Mike Patton reveals his battle with alcoholism during the pandemic

Mike Patton again opened up about his mental health struggles, revealing that he dealt with alcoholism during the pandemic.

In a new interview with The GuardianPatton discussed the upcoming second album of his hardcore-thrash supergroup dead crossstating that he was “forged by COVID, cancer and alcoholism”.

Patton alluded to guitarist Mike Crain’s battle with squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. Crain’s cancer has finally gone into remission, with the guitarist crediting making Dead Cross’ new album with helping save his life. Then the COVID pandemic hit, which sent Patton into a life of isolation and loneliness.

“My initial response to the pandemic was, ‘I love this shit!'” Patton said. “It allowed me to be an antisocial bastard! I had maybe three months like this: ‘This is fucking awesome!’ Then something changed – and not for the better.

Tour plans with Faith No More were canceled and fans were eventually informed of Patton’s struggles via a group statement: “We believe that going ahead with these dates would have had a profoundly destructive effect on Mike.”

Earlier this year, Patton said rolling stone that he became depressed and ended up diagnosed agoraphobia. In the new interview with The Guardianhe also revealed that he started drinking heavily.

“Because I was so isolated, coming out was a hard thing to do,” Patton said, “and it’s a horrible thing. And the idea of ​​doing more Faith No More shows — it was stressful. That affected me mentally, I don’t know why, but the drinking just…happened.

There are currently no plans to reschedule Faith No More shows, but Patton is scheduled to perform with Mr. Bungle in South America in December. He added that he had been sober “for a while” and was doing “pretty well”, adding: “But I’m also scared. I’m afraid of myself. … There are a few issues going on.

When asked to clarify the issues he was facing, Patton declined to comment, “I don’t know if I want to tell you.”

Dead Cross’ new album II arrives October 28. Pre-order it here.

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