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Not far removed from the middle of winter in the southern hemisphere, it was a cold and wet Melbourne that hosted Jared Leto & Co. at Festival Hall. Touring on the back of their disappointing 3rd album ‘This Is War’, this tour was for some reason titled ‘Into the Wild’. I’d research why, but the fact this blog has been written 2 weeks after the event should tell you how motivated I am at present.

The best seat in the house?

The venue is not exactly much loved around these parts since (ignoring its summer air-conditioning issue which leaves it feeling like a sauna) it is spatially challenged. Spreading sideways instead of back, even some of the best seats in the house (ignoring a limited capacity balcony section which is centrally located) leave attendees with too much of a side view feel. Thankfully, yours truly had one of those best seats for this particular concert since there was no way I was going to submit my ears to the screaming 13 year old girls on the venue’s floor section… The fact that the floor section was also unlicensed is irrelevant… Well, not really, but anyway…

The Art

Arriving as the support band was playing their first song; it was not a great surprise to see The Art receive a lukewarm response. Previously known as The Follow, the Sydney outfit was a strange choice as supports since their sound is not exactly what you would call of the arena-rock type which the night’s headliners were to play. Ironically, they would be a perfect fit for a band such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, who just happened to be playing not 10 blocks away at exactly the same time. Despite the mixed response, The Art were actually quite decent. The rhythm section especially impressed, while the ability to switch vocals to female bass player Kara also assisted with variety.

Pink hair-dye was out of stock?

As 30 Seconds To Mars were just about to take stage, the anticipation of punters built and built, with the burning question on everyone’s mind being: What screwed up hairstyle would Jared emerge with tonight. Having donned a bright pink mohawk for the last couple of months (see the video for new single ‘Closer To The Edge’), it seemed that the part-time actor was in a much more conservative mood this time around; having dyed his hair the relatively normal color of blonde… The mohawk was still present however. The teenage girls were in raptures from the get-go as the band jumped straight into ‘Escape’ followed by the thumping ‘Night of the Hunter’.

Sit down Shannon!

Initially off-putting was the fact that drummer Shannon Leto was not only up-front of stage, but also played mainly standing up. Furthermore, the effects-laden sound of the drums had me questioning whether or not it was actually him playing. As the night wore on however – and the band played songs from across their 3 LP’s – this became less of a concern & distraction. Early on, Jared’s vocals were inconsistent, with his screams surprisingly sounding much better than his clean vocals. One bug-bear of many a concert-goer on the night was the fact that he allowed the audience to do a fair bit of the singing on certain songs. I guess that’s the positive of having an album filled with your fans (The Echelon) singing on it! Much has been said about Jared’s ego over the ears, but I have no hesitation in stating he seemed sincere throughout the night and was genuinely flattered as to the reaction his band was receiving. 

The night meandered on a little until about the half-way point, where Shannon grabbed an acoustic guitar and began strumming ‘L490’. Just like a Vegas magician, it distracted the audience to the point that it took a few minutes to realize Jared had disappeared. He re-appeared a few minutes later on a tiny stage near the sound booth (in amongst the crowd) where he proceeded to put any doubts of his singing voice behind him with a fantastic mini-acoustic set composed of ‘A Modern Myth’, ‘The Story’, ‘From Yesterday’ and a shockingly effective version of the polarizing ‘Hurricane’. This seemed to reinvigorate Jared as the subsequent ‘Closer to the Edge’ & ‘The Kill’ rocked. ‘Buddha For Mary’ was also a surprise inclusion amongst the encore trio, as the night ended with Jared inviting 50 odd audience members on to the stage for ‘Kings & Queens’. Overall, it was clearly not the best performance anyone is likely to see in their lives, but it wasn’t the worst either… A fun sing-along at the very least.





DaveyBoy
08.11.10
30 Seconds To Mars setlist

1. Escape
2. Night of the Hunter
3. Attack
4. Vox Populi
5. Search & Destroy
6. A Beautiful Lie
7. This is War
8. 100 Suns
9. L490
10. A Modern Myth
11. The Story
12. From Yesterday
13. Hurricane
14. Closer to the Edge
15. The Kill

ENCORE
16. Buddha For Mary
17. The Fantasy
18. Kings & Queens

East Hastings
08.11.10
good read, you probably should have gone to see BRMC though haha

Mordecai.
08.11.10
lol

theacademy
08.11.10
DAVEY BLOGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGZ

AtavanHalen
08.11.10
No fucking Capricorn? Whatever.

