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Review: 30 Seconds To Mars - Los Angeles CA 5/15/10


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I'm still shocked about the passing of Ronnie James Dio, legendary vocalist and extremely sweet and humble man. I wanted to post this all the same. I'm bummed I'll never be able hear another recording, but thankful and appreciative that I got to see Heaven & Hell a couple years ago. RIP  \m/\m/

 

About 30 Seconds, these guys are more wifey's band than mine, but really loving them now, especially the new album This Is War. It's ambitious and epic sounding alt rock with sweet hooks. Only 3 songs from A Beautiful Lie were played, not including an abridged version of The Story. About the new album, If you’re not familiar with the new stuff then you might find this show frustrating and hard to digest. Even so, all the new songs were very well received and the crowd stayed on its feet the entire show, however it was a little too quiet for a rock concert. I think much of the crowd was still unfamiliar with the lyrics and sing along sections (which the new album is full of). When I can hear myself above everyone else, then there’s a bit of a problem, because my singing sucks!

 

As a front man, Jared Leto is very energetic, talkative (without being preachy or long-winded), charismatic and gets the audience involved. He said “my mission in life is to make sure you have the most memorable, beautiful night of your life and that you all go crazy!†The audience was led in a screaming match, left versus right side of the venue. We were also given instructions on a few songs, i.e. everyone jump during this chorus, everyone scream ‘No No No No!’ on that chorus, etc. Leto moved to the center of the venue for the acoustic numbers. He then risked life and limb (and his genitals too) by diving into the pit during The Kill, even running up and down the orchestra section for another song. Very energetic show and tons of fun.

 

The group played very well, but Leto is focused more on providing an impassioned performance, rather than technical consistency and excution. I say that because a quarter of the vocals were omitted. He was concentrating more on his guitar playing and running around the stage, leaving much of the lyrics out. I joked to wifey that he probably can’t walk and chew gum at the same time either. But when he did sing he was spot on. I love this guy's voice. On record, his vocals are very powerful and passionate, with sweet and acidic qualities to it. He’s a crooner AND a screamer, singing like a bird one moment and roaring like a lion another.

 

Escape

Night of the Hunter

Attack

Vox Populi

From Yesterday

Search and Destroy

100 Suns

L490

This Is War

The Story (shortened version)

Bad Romance (Lady Gaga Cover)

The Kill

Closer to the Edge

Hurricane (shortened version)

Kings and Queens

 

Best moment: During the acoustic section, Leto asked “any requests?†You could hear people screaming for A Beautiful Lie, The Kill and Kings & Queens. I was yelling my head off for The Story...and what does he play? Man, I was frickin' elated smiley.gif

 

Worst moment: hearing myself sing.     

 

Biggest "what the heck?" moment: cover of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance.

                                   

Great value for $35 considering it was a group of this caliber in a small venue. What big names charge that much anymore? The Greek is an outdoor 6000 seater, but I think something indoors like The Gibson or even a smaller club like The Avalon or the Palladium would be more appropriate. My biggest gripe is that the band played for 80 minutes or so, granted there were 3 opening acts. The Greek has a curfew policy, show ends at 11pm or else. Leto even apologized for the short set, explaining that they would perform into the encore without a break. Wifey and I had a blast, but would love for these guys to play longer.

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Have worked with 30 Seconds To Mars several times....great band live, and like some of their stuff...But, from what I heard, the 3 remaining members have let a lot of fans down, as far as being prima-donnas. I have still yet to witness it myself, since I hung out with them backstage, all those times I've worked with them. I have also worked with Angels & Airwaves several times....both bands are sounding like U2! Just a few days ago, I was working with Angels & Airwaves when 30 Seconds To Mars' former bass player showed up for sound check. During sound check, some fans were invited to watch and have a meet & greet session. Matt (the bassist) was introduced as the new bass guitarist of Angels & Airwaves. From what I've heard is that he couldn't stand Jared Leto and the other two...as far as personalities go. He left for the reason that they were prima-donnas. Mind you, Tom Delonge (singer of Angels & Airwaves and Blink 182) can be cocky sometimes, but really, he just keeps to himself a lot of times. He didn't pull the 'do you know who I am?' routine, as I saw a security guard tell him to stay behind some marked off areas, on the side of the stage. Anyways, that's a brief background of what went down recently between the 2 bands.

 

Both put on a great show! I suggest you wear shades, if you go see Angels & Airwaves. They have a great light show, but too intense....not for those who have epilepsy.

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Have worked with 30 Seconds To Mars several times....great band live, and like some of their stuff...But, from what I heard, the 3 remaining members have let a lot of fans down, as far as being prima-donnas. I have still yet to witness it myself, since I hung out with them backstage, all those times I've worked with them. I have also worked with Angels & Airwaves several times....both bands are sounding like U2! Just a few days ago, I was working with Angels & Airwaves when 30 Seconds To Mars' former bass player showed up for sound check. During sound check, some fans were invited to watch and have a meet & greet session. Matt (the bassist) was introduced as the new bass guitarist of Angels & Airwaves. From what I've heard is that he couldn't stand Jared Leto and the other two...as far as personalities go. He left for the reason that they were prima-donnas. Mind you, Tom Delonge (singer of Angels & Airwaves and Blink 182) can be cocky sometimes, but really, he just keeps to himself a lot of times. He didn't pull the 'do you know who I am?' routine, as I saw a security guard tell him to stay behind some marked off areas, on the side of the stage. Anyways, that's a brief background of what went down recently between the 2 bands.

 

Both put on a great show! I suggest you wear shades, if you go see Angels & Airwaves. They have a great light show, but too intense....not for those who have epilepsy.

damn, now I know I'm gonna go, and I'm wearing my 3D shades too...they make the intense light shows into prisms of way cool design and color....
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I've heard other stories about Leto being a little biznatch in general, which is very disheartening. What's his issue?? It's not like 30 Seconds are super popular, and it's not like he's done any stellar movies...well except maybe Fight Club and Requiem...

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