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Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

2.5 hours with no break. Very few, but long, songs. More photos below...

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

Mars Volta @ Terminal 5

This Mars Volta show happened at Terminal 5 in NYC on January 14, 2008.

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Comments (83)

Third photo from the top: priceless, beautiful.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 2:45 AM

Fun pics, Cedric was all over the stage and off too! I had a great time at the show.

Posted by Jp | January 15, 2008 3:45 AM

even if it was terrible, 2 1/2 hours is impressive.

Posted by lisa | January 15, 2008 3:53 AM

is this really what people want?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 5:12 AM

??

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 6:20 AM

It wasn't terrible, it was amazing. Ilyena was so good.

Posted by Josh | January 15, 2008 6:42 AM

helen mirren...

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:03 AM

nice pics. i was in the photo pit as well but haven't uploaded mine yet.

i left after about an hour. technically they sounded incredible (the drummer = wow), but after an hour it sounded like they kept playing the same song over and over.

Posted by jason | January 15, 2008 8:05 AM

Great Show.

When I saw them years ago they were much more subdued which made alot of the solos/jamming seem more self indulgent and boring.

This time they were really into it, Cedric spazzed out all over the venue, everyone looked like they caught the Holy Ghost, and the drummer is a beast(enough of a beast it seems that when they were in doubt, they gave him a solo).

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:07 AM

any openers?
2.5 hrs of volta, can anybody handle such a thing....
cedric needs to tame his mane, just a wee bit....

Posted by julio | January 15, 2008 8:22 AM

cedric was OFF. I've seen them twice before and his dancing left A LOT to be desired. Plus he was borderline insulting the crowd. "You don't clap cause you don't know it." HOWEVER, the new stuff sounded good, and AS ALWAYS, lovely fucking show.
OH ps the new drummer rocked the shit out of everything.

Posted by holly | January 15, 2008 8:34 AM

Worst Venue Ever!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:45 AM

i wanted to go to but didn't because I hate Terminal 5, I will never see a show there again... I went for opening night with The National and while they were good, the venue is awful. Very difficult to see the band from most places on the floor, I am not short either.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:52 AM

i am really really pissed i worked until 10:30

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:53 AM

2.5 hours of crap is still crap. I long for the early dates of the 'De-loused...' tour where they played the whole album, front to back. Mars Volta playing actual songs? unheard of!

those shows were regularly around the 2 hour mark as well, which is no small feat when the album you're playing is only half the length.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:58 AM

Great show. I always get the feeling that i'm seeing something special when I watch these guys play. Sort of like my kids will want to hear about it one day.

What was the one song near the end "see with..." or "see if..."?

Venue is a Terminal Ring Factory though - they need some sound dampers or something.

btw - David Fricke (editor of Rolling Stone) was there and loving it. As was Max Weinberg - heh.

Posted by aka Aaron | January 15, 2008 9:12 AM

Terminal 5 isn't bad if your in the group, first level. It's decent sound there.

At the high balcony, don't even bother listening to the music, unless they are all working distinct frequency's its gona be a noise blur

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 9:46 AM

Went last night, and I agree that Terminal 5 sucks. It's the 2nd time I was there and it is hard to get a view of anything.

That being said, the Mars Volta are a unique and talented band, and they put on an amazing show. Cedric and Omar were on fire. Unfortunately for me, I felt like 2 1/2 hours of post-punk-prog-jamming was a little hard to swallow (although people there seemed like they couldn't get enough).

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 9:47 AM

I thought the show was great. The new songs definetly sound good.

Posted by danfun | January 15, 2008 9:49 AM

GREAT photos.

Posted by Cam Diaz. | January 15, 2008 9:51 AM

anyone have a set list???

Posted by Kaka | January 15, 2008 9:58 AM

Bastard in basket! BASTARD IN A BASKET!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:06 AM

wake me up when at the drive in get back together.

