Last month, The Mars Volta canceled a gig in Raleigh, NC, for no apparent reason. The show was supposed to be the last of the American leg of the tour, supporting their latest album Octahedron.
Ever since, rumors have been going around that Thomas “Predator” Pridgen, the band’s drummer since 2007, had up and left during a band rehearsal in Raleigh, due to a disagreement with singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Some people claim to have seen Pridgen leave the venue in a taxi.
Pridgen has now confirmed the departure via Facebook: Two days after this exchange was screenshotted, when asked which songs he played on the latest Juliette Lewis record, and what were the future plans for The Mars Volta, he replied, “I played the whole Juliette Lewis record… And yes I’m not in TMV anymore but it’s all good. I’m 25, I’ve done enough now not to have to be someone’s employee… I feel more free, honestly it’s a good feeling.”
It is widely believed that The Mars Volta’s previous drummer Jon Theodore left the band in very similar circumstances, to get out from under the pressure of control freak band leaders Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez López.
Rumors identify one Dave Elitch as Pridgen’s likely replacement. Elitch apparently spoke of rehearsing with the band in Guadalajara, Mexico. A European tour is set to start in a few days.