It's a sad day for fans of hardcore/prog rock group the Mars Volta, as frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala, last seen having the greatest stage banter in music, announced on his Twitter page that he was leaving the band.
"I tried my hardest to keep it going… But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead," said Bixler-Zavala, referencing his fellow member Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's side project. "Thank u a million times over for ever giving a f-ck about our band."
The pair, who reunited their original band At the Drive-In last year to massive critical acclaim, probably won't be hitting the same stage anytime soon, as Bixler-Zavala blamed his departure on his bandmate's refusal to tour. "For the record I tried my hardest to get a full-scale North American tour going for [2012's] Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to," said the singer. "All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that Mars Volta ever happened at all."
While no one else in the band has confirmed that Mars Volta are done for good, the departure of frontman Bixler-Zavala and each band member's numerous side projects means you shouldn't get excited for another Mars Volta album anytime soon. The band have been on hiatus since the beginning of last year. Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, a member of the group until 2010, tweeted with tongue presumably in cheek before getting serious:
Here's Cedric's full statement:
Thank u 2 all VOLTA fans u deserved more especially after the way u rooted for us on this album. I tried my hardest to keep it going… But Bosnian Rainbows was what we all got instead. I can’t sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta… I honestly thank all of you for buying our records and coming to our shows. You guys were a blast to play in front of. We could never had done it with out you. My dream was to get us to the point were Jon Theodore and Ikey Owens came back but sadly it’s over. Thank u a million times over for ever giving a f-ck about our band.
For the record I tried my hardest to get a full scale North American tour going for Noctourniquet but Omar did not want to. All I can do is move forward with my music and just be happy that mars volta ever happened at all. God Damn we had a blast. Thank u again. I just feel really guilty for not even really saying the truth because a hiatus is just an insult to the fans. To all our fans all over the world thank you for giving a f-ck. You all ruled! I don’t think ill ever hear a fist full of dollars the same. My record will see the light of day soon and I’m excited because it sounds nothing like my previous endeavors. And no I’m not joking about any of this, I owe it 2 u guys to all fans to be serious about this.
Thank u to all past members who helped Volta along as well. we blasted through like a comet and left our mark! If u ever see me in person and want to know why I'll tell u my story. Please just be happy that it happened at all remember all the opposition we were met with for just starting a new band back in 2001.
And for the record I'm still in love with [At the Drive-In]. Proof was in MY performance. I would never get on stage if my heart was else where. I have cancelled shows before for knowing full well that my heart was not in it at that moment. Why? Because its an insult to the audience.
2 be clear I'm not angry I just wanted to be honest with the people who have allowed me to make a living playing music. What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that's cool with watching their partner go f-ck other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour.
What kind of time warp?! '90s (and early 2000s) rock icons Fred Durst, Scott Weiland and Mark McGrath get photobombed by '70s icon Wayne Newton, aka Mr. Las Vegas. This should be all these guys' Christmas cards.