List of Faith No More band members

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Faith No More
Genres Alternative metal, experimental rock, alternative rock, funk metal, avant-garde
Years active 1981–1998
2009–present hiatus 2013
Past members See: Former members

The American band Faith No More has had twenty known band members, many for such a short period of time they were not documented, including: seven vocalists, including Mike Morris; ten guitarists, also including Mike Morris; two keyboardists; one drummer; and one bassist.

The band, consisting of Mike Morris, Billy Gould, Wade Worthington, and Mike Bordin, first formed in 1981 under the name Faith. No Man, recording just one release. Wade left shortly afterward and was replaced by Roddy Bottum. In 1982 the entire band, minus Mike Morris, quit to form Faith No More. During this time they went through the majority of their long list of vocalists and guitarists, Courtney Love being the third and longest-standing vocalist at the time.[1] They then settled on Chuck Mosley and Jim Martin, with whom they recorded and released their first two studio albums, We Care a Lot and Introduce Yourself. After the tour for Introduce Yourself the band fired Mosley and hired Mike Patton from the experimental band Mr. Bungle. This was Faith No More's longest-standing lineup and featured the most releases, including the studio albums The Real Thing and Angel Dust. Following the departure of Jim Martin in late 1993 the band went without a guitarist until starting the writing of the followup to Angel Dust, King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime, for which they hired Trey Spruance, also of Mr. Bungle. Spruance left before the tour and was replaced by Dean Menta. Menta was then replaced by Jon Hudson before the recording of the band's final album, Album of the Year. Faith No More split up in 1998.[2]

On February 24, 2009, Faith No More announced they would be re-forming for a European tour that began in June at the UK's biggest rock festival Download.[3] Since their reformation, the lineup has been identical to the final lineup prior to the band's 1998 breakup.

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Mike Bordin Mike Bordin 1981–1998,
2009–present
Drums, percussion, backing vocals All Faith No More releases
Roddy Bottum Roddy Bottum 1981–1998,
2009–present
Keyboard, piano, guitar, backing vocals All Faith No More releases
Billy Gould Billy Gould 1981–1998,
2009–present
Bass guitar, guitar backing vocals All Faith No More releases
Mike Patton Mike Patton 1988–1998,
2009–present
Lead vocals, samples All Faith No More releases since The Real Thing (1989)
Jon Hudson Jon Hudson 1996–1998,
2009–present
Lead guitar, backing vocals Album of the Year (1997)

Former members[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Mike Morris 1981–1982 Lead vocals, lead guitar "Quiet in Heaven", "Song of Liberty" (1982)
Wade Worthington 1981 Keyboard "Quiet in Heaven", "Song of Liberty" (1982)
Chuck Mosley 1984–1988 Lead vocals We Care a Lot (1985), Introduce Yourself (1987)
Jim Martin 1983–1993 Lead guitar, backing vocals All Faith No More releases from We Care a Lot (1985) to Angel Dust (1992)
Trey Spruance Trey Spruance 1993–1995 Lead guitar King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime (1995)
Dean Menta 1995–1996 Lead guitar King for a Day single b-sides

Non-recording former members[edit]

The following were short-term members between 1982 and 1984 all of whom played only live shows and appear on none of the main releases.[4] They are also omitted from the timeline.

Vocalists
Guitarists
  • Jake Smith (played in Crucifix)
  • Mark Stewart
  • Desmond Shea[5]
  • Scott Culbertson[6]
  • Mark Bowen

Timeline[edit]

  • Note: Faith No More was inactive during the 1998–2009 period.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Aswad, Jem (May 1992). "Faith No More: Angel Dust in the wind". Issue 25. Reflex Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Faith No More Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  3. ^ Adams, Jason. "Faith No More reunion update: 'We Care a Lot' because this is 'Epic'!". Entertainment Weekly. February 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "Faith No More Frequently Answered Questions". Question 7. fnm.com. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ http://faithnoman.com/desmond-shea
  6. ^ http://faithnoman.com/scott-culbertson