Drummer Dave Lombardo on Mike Patton: “He’s feeling better by the sound of his responses and emails” – 2022 – Mr. Bungle
CONSEQUENCE:. Dave Lombardo would certainly be a front-runner for the “most valuable player” award for heavy music.
The legendary drummer spoke to Heavy Consequence about the latest on his multiple bands, including Dead Cross, Misfits, Testament, and more. You can read the entire interview @ this location.
An excerpt from the interview has been provided below.
Are you looking forward to the upcoming Mr. Bungle shows this December?
Yes! I hate to be sarcastic but, of course. Mr. Bungle’s going to go out in South America. It’s gonna be huge. It’s gonna be great. We’re all excited and we’re all looking forward to it. So that could be a step in the right direction for the future of Dead Cross playing some shows.
Mike Patton, who’s both in Dead Cross and Mr. Bungle, recently opened up about his mental health issues. As a touring musician, can you talk about how it can affect you mentally?
For me, the only thing that affects me is sometimes you go through these moments where you’re like, “Fuck … I miss home.” You miss your loved ones. “I miss my wife, I miss my kids.” That goes through your mind. That’s challenging. But for me personally, I don’t really drink on the road. I have an occasional beer after the show or maybe a glass of wine with dinner. I actually get healthier on the road than I do at home — at home I’m cooking. I’m involved in the kitchen or going out and eating. But on the road, I kind of watch what I eat, I make sure that I try to stay as healthy. I take my vitamins and stay as healthy as possible — ’cause you don’t wanna get sick on the road, and you just try to focus on your health. You gotta go on stage practically five times a week. And the music that we’re playing isn’t anything that’s soft and relaxing or anything I could play with brushes. I mean, this is hardcore music, so I have to be on top of my game physically instead of getting wasted every night. It’s not conducive to a drummer.
How is Mike Patton doing these days?
He’s doing good. He’s feeling better by the sound of his responses and emails. He’s optimistic and looking forward to the future.
You can read the entire interview @ this location.