American rock bands Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have canceled all upcoming tour dates. Mike Patton, who is the lead singer of both groups, announced on Instagram today that he cannot continue forward with any of the scheduled dates due to “mental health reasons.”
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In his statement, Patton cites issues “exacerbated” by the ongoing pandemic and apologizes to his fans. “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,” reveals the vocalist.
According to Patton, both bands support his cancellation decision. In response to the Patton news, Faith No More released a statement in support of their vocalist.
“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” says the band.
Faith No More admits that this news will be heartbreaking for their fans and crew members. Calling the COVID pandemic a “frustrating situation,” the band acknowledges that this news is tough for those who have waited so long to hear the band finally play live again. Despite this, the band reveals that they cannot continue forward when a “brother” is in need of 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,” says Faith No More in support of their lead singer.
Mr. Bungle will be canceling two scheduled appearances in Chicago. Both bands were previously scheduled to play in the Chicago-based Riot Fest that will take place later this week. Anthrax is reportedly joining the Riot Fest lineup in response to this news.
Faith No More is canceling 12 scheduled appearances. The band was slated to headline Slipnot’s Knotfest on September 25 in Indianola, Iowa. Just last month, it was announced that Faith No More would be replacing Limp Bizkit at Aftershock 2021, which will take place on October 10 in Sacramento, California. Limp Bizkit similarly canceled their remaining 2021 appearances due to COVID safety concerns. Faith No More will also no longer embark on a mid-October mini tour with System of a Down and Russian Circles.
Mr. Bungle Canceled Tour Dates
09/17/2021 – Chicago, IL – Radius
09/19/2021 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
Faith No More Canceled Tour Dates
09/16/2021 – Maryland Heights, MO – Saint Louis Music Park
09/18/2021 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
09/21/2021 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09/22/2021 – Newport, KY – Ovation Pavilion
09/24/2021 – Kansas City, MO – Grinders
09/25/2021 – Indianola, IA – Knotfest
10/10/2021 – Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival
10/15/2021 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16/2021 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18/2021 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22/2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
10/23/2021 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
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