Jared Leto's fan base dates back to his role as Jordan Catalano on the hit TV show, My So-Called
Life. But these days, he's making a name for himself as the lead singer of alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. The band
first formed in Los Angeles, in 1998, and has consisted of four members. The band has since been pared down to only three
members, including Leto, who acts as the band's lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and songwriter, his brother Shannon Leto,
who handles drums and percussion and Tomo Miličević who plays lead guitar and keyboards. If you like rock music,
you won't want to miss your chance to rock out all night long with this high-energy group.
They are currently on tour,
promoting their latest album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The album contains a plethora of new songs that are dramatic and
soul-stirring. With music from their new album and some of their greatest hits, the band is making stops in Las Vegas, Nashville,
Saint Louis, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. And you never know where this group will show up next.
band owes much of their success to their hardcore rock fans, who follow them on all their big tours. For example, the band's
epic "Welcome to the Universe" Tour, featured a number of major rock bands and was also "environmentally sound," (the band
even fueled their tour bus with vegetable oil). Come support 30 Seconds to Mars as they kick off their latest tour to promote
their brand new album, "Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013).
About the Artist
30 Seconds to Mars formed
in 1998 when brothers Shannon Leto and Jared Leto decided to form a band as a family project. They had been playing music
together since they were children, and decided to try to create a real band with original music. They added guitarist Solon
Bixler and bassist Matt Wachter to the line-up and became a four-piece band. They chose the name 30 Second to Mars because
of its lyrical and cinematic qualities. It evokes different feelings and images for every person. It's also a an homage to
an obscure manuscript called Argus Apocraphex written by a Harvard professor that speaks about the strangeness of being so
close to something that's not tangible. The name also represents the immediacy, urgency and intensity of the group's sound,
as well as the exponential growth of technology that relates to human beings and how we're all literally, "30 Seconds away
The group began performing in local clubs and small venues, honing their skills and bringing their music
the masses. Although it would have been easy for Jared Leto to use his status as a Hollywood actor to give the band more notoriety,
he refused to do so. He wanted the band to be known for their music, not for his celebrity. During this time, the band recorded
some of the songs that would become a part of their debut album. Their demos of "Valhalla," "Revolution" and "Buddha for Mary"
caught the attention of several record labels, and the band eventually signed with Immortal Records. The band began working
on recording their first album in the seclusion of Wyoming's countryside. They sought out legendary music producer Bob Ezrin—who
had worked with Pink Floyd, Kiss and Alice Cooper—to produce their album. Even before their first album dropped, the
band was opening for Puddle of Mudd and Incubus.
They released their first self-titled album in 2002, and the other
worldly style compilation reached No. 107 on the US Billboard 200. It sold two million copies and made them a hit in the US,
the UK and other countries across the globe. Their second album, A Beautiful Lie (2005) featured their hit song "The Kill,"
which earned the band an MTV2 Music Award that thrust them even farther into the rock music spotlight. In time, A Beautiful
Lie was certified platinum by the RIAA, and "The Kill" was named Top Alternative Song of the Decade by AOL Radio Blog. Since
then, the band has released two more albums and is currently on tour, promoting their latest effort, Love, Lust, Faith and
Although the band had developed a following before they hit it big, it
wasn't until the release of their first album that 30 Seconds to Mars found an international audience. They worked tirelessly
on their first, self-titled album, isolating themselves in a warehouse in the Wyoming wilderness. They created a concept album
that Leto says focuses on the struggle each person must endure during his or her life and the self-determination of those
people. The album sold millions of copies and put the band on the map. Since then, they have become a global sensation, and
continue to have success with every new release.
Even though Jared Leto is usually considered
the star of the family, it is his brother Shannon Leto who shines on the drums when 30 Seconds to Mars performs on stage.
With the ethereal voice and otherworldy entrance of Jared Leto, the fans go wild, holding their hands in the air in the shape
of the band's signature symbol. As the music swells, the band dives into a choreographed performance that excites the crowd
even more. It is safe to say that there's never a dull moment with this talented band.