29 July 2010
I'm the first to own up to not being a fan of 30 Seconds To Mars and my reasons are threefold. 1 - I can't stand whingy music, 2 - it's no secret that despite his hotness, Jared Leto is a douche, and 3 - well ok, maybe I only have 2 reasons.
So it stands to reason that I wasn't expecting much from last night's Festival Hall gig. But to my surprise, it actually wasn't that bad.
There's certainly no denying Leto has a great on stage presence and the band give a top notch performance. This ladies and gents, is a real rock show.
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Kicking it off with a grand opening, big lighting effects and their usual powerful moody rock, the enthusiastic crowd were hanging on their every chord.
Festival Hall echoed with the unmistakeable sound of Leto's vocals, with Jared rocking his new bottle blonde Mohawk!
There was plenty of the standard 'put your hands up' and 'everybody jump' calls from the band -- it's like a concert for dummies!
But the crowd loved every minute of it. Even when a lucky winner from Melbourne suburb Lalor got to shred it on stage with the band during their hit 'This Is War'.
Leto popped up at one point in the sound booth for a broken down acoustic set that blew the crowd away, including an audience-led rendition of 'From Yesterday'.
Their 2006 hit 'The Kill (Bury Me)' was possibly the ultimate crowd favourite of the night, aided in my section by the girl behind me singing loudly out of tune and screaming enough to ruin the hearing of everyone sitting in balcony! And a special congrats to the left hand side for bringing it in the cheering department.
Capping off the night with a three song encore ending in the song the fans had been chanting for all night, 'Kings and Queens', a pumped up Jared called for fans to come up on stage for this final song - no doubt to the sheer horror of the security team!
30 Seconds To Mars certainly delivered a quality performance last night and fans were only left disappointed by the fact that the band couldn't stay to perform more of their early material. Today I'm thankful to the Festy Hall balcony for holding up despite all that jumping!
Stay tuned for a special 'Australian' version of the video for their latest single 'Closer To The Edge', filmed during their current visit!