The rumors have been swirling for months around recently reunited rock band Faith No More and the possibility of a final reunion show. Though the band had said their appearance at Finland’s Ilosaarirock Festival back in July was “the end,” it has now been confirmed that the final reunion show will take place in Santiago, Chile, on December 5th, with Primus as their opening band. The news broke yesterday, first via Chilean radio station Sonar FM, then through bassist Billy Gould and keyboardist Roddy Bottum’s Twitter accounts:
@MRGOULD: TOURDATE NEWS! Santiago, Chile. DEC 5…. Our Final Show of FNM Reunited 2.0….
@MRGOULD: Santiago will be the big party, but there might be a show or two before that…so stay tuned…..
@RODDYBOTTUM: it’s true, we’re giving Santiago what they’ve asked for. we’re wrapping up the FNM reunited tour in Santiago, Chile on December 5!!!!
The band has been using Twitter as its mouthpiece during this reunion tour, declining most media interviews and PR strategies. They prefer to connect directly with their fans, as evidenced by an upcoming fanbased interview with websites Faith No More 2.0 and Stubbadub and the FNM French Community group, in which the fans were able to submit their questions directly to the band.
Faith No More originally broke up in 1998 after several lineup switches (swapping singer Chuck Mosley for Mike Patton) and over a decade of albums including the highly influential Angel Dust. Though Patton became entangled with one billion side projects throughout the years and denied that Faith No More would ever reunite, the band did end up reuniting in early 2009. Their successful reunion tour took them all over the world headlining at major festivals, though they failed to get the same support in their home country with only seven US shows, including sub-headlining at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
So, while Faith No More has always been overlooked in the USA and has gotten more acceptance in places like Australia and Brazil, no country can compete with Chile. In Chile, Faith No More is ironically akin to a religion, and the band’s obsessively loyal fanbase practically petitioned them to return. And thus, a huge send-off in Santiago is a fitting way for Faith No More to say thanks to their biggest fans. As for where the “show or two before that” will be, one can only guess. Let the rumor-mongering begin!
Update #1: FNM just added an LA show at the Hollywood Palladium for November 30th. (via @MRGOULD)
Update #2: Tickets for the general public will be on sale this Friday, September 17th at 10AM through Livenation. Twitter fans get an exclusive pre-sale before that.
Did the rumor-mongering help? Who knows – but what we do know is that there are a lot of fans here in the USA that would love to see them play one last time and are now getting their chance. The odds of another show being added in LA or San Francisco a few days before the November 30th set are pretty good too.