At this point the rumors are just mesmerizing, confusing fragments – not unlike their music - but Faith No More may be set for a reunion some time next year.
Several UK venues have been placed on hold for a tour in the spring, according to Kerrang! magazine, with unnamed festivals also trying to schedule appearances by the band.
Mike Patton's seminal metal band haven't performed together since 1998. The break-up wasn't particularly amicable, either - even in 1987, Melody Maker was describing the band-members' relationships in terms of "pathological hatred".
Bassist Billy Gould played down the reunion speculation. "If anything like this were to happen, it would have to come from the band, and I haven't spoken with any of them in over a year," he told Kerrang! "So as far as I know, there isn't anything to talk about, and I'm pretty sure that if you were to contact Patton, he would tell you the same thing."
Patton already seems pretty busy – collaborations with John Zorn, Massive Attack and Dan the Automator have all been reported. But though the singer had long opposed a Faith No More reunion, his stance seemed to have softened when he spoke to Artisan News Service in January. "I wouldn't rule it out," he said then. "I don't think we need to reform the band, but maybe there's other things we could do together."
"I don't think we need to reform the band," may now have transformed into, "I think we need to reform the band." Someone just needs to put in a call to Billy Gould.