NYC///SOUNDS///MARS VOLTA IN THE STRATOSPHERE…
The greatest living rock band destroyed Manhattan last nite when prog-samba futurists the MARS VOLTA tore up Terminal 5 in an all-out display of raw power, previewing incredible new material from their upcoming "The Bedlam in Goliath" LP (set to drop Jan. 29) and offering towering renditions of material from their previous three records. Stretching over 2 1/2 hours, the show saw the virtuosic live octet (including a saxophonist and TWO keyboardists), led by vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, performing at the full height of their musical prowess as they channeled the spirit of Yes, King Crimson, John McLaughlin, and Rush for an absolutely awestruck capacity crowd at the Hell's Kitchen rock spot. Rodriguez-Lopez was so into it he didn't even stop playing between songs, turning the entire show into one long, nonstop guitar solo. Luckily, our boy ALEX was on the scene to snap the action. HAVE A LOOK:
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