Posted by Joe | January 15, 2008 10:07 AM

I got a shot of the setlist you can see it here:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/picture-show-mars-volta-terminal-5/

Posted by danfun | January 15, 2008 10:09 AM

From the comments it appears that a lot of people on here or who were at the show have never seen Mars Volta before. If you have you would know they always play 2 1/2 hour shows. Maybe not on the Deloused tour.
Well, I saw the weekend shows at Toad's and Lupo's and last night was my first show at Terminal 5. That place is really really bad. Definately the worst of the 3 shows I saw. I mean not even a comparison. The sound was completely lost in this place and i was right near the front. A shame really because the weekend shows were so unreal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:12 AM

Great show last night. As always, The Mars Volta were stellar. First time at Terminal 5, and while the sound was fine, they really need to do something about the exits. Having a few thousand people leave through those tiny exits is potentially dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:28 AM

Great show last night. As always, The Mars Volta were stellar. First time at Terminal 5, and while the sound was fine, they really need to do something about the exits. Having a few thousand people leave through those tiny exits is potentially dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:28 AM

Yeah baby prog is back!!!!!
People complaining about 2 1/2 hours you should be glad you weren't around in the 70's most bands played that long. Heck certain bands played 3+ all for around $7 a ticket. Now you get 1 hour and can pay as much as $50

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:30 AM

I got Cedric's setlist only cost me 2.5 hours

Posted by Jp | January 15, 2008 10:32 AM

i'm seeing them saturday and wednesday (columbus, ann arbor)...can't wait.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:38 AM

what's so bad about terminal 5 if you're on the floor or maybe along the balcony of the second floor? obviously being 10 rows back on level balcony sucks, because you can't see anything.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 10:43 AM

I spent 2.5 hours trying to find a place to see the stage at the venue. My friend was crying it was so frustrating. No matter where you go, you can't see unless you're vip or at the front of the stage. I will never see a show there again. I can't believe New Yorkers put up with this shit. 35$/ticket for the privilege of not "seeing" a show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:00 AM

what time does Daft Punk play?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:04 AM

anon 11:00... you both must be pretty short.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:06 AM

anon 11:00... maybe try getting there earlier next time?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:10 AM

"anon 11:00... maybe try getting there earlier next time?"

You idiot. A venue should not be made so only the people who get there hours earlier can actually see. Fuckwit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:28 AM

jamband. sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:34 AM

"You idiot. A venue should not be made so only the people who get there hours earlier can actually see. Fuckwit"

has there ever been a venue where the last people to get there get good seats where they can see the show? I'd say you're the "fuckwit" whatever that is. If you're too stupid to get there early enough to get a good spot, it's your own fault.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:39 AM

Why are they wearing those clothes? Beacon's Closet represent!

Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:42 AM

i went to this show really looking forward to it. i left maybe after a half hour. perhaps i'm getting old but the sound was so blistering loud it made my balls tremble. i got a migraine from feedback and caught epilepsy from the flashing lights.
also i know they are very progessive and play long versions of each song, but i was just begging for the songs to finally end.

nice dance moves though!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:46 AM

"has there ever been a venue where the last people to get there get good seats where they can see the show? I'd say you're the "fuckwit" whatever that is. If you're too stupid to get there early enough to get a good spot, it's your own fault."

Yes you are indeed a fuckwit. No one said anything about good seats. Forget the fact that Terminal 5 is not a seated venue dummy. The problem with Terminal 5 as the person above was saying is unless you are in the very front or on the railings in the above the floor you cant see shit. The sightlines are horrible. A venue should be a place where even if you dont have the "best" view in the house you can still see the show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:50 AM

why is there always such a big audience for these prog-rock bands?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:51 AM

uh... because prog-rock rules!

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:54 AM

the sightlines on the floor arent that bad. they're probably better than most of the other large ga venues in the city. i've been to terminal 5 four times now, and i've been able to see the stage from practically every angle and distance on the floor...an no, i'm not that tall.

it's the muddled sound, and the packed like sardines capacity that kills terminal 5, not the sightlines,

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:56 AM

You fucking idiots arguing about Terminal 5 in every other thread on BV are getting. HIPSTERS DON'T LIKE TERMINAL 5! WE GET IT! SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 11:56 AM

Most people do not like Terminal 5. Don't just blame the hipsters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:02 PM

"You fucking idiots arguing about Terminal 5 in every other thread on BV are getting. HIPSTERS DON'T LIKE TERMINAL 5! WE GET IT! SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT IT ALREADY."

