Aussie Faith No More Fans Are 'Gonna Get A Show That You Would Have Gotten 20 Years Ago'

12 February 2020 | 4:27 pm | Jessica Dale

"I think we still have that energy to do it."

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When Faith No More teased an Australian tour at the end of last month, fans suitably lost it. When the tour was confirmed the following week, they doubly lost it.

It's pretty fair too, given that this is the first time the US rock group will be in the country since 2015. Even more so that these are the group's first international shows at all since, and that Australia's even crept ahead of the band's previously announced US and European dates. Hang on though, there's more - it's also Faith No More's first Australian headline tour since 1997.

Speaking with The Music, bass player Billy Gould is pleased to hear of fans' excitement about the impending shows. 

"That's cool. That's really good to hear actually. I mean, because we're not kids anymore. It's great to see that people still want us."

It's not just fans that are looking forward to the run though. 

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"How am I feeling? Well, we have a couple months to get in shape. So I'm feeling optimistic," laughs Gould when asked if he's looking forward to the shows. "Yeah, I think it's gonna be great. I mean, everybody really, I can tell you everybody in the band really wants to do the shows."

"I think everybody's really excited," he said. "I think you're gonna get a show that you would have gotten 20 years ago. I think we still have that energy to do it. So it should be 100% ready to go."

It feels like an appropriate time for the group to return - five years on from the release of their album Sol Invictus and just over 30 years since their best-known work, 1989's The Real Thing

Surprisingly, Gould is caught off guard by the album's anniversary. 

"I haven't even thought about that. Is it 30 years? I guess it is," he said. "I hadn't even thought about it. It hadn't even dawned on me until you mentioned it right now. It feels like so long ago. I don't even think about it."

"I do. I do," Gould responds when asked if he looks back on that era fondly. "You know, we went through a couple of different stages really as a band. I mean, we had the first record, We Care A Lot... 

"This [The] Real Thing album was really a different era. It was a different band. We started off kind of the same way and we got successful with that record and our lives changed and it was just a very strange period of our youth and development. But it was, you know, it's why we're here now so it was a great thing."

Faith No More kick off their Australian tour on Wednesday 13 May in Brisbane, with RVG as support. Head to theGuide for all the info and to grab tickets.