FAITH NO MORE’s Mike Patton says he became depressed and started drinking heavily during the pandemic

over a year ago, No more faith She canceled all of her previously announced shows for fall 2021, the singer said Mike Button He was not able to perform as hoped due to mental health issues, which were exacerbated in part by the pandemic. The other members of No more faith They released a statement expressing their disappointment about the cancellation of the tour while also throwing their support behind their bandmate.

In a new interview with WatchmanAnd the baton I opened up about the issues that caused the cancellation No more faith And the the master. bungleHe appeared live, saying: “My initial response to the pandemic was: ‘I love this shit! “It allowed me to be an antisocial bitch. I might have had three months of that: ‘That’s really cool.’ Then something changed – not for the better.”

baton He said he became depressed and was diagnosed with agoraphobia. He also started drinking a lot.

“Because I was so isolated, it was hard to get out of the house” mike He said, “This is awful. And the idea of ​​doing more No more faith Shows – it was exhausting. It affected me mentally. I don’t know why, but the drinking…just happened.”

baton He is scheduled to return to the live stage in December with the master. bungle in South America.

The singer said Watchman That he is now sober “for a while” and “does a good job”. He added that he was excited to be back on the road “but” also “afraid”. When asked what he was afraid of, he said, “I fear myself. The band is rock solid and I want to make sure I bring it on. There are quite a few issues going on.” After pressing those issues, he simply replied, “I don’t know if I want to tell you.”

baton Previously discussed mental health issues that caused the cancellation No more faith And the the master. bungleHis live appearance in an interview last July with rolling rock. At the time he said, “It’s easy to blame the pandemic. But I’ll be honest, man: At the beginning of the pandemic, I was like, ‘That’s cool.'” I can stay home and register. ‘ I have a home studio, so I said, ‘Yeah, what’s the big deal?’ Then something clicked, and I became quite aloof and almost became antisocial. [and] People are afraid. This kind of anxiety, or whatever you want to call it, led to other issues, which I chose not to discuss. But I have some pros helping me, and now I’m feeling better and I’m close to diving again. By the end of the year I will be making my first performance in two years, which is the longest period since I started doing that, I’ve been out of the game.”

In response to a question regarding clarification of the “other matters” that led to the cancellation and whether that included “substances” and “alcohol”, baton He said, “It was a small part of everything. But for the most part, in my experience, it was mostly mental. I saw some therapists and all that stuff, and it’s the first time I’ve had to do this in my life. And they basically diagnosed me with a phobia.” The outdoors like, I was afraid of people. I felt awful about being around people. And maybe it was because I spent two years indoors mainly during Covid. I don’t know. It probably reinforced the feelings I already had. But just knowing that, and talking about it, really helped. “.

mike He said he realized he had a problem “around that time No more faith He was about to get back on the road. “That was when I kind of lost it,” he said, “and it was ugly and not cool.” A few days ago we were supposed to walk the road. I said to the men, “Hey, man, I don’t think I can do that.” Somehow my confidence collapsed. I didn’t want to be in front of people, which is weird because I’ve spent half my life doing it. It was very difficult to explain. And there was some crushed feelings on both sides about it, but that’s what I had to do. Because otherwise something really bad could have happened… That was before our first rehearsal, and I was freaked out. You just said, “I can’t do that.” They were practicing it [pauses] If I were them, I’d be really mad at me. And they were. And maybe they still are. But it’s just about being true to yourself and knowing your limits. And I knew that if I kept pushing, it could be a rather disastrous outcome. It was like, damn it. You probably don’t need to do this. Although I agreed to do so, it would bother a lot of people. I have to take care of myself. So I’m getting better at it.”

As for the position of things No more faith Three months ago , baton Tell rolling rockRadio silence. [Laughs]. I don’t know. We may reschedule things; We may not. I’ll leave it at that. It’s a bit confusing and complicated. So if we do, we do. If we don’t, that’s great too.”

No more faith They were initially reunited for tour purposes in 2009, 12 years after the release of their previous studio set, “Album of the Year”followed in 2015 “Sol Invictus”.

Back in April 2020, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, baton Tell rolling rock On his life in quarantine: “Although I am fortunate enough to wish I could put up with this, the whole year rounds have been canceled between the different teams, and that definitely affects me, the teams I work with, and obviously the fans who might have bought Or they didn’t buy tickets!When you want to hit a restaurant with family or friends.No.What do we do?We adapt or die.

last year, the master. bungle recently released “The night they came home”NorCal’s first live album. The 14-song LP, accompanied by a physical movie-only release, took over the Halloween 2020 live event and showcased a new live video of… “pure”.

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