Is this thread not about a show that took place last night at a certain venue? So why is it wrong to comment about the show AND the venue. Wow, the Bowery people are starting to lose it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:04 PM

well first off, the venue was a tad hard to see and cramped? thats as good as it gets and anything beats roseland. so all of you whining about it , that's volta now. and there not gonna play de-loused over and over and over again because u have the god damn album and you can listen to it on your own. as for the show there was energy again, finally cedric not just drinking tea. and if you cant handle what cedric has to say your an idiot. he's always been like this and even more opinionated on stage for very good fucking reasons. baaaa. anyways good job volta you rocked the place for 2.5 hours and that's good shit, they played a lot more songs than they usually do when they come to ny. so be grateful that they dont just play de-loused, because there are a lot of us who like hearing new things and seeing what volta can do. and not play shit they know backwards over and over again.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:25 PM

anon 11:34

Mars Volta is not a jam band. dumbass

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:25 PM

oh yeah and cedric's a madman again. awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 12:29 PM

if not a jam band, then what exactly is mars volta? i'm over 40, been to 1000 shows, been voraciously consuming music my whole life ... but i just don't get this band? what are they mining? even traditional prog rock, self indulgent as it was, had a point .. these guys, though ..?? i'm just not sure what these guys are about ...

Posted by Eli | January 15, 2008 1:01 PM

first of all, mars volta is not a "jam band". but there is nothing wrong with a jam band. it just depends on where you look. we're at a brooklyn vegan message board, so most of the people are going to be anti-jam band from the start, which is nonsense. the mars volta aims to get the most of themselves and their music. if you don't like their music (new music especially), and you don't like seeing an amazing band you paid a lot of money to see play for fucking 2.5 hours, then why did you go?
it is a blessing when a band plays that long. why wouldn't you want that? you always have the option of leaving, but you never have the option of asking them to play longer. if they played an hour and a half would you be happier? i certainly wouldn't.
also, 40 year old, try wearing ear plugs. i did. it made it a lot better. i've seen the mars volta 4 times now and there doesn't seem to be a single venue that has a sound system that can handle them.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 1:25 PM

these guys are about fucking slaying and filleting. naming the genre is really trivial, but i'll say latin astro progpunk jamband or something similarly retarded.

granted, cedric's lyrics often make no sense, but the sum is crystalline.

or is everyone still just bitter that they're departed vastly from their real stroke of brilliance, atdi's acrobatic tenement?

Posted by burp! | January 15, 2008 1:26 PM

people are always complaining about terminal 5, but i got there long after the line had formed outside the door (was last on line actually), went ot the bathroom and found my way into the already packed crowd, in the middle center, and aside from random tall peolpe in my line of sight, it was good. if you're on the floor, how is Terminal 5 any different than Roseland or Hammerstein or any other place? i don't know about the balcony, but then don't go on the balcony.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 1:27 PM

This is dedicated to all the people who want us to keep making the first two albums over and over again,” singer-lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala snapped at the audience last night, deep into the second hour of the Mars Volta’s 160-minute concert at New York’s Terminal 5—before giving the sold-out crowd a long scorched-earth blast of “Drunkship of Lanterns,” from the band’s 2003 debut album, De-Loused in the Crematorium. And even with a new album of heavy complexity, The Bedlam in Goliath, about to fall like a ton of Rush and manic-Hispanic Mahavishnu Orchestra, Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez—the Volta brain trust—opened with a near-twenty minutes of “Roulette Dares,” from that first album, and finished with a tangled quarter-hour of “Day of the Baphomets” from 2006’s Amputechture.

http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/01/15/mars-volta-preview-new-tracks-from-the-bedlam-in-goliath-in-new-york/

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 1:32 PM

I just asked a simple question, one based solely in musical terms, that is: what is mars volta about? I listen to them, and I don't get a payoff .. that's not a criticism warranting personal insults, or an invitation to wear ear plugs .. I'm just a music geek trying to start a substantive conversation about an obviously complex band on a music website often woefully lacking in interesting discussions (but long on vitriol and mean-spiritedness) ...

someone, please, tell me why you dig mars volta ...

