bnlOne band reforms, one band loses a member, and another band forms out of four individually successful parts. Lots going on, huh? Let’s recap.

*Faith No More fans rejoice! Mike Patton, Roddy Bottum and the rest are reuniting for the first time in ten years. The pioneering rap/funk/metal band will be touring Europe. Although there are currently no plans to tour the U.S., I’d say it’s a safe bet that an American tour will happen if the European one is a success. No word on whether the flopping fish from the “Epic” video will be joining them on tour.

*Steven Page, the big-bellied, big-voiced Barenaked Ladies singer, has announced that he is leaving the band after twenty years to pursue solo projects, including theater (which I’ve always thought he’d be marvelous at). BNL has promised to go on without Page, although as a BNL fan, I can’t really see how the band could continue successfully without him. As many of you know, Page was arrested and received probation for drug possession about a year ago, although there’s no telling whether that had any effect on his decision to leave the band.

*Finally, have you heard of Tinted Windows? No?? Well, I bet you know the band members: Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos, James Iha of The Smashing Pumpkins and A Perfect Circle, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne, and…Taylor Hanson. Nope, that’s not a typo. This band will be fronted by the kid who sang “MMMBop”. Power-pop will unquestionably be the name of the game here, and this grouping is so wacky it just might work. They play live for the first time at the upcoming South by Southwest music festival, and their debut album arrives in late April.

And in an mmmbop, we’re gone…