
June 13, 2022 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
June 14, 2022 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
June 16, 2022 – Paris, France – Le Zenith
June 17, 2022 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
June 18, 2022 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
June 19, 2022 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
June 21, 2022 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle
June 23, 2022 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Partille Arena
June 24, 2022 – Oslo, Norway – Tons Of Rock
June 27, 2022 – Helsinki, Finland – In The Park
June 29, 2022 – Stockholm, Sweden – Grona Lund Tivoli
July 02, 2022 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
July 04, 2022 – Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling Halle
July 05, 2022 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
July 06, 2022 – Zurich, Switzerland – Halle 622
July 08, 2022 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool
July 09, 2022 – Lisbon, Portugal – NOS Alive”

This news comes after Faith No More previously cancelled their 2021 touring plans due to Mike Patton’s struggles with mental health issues.

Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Cancel All Fall Dates

Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have cancelled all of their fall dates. The shows were scrapped due to frontman Mike Patton’s battle with mental health issues.

Patton commented:

“Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates.

I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon.

The bands’ support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way.”

– xMP”

Faith No More also issued a statement:

“To say that we feel shattered by these cancellations would be a complete understatement. It has been a real challenge to return to this music after a 5 year absence, but we have been working hard for a few months now, and these last few rehearsals left no doubt that we were back to top form, which makes this statement very difficult to write.

Coming on almost two years of pandemic and lack of work, it has been heartbreaking to give our crew the news. We consider our crew like family. And then, equally importantly, we are aware of what this means to our fans, who have been patiently supporting us– waiting, as we have, for a break in this frustrating situation. Many folks have taken isolation quite hard, and patiently waited as shows have been postponed time and time again. This will be tough for them.

And yet in spite of all this, we have a family member who needs help. We believe that forging ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike, whose value to us as a brother means more to us than his job as singer. He can count on our 100% support to do what he needs to do to get things right. Just as we also ask for your support right now.

Thank you for continuing to believe in us.

–Bill, Jon, Mike B. & Roddy“

Here’s the cancelled dates:

Faith No More:

09/16 Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
09/18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/22 Newport, KY – Ovation Pavilion
09/24 Kansas City, MO – Grinders
09/25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest
10/10 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium

Mr. Bungle:

09/17 Chicago, IL – Radius
09/19 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest

System Of A Down, Faith No More, & Russian Circles Announce West Coast Dates

System Of A Down, Faith No More, and Russian Circles have announced a few more shows together. Here’s their updated schedule:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)

Faith No More Digitally Release JG Thirlwell’s Remix Of “Motherfucker”

Faith No More have digitally released JG Thirlwell’s remix of their song “Motherfucker.” That track was previously only available as a b-side on a 7 inch single that was released during Record Store Day’s Black Friday in 2014.

Faith No More Add Kansas City Show To Upcoming Tour

Faith No More have announced that they will be performing at Grinders KC in Kansas City, MO on September 24. Fucked Up will open.

Here’s Faith No More’s updated schedule:


09/16 Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park (feat. Fucked Up)
09/18 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE (feat. Fucked Up)
09/22 Newport, KY – Ovation (feat. Fucked Up)
09/24 Kansas City, MO – Grinders KC (feat. Fucked Up)
09/25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest
10/22 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium (feat. System Of A Down, Korn, Helmet & Russian Circles)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium (feat. System Of A Down, Korn, Helmet & Russian Circles)


02/10 Christchurch, NZ – Horncastle Arena
02/12 Auckland, NZ – Spark Arena
02/15 Brisbane, AUS – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
02/17 Sydney, AUS – QUDOS Bank Arena
02/18 Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
02/21 Adelaide, AUS – Entertainment Centre
02/23 Perth, AUS – RAC Arena
06/07 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
06/08 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
06/10 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
06/11 Manchester, UK – O2 Apollo Manchester
06/13 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
06/14 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
06/16 Paris, FRA – Le Zenith
06/19 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
06/21 Dortmund, GER – Westfalenhalle
06/23 Gothenburg, SWE – Partille Arena
06/24 Oslo, NOR – Tons of Rock
06/27 Helsinki, FIN – In The Park
07/02 Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
07/04 Berlin, GER – Max Schmeling Halle
07/05 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
07/06 Zurich, SWI – Halle 622
07/08 Madrid, SPA – Mad Cool
07/09 Lisbon, POR – Nos Alive