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Faith No More: No More Bull

Reunion shows. An unexpected album. A brand new attitude. Faith No More tell Hammer why they’re putting their confrontational past behind them and getting back into the ring...

It was on a cloudy Friday night in June 2009 that five men in varying states of middle age walked out onto the Download Festival stage, to solidify the reunion that people thought would never happen.

In the face of unbearable expectation, Faith No More – the San Francisco band who had revolutionized rock and metal in the early 90s, before imploding under the weight of frustration with the music industry and with each other – had gone for a supper-club vibe for what was only their second show in 11 years, following their appearance at London’s Brixton Academy two nights before.

Against a backdrop of giant red curtains, four-fifths of the band ambled onstage sporting matching black suits and proceeded to ease into a faithful cover of Peaches & Herb’s disco-era cheesy listening classic, Reunited. A minute later, singer Mike Patton appeared, clad head-to-toe in red and leaning heavily on a cane, as if the interim decade had aged him beyond his years. “The break-up we had has made me lonesome and sad,” he crooned to audience and bandmates alike. “I realise I love you ’cause I want you bad, hey hey...”

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