The Story Behind The Anthony Kiedis vs Mike Patton Feud From the 90’s
Back in the 90’s two alternative bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More went head to head in the press, talking smack about one another. Today, we take a look at the story behind the origins of the feud and what happened decades later and the bad blood. Check out the story below!
Both Faith No More and Red Hot Chili Peppers would prove to be some of the most exciting bands during the late 80’s and early 90’s. What started out as a cordial relationship with Faith No More opening for the Chili Peppers, would soon sour resulting in a decades long feud. Stay tuned for the full story. Back in 1987 the Chili Peppers would launch a tour to support their latest alum at the time The Uplift Mof Party Plan. The tour would run until 1988 and one of the opening acts was Faith No More who was on the road with the Chili Peppers for several months. This was the pre-Mike Patton lined up of Faith No More that was fronted by Chuck Mosely. The hostility didn’t really begin until Patton became the frontman of the band, which was funny considering both bands played somewhat similar styles of music. In 1989 the feud would erupt between the Chili Peppers Anthony keidis and Faith No More’s frontman Mike Patton. The feud apparently stemmed from Faith No More’s 1989 music video for the song Epic from the album “the Real thing.’ The video allegedly angered Kiedis who was upset that Patton appeared to be stealing his moves. During a 1990 interview with Kerrang magazine Kiedis made his displeasure known. Interviewer Mick Wall would ask the frontman did Mike Patton rip you off hook, line, and sinker, or what? to which Kiedis responded “Yeah,” he says, no hesitation. “My drummer says he’s gonna kidnap him and shave his hair off and saw off one of his feet. Just so he’ll be forced to find a style of his own.” “It used to really bother me. I thought, what a drag if people get the idea that I’m actually ripping him off! Especially in the UK where Faith No More are much better known than us. In America, it’s a different story, people are aware of the profound influence we’ve had on them. Many in the press chose to bring up the Kiedis beef with Patton during interviews with Faith No More. During a 1990 interview with Hot Metal, Patton was cordial claiming the similarities between the bands were merely superficial, while also praising the chili peppers saying. I don’t have a clue. It just kind of came out of the blue. I mean, I could speculate, but I really don’t know. It doesn’t bother me a bit. I got a real big kick out of it. to tell you the truth. I mean, if he’s gonna talk about me in interviews, that’s fine – it’s free press! It’s pretty out of line. Either he’s feeling inadequate or old or I don’t know … That’s beat, but I have no reason to talk stuff about him.” The feud seemed to be limited to Kiedis from the Chili Peppers as the other members of the band didn’t care. Here’s Flea of the chili peppers discussing the feud. We’ve definitely been an influence, but that’s not really my concern. My concern is to just keep the Red Hot Chili Peppers sounding good & you know if people are influenced by us then that’s an influence you know we just play what we play and do as good as we can. That fight created between us was just a bunch of bull created by media. I mean i think they’re a good band um you know some things said between Anthony and the singer and it all means nothing to me. I know those guys in the band and they’re nice people & that’s no fight. The media loves to create things like that & that’s how they get their jollies off, but that means nothing to me. The feud wouldn’t be reignited until 1999. At that time Faith No More was done for the time being and Patton was playing in Mr. Bungle who happened to be on the same label as The Chili Peppers. Both bands were set to release similarly titled records as the Chili Peppers were putting out californication while Mr. Bungle was releasing the album California. The label opted to delay Mr. Bungle’s album so as not to create confusion amongst the public.