The Mars Volta, whose current album The Bedlam In Goliath, crashed into the Billboard Top 200 at #3 last week, have confirmed the first dates of their spring 2008 headline tour, beginning April 1 at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida, and including a make-up date at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio (the band's previous engagement having been rescheduled due to illness).
Hailed by THE NEW YORKER as "Perhaps the most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label," The Mars Volta was formed in 2001 by Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala. The band has released four albums to date: The gold-certified De-Loused In The Comatorium (2003) and Frances The Mute (2005), Amputechture (2006) and the just-released The Bedlam In Goliath. The new album and tour have been generating the most enthusiastic reviews of the band's career, with THE NEW YORK TIMES describing the band's recent New York City performance as "a mixture of rigorous virtuosity, psychedelic euphoria and punk intensity" and praising them as "rock's finest avatar of excess."
Confirmed dates are below. More will be announced shortly.
04/01/08 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
04/04/08 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
04/05/08 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
04/17/08 - The Pageant - Saint Louis, MO
04/18/08 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
04/20/08 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
04/21/08 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - St Paul, MN