Our friend Frat caught The Mars Volta at Lupo's (Providence, RI) over the weekend and had quite a mind-blowing experience. He is still gathering his thoughts and formulating some kind of expression regarding the experience, but he whet my appetite with the setlist. Wow. He also noted - and this comes from a HUGE Jon Theodore and Danny Carey fan - that Thomas Pridgen was the best drummer he had ever seen.
This is about the most ridiculous opening 6 songs I could even imagine:
"Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)"UPDATE: Brooklyn Vegan has pics from the Terminal 5 show. The third one down says it all.
"Drunkship of Lanterns"
"Day of the Baphomets"
UPDATE: More on the Terminal 5 Show..."There were virtually no breaks in the action last night—Rodriguez-Lopez often kept soloing between songs—and there was no encore. There was no need." - David Fricke, RS Rock Daily