Posted by Eli | January 15, 2008 1:37 PM

terminal 5 - maybe the stage should be higher? And, it's true, there is no way to see from the balconies unless you're lucky enough to be in at the rail or vip. floor is ok, but not under the balconies. and did anyone else get in trouble with the prompt 8 o'clock start time with no opener? did i miss something? that means there's no way i could get there early enough to get a good spot to stand to see this blessed show.
but, in the end mars volta - rocked the f*ck out and it was all good.

Posted by sasha | January 15, 2008 1:54 PM

just posted another (sort of) review and some older bsides from them here.

http://www.thepunkguy.com/2008/01/15/the-mars-volta-live-at-terminal-5-jan-14th-2008-or/

Posted by krist | January 15, 2008 1:59 PM

eli....listen to "de-loused in the comatorium" and "frances the mute" 5 times each. If you don't "get" it then....it just isn't your thing. they are a really polarizing band, but explaining why their music is mind-blowing is like explaining why the godfather is a great film. When you see it you understand.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 2:43 PM

de-loused=one of the greatest records ever

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 2:47 PM

Awesome show but they need to put some sound proofing in Terminal 5. Everything is metal and cold and very reflective for the sound, Mars Volta brings the noise. I saw them at roseland in 2004 and it wasn't nearly as ear piercing as last night. And 2.5 hours is one of the longest Volta shows Ive heard, I have alot of there bootlegs and none are over 2 hours. Supposedly they toar it up at the NYE show in San Fran too. Hopefully they play Bonnaroo again.

Posted by Birdo | January 15, 2008 3:02 PM

Awesome show but they need to put some sound proofing in Terminal 5. Everything is metal and cold and very reflective for the sound, Mars Volta brings the noise. I saw them at roseland in 2004 and it wasn't nearly as ear piercing as last night. And 2.5 hours is one of the longest Volta shows Ive heard, I have alot of there bootlegs and none are over 2 hours. Supposedly they toar it up at the NYE show in San Fran too. Hopefully they play Bonnaroo again.

Posted by Birdo | January 15, 2008 3:09 PM

a thousand people paid to watch people masturbate for 2.5 hours?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 3:10 PM

also, the reason why you like the godfather is different from why you like the mars volta. and many people have explained why the godfather is a good movie without just saying you just don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 3:15 PM

Ilyana!

that's the song.

Posted by aka Aaron | January 15, 2008 4:26 PM

Last night was awesome.i couldn't believe when the show was over that it had been 2.5 hours. Didn't feel like that long at all although my body felt like it had been that long. The volta fucking rocked the house. I was hoping for them to just straight up play the whole new album, but they chose some really good tracks, mixed them together really well with spacey interludes, the drum solos were tight and of course omar was ridic. They sounded so crazy and rocked my face off. fuck the haters this show was awesome if you like mars volta's music.

Posted by $ean Money | January 15, 2008 4:28 PM

Chronicles of Ridic?

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 5:38 PM

best gig ive been to in awhile. i hadnt seen them before and usually i drink a good bit at gigs, but they put me in a spot where i didnt need to drink. the mars volta live is like a good ole fasion family hoedown.

Posted by georgia | January 15, 2008 8:24 PM

I was reluctant to attend my first show at Terminal 5 due to all the bad mouthing. However, I am happy I decided to attend the show. Terminal 5 isn't as bad as people make it out to be. That is all.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2008 8:36 PM

People who hate

are like reflections

dismal hopeless in dark mockery.


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The show was amazing - I had a grand time.

