Beto O'Rourke Wants to Reunite The Mars Volta

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Beto O'Rourke attends "The River and the Wall" Premiere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals at JW Marriott Austin on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

By now, Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke's love of punk rock has been well-documented. He slipped a Clash reference into a debate last year, telling voters Ted Cruz is "working for the clampdown," and in a recent Vanity Fair profile, he cited Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye as a major influence.   

Of course, O'Rourke has his own musical history as well. In 1991, he and drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala formed Foss. Bixler-Zavala went on to play in At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta, and on a recent campaign stop, O'Rourke was asked if the latter band will play his inauguration should he be elected.

"It would be an honor to have The Mars Volta play anything along the campaign or in this presidency," he responded. "Cedric and Omar, that group is one of the most talented collection of individuals, and I'm really proud that they're from El Paso."

The Mars Volta have been on hiatus since 2013, but Omar Rodriguez-Lopez hinted in 2016 that a reunion was possible. No word so far on whether they'd be down to play a potential O'Rourke inauguration.