The Mars Volta release first song in 10 years, “Blacklight Shine,” announce reunion tour
After teasing new music with a cube in LA's Grand Park, The Mars Volta have released their first new song in ten years, "Blacklight Shine," along with a music video directed by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López. The actual song is only three minutes, and it finds The Mars Volta putting a soulful twist on their usual Latin psych, but it comes with an 11-minute video featuring dancing and traditional hand drumming/chants. Check it out below.
The Mars Volta have also announced a reunion tour, including dates in Dallas, Atlanta, Philly, NYC, Boston, DC, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and LA. The NYC show is September 29 at Terminal 5. Support comes from Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes (and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's band Bosnian Rainbows). Tickets for all dates go on sale Friday (6/24) at 10 AM local time. All dates are listed below.
The Mars Volta's last album was 2012's Noctourniquet, and the band called it quits that same year. In the time since then, Cedric and Omar reunited At the Drive In and released the new album in•ter a•li•a in 2017, before putting that band to rest once again in 2018. Last year, The Mars Volta put out an 18-LP box set with previously unreleased material.
UPDATE: The tour was expanded and now includes two-night stands in NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, and Dallas, and three nights in LA.
The Mars Volta -- 2022 Tour Dates
09/22 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
09/23 Dallas, TX – The Factory in Deep Ellum
09/25 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
09/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Metropolitan Opera House
09/29 New York, NY – Terminal 5
09/30 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/01 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10/03 Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/05 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
10/06 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/08 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
10/11 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
10/14 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
10/18 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/19 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium