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Faith No More New Zealand Shows Announced

Faith No More New Zealand Shows Announced

C.C. / Photo credit: Jimmy Hubbard / Wednesday 5th February, 2020 8:00AM

Faith No More make their triumphant return to Aotearoa this coming May, to play arena headline events in Auckland and Christchurch. Fronted by vocal iconoclast Mike Patton (who took up the role in 1988 following Chuck Mosley's departure), the genre-smashing Californian band's touring lineup features co-founders and longstanding members Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould and Jon Hudson. Formed in the hazy mists of 1981 and responsible for classic long-players The Real Thing, Angel Dust and King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, the fearlessly eclectic group delivered fans such fist-pumping anthems as ‘Epic’, ‘Falling To Pieces’ and ‘Midlife Crisis’, along with smooth singles 'Evidence' and their chart-topping cover of 'Easy' by The Commodores. Last here for Westfest 2015, these will be Faith No More's first standalone New Zealand headline events since 2010 – supported for both shows by Melbourne's RVG.

Bassist Bill Gould shared his excitement for FNM's return to NZ: "Faith No More has taken many twists and turns over the years, and both Australia and New Zealand have been with us every step of the way; this is something that we have always appreciated. Nevertheless, we realise that it’s been 20 years since our last proper tour to Australia and 10 for New Zealand. If we wait another 20, we’ll be in our 70’s. This shit stops NOW!”

UPDATE 1/04/20: Faith No More's New Zealand headline dates have been rescheduled to February 2021...

Faith No More
with special guests RVG

Friday 8th May - Spark Arena, Auckland (all ages)
Sunday 10th May - Horncastle Arena, Christchurch (all ages)

Presales available from 1:00pm, Monday 10th February

Experience the clip for Faith No More's classic 'Midlife Crisis' from 1992's Angel Dust...

Check out the awesome video for Faith No More's 'Falling To Pieces' from 1989's The Real Thing...

Watch the clip for Faith No More's smooth-grooving 'Evidence' from 1995's King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime...

Press release:

Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce one of music’s most influential and commanding bands, Californian five-piece Faith No More, will tour New Zealand in May 2020, performing arena shows in Auckland and Christchurch – one show only in each city. These will be Faith No More’s first international gigs worldwide since 2015.

The last time FNM performed their very own standalone headline tour in New Zealand was 2010 – exactly 10 years ago.

‘Epic’, ‘Falling To Pieces’, ‘Ashes To Ashes’, ‘Easy’, ‘Midlife Crisis’, ‘War Pigs’, ‘Digging The Grave’, ‘Sunny Side Up’... Faith No More’s pioneering, genre-defining career saw the band morph from cult underground heroes to boundary-pushing global chart-toppers, mixing metal to alt-rock to hip-hop to punk and much, much more.

Faith No More last toured the globe in 2015 ahead of the release of Sol Invictus (Ipecac/Reclamation Recordings), their seventh release and first album in 18 years. The disc debuted at #2 in Australia, #6 in New Zealand, and #6 in the USA and UK. Rolling Stone dubbed the 10-song album “triumphant”, The New Yorker called it “a reminder of everything that made Faith No More great in the first place,” and The Los Angeles Times said, “Faith No More has a history of defying expectations, and that’s what it’s doing again with Sol Invictus.”

Also performing at all shows is Melbourne band RVG, who’ll return in 2020 with the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2017 debut, A Quality of Mercy. The first taste of new music came mid-2019 in roaring single ‘Alexandra’, produced by Victor van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Beth Orton, The Triffids), RVG heading to UK & Europe with Sleaford Mods and Tropical F*^k Storm not long after. From performances at SXSW, Roskilde and Meredith Music Festival and shows with the likes of Shame, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kurt Vile and Future Islands, RVG have made huge strides worldwide.

Lending their support following Australia’s bushfire crisis, Faith No More will be donating $1 (plus GST) from each ticket sold across the AU/NZ dates to Animals Australia, and state fire services in affected areas, including: NSW Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Association VIC, SA Country Fire Service, Rural Fire Brigades Association QLD. Last month, FNM announced all proceeds of their upcoming Manchester, UK, gig in June will also benefit Aussie charities.

Faith No More is Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jon Hudson (guitar), and Mike Patton (vocals). They have released seven studio albums to date: We Care A Lot (1985), Introduce Yourself (1987), The Real Thing (1989), Angel Dust (1992), King For A Day… Fool For A Lifetime (1995), Album of the Year (1997) and Sol Invictus (2015).


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Mon 22nd Feb
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Wed 24th Feb
Spark Arena, Auckland

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