US presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke seems to already have big plans for the future, saying he would be “honoured” to have The Mars Volta play his inauguration.
Back in 2013, prolific musicians Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta decided to call it quits after more than a decade together. Having initially come together as part of At The Drive-In, the pair soon formed a new band, Antemasque, touring the world in the process.
However, early 2018 saw Bixler-Zavala reveal that The Mars Volta would indeed be making a comeback at some point in the future, though he couldn’t say when.
Now, it seems that the group could indeed make a comeback within a couple of years, potentially serving as the band at presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s inauguration.
As Blabbermouth notes, Beto O’Rourke recently stopped by Penn State University where he answered a few questions from those in the crowd.
One student called Joe Phillips decided to ask the Texas politician if he would get The Mars Volta to play at his inauguration if elected.
“We would be honoured to have The Mars Volta play anything along the campaign or in this presidency,” O’Rourke explained with a laugh.
“Cedric and Omar… That group is one of the most talented collections of individuals, and I’m really proud that they’re from El Paso.”
Of course, the fact that such a question was directed towards Beto O’Rourke shouldn’t come as a surprise, with the politician having played in a band called Foss with Cedric Bixler-Zavala back in the ’90s.
In fact, Bixler-Zavala had also put his support behind his former bandmate in the wake of his failed Senatorial campaign last year. “You made them tremble with the simple prospect of real change,” he wrote.
“You are one of us. I have nothing but respect and admiration for you. I’m in tears. I can only hope you run for president.”
With Beto O’Rourke announcing his candidacy recently, we can only hope that he might bring music back to the White House as a result of the 2020 election.
Plus, with The Mars Volta in tow, it would be far better than Donald Trump’s inauguration concert, which featured the likes of 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, and not much else.