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Faith No More reunion finally yields new album

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Since it reunited in 2009 following an 11-year split, the members of San Francisco's Faith No More have hard one constant question.

Will there be a new album?

The experimental rock quintet, which scored a Top 10 hit with 1989's rap-rock fusing "Epic," delivers an affirmative answer on March 19 when it releases "Sol Invictus," its first new album since 1997. What took so long?

"If I knew the answer, it would have happened much sooner, believe me," says bassist Billy Gould, 52. "What's more important is that it finally did happen, and that all of us are 100% behind it. Sometimes you just have to be patient and trust the process."

Gould adds that on "Sol Invictus" he and his bandmates -- including guitarist Jon Hudson, who's taken the place of founding member Jim Martin -- were out simply "to make an album that accurately reflects the band at the moment." And in its current incarnation, he says, the band has "a bit more enthusiasm when it comes to working together."

That would seem to bode well for Faith No More's future as a going concern, but Gould is savvy enough not to make too many guarantees about what's ahead.

"To be blunt, we are playing great shows and, in our opinion, writing some cool music," Gould notes. "But at our age we realize that there will come a point when we will physically become incapable of doing this.

"In the long term, that is the future. In the short term, we are doing our best to make the most out of the present."

Faith No More and Le Butcherettes

Friday, May 8. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

Tickets are sold out.

Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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