I have been a 30 Seconds to Mars fan for the last 5 years or so, and I absolutely love them. Regardless of who is in the band, they are amazing musicians and never fail to put on a phenomenal show. I saw them for the first time back home at an acoustic, and more intimate performance. After playing they stayed for a meet and greet! They each signed my CD sleeve and Jared, ever so nicely, touched my face when we got a picture together and said that this was the last photo he would take -- score one for Lolly, lol! Having that experience made me so happy. I think back to when I was younger and obsessed with the pop stars like Britney Spears or the Spice Girls or *NSYNC... I would pray every night for the chance to meet them but I never have. I've realized that all of the artists/musicians I have met in my life, so far, have had a greater impact on my life than those 90s pop stars, and it makes me that much more grateful for the opportunity to meet with them, and actually hang out.
The day after the acoustic show, I headed up to Toronto with a few friends to see 30 Seconds to Mars play and I couldn't believe the energy they put forth with their full scale concert. After the show, they did another meet and greet. As my friend Lauren and I got closer in line, Shannon noticed us, remembering us from the previous day, and told us to step aside and wait for them to finish their signing. So we did and a little later we were brought backstage to hang out with them. Unbelievable! And even though it was so long ago, I still remember it like it was yesterday. Matt, Shannon, and Tomo were super nice and welcoming! We didn't stay back there too long, which was a bummer, but we didn't want to leave our other friend's hanging out waiting all night. I will never forget those experiences for the rest of my life.
Anyway, five years later here I am (with my boyfriend) at another show! I can't believe how long it has been since I've seen them live and they did not disappoint. Neon Trees opened up and all I can say is, WOW! What amazing musicians and performers. Their drummer is a girl and she killed it. Their lead singer is a great front man -- super entertaining, energetic, and interactive! I didn't want their set to end. Next came Mute Math. I had never heard of them until that night and they were pretty good, too.
30 Seconds to Mars finally came on and everyone went crazy. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have that kind of influence on so many people, and Jared handles it well. Sure, he drops a lot of F-bombs with so many young children in the room, but that it wouldn't be the same without them -- if that makes sense. It is all a part of the show and I could see how much enjoyment they all had playing that night. He hit every note and then some!
This concert couldn't have come at a better time. With everything I am dealing with on a personal level, it felt good to push all of the worries aside and let loose. And I didn't lose my shoes this time! (At the last show, it was so crazy I lost both of my shoes... I was prepared to go home without them but my friends came to the rescue -- thanks Brian and Leighanne!) About halfway through the set, we had to get out of the crowd to use the restroom and once we got back, we ordered a drink and all of a sudden Jared was gone. Wouldn't you know he was walking right behind us to get to a small stage at the soundbox! Everyone by the bar started to freak out and wah-lah, there was this brilliant musician within 5 feet, skinny jeans with studded knees, and all... loves it! He sang part of his rendition of "Bad Romance," all as a prelude to splitting the room to sing "The Kill" and go crowd surfing.
Adam and I quickly made our way back to the floor and he started to invite fans on stage. At one point, Jared asked for 5 more people to get on someone's shoulders and before I knew it I was on Adam's and Jared pointed at me and acknowledged me with a, "That's what I'm talking about" or something similar. It felt good, not going to lie! I didn't get on stage but I still had the time of my life that night. I could honestly listen to that man's voice for hours and hours and hours straight and not get sick of it.
I cannot wait until I see them again. Hopefully, I don't have to wait another 5 years. The only downfall of the night was that I didn't charge my camera's battery so I wasn't able to get as many photos as I usually do at shows. I did manage to get a couple good videos, and I will leave you with one:
I highly recommend checking each of these bands out if you already haven't. Pick up their records or go see a show, you will not regret it!