Cult Rockers At The Drive-in Are Set To Reunite And Return To The Stage In 2016 For Their First Show In Four Years.
The band has joined the line-up for Columbus, Ohio's Rock on the Range Music Festival, which will take place from 20 to 22 May (16) and also feature performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Rob Zombie and Megadeth.
The gig will mark At The Drive-In's first since 2012, when guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and his The Mars Volta bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala reteamed with Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos and Tony Hajjar for a series of comeback dates, before bowing out again months later.
During the reunion trek, co-founder Rodriguez-Lopez admitted he wasn't completely comfortable playing the band's old tunes: "When playing those songs, I thought, 'Here's a person at the time that I don't relate to anymore.' He didn't care about his life and was doing drugs and was really disconnected from the world and a whole lot of other personal stuff that I won't get into.
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Rocker Omar Rodriguez-Lopez agreed to reunite his cult band At The Drive-IN to correct the mistakes of his "self-centred" past.
The guitarist quit the group in 2001 and he and his bandmate Cedric Bixler-Zavala went on to form The Mars Volta.
However, the stars of At The Drive-In announced plans for a comeback in January (12) - and Rodriguez-Lopez admits the reunion is all down to Bixler-Zavala.
He tells Bbc Radio 1, "It's a way to right my wrongs. When I split up the band I was very young and self-centred.
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The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has slammed the media for drumming up mass hysteria during the swine flu outbreak, insisting the exaggerated reports are "an act of terrorism" against Mexico.
The recent medical crisis is believed to have started in the country and has caused film projects, premieres and tours to come to a screeching halt as movie and music bosses await an end to the pandemic.
And the Puerto-Rican born musician, who has adopted Mexico as his home, blames harsh and unfair media coverage for crippling the country's economy.
He tells NME.com, "It's not the hysteria that the right-wing media are making you think it is. It's less dangerous than a common cold. This has been a perfect moment for right-wing republican media to say, 'You see! You see these filthy people? You see what they're doing? This is very scary!' It's another act of terrorism, it's another terrorist tactic.
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The band had a number of dates planned including a gig at London venue Somerset House last weekend (09JUL05).
Despite the setback The Mars Volta are resolved to be back on the road soon and are still planning to curate Britain's All Tomorrow's Parties festival in December (05).
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