:)

Posted by N! | January 15, 2008 8:51 PM

the bedlam in goliath just leaked about a couple hours ago.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2008 12:10 AM

This was my fourth time seeing mars volta and i enjoyed the energy of the show. although it got a little sloppy at times it really didnt affect my opinion that it was a great night. the sound was a bit crappy but i had a nice spot up front in the center. this was the closest ive ever seen them stickin with a setlist usually they play one song into another twenty minutes later. but thats why i love them, you cant classify music like this you either like it or you dont.terminal 5 was not an impressive venue but seeing as it is still kind of new i will give them a chance to make my next expierence there more appealing.
overall a great show i left very satisfied.

Posted by Robert Hernandez | January 16, 2008 3:58 AM

Mars Volta is lame. I'd much rather listen to Vaya and reminisce about the good ole days.

Posted by Justin | January 16, 2008 9:26 AM

You're lame................
At The Drive In was a great band but I must admit they evolved into something better!..........

Posted by Chava | January 16, 2008 10:50 AM

they played a 7 hour show on new years eve in san francisco

Posted by Evan | January 16, 2008 1:06 PM

Wasn't Terminal 5 the robot in 'Short Circuit'? Screw Mars Volta: was Steve Guttenberg there?!? Now, HE's a TRUE prog-rocker.

Posted by greg | January 16, 2008 1:19 PM

Johnny 5 was the robot in short circuit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2008 1:30 PM

Terminal 5 is alive

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2008 2:21 PM

fuck sparta

Posted by Anonymous | January 16, 2008 3:58 PM

Tens of thousands of notes hurtled by during the Mars Volta’s nearly nonstop two-and-a-half-hour set at Terminal 5 on Monday night. Compared to virtually any other band that’s equally popular, the Mars Volta is a progressive-rock whirlwind, constructing maniacally complex music and performing it with a mixture of rigorous virtuosity, psychedelic euphoria and punk intensity.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the band’s guitarist and composer, raced through parts that leaped all over the guitar or played wailing, pealing guitar-hero leads. Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band’s singer and lyricist, belted verse after polysyllabic verse of hallucinatory imagery in his high voice. The two of them — both skinny guys with big hair — twitched and jittered all over the stage. Thomas Pridgen, the band’s latest drummer, buffeted his kit as if every song were supporting a flamboyant drum solo, even as he meticulously subdivided each beat. Jams spun off into gusts of saxophone, vertiginous synthesizer swoops, busy Latin percussion, spiraling guitar excursions and between-song stretches of looping, echoing noise.

So it might seem odd to say that the Mars Volta, which is still rock’s finest avatar of excess, is aiming for a degree of concision on its fourth full-length album, “The Bedlam in Goliath” (Strummer/Universal), which is scheduled for release Jan. 29, and which provided half the songs for Monday’s set.

The Mars Volta’s new concision isn’t necessarily in the length of the songs or the number of distinct episodes that are packed into each one. Both are ample. But the components of the songs are all a little more terse, as if the Mars Volta — having gleaned all the ideas it wanted from the likes of Yes, Rush, King Crimson and Led Zeppelin — has now turned to less abstruse sources, from blues-rock to the Police. The guitar riffs are earthier and the vocal lines are shorter, though for some reason Mr. Bixler-Zavala reaches up to his highest, most piercing falsetto for many of the new songs.

No one is likely to mistake the latest Mars Volta songs for pop ditties; the band’s new strategy is hardly a sellout. The story line of “The Bedlam in Goliath” has something to do with a haunted Ouija board and a demonic force demanding to be reincarnated, and the music would still trip up anyone trying to clap along. But the Mars Volta has stopped trying to trump the complexity of its previous efforts. It has untangled its music ever so slightly, and it’s already braced for a reaction. Taking a rare breather between songs, Mr. Bixler-Zavala dedicated “Drunkship of Lanterns,” from the band’s first album, to “all the people who don’t want us to keep writing the first two albums all over and over again.” But that song’s barrage of long lines and convoluted ideas, each knocking the last one newly askew, was a glorious excess.

Posted by NY Times | January 18, 2008 12:09 AM

The previous comment about Sparta was completely unnecessary.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2008 1:57 PM

people who "only like the old stuff" are lame as

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2008 8:14 AM

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