While the news has not been confirmed by the band's website, it appears that The Mars Volta's insanely talented drummer, Jon Theodore has left the band.

Wikipedia tells us the following:

Amputechture and Tour

The Mars Volta
Amputechture (2006) The band has finished the recording of their third album, Amputechture, expected to be released September 12, 2006. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez produced the record and Rich Costey mixed it. The artwork was created by Jeff Jordan.

"An excerpt of a recent interview with Cedric Bixler-Zavala reveals more details on John Frusciante's work with The Mars Volta on their next record," according to

"Chili Peppers fans will be excited to learn that guitarist John Frusciante has again been working with the band. 'Since Omar is producing it and recording it,' Cedric said, "he taught Frusciante all the new songs and Frusciante tracked guitars for us so Omar could sit back and listen to the songs objectively. It's great that he wants to help us and do that'."

The band is going on tour to open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a late Summer/Fall tour of 2006.

In addition, a remix album is in the works; however, nothing has yet been announced.

The song "Viscera Eyes," from the band's upcoming album, was recently added to their MySpace page. The song was added in two parts, however, because it is over 9 minutes in length. This has now been replaced with a radio edit, running at 4:21.

On July 28th 2006, the publicist for the band has said the following in a press release: "The Mars Volta cast that performed Amputechture will be modified for live dates that begin imminently, with drummer Jon Theodore replaced by Blake Fleming, formerly of Dazzling Killmen and actually the drummer who played on the very first Mars Volta demos. Pablo Hinojos-Gonzalez will expand his role, contributing both guitar and sound manipulation skills. Finally, while not a member of the touring Mars Volta band per se, Amputechture contributor John Frusciante, on the other hand, will be in close proximity, as his Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Mars Volta are scheduled to tour together through November 2006."

After their Fall tour with Frusciante's Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta will launch their own headlining tour across North America that will last "well into 2007."

[Published on: 8/1/06]

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burn starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 10:53AM
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Hell yeah. Except for the drummer part. Everybody that goes on JamBase should see this band live at least once! Thanks for the info JB

Death Cube K Tue 8/1/2006 10:54AM
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Death Cube K

wow. bet you didn't see that coming

HHoody star Tue 8/1/2006 11:22AM
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Mars Volta is that a Jam Band????????

Stevie_t Tue 8/1/2006 11:54AM
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wikipedia, sounds reliable.

but seriously, this is true, volta does kick ass, and there drummer is being replaced.

mc Levi Tue 8/1/2006 12:10PM
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mc Levi

Just because they don't have the traditional "jam band" sound (whatever that is) does not mean that this band does not jam and experiment musically live. if you allow yourself to open your mind and listen, you might find that Mars Volta is one of the best bands around and push the envelope further in their musical exploration than any band out their today. They fit in this forum better than many of the bands talked about. Check them out before you make up your mind - maybe not with the Chili Peppers (and their high ticket prices) - but they also tour as headliners. They rock.

jerryil star Tue 8/1/2006 12:20PM
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I couldn't care less

z man starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 12:37PM
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Can't wait to see this tour. Mars Volta is just absolutely sick live, and the new chilli peppers album sounded great as well. Sorry to hear about loosing a member.

Greatwaves Tue 8/1/2006 12:45PM
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nfenne star Tue 8/1/2006 12:54PM
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Didn't their keys player recently leave as well?

I like the Mars Volta but I couldn't imagine why they would let Frusciante record the guitar parts. He's good but I think the guitarist for the Volta is as good or better. They seem to be a very enigmatic band. The only band that pulls that off better is Tool.

Anyone who has seen these guys live can tell you that they embrace improvisation more so than many jambands. For that reason I've heard some shows of theirs that sound pretty bad. But seeing them live is an experience!

HHoody star Tue 8/1/2006 01:37PM
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I thought this was "JAMBASE" thats why I was curious if Mars Volta was a JamBand...Honest opinions are always the best even if they are negative

The Glick Tue 8/1/2006 02:15PM
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The Glick

i don't like this band.

Tan starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 04:17PM
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It is at this time, that I would like to clear the record and state, for the record - The Mars Volta is a jamband. What makes a jamband - I have no idea. But if it's jaw-dropping, live music you're looking for - TMV is IT!

Bummer about Jon Theodore. I'll still be in Santa Cruz just waiting for someone to pick up a microphone stand with their teeth.

SPF9 Tue 8/1/2006 04:19PM
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Volta is epic

burn starstarstarstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 04:22PM
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The Mars Volta is definitely a jam band. They improvise guitar parts, sax parts, drum parts, flute parts, in every show. Don't be mad until you've listened to them. Damn, people are nuts on here!

Jason Woodside star Tue 8/1/2006 05:37PM
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Jason Woodside

this is the saddest news ever...jon theodore made the band(drummers always do) but this guy was just sick nasty bayond almost any other drummer out there. doing what he does on a 3 piece is just incredible.

Thestalwartone starstarstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 07:19PM
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Having seen the band live with Theodore this will not be the same band without him, and that makes me a sad panda. I just lost my favorite part of the band. Mr. Fleming has some tremendous shoes to fill. Best of luck to him in that regard.

Benjamin Human starstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 04:20AM
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Benjamin Human

anyone who says volta is not a jamband is clueless as to what they are talkign about. and theodore being one of the best drummers around nowadays often compared to bonham this is a terrible loss.

