The Mars Volta played new songs + many classics at the Comeback Show

It’s been over a decade since prog/jazz/psych rock masters The Mars Volta released a new album – 2012 Nocturnstile – and embarked on a subsequent tour. So last Thursday’s (Sept. 22) debut show in support of their recently released self-titled LP was highly anticipated, and luckily their setlist included a mix of old favorites and brand new bangers.

The concert took place at The Deep Ellum Factory (in Dallas, TX). Although it’s several hundred miles from the band’s hometown of El Paso, Texas, it’s as close as they’ll come to playing a show in their hometown on their 2022 live tour.

Naturally, they debuted with some songs from the critically acclaimed The Volta of Mars – “graveyard love” and “black light sun” – but the biggest surprise came when they opened with another unreleased track: “Vicarious Atonement” (from 2006 amputation).

You can see a snippet of the song below:

The Mars Volta, “Vicarious Atonement” at the Deep Ellum factory on September 22, 2022

Beyond that, many pieces were performed from their first set of records for the first time in almost – or literally – fifteen years.

For example, their inaugural LP (2003’s Dusted in the Comatorium) has been recognized via classics such as “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)”, “Televators” and “Drunkship of Lanterns”. Then, highlights such as “L’Via L’Viaquez”, “Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus”, “Viscera Eyes”, and “Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound” represented later albums.

Of course, The Mars Volta played the same sequence at the same location last night (September 23). Judging by these first two setlists, it doesn’t look like they’ll be showing any love to either of 2008. The Bedlam in Goliath or 2009 Octahedron.

We’ll just have to wait and see what their next shows bring.

On that note, you can still catch The Mars Volta’s 2022 US Tour through the end of October. Get your tickets here.

You can also see some additional videos from their September 22 show – as well as the full setlist – below:

The Mars Volta, “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” at the Deep Ellum Factory on September 22, 2022

The Mars Volta, “The Widow” at the Deep Ellum factory on September 22, 2022

The Mars Volta, “L’Via L’Viaquez” at the Deep Ellum plant on September 22, 2022

The Mars Volta, “Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus” at the Deep Ellum factory on September 22, 2022

The Mars Volta setlist, Dallas, Texas at the Deep Ellum factory on September 22, 2022 (via setlist.fm)

1. Vicarious Atonement (live debut)
2. Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of) (first time since 2010)
3. Eriatarka (first time since 2010)
4. Graveyard Love (live debut)
5. L’Via L’Viaquez (first time since 2010)
6. Empty containers make the loudest sound
7. Cygnus….Vismund Cygnus (first time since 2009)
8. Drunkship of Lanterns (first time since 2009)
9. Viscera Eyes (first time since 2010)
10. The Widow
11. Cicatriz ESP (first time since 2010)
12. Blacklight Shine (live debut)
13. Televisions (first time since 2007)
14. Sound and light
15. Inertial ESP

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Grace D. Erickson