Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have cancelled their September and October tour dates, including their appearances at Riot Fest, Knotfest, and the Aftershock Festival. Vocalist Mike Patton cites ongoing mental health issues exacerbated by the pandemic as the reason for the cancellations.
"I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don't feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon. The bands support me in this decision and we look forward to working through this in a healthy way."
Faith No More also commented on the cancellations.
“To say that we feel shattered by these cancellations would be a complete understatement. It has been a real challenge to return to this music after a 5 year absence, but we have been working hard for a few months now, and these last few rehearsals left no doubt that we were back to top form, which makes this statement very difficult to write.
"Coming on almost two years of pandemic and lack of work, it has been heartbreaking to give our crew the news. We consider our crew like family. And then, equally importantly, we are aware of what this means to our fans, who have been patiently supporting us– waiting, as we have, for a break in this frustrating situation. Many folks have taken isolation quite hard, and patiently waited as shows have been postponed time and time again. This will be tough for them.
"And yet in spite of all this, we have a family member who needs help. We believe that forging ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike, whose value to us as a brother means more to us than his job as singer. He can count on our 100% support to do what he needs to do to get things right. Just as we also ask for your support right now.
"Thank you for continuing to believe in us.
"-Bill, Jon, Mike B. & Roddy"
We wish Mike Patton all the best at this time. The following dates are affected for Faith No More.
Sept. 16 Maryland Heights, MO Saint Louis Music Park
Sept. 18 Chicago, IL Riot Fest
Sept. 21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Sept. 22 Newport, KY Ovation Pavilion
Sept. 24 Kansas City, MO Grinders
Sept. 25 Indianola, IA Knotfest
Oct. 10 Sacramento, CA Aftershock Festival
Oct. 15 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
Oct. 16 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Oct. 18 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena
Oct. 22 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium
Oct. 23 Los Angeles, CA Banc of California Stadium
The following dates are affected for Mr. Bungle.
Sept. 17 – Chicago, IL Radius
Sept. 19 – Chicago, IL Riot Fest