DaveyBoy
08.11.10
I'm with you DavID. Would have loved to have heard 'Capricorn'. But I should count my blessings since other states didn't even get this many older songs.

Counterfeit
08.11.10
WE ARE THE KIIIIIIIIINNNNGGGGGSSSSSSSSS

DiceMan
08.11.10
I'd wanna see The Kill. Otherwise, no way in hell you'd catch me here.

DaveyBoy
08.11.10
Sounds like you would have been great up on stage for the finale Counterfeit.

DiceMan, let's just say that at one stage when Jared did that thing where he tells all the guys to make some noise & then all the girls to make some noise; I've never heard as much of a discrepancy in sound at a gig.

Counterfeit
08.11.10
I'm flattered Davey.

I'd wanna see The Kill. Otherwise, no way in hell you'd catch me here.[2]

DaveyBoy
08.11.10
BURY ME, BURY ME.

Counterfeit
08.11.10
I AM FINISHED WITH YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUU

DaveyBoy
08.11.10
What was that bunny doing in the video?

Counterfeit
08.11.10
Wait, bunny? Ohhh, never watched the video for that. So snippets of it on that "The Edge" commercial that always airs on Comedy Central and I was like nooooooo.

Captain North
08.11.10
Way too much from the new LP

Mordecai.
08.11.10
way too much 30stm

Willie
08.11.10
Nice write-up. I've never seen these guys live, but it seems like they could be pretty good. Also, the third album isn't disappointing ;)

Nagrarok
08.11.10
A friend of mine saw them on Pinkpop in '07, but said they were pretty terrible live.

AliW1993
08.11.10
Nice write up, not really a 30stm fan though

bgregab
08.11.10
This sounds to be the exact same set and setup when they were in DC. Jared mentioned he was feeling sick and the crowd would have to help him sing. He honestly must have only sung half of the songs. For me, it was a huge disappointment. I was amazed at the control that he had over the crowd but I was disappointed by the fact that he didn't sing much at all, sick or not. Sounds like he does the sing-a-long throughout the tour.

Romulus
08.11.10
I'm so pleased there was a whole paragraph on the hair

Mr_Coffee
08.11.10
good read, you probably should have gone to see BRMC though haha [2]

Obfuscation24
08.11.10
They didn't play Oblivion...? Son, I am dissapoint

fr33convict
08.11.10
Wow this is like reading a description of the concert when I saw these guys.

DaveyBoy
08.11.10
Tom, I agree on the setlist. But you should have seen the Perth setlist (performed a few days before this)... It was even worse.

Let me guess Trey, your expectations were so low that the word "disappointing" cannot be used.

bgregab, it does sound similar. Although there were no hints he was sick this time around. There is no doubt they put on a show as much as a concert. And Jared definitely has stage presence, but so he should I guess.

Roms, the whole blog could have been about his hair.

I'm not a big fan of BRMC Mr. Coffee.

I'll take that as a compliment of sorts fr33convict.

pizzamachine
08.12.10
I would love to see these guys live.

DaveyBoy
08.12.10
Yeah, they're worth a watch pizza, but probably no more than that. Just my luck then that they are back down under in 8 months time!

Metalstyles
08.12.10
nice write-up Davey. I probably wouldn't want to see 30STM live but hey, if the support would be good, who knows. Then again, in that case I might go for the supporting act only...

pizzamachine
08.12.10
@ DaveyBoy: Well I doubt I'd be able to see them more than once anyway haha! 8 months? That really is the perfect waiting time.
@ Metalstyles: Oh come on they wouldn't be *that* bad.

DaveyBoy
08.12.10
I wonder if their world tour would head to your parts.

pizzamachine
08.12.10
Well they'll be in Vancouver on Sep. 22 but that's pretty much when I'm busy with college.

Yordy
08.12.10
Fun read, though I really don't enjoy this band much. I may have to check out a couple of their better tracks.

DaveyBoy
08.12.10
I'm not getting into a debate over which of their songs or albums are best. Different people have wildly opposing views.

lachis
08.12.10
Kinda peeved they didn't play in Brisbane. Good to hear it was a decent show though.

Fuff24
08.12.10
Nice write up, not really a 30stm fan though [2]

DaveyBoy
08.13.10
Thanks Fuff.

I have no idea why they would have skipped Brissy. They definitely would have gone close to selling out there. And they went to Perth.

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08.23.10
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DaveyBoy
08.23.10
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