The Faceless

Fans Angry After The Faceless Put On A Troubled Performance At The ‘Bay Area Death Fest’


In a move that shouldn’t be too surprising, The Faceless have once again generated controversy. Earlier this year the entire band walked out on the group’s mastermind Michael Keene, amid concerns of his alleged heroin addiction.

Keene has since went on to once again rebuild the band with new members, but it appears things went a bit off the rails during their set last night, June 10th, at the ‘Bay Area Death Fest‘ in Berkeley, CA. The band were due to perform their 2008 album “Planetary Duality” in full at the show, though according to fans who attended, that didn’t quite happen.

Instead the band were allegedly over an hour late to the stage, which forced them to cut their set short with Keene in particular looking to be in poor condition during his performance. One fan took to the band’s Facebook to vent:

“I only had to wait around for 1.5 hours after TZP finished to be able to hear 50% of Planetary Duality played terribly. This is the third time in ONE year that I’ve been burned by The Faceless’ antics (no show at SS2017 Anaheim and set so terrible at SS2017 LA that Ken was throwing shade at Keene onstage).

I sincerely hope that someday everything is turned around and I and other fans can see The Faceless play live again, on time and well, but enough with the lame excuses. It was astounding to me how indignant Keene acted when told that they were far too late to play PD in it’s entirety, and then later offering the crowd to choose what songs to hear but then overturning the decision because “[I] like Ancient Covenant more.”

I mostly feel sorry for this round of musicians that have signed their reputations over to this band. They all seem like nice dudes and are extremely talented, but I guess they knew what they were getting into. RIP The Faceless.”

Other attendees have echoed similar complaints. Fan-filmed footage (see below) of Keene at the show shows him struggling through a song. The band themselves commented of the set:

“We had an awesome time last night at Bay Area Death Fest! Now we have a couple of shows with By the Thousands, and then Montebello Rockfest on Saturday!”

The group’s current live dates include:

06/12 Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater (feat. By The Thousands)
06/14 St. Louis, MO – Fubar (feat. By The Thousands)

With AngelMaker:

06/16 Montebello, QC – Montebello Rockfest
06/17 Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
06/19 Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s
06/20 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
06/21 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/22 Calgary, AB – The Distortion
06/23 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
06/24 Kelowna, BC – The Habitat
06/25 Vancouver, BC – Astoria

This says it all. #bayareadeathfest2018 #badf #noshow

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