FAITH NO MORE Bassist: First Rehearsal Was 'Much Better Than Expected'

Reunited influential '90s alt-metal band FAITH NO MORE rehearsed yesterday (Wednesday, March 4) for the first time in over 10 years, according to a Twitter update by the group's bassist, Billy Gould. "First rehearsal was good!" he said. "Much better than expected. By the end of May we should be completely dialed in."

FAITH NO MORE has been confirmed as the third headliner of this year's Download festival, set to take place June 12-14 at Donington Park, United Kingdom. They will also take part in Germany's Hurricane and Southside festivals, which are being held June 19-21 at Eichenring in Scheeßel and Take Off Park in Neuhausen ob Eck, respectively. So far, no North American appearances are on the radar, but according to Gould, "U.S. shows are not out of the question."

As speculated, original guitarist Jim Martin will not be part of the reunion. Performing in his place will be Jon Hudson, who played with FAITH NO MORE during the latter stages of its initial run after Martin departed.

The rest of the band's best-known lineup — singer Mike Patton, Gould, drummer Mike "Puffy" Bordin and keyboardist Roddy Bottum — will be intact.

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