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Story and photos by Phil BonyataIn their first tour in more than two years 30 Seconds to Mars took their fans through a journey of their three album catalog - 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), A Beautiful Lie (2005) and 2009's This Is War.
Opening their set with acoustic "Escape" and the blistering "Night of the Hunter" lead singer and successful actor Jared Leto ("Fight Club," "Panic Room," "American Psycho," "Alexander" and "Requiem for a Dream") let it be known that this was his night to shine. With a flair for thriving on musical exploration and creative escapism, the entire band played with a chip on their shoulders. From the bombastic assault of "Attack" to the thunderous reverb of "Vox Populi" 30 Seconds to Mars were in top form. Leto's vocals were clean and on the low end of being overly emotive, but that didn't weaken his message as his wide range was flawless. With a freshly cut bright red mohawk, "Go Go Gadget" coat and skin tight jeans - Leto moved about the stage like a man who's soul just had a run in with the devil. He flailed his guitar and body about the stage in truly chaotic fashion.
"Capricorn (A Brand New Name)," "Echelon" and "Hurricane" were all performed in raw and stripped down acoustic versions. Leto's brother Shannon Leto, (drums) and Tomo Milicevic, (guitar) provided some extra fire behind Leto's gnarly bark. Leto burst towards the barricade, stood up and reached into the electrified crowd and shook off a security guards protective hold on his pants and surfed through the first couple of rows while screaming the infectious chorus...
Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you
from "The Kill." Closing the set with "Kings and Queens" the band had about 25 excited fans join them onstage for a wild and chaotic sendoff.
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