KarlKukta starstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 08:41AM
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Great news about the new album; lousy news about losing Jon Theodore. Mars Volta is most definitely a jamband--nfenne was spot-on. They improvise far more than most bands covered on this site, and their music/lyrics are also psychedelic in the extreme.

But they are definitely NOT hippies and their music is not safe to listen to while hula-hooping. The Mars Volta will harsh your mellow for sure...and that's a good thing IMO

CeilingFan247 Wed 8/2/2006 09:00AM
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The band needs to go instrumental. The music is good, well written and well played. THEY NEED TO LOSE THE SINGER! That drummer was good. I just cant listed to this band cause that whiny screamy shit.

Dr. E-Rock Wed 8/2/2006 09:44AM
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cedric's singing is like another instrument and is KEY to the dynamics of the mars volta.

toeknee420 starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 10:03AM
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I saw the late night set at Bonnaroo last year. Off the hook! I didnt think I'd like them since I was still a At The Drive In fan still pissed about that breakup, but they blew me away. Spun me like L. :)

Jason Woodside Wed 8/2/2006 10:53AM
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Jason Woodside

high voice male singers actually have voices that hit the notes. and cedric is so neccessary to the band. he is an instrument. just like thom yorke, robert plant, geddy lee...these guys can all sing like pros. its not like they have a singer like trey with a weak range. grow up

Benjamin Human Wed 8/2/2006 12:11PM
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Benjamin Human

the mars volta are the closet thing you can get to a modern ay pink-floyd like band. if you say they dont jam or are not improv clearly you have not listened to a single song. and jon frusciante plays guitar along with omar, he not replacing him as guitarist on the cd or anything. anyways likesaid wikipedia isnt exactly a reliable news source considering anyone could type up a story and add it there.

ryanmkl starstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 01:12PM
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As a huge Mars Volta fan, i'm not worried about this at all. Blake was the original anyway back when discs of Francis were going for 6 bucks. Mars Volta is amazing, Omar is the sickest electric guitarist in the business right now. Just listen to Cicatriz Part 3 from Scab Dates and you'll hear one of the sickest, most beautiful guitar solos of all time, the whole song is just a guitar solo.

The worst thing Mars volta could do would be lost their singer, Cedric can hit all eight octaves which is unheard of in today's music. The only other two that i know of who can do that are Aaron Neville and Marton Sextin. And Cedric can hit the high note and then fade perfectly into Omar's guitar and vice versa which is one of the most impressive musical demonstrations I've ever heard.

And someone asked if the keyboardist left, but I"m almost 100% sure that Ikey is still touring with the Volta and still hitting up that blow pretty hard, so its all good,
You might have heard that since he plays with Slightly Stoopid and Shortbus and all those other Cali dub bands.

Matthew Jaworski starstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 04:04PM
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Matthew Jaworski

NOOOOOOOO!!! I’m terribly disappointed that they’ve lost Jon Theodore. I’ve been a drummer for almost 25 years, and Jon was one of the greatest, most original drummers to come around in quite a long time. While I really enjoyed the unique contributions from the other members of the band, Jon was other-worldly.

chaseman Fri 8/4/2006 12:05PM
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Just because a band improvises doesn't mean they're a jam band. Look at jazz, where improv is part of the style..

amp186 star Mon 8/7/2006 03:43AM
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last i checked this was for jam bands, i didn't realize i was going to If you liked this article, you should check out the one for Modest Mouse.

Raphwantstobemickey star Tue 8/8/2006 10:14AM
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damn, it doesn't matter if a band is or isn't a "jam band" i think most touring/different bands should be on this website, but with the addition to MTV controlling bonnaroo, all of these scream-o, emo whatever bands are trying to break in this niche of bands that tour and jam out, like real talented artist's: ie robert randolph, pgroove, moe., etc etc, these new bands they dont jam at all! they just look good on that ipod of yours, and the chilli peppers died a long time ago...

mrkrinkle6884 starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/12/2006 10:48AM
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ok lets get one thing straight, MTV does NOT OWN Bonnaroo. this stupid rumour has plauged the festival ever since its second incarnation.

Also The Mars Volta very much belong here when more than HALF of the musicians feature on thuis website have said that The Mars Volta are among the best and newest sound in the business today.
When Wayne Coyne , Zach De La Rocha, Mike Patton and countless other respected artists are seen at the side of the stage sinmging along with Cedric, Im pretty sure that is good enough for me to believe that they are doing something right.

seemeREGEA starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/16/2006 04:47AM
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Does anyone know whdy one of the most AMAZING drummers left?

And also.......YES MARS VOLTA IS A FREAKIN JAM BAND. There not a PHISH OR A PANIC, they are revelutionaries of music. Like the Pixies or Radiohead, with a much more intellectual type of sound.

I cant imagine themm being the same without the drummer, bot as i read on here, no complaints.

Ive seen them 5 times and every time is different and MIND ALTERING AND SPACEY GOODNESS. Bonnaroo 05 was the sickest show though!!

Does anyone know why the drummer left?

elguapo36 Sun 9/3/2006 11:23PM
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wow , i first saw the mars volta in frisco by accident and wow, wow, wow, was i glad that they were touring with another very good band, the great Maynerd from TOOL and and his sweet side pro. A Perfect Circle. man i love TOOL. love the volta, sorry about jon t. running out of space!!! out!

andysal star Mon 9/11/2006 11:14PM
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hey- i just can't believe that. if TMV were pictured as trio- it would be Jon next to Omar and Cedric to me. Can't wait to get my hands on the new album, i'm frightened thou. GOD SAVE ME!!!!!