Faith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California. Faith No More was originally formed as Faith. No Man in 1981 by bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, vocalist Mike Morris, and drummer Mike Bordin. A year later Worthington was replaced by keyboardist Roddy Bottum, who along with Gould and Bordin, formed Faith No More. After going through a series of singers which included Courtney Love. Chuck Mosley joined the band in 1983. The same year, Jim Martin was recruited to replace guitarist Mark Bowen. That lineup released the band’s first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. Within a year, the band signed up with Slash Records, and in 1987 their second album Introduce Yourself was released. Membership remained stable until vocalist Mosley was replaced by Mr. Bungle vocalist Mike Patton in 1988. In 1989, the band released their successful album The Real Thing, which featured their breakthrough hit single “Epic”.
The band’s next album Angel Dust (1992), was also successful and spawned the hits “Midlife Crisis” and “Easy”. Angel Dust is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums of the ’90s. Longtime guitarist Jim Martin left the group in 1994 and was replaced by Mr. Bungle guitarist Trey Spruance. After the release of their next album King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime (1995), Spruance was replaced briefly by Dean Menta, who would eventually be replaced by their current guitarist Jon Hudson. After releasing one more album Album of the Year (1997), Faith No More broke up in April 1998, and all members began work on side projects.
On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced that they would be reforming for a European tour with the same lineup at the time of their breakup. In June 2009, they performed together for the first time in 11 years at the Brixton Academy in London, United Kingdom, as part of their The Second Coming Tour. Throughout 2010, the band continued to perform at multiple live venues. In September 2010, the band announced that the reunion tour would come to an end in December and plans for a new album had been scrapped. Despite rumors of a second breakup, Faith No More resurfaced in November 2011 for a South American tour starting at the SWU Music and Arts Festival, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as well on three other dates. Trey Spruance joined the band onstage for the very first time to perform the King for a Day… Fool for a Lifetime album in its entirety in Santiago, Chile in November 2011. The current status of Faith No More is disputed, with Patton stating that their reunion had “sort of petered out”, while Gould stated that they could play more shows.