Last year, Faith No More canceled their gigs for mental health reasons, and a statement said “I have issues that were exacerbated by the pandemic that are challenging me right now. I don’t feel I can give what I should at this point and I am not going to give anything less than 100 percent. I am sorry to our fans and hope to make it up to you soon.”
Now singer Mike Patton has revealed what was going on behind all that. “It’s still going on but it’s better,” he said to Rolling Stone. “It’s easy to blame it on the pandemic. But I’ll be honest, man: At the beginning of the pandemic, I was like, ‘This is fucking great. I can stay home and record.’ I’ve got a home studio. So I was like, ‘Yeah, what’s the big deal?’ And then something clicked, and I became completely isolated and almost antisocial [and] afraid of people.”
“It was mostly mental. I saw some therapists and all that stuff, which is the first time I ever had to do that in my life. And they basically diagnosed me as having agoraphobia; like, I was afraid of people… Maybe that was because I spent two years basically indoors during COVID. I don’t know. Maybe it reinforced feelings that I already had. But just knowing about it, talking about it, really helped.”
I think the important thing people can take from this is that mental health problems can affect anyone, even big rock singers, and it’s good to get help and speak to professionals because when you find the right one it can help.
Best wishes for Mike, you can beat this.