The most frustrating thing about the Mars Volta is that they were talented enough to take over the music scene, but they never managed to achieve that level of success and acclaim.
-You know you're in a Mars Volta discussion when people are arguing about which album is their best
They flat out said they're waiting for Jon Theodore and Eva Gardner to be available for their reunion. Ikey was a fantastic keyboardist but I don't think he was irreplaceable to their sound. He didn't even play on their last two albums and they were still bretty gud and still sounded like the Mars Volta.
Both albums are awesome, Deloused with its punk and space rock influences and Amputechture with its jazz-fusion and flamenco guitar ones. Both albums made by a band in its prime, with the best lineup possible.
I was lucky enough to see them live 4 times. Two of the times I saw them was at festivals... Nothing to write home about those shows.... Those shows were just, pretty much omar having a wank as cedric moans like an injured seal. The other two times I saw them at club shows and they were utterly amazing live. One of my favourite memories from one of those club shows is them closing their set with a cover of the 'Misfits' song some kinda hate!
i heard they were terrible live but I think it would've been worth going to a show anyway (a trainwreck along the lines of Scabdates would have been hilarious). Love their studio stuff though, Omar is insanely talented as a guitarist and as a songwriter.
The Mars Volta and Tool are the same, only opposite, like matter and antimatter. We simply have Carl Jung on one side and Carl Sagan on the other. I like both Carls so it is ok to me.
I only wish Tool could tour in some other places outside USA. Maybe Canada, someday?
Or Mexico. Who knows? Maybe Cedric's family would like to go to this gig.