Mike Bordin

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Mike Bordin
Background information
Birth name Michael Andrew Bordin
Born (1962-11-27) November 27, 1962 (age 54)
San Francisco
Genres Alternative metal, funk metal, alternative rock, heavy metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1979–present
Labels Slash, London, Reprise, Mordam, Epic
Associated acts EZ-Street, Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne, Jerry Cantrell, Korn, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath

Michael Andrew "Mike" Bordin (born November 27, 1962) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More. He is also known for playing with Ozzy Osbourne. As a left-handed drummer, he uses a right-handed kit with his ride cymbal on the left.


Early years[edit]

In the late 1970s, while still in high school, Mike Bordin played in the band EZ-Street[1] with future Metallica bassist Cliff Burton and future Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin.

In 1981, Bordin formed Faith No Man with bassist Billy Gould, keyboardist Wade Worthington, and frontman Mike Morris. A year later the group replaced Wade Worthington with keyboardist Roddy Bottum, removed Mike Morris, and changed the name to Faith No More. Bordin's former bandmate Jim Martin joined the fold the following year as guitarist.

Faith No More[edit]

Faith No More released their first album, We Care a Lot, in 1985. After releasing several more albums, including the Grammy-nominated The Real Thing, Faith No More disbanded in 1998.

In 2009, Faith No More reformed and performed a series of festival shows in Europe and Australia, leading to several shows in select American cities.

In 2015, Faith No More released Sol Invictus, their first album since Album of the Year, and first since their reunion. It met considerable critical attention, and the band embarked on a worldwide tour.

With Ozzy Osbourne[edit]

In 1996, Bordin began performing with Ozzy Osbourne's band.[2]

Due to Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward's health issues during tour, Bordin had a brief stretch playing with the other original members of Black Sabbath. He played the closing segments of Ozzy Osbourne's 1997 headlining concerts during the Ozzfest tour.

Bordin re-recorded the drum tracks on Osbourne's solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, for the controversial remasters released in 2002. The re-recordings were the result of a lawsuit brought by original drummer Lee Kerslake and original bassist Bob Daisley for unpaid royalties.

Other appearances[edit]

In 2000, Bordin toured with Korn when their drummer David Silveria was injured.

Bordin also performs on Jerry Cantrell's 2002 album, Degradation Trip.

In 2001, Bordin competed on television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.[3] He missed the $32,000 question, winning $1,000. His appearance on the show was not on the celebrity edition, but a normal edition with the jackpot raised at $1,810,000. Former bandmate Robert Trujillo, now of Metallica, attended live.

Setup (2009)[edit]


Yamaha Oak Custom

  • 14x6.5 Mike Bordin Signature Snare
  • 14x12 Mounted Tom
  • 15x13 Mounted Tom
  • 18x16 Floor Tom
  • 24x17 Bass Drum


  • 15" Rock Hi-Hat Bottom (used as top hat)
  • 15" A Mastersound Hi-Hat Bottom (used as bottom hat)
  • 19" K Medium Thin Dark Crash or K Thin Dark Crash
  • 20" A Medium Crash
  • 21" A Sweet Ride
  • 22" Z Heavy Power Ride
  • 19" K China

Yamaha rack and stands
Drum Workshop 5000 Delta Series Strap Drive Double Pedals



  • Mounted and Floor Toms – Coated Emperor (top), Clear Ambassador (bottom)
  • Snare – Emperor-X (batter)
  • Bass – P3 Clear

Vic Firth Rock[5]


Further information: Faith No More and Faith No More discography
Jerry Cantrell
Ozzy Osbourne


  1. ^ Justice for all: the truth about ... – Joel McIver – Google Books. Books.google.com. July 6, 1982. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives – Ozzy Osbourne". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Mike Bordin on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Online PDF Article" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  5. ^ Vic Firth page for "Rock" stick