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The Mars Volta, Astoria London, 23rd November 2003

The long sell out crowd finally entered the Astoria, many of whom had not seen this band before. 

Hailing from Mexico, the album (see Reviews for details) has been given lots of great reviews and praise.  The style is very Doors and Led Zeppelin, with a smidgen of Pink Floyd and Van Der Graaf Generator, and with the personnel of singer Cedric Bixler, guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, drummer Jon Theodore, bassist Juan Alderete and keyboardist Isaiah Owens, they are going to be a very famous band indeed.

Cedric Bixler was everywhere on the stage, on the floor, jumping from amps, and swinging the mic Roger Daltrey style around his head.  Omar Rodriguez-Lopez entertained us swinging his guitar around his back, and memories here of Angus Young in head shaking and quick footed moves around the stage, and very fast guitar playing too.

With another date at the Astoria the night after due to extra demand, it shows the band are going places and going places fast.

With most of the set taken up from the debut album, the band performed their material very well, and the full Astoria enjoyed every second of the show.

A band to watch out for!

Danny Mayo

The Mars Volta


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