The news hit the Twitter-sphere at 2PM and the cat was out of the bag. A gift from the Black Friday gods above in the form of a surprise Faith No More show at Amoeba Records in San Francisco. Celebrating the release of their new Record Store Day 7” single “Motherfucker,” the alt-rock legends played their first show in more than four years to 800 plus fans who were happily jam-packed into the iconic record store.
Taking to the modest stage in the corner of the store would be the Album of the Year-era lineup of Mike Patton, Mike Bordin, Billy Gould, Roddy Bottum, and Jon Hudson along with one full-sized leather clad sixth member they call “the Gimp.” The Gimp is sort of the new spokesperson while adding to the on stage personality that the band is known for. Actually, it’s just really fucking creepy to be quite honest.
Faith No More wasted no time launching into their new single, “Motherfucker,” then quickly jumped back in time to pay homage to their humble beginnings with “As The Worm Turns” and “Spirit” from their pre-Patton albums We Care A Lot and Introduce Yourself. Patton and company would shift the Gimp from posing on stage left over to stage right for the final two songs of the brief set, “Ashes to Ashes” from the 1997 masterpiece Album of the Year, and finishing off with new gem called “Superhero.”
Faith No More are set to release their seventh album and their first in 18 years in April of 2015, bassist Bill Gould tells Rolling Stone. The record will be a totally independent product—produced by Gould, recorded in their Oakland rehearsal space, and released on their own imprint, Reclamation Records (which will be distributed by frontman Mike Patton’s long-running label, Ipecac Recordings).
Check out high res photos from the EPIC performance here.