Paul Hinojos Joins The Mars Volta - 5/29/2005
In a move certain to inspire speculation and rumors, Sparta guitarist and former At The Drive-In member, Paul Hinojos, has quit Sparta and has joined The Mars Volta, effective immediately. Assuming the sound manipulation duties of the late Jeremy Ward, Hinojos' role within the band will initially be confined to the off stage audio acrobatics that Ward (who died in 2003) had become renowned for. Volta band leader Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is adamant that Hinojos will eventually share the stage with his bandmates during live performances. "My time with Sparta has run its course, and simply wasn't fun anymore," commented Hinojos in Los Angeles last week. Hinojos, who in 2003 joined Mars Volta briefly after Ward's untimely death, decided to accept the open invitation from Rodriguez-Lopez to rejoin the band at his leisure. "We've been friends since we were kids, played in bands together for years, and Paul was close to Jeremy," commented Omar, "it's always been clear to me that Paul was the only person who would be appropriate to take Jeremy's place and fill what we feel is an integral role within the band."
The Mars Volta
Cedric (left) & Omar (right)
Hinojos rejoined Omar and co. midway through their current US tour, although out of courtesy it was decided to leave it to the Sparta camp to make the initial announcement of Paul's departure.
Paul Departs 5/24/2005
Sparta regretfully announces the departure of Paul Hinojos from the band.
We bid him a fond farewell, and hope the best for him always.
Sparta will continue working on material for their new album and have not yet decided on a replacement.
The Mars Volta are currently on tour:
05.31 TUE | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO
06.03 FRI | Greek Theatre | Berkeley, CA
06.04 SAT | Greek Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
06.08 WED | A. Chavez Theatre | El Paso, TX
06.10 FRI | Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN
06.16 THU | Hultsfred Festival | Hultsfred, SWE
06.18 SAT | Provinssirock | Seinajoki, FIN
06.28 TUE | Razmataz | Barcelona, SPA
06.29 WED | Aqualung | Madrid, SPA
07.02 SAT | Rock Werchter | Luerchker, BEL
07.03 SUN | Roskilde Festival | Roskilde, DEN
07.06 WED | Quart Festival | Quart, NOR
07.09 SAT | Somerset House | London, UK