Here’s a wild – Metallica and Lars Ulrichthe legendary father Torben Ulrich to be The Mars Volta fans and went to the band’s shows. According to The Mars Volta‘s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala in an interview with Zane Lowe from Apple Music 1, Metallica ever attended Mars Volta show and asked them to play “Inertiatic ESP” from the 2003 album De-Loused In The Comatorium… and they didn’t.
“We met them in New Zealand,” said Bixler-Zavala. “They came to our show and they were like, are you going to play this song? We’re like, no, we’re not playing that anymore. Sorry. And he’s there. I’m like, God, we should be playing it for him anyway.
He continued: “We didn’t play it. We were very stubborn about where we were. It was like the first records. We were like, we’re here now. We understand that people really like that, but we’re very selfish like that. But it was cool to meet them. It was like, wow.”
Rodriguez-Lopez then popped in and said he was with one once Metallica rehearsal where they covered “Inertiatic ESP”, the song that The Mars Volta wouldn’t play.
“Yeah. You know how they rehearse or just jam before going on stage? They played at the stadium walking distance from my house when I lived in Mexico. So they played right at the, is that the little [spanish] I think it was…. Yes. Sorry Guadalajara if I misunderstood. They’re very picky about their… But so I walked over there, got it in and everything, and they invited me back there, and then I could just see them whispering something. And then they played ‘Inertiatic’. Yes. It was very cool.”
“It was really cool. I was honored to be back there again because that’s their private time before they go on stage. And the fact that they invited me to be in their space felt really beautiful. And being there we all grew up with it. they all grew up with that stuff.”
you catch The Mars Volta on their reunion tour with Teri Gender Bender from tonight.
9/22 Dallas, TX – The Deep Ellum Factory
9/23 Dallas, TX – The Deep Ellum Factory
9/25 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Metropolitan Opera House
9/29 New York, NY – Terminal 5
9/30 New York, NY – Terminal 5
10/1 Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall in Fenway
10/3 Washington, DC – The National Anthem
10/5 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
10/6 Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater
10/8 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
9/10 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club
10/11 Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
10/14 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
10/15 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater
10/18 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/19 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10/21 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
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