Thirty Seconds to Mars

American rock band from California

Thirty Seconds to Mars are an American alternative rock band from Los Angeles. This band was started in 1998 by the actor Jared Leto and his brother Shannon Leto. The current members of the band are Jared Leto (lead vocals) and Shannon Leto (drummer).

Thirty Seconds to Mars
30 Seconds to Mars in 2009. From left to right: Tomo Miličević, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto.
30 Seconds to Mars in 2009. From left to right: Tomo Miličević, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto.
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPost-grunge, alternative rock, new prog, hard rock, alternative metal, progressive metal
Years active1998–present
LabelsVirgin Records, EMI, Immortal Records, Interscope Records, Concord Records
MembersJared Leto
Shannon Leto
Past member(s)Matt Wachter
Solon Bixler
Kevin Drake
Tomo Miličević

Band history change

Formation change

Created in 1998 by the actor Jared Leto and his brother Shannon, Thirty Seconds to Mars began as a small family project. Matt Wachter later joined the band as bassist and keyboard player. After working with two guitarists, Kevin Drake and Solon Bixler, the band auditioned Tomo Miličević to join the band.[1]

According to an interview from Virgin Records, the band's name;

"Actually comes

from a thesis that the band found online that was written by a former Harvard professor. And one of the subsections of the

thesis was titled "Thirty Seconds to Mars" and he goes on to talk about the exponential growth of technology that relates to humans and saying that we are quite literally thirty seconds to mars. What it means to us is, we thought it best described our music, in short."[2]

Even if Jared Leto is a major Hollywood actor, he prefers not to use this information to "sell" the band and he refuses to play shows where they use his name to promote the band.

30 Seconds to Mars (2002–2005) change

The self-titled album was released on August 27, 2002 by Immortal Records and Virgin Records, produced by Bob Ezrin and Brian Virtue. The first single, "Capricorn (A Brand New Name)", peaks at number 31 an the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. In the music video, the band members are in a desert where people are digging in mud pits. The band is playing in a ditch where others are watching them.

The second single is "Edge of the Earth". The music video is created by a series of live clips of Thirty Seconds to Mars. It represents when Tomo Miličević joined in the band.

A Beautiful Lie (2005–2008) change

Their second album, A Beautiful Lie, was released on August 30, 2005 by Immortal Records and Virgin Records, produced by Josh Abraham. The first single, "Attack", brought Thirty Seconds to Mars to world success. The video for the song was filmed in an abandoned hotel in Hollywood.

In January 2006 this album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for distribution of over one million albums.[3] In March 2006 the band began their first tour from headliner, called Forever Night, Never Day. In October 2006 the band began their Welcome to the Universe Tour, sponsored by MTV2.[4]

The second single from the album is "The Kill", and it follows the success of the precedent single. It spent 52 weeks on the Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks. The music video is based on the American film Shining. This single won the MTV2 Award at the MTV Video Music Awards, Best Single at the Kerrang! Awards, Best Live Action at the MTVu Woodie Awards, Video of the Year and Best Rock Video at the MTV Australian Music Awards and Best Video Inspired By Film at the Fuse Chainsaw Awards. This single was also at number 18 on MTV Italy's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.

On March 1, 2007, while on tour in El Paso, Texas, Jared Leto announced to the arena that was the last concert of Thirty Seconds to Mars with Matt Wachter. He dedicated the final song of the show, "R-Evolve", to Matt. They are also played in various festivals as Roskilde, Rock am Ring, Pinkpop, Give It A Name and Download.

The third single from the album is "From Yesterday" and it is a success too. The music video is based on the Italian film The Last Emperor. It is the first American rock video ever shot in its entirety in the People's Republic of China.[5] This single peaks at number 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks, and also in Europe, Bolivia and Latvia Singles Chart. At this time, Thirty Seconds to Mars won also Best Artist at the TRL Awards Italy, Best Rock Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Best of 2007 at the Fuse Awards and Best International Artist at the Bandit Rock Awards.

The fourth single from the album is "A Beautiful Lie" and it is very success. The video is a montage of images of the Greenland, with scenes of the band playing on an iceberg. The single won the Video Star at the MTV Asia Awards and at the MTV Europe Music Awards, and in 2009 it was certified gold by MTV International. In April 2008, Thirty Seconds to Mars released only in Argentina the fifth single from the album, "The Story".

Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2008 won Best Single for "From Yesterday" and Best International Band at the Kerrang! Awards, Best Rock Artist International at the MTV Latin America Awards and Best Rock Artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards where were one of the hosts.

EMI lawsuit and This Is War (2008–present) change

In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract. According to the lawsuit, the band "repudiated" a 1999 contract in July.[6]

On February 11, 2009 issue of Kerrang!, the working title for the new album is said to be This Is War.[7][8] On Twitter, Jared released a bit of information about his trip to Haiti, and recorded a song called "Hurricane" with Kanye West and Brandon Flowers of The Killers.[9][10]

On April 28, they returned from EMI and the lawsuit was annulled.[11][12][13][14]

Soon after the announcement of the lawsuit settlement, Thirty Seconds to Mars told MTV News have promised to release This Is War by October 2009.[15][16] According to their Twitter,[17] they have at least four songs done for their new album on May 27. Although these dates have been changed many times, Thirty Seconds to Mars have announced that This Is War will be released December 8, 2009.

Band members change

Current members change

Former members change

  • Matt Wachter – bass guitar, keyboard/synth
  • Solon Bixler – guitar
  • Tomo Miličević - lead guitar

Touring musicians change

  • Tim Kelleher – bass guitar, keyboard/synth
  • Kevin Drake – guitar

Discography change

Studio albums change

Singles change

Awards change

References change

  1. Angel (June 28, 2006). "Confront Magazine interview with Tomo Milicevic and Matt Wachter". Confront. Archived from the original on September 10, 2007. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
  2. "Character Profile: 30 Seconds to Mars". Archived from the original on March 13, 2007. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  3. "Recording Industry Association of America: Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2009.
  4. Pascarella, Tony (December 2, 2007). "30 Seconds to Mars (Matt Wachter)". Retrieved January 28, 2008.
  5. "3/26/2007 - 30 Seconds to Mars". February 26, 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2007.
  6. "Virgin Records sues Jared Leto's band for $30M". Associated Press. August 15, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008.
  7. Dan (March 10, 2009). "World exclusive 30 Seconds To Mars interview!". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. Retrieved March 13, 2009.
  8. Kerrang!. "World exclusive 30 Seconds To Mars studio report (pdf)" (PDF). Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  9. James Montgomery (April 15, 2009). "Kanye West Working With 30 Seconds To Mars On New Album". MTV Networks. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  10. Chris Harris (April 20, 2009). "30STM's Jared Leto on Working With Kanye West". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  11. "4/28/2009 - EMI vs. MARS". April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  12. James Montgomery (April 29, 2009). "30 Seconds To Mars Try Hard So You Don't Have To". MTV Networks. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  13. James Montgomery (April 29, 2009). "Exclusive: 30 Seconds To Mars Talk Settlement With EMI". MTV Networks. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  14. Todd Martens (April 28, 2009). "Exclusive: 30 Seconds to Mars and EMI make nice, new album due this fall". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  15. "This Is War -". Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  16. Tom Spinelli (May 7, 2009). "30 Seconds to Mars set release date for new album". Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  17. 30 Seconds to Mars on Twitter

Other websites change