Last week, the Mars Volta released their first new album in a decade — a mellower, more concise self-titled LP that veers dramatically from their proggy signature sound — and last night (September 22nd), at The Factory in Deep Ellum in their home state of Texas, the band kicked off their reunion tour with a career-spanning 15-song set. (See the full setlist below, courtesy of setlist.fm.)
The Mars Volta played just two songs off the new album, and otherwise leaned most heavily on their classic debut LP, De-Loused in the Comatoriumalongside a few favorites from Frances the Mute, Amputechture and their final pre-hiatus offering, 2012’s Noctourniquet. They even played “Inertiatic ESP,” which singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala recently revealed Metallica had once requested that they play live and they had turned them down.
Watch fan-filmed video above and below.
The Mars Volta 9/22/22 setlist:
Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound
Drunkship of Lanterns
Son et lumiere
Video of The Mars Volta – The Widow (LIVE / FIRST SHOW IN 10 YEARS – Dallas, TX 9/22/22)
Video of The Mars Volta – Drunkship of Lanterns (LIVE / FIRST SHOW IN TEN YEARS – Dallas, TX 9/22/22)
Video of The Mars Volta – Televators – The Factory, Dallas, TX – 09/22/2022
Video of The Mars Volta – Vicarious Atonement & Roulette Dares – The Factory, Dallas, TX – 09/22/2022