At The Drive-In play first show since reuniting – watch

The first night of the group's tour happened at The Observatory, Santa Ana, California

At The Drive-In have played the first show of the 2016 reunion tour.

The gig took place at The Observatory venue in Santa Ana, California on Tuesday night (March 22).

Though the band promised new music when they announced their first tour dates since 2012 at the start of the year, no new material was featured in the set. You can watch footage of opening track ‘Arcarsenal’ below, via Pitchfork.


Guitarist Jim Ward, who recently left the band, was replaced by Keeley Davis from Sparta. Ward (pictured above with frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala) was expected to join his bandmates on tour until recently. However, his relationship with the rest of the band came under scrutiny last year when he was unaware of their plans to play the upcoming live shows when they were announced.

His departure was confirmed online overnight. In a statement posted to Facebook, the band wrote, “As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon.”

The band will play Vicar Street in Dublin later this month (March 26) and London’s Roundhouse the following day (March 27). They announced a string of live dates around the world, including extensive US gigs and a handful of European shows. Find all their tour dates here.

At The Drive-In will play:

Dublin, Vicar Street (March 26)
London, Roundhouse (March 27)


At The Drive-In’s setlist in Santa Ana included:

‘Pattern Against User’
‘Sleepwalk Capsules’
‘300 MHz’
‘Proxima Centauri’
‘Invalid Litter Dept.’
‘Ursa Minor’
‘Metronome Arthritis’
‘Napoleon Solo’
‘One Armed Scissor’


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