Faith No More have launched a special line of collectible merchandise, the proceeds of which will go to their crew. Items within the collection include newly designed t-shirts, autographed memorabilia and reusable face masks adorned with the band’s logo.
Announcing the crew relief line of merchandise, bassist Bill Gould issued an open letter to fans addressing the impact COVID-19 has had on event crews. “Without a band’s crew, the show does not go on; yet, in light of the recent postponements, they have been left with few options to support themselves, or their families,” he explained.
“[Faith No More] is more than the five musicians you see on stage. It is a larger family, an ecosystem that includes backline, a production manager, lighting, sound and tour management.”
Gould went on to address that the band had “an entire summer of touring booked” – plans that were dashed by COVID-19, and has now placed their crew in a “seriously vulnerable financial position”, sparking the creation of the crew relief line of merchandise.
“We have been working with these folks for years, and we feel very close to them,” Gould wrote. “Since shows are not an option, we are trying to do what we can to offset this unfortunate turn of events with a special merch sale.”
On Tuesday (26 May) Faith No More took to social media to share rescheduled dates for their live shows planned for 2020. The band was to embark on a European tour this year, beginning 9 June at the O2 in Manchester; that show has now been rescheduled for 7 June 2021.
Apologies to all who have bought tickets. Due to the current health situation there is no way we will be able to perform these shows scheduled for June/July.
We will reschedule.. We plan on finishing what we started.
We’ll see you in 2021
xoxo Billy, Jon, Mike B, Mike P, & Roddy pic.twitter.com/QNtDJcGWgd
— Faith No More (@FaithNoMore) May 26, 2020
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