Rammstein, Faith No More, Agnostic Front, Etc. Members Cover The Beatles’ “Come Together” To Raise Money For Ukraine

Christian Petke (COP International) and John Fryer have recruited members of Rammstein, Faith No More, Agnostic Front, Stabbing Westward, Revolting Cocks, Gravity Kills, and more for a cover of The Beatles‘ “Come Together.“ The track, which was recorded under the name Lifeline International, was released to raise money for Ukraine, which is currently subject to an unprovoked invasion by Russia. Fans can purchase the track on Bandcamp.

Here’s a full list of contributors:

  • Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Black Needle Noise)
  • Billy Gould (Faith No More, Brujeria, Wayne Kramer/MC5)
  • Richard Kruspe (Rammstein)
  • Jeff Scheel (Gravity Kills)
  • Christopher Hall & Walter Flakus (Stabbing Westward)
  • Mark Hockings (Mesh, blackcarburning)
  • Rodney Orpheus (The Cassandra Complex)
  • Roger Miret (Agnostic Front)
  • Geno Lenardo (Filter)
  • Lisa K (Basement Jaxx, The Bellrays, The Crystal Method)
  • Matt Walker (Filter, Smashing Pumpkins, Garbage, Morrissey)
  • The Hardkiss (Award-Winning Ukrainian Band)
  • Lukas Rossi (Winner, Rock Star: Supernova)
  • Ginny Luke (Britney Spears, Black Eyed Peas, Will.I.Am, Foo Fighters, Snoop Dogg, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder)
  • John Vaughn (TV and Movie Scores)
  • Talon Majors
  • Eric Tomes (Awaiting Eli)
  • Mari Kattman (Mari Kattman, Helix)
  • Th3Count & SLam/Stephen Lam (Deathline International)
  • Diana Noir (Junksista)
  • Dan Milligan & James Scott (The Joy Thieves, The Burying Kind)
  • Ania Tarnowska (I Ya Toyah, The Joy Thieves)
  • Yvette Winkler (Vaselyne, Black Needle Noise)
  • Jim Semonik (Red Lokust)
  • Steven Archer (Stoneburner, Ego Likeness)
  • Tom Berger (Johnny Tupolev)
  • Joe Virus (Solemn Assembly)
  • James & Michelle Perry (Ashes Fallen)
  • Sean Hazebruck (Sick Jokes)
  • GW Childs IV (GW Childs IV)

Petke and Fryer commented:

“Several weeks ago, a humanitarian catastrophe of colossal proportions began to unfold before our very eyes. Like millions of others around the world, my friend John Fryer and I found ourselves overwhelmed with waves of shock, intense anger, and profound sadness as we watched the horrific events in Eastern Europe.

The day the Ukrainian invasion began, our hearts began to ache, and they haven’t stopped since. They are hurting for everyone whose lives and well-being are being endangered; from the victims of the bombings to the thousands of Russians protestors who have already been arrested, to the millions of displaced people, to the inexperienced Russian conscripts who find themselves being used as ‘cannon fodder’ in a war they never wanted.

From those intense feelings, an idea was born. An idea that was inspired by Bob Geldof’s Live Aid concerts in the ’80s, and fed by our intense desire to be able to actively help our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The end result is ‘Come Together (We Will Stop You)‘ by Lifeline International; a cover of ‘Come Together‘ by The Beatles, featuring performances from current and former members of bands such as Faith No More, Stabbing Westward, Rammstein, Filter, The Hardkiss (Ukraine), Revolting Cocks, Pigface, The Joy Thieves, Agnostic Front, Basement Jaxx, Gravity Kills, The Cassandra Complex, Mesh, blackcarburning, Deathline International, Vaselyne, and Black Needle Noise to raise money and awareness for the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Our number one goal for ‘Come Together (We Will Stop You)‘ is to directly and quickly help the people who need it the most. One of the most crucial parts of that process is ensuring that every last dollar that we raise is used properly, which is why we have chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds to UNICEF. Not only are they a long-standing organization that people already know and trust, but they are famously transparent when it comes to the money that passes through their organization. We have been in touch with them, and we’re pleased to report that we can designate every last dollar raised specifically for the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Keeping this affordable is also important to us, so the minimum donation is only $1. But because the cause is so important, we are actively encouraging everyone to donate up to their comfort level.

