The band was slated to perform at Riot Fest, Aftershock, and West Coast dates with System of a Down and Korn.
In what has been a year of pivots, postponements, and expecting the unexpected, it seems as though 2021 has consumed another concert casualty.
Sadly, avant-garde architects Faith No More have announced they are cancelling their remaining 2021 performance calendar. This means that the band will no longer make their highly-anticipated appearance with Slipknot for Knotfest Iowa.
The band issued the following statement regarding the decision to halt their touring plans out of concern for frontman, Mike Patton.
“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
Though he did not reveal any specifics, Mike Patton also addressed how the events of the pandemic have been especially trying with regards to his mental health. Patton shared, “Sorry to report that due to mental health reasons, I cannot continue with the currently scheduled Faith No More and Mr. Bungle dates.
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.”
In an official statement shared by Knotfest on behalf of Slipknot regarding the news, the camp shared their dismay, though they stand in full support of the decision made by the Faith No More team to opt out of their shows for the remainder of 2021 in solidarity with Mike Patton.
The team shared, “Earlier today, Faith No More cancelled their upcoming shows for the Fall including their performance at Knotfest Iowa.
Slipknot and Knotfest share fan’s disappointment at not getting to watch Faith NoMore live. But that aside, Mike’s well being comes first, and we applaud his openness and honesty. We hope to someday welcome Faith No More back on a Knotfest stage in the future.”
Faith No More were among the generationally diverse collection of artists anchoring the ensemble curated by Slipknot for their homecoming event in Knotfest Iowa. Among the day’s most anticipated performances on a bill headed by Slipknot and including the likes of Megadeth, Lamb of God, $uicideboy$, Gojira, Trivium, and more – the disappointment in not being able to see FNM hits especially hard. Knotfest Iowa would have been the band;’s second show in five years, with this weekend’s Riot Fest marking the band’s triumphant live return.
The cancellation also includes Faith No More’s highly-touted West Coast dates supporting System of A Down and Korn set for later this fall as well as the band’s eagerly-awaited Aftershock Festival performance.