A surprise Ghosts reunion took place Wednesday night (May 24th) in Oakland, California, during the last show of mr. Bungleof “Geek Show” tour with Melvins.
A reunion isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility considering three of the band’s four members — Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn, and Dave Lombardo — are currently in Mr. Bungle. When Buzz Osborne of the Melvins took the stage, the supergroup’s lineup was complete, with the bonus additions of Bungle guitarists Trey Spruance and Scott Ian.
Osborne sat down with Mr. Bungle for a rendition of The Angry Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo track “Sudden Death” before the group launched into Fantômas’ cover of Henri Mancini’s “Experiment in Terror” (featured on the band’s 2001 album The Director’s Cut). Fan footage captured the performance, which went without a hitch as the band nailed the intricate loud-soft dynamic.
Fantômas was originally conceived by Patton in 1998 as a solo side project, though it soon expanded into a true supergroup of his closest musical allies. The band released four studio albums from 1999 to 2005, exploring avant and experimental territories. Fantômas’ last tour took place in 2014, although they played one show in 2017 (albeit with Melvins drummer Dale Crover in place of Lombardo).
With the spring US outing now wrapped, Mr. Bungle can be their attention to their North American run of September shows showing support from Battles. Tickets are is here.
Below you can watch footage of the Fantômas reunion and recap our pre-tour “Two for the Road” video interview between Dave Lombardo and Dale Crover.