Let’s ALL ‘Come Together‘ and show the people of Ukraine and Eastern Europe that we hear them and that we truly care.

Christian and John”

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.“

Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton To Be Honored With Virtual Event On His 60th Birthday

Late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton is set to be honored during a special virtual event on his 60th birthday (February 10). The celebration will stream at 7 p.m. PST via YouTube and it will be emceed by Nicholas Gomez. The following guests have also been confirmed: Big Mick, Metal Joe, Gary Holt (Exodus), Dan Riley, Brian Lew, Dean Delray, Brian Slagel, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Mike Bordin (Faith No More), Canada Dave, and Connie Burton.

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:
NEW ZEALAND / AUSTRALIA
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

UK / EUROPE
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.

Korn To Replace Faith No More On System Of A Down’s Fall West Coast Dates

Korn have been added to the rest of System Of A Down’s West Coast shows with Russian Circles. The band will be replacing Faith No More, who recently cancelled all of their fall concerts due to Mike Patton’s battle with mental health struggles. Here’s the dates:

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 CA Stadium (with Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)

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

Faith No More To Replace Limp Bizkit At 2021 Aftershock Festival

Faith No More have been added to this year’s Aftershock Festival. The band will be replacing Limp Bizkit, who have decided to cancel all of their 2021 dates. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Faith No More, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Death Angel, Fit For A King, and Oxymorrons.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Dropkick Muprhys, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Ayron Jones, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Des Rocs, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Black Map, UnityTX,and Contracult Collective.

October 9: Misfits, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Mudvayne, Body Count, Atreyu, Badflower, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, DED, Bones UK, Alien Weaponry, The Black Moods, Blame My Youth, South Of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, Mammoth WVH, From Ashes To New, The Blue Stones, Law, All Good Things, Tempt, and The Cold Stares.

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.

Slipknot To Replace Nine Inch Nails At 2021 Riot Fest

Slipknot have been added to this year’s Riot Fest as a replacement for Nine Inch Nails, who recently cancelled all of their 2021 dates. That event will take place on September 16-19 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.

Here’s the updated daily lineups:

September 16 (preview party): Morrissey with special guests.

September 17: The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed And Cambria, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), NOFX, Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Circle Jerks, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, Meg Myers, The Lawrence Arms, Beach Bunny, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, Fishbone, Envy On The Coast, The Sounds, Amigo The Devil, Eyedress, Beach Goons, Meet Me At The Altar, Seratones, Radkey, Kississippi, Jackie Hayes, Oxymorons, Girlpuppy, and Senio Kino.

September 18: Run The Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Bayside, State Champs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, GWAR, Hepcat, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Four Year Strong, Citizen, Fucked Up, Joywave, Night Moves, Man On Man, Holy Fawn, The Bollweevils, Ganser, Just Friends, The Orphan The Poet, Bearings, Spider, and Devon Kay & The Solutions.

September 19: Slipknot, Pixies, Machine Gun Kelly, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Body Count, Thursday, K.Flay, Knuckle Puck, HEALTH, The Bled, Mother Mother, 3OH!3, Fever 333, Alex G, Kennyhoopla, Bleached, The Gories, FACS, Ratboys, Blackstarkids, The Clockworks, Skating Polly, Pet Symmetry, Melkbelly, Gymshorts, The Weak Days, and Airstream Futures.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Riot Fest 2021 is almost here. Finally. It’s really happening. Unfortunately, Nine Inch Nails has cancelled all 2021 shows, including this year’s fest—with that, Morrissey will play Thursday curated with very special guests, and Slipknot will close out on Sunday.

All 3-day and Sunday ticket holders now get access to our Thursday Preview Party! And to benefit our Chicago community, tickets are on sale now for Thursday with all proceeds going to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other TBA organizations.

Stay tuned for more info and announcements, including a second wave of Riot Fest Late Night shows which will be announced this Friday, August 20th.

Our fans deserve something amazing and we can’t wait to be together again. We’ve been working around the clock to make 2021 even more special—so that hopefully for one weekend, we can escape the world and find comfort in the music and people we hold dear.”