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.”

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Etc.) Digitally Releases His Cover Of The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Theme Song

Faith No More frontman Mike Patton’s cover of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” theme song has received a digital release as part of the soundtrack for the newly released video game “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.” You can check that out below. Physical copies of the soundtrack will be released on October 28.

The Dillinger Escape Plan & Mike Patton Announce 20th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Of “Irony Is A Dead Scene”

The Dillinger Escape Plan and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, etc.) will be releasing a 20th anniversary vinyl edition of their collaborative EP, “Irony Is A Dead Scene,” on May 13. Pre-orders are available HERE.

Faith No More’s Mike Patton Guests On Stian Carstensen’s New Song “Hydrocephalus Epilogue”

Faith No More’s Mike Patton is featured on Stian Carstensen’s new song “Hydrocephalus Epilogue.” This track is from Carstensen‘s new album “Musical Sanatorium,“ which will be released on October 22. Notably, the lyrics were written by Abbath lyricist Simon Dancaster and translated into Italian by Abbath bassist Mia Wallace.

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Etc.) Covers The “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Theme For New Video Game

Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) has a recorded a cover of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” theme song for a new video game called “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge.” You can hear that track in the below reveal trailer. Here’s a description of the game:

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge reunites Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello to kick shell in a beautifully realized pixel art world invoking the turtles’ classic 1987 design. With Bebop and Rocksteady amassing gizmos to support Krang and Shredder’s latest scheme, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge finds the turtles battling through a breathless tour of iconic TMNT locations to thwart their nemeses’ most diabolical plan yet. Armed with shell-shocking new abilities built on a foundation of classic brawling mechanics, the gang are in for an exhilarating, Foot Clan-stomping romp leading them through the sewers and bustling boroughs of New York City all the way to Dimension X. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will be available on PC and consoles. “

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Etc.) Teams Up With Zeus! For Cover Of The Cramps’ “Human Fly”

Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) has teamed up with Zeus! for a cover of The Cramps‘ “Human Fly.” This track is from the new The Cramps tribute album, “Really Bad Music For Really Bad People: The Cramps as Heard Through the Meat Grinder of Three One G,“ which will be released on May 1.

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Mike Patton (Faith No More) To Perform With DJ QBert At Eric Andre’s Birthday Show

Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) will be performing with DJ QBert at comedian Eric Andre’s birthday show. The event, which is called “Eric Andre’s Bad Trip Birthday Bu’kkake!,” will take place at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, CA on April 4 and it will also feature: Lightning Bolt, Talib Kweli, Reggie Watts, and Jack Black

Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier Premiere “A Schoolgirl’s Day” Video

Mike Patton (Faith No More, Dead Cross, etc.) and French composer Jean-Claude Vannier have premiered a new video for their song “A Schoolgirl’s Day” via Dangerous Minds. This track is from the duo’s collaborative album “Corpse Flower.“

Director Nino Del Padre commented:

“When I first listened to “A Schoolgirl’s Day,” I fell in love with the intense and ominous track. I also knew that coming up with a concept for the video would be challenging as Ipecac gave me full creative control. I spent a few days brainstorming and I had the track on loop while surfing the web for inspiration when I remembered a 1962 low-budget classic, Carnival of Souls. While watching parts of the movie with the song playing, I knew I had something that might work.

After spending some time editing a demo, I realized that this was going to work better than I thought, and I had something special. It’s almost as if the film was created for this song. The plot follows Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss), a young woman whose life is disturbed after a car accident. The film has been named as a precursor to the works of various filmmakers, including David Lynch, George A. Romero, Lucrecia Martel and James Wan.”

Watch Mike Patton Perform Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo” With Mondo Cane

During an August 31 show in Prato, Italy, Mike Patton (Faith No More, etc.) performed Mr. Bungle‘s “Retrovertigo“ with his Mondo Cane project. You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, Patton will return to the stage with Mr. Bungle in February.