At The Drive-In say their reunion wasn't motivated by money

Guitarist Jim Ward says they're not taking advantage of big festival booking fees

At The Drive-In say their reunion wasn't motivated by money
At The Drive-In have insisted their reunion wasn't motivated by money and that they're not "taking advantage" of their recently reformed status.

The band played their first show in 11 years earlier this week (April 9) at the intimate Red 7 venue in Austin, Texas, as the opening shot of a lengthy reunion tour that will see them play Coachella later, and hit the UK this summer for the Reading and Leeds festivals.

In a previous issue of NME, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez said that "time and money" had been two of the main factors in the band's reformation, adding: "We're not getting ay younger and there's been an offer of money every year. You can't avoid that. You'd be a fool and a politician to pretend that wasn't part of it."

Speaking to the LA Times, however, guitarist Jim Ward denied that their reunion and subsequent tour dates had been motivated purely by financial gain. "The most exciting part to me is that there's not a firm ending to this band," he said, before adding:

This isn't the sort of thing where we're taking advantage of the reunion status and doing as many festivals as we can. We're doing this very slowly and we literally don't know what's going to happen.


In February this year, Rodriguez-Lopez dashed hopes that the band could start recording new material together when he described the reunion as a "nostalgia thing" and compared it to "an old T-shirt that doesn't fit any more".

They announced their reunion in January of this year. The group originally split in 2001 at the height of their popularity after the release of their 'Relationship Of Command' album, with singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar-Rodriguez forming the band The Mars Volta. The remaining three members, meanwhile, went on to form the group Sparta.

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