The Mars Volta Return with First New Music in 10 Years, Plot Comeback Tour

They'll play Toronto's Massey Hall this October

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jun 21, 2022

As luck would have it, that giant cube installation wasn't for nothing: after beginning to tease their reunion in 2019, the Mars Volta are officially back with their first new music in 10 years, as well as a run of tour dates.

New single "Blacklight Shine" is the long-awaited follow-up 2012's Noctourniquet. It comes alongside an 11-minute music video (er, short film?) — the song itself is less than three minutes long — directed by the band's very own Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Bristling with percussion, the Latin-threaded tune sees Cedric Bixler-Zavala flexing his Spanish while leaning into the softer side of the band's sound, as they did on 2009's Octahedron.

Kicking off in Dallas, TX, on September 23, the prog rockers will get back out on the road for 13 dates. They'll play Toronto's Massey Hall on October 5.

While there's no word on whether there's an album to accompany "Blacklight Shine," we do know that one thing usually leads to another. Would they have gone to the trouble of setting up the elaborate activation cube in Los Angeles over the weekend if there wasn't more up their sleeves? Only time will tell — just hopefully less than a decade this time!

Tickets for The Mars Volta Tour go on sale this Friday (June 24) at 10 a.m. local time, with Ticketmaster presales beginning tomorrow (June 22).

Watch the video for "Blacklight Shine" below, where you can also stream the audio and check out the band's tour itinerary.

The Mars Volta 2022 Tour Dates:

09/23 Dallas, TX - The Factory at Deep Ellum
09/25 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
09/27 Philadelphia, PA - Opera House
09/29 New York, NY - Terminal 5
10/01 Boston, MA - MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10/03 Washington, DC - Anthem
10/05 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
10/06 Detroit, MI - The Royal Oak
10/08 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
10/11 Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
10/14 Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
10/18 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10/21 Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Palladium

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