The Mars Volta Returns with Tour and Single, “Blacklight Shine”, Featuring Eva Gardner

The Mars Volta

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The Mars Volta is back. For the first time in more than a decade, the group has released a new single and announced a tour. What’s more, the single features the return of original bassist Eva Gardner.

Gardner joins guitarist/composer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and singer/lyricist Cedric Bixler-Zavala on “Blacklight Shine”, which was released to streaming services. The lyrics describe “a wave of rolling blackouts washing memories onto shore, a heartbeat that still remembers everything,” says Bixler-Zavala.

The bassist helps drive the 6/8 beat with lots of movement and rich tone. Hear it in the accompanying film for the song:

The Mars Volta will be on tour this fall starting September 23rd at The Factory in Deep Ellum, Texas. They’ll cover major cities across the U.S. with one stop in Canada before wrapping up at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California on October 21st.

The Mars Volta 2022 Tour Dates:

Sep 23The Factory in Deep EllumDallas, TX
Sep 25TabernacleAtlanta, GA
Sep 27The Metropolitan Opera HousePhiladelphia, PA
Sep 29Terminal 5New York, NY
Oct 1MGM Music Hall at FenwayBoston, MA
Oct 3The AnthemWashington, DC
Oct 5Massey HallToronto, ON
Oct 6Royal Oak Music TheatreDetroit, MI
Oct 8Aragon BallroomChicago, IL
Oct 11The Mission BallroomDenver, CO
Oct 14Moore TheatreSeattle, WA
Oct 18The WarfieldSan Francisco, CA
Oct 21Hollywood PalladiumLos Angeles, CA

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