The Mars Volta have cancelled their US tour after it was announced last week that Jeremy Ward, ìsound manipulatorî of the band, died of a drug overdose. The Volta, whose debut album De-loused In The Comatorium will drop later this summer, were to open for The Red Hot Chili Peppers throughout the month of June. The band issued the following statement, "We have collaborated with Jeremy for the past ten years. He was the driving force of Defacto, and an integral part of The Mars Volta, who often went unnoticed because he chose to perform offstage. In addition to music, Jeremy was an incredibly talented writer and painter. We are devastated by the loss, but know that Jeremy will continue to be with us in spirit at every show and during the making of every record."
Source: Jason Anfinsen