By: PAULO SILVESTRE
FEBRUARY 15 will be marked with an event which promises to go down in the history of great musical events in Portugal: the band 30 Seconds to Mars will make its debut at Coliseu de Lisboa in the presence of 4,000 people.
Formed in 1998 by the Leto brothers, 30 Seconds to Mars was a parallel project to Jared Leto’s acting career. From great actor to a great singer, the jump was quick.
After having participated in movies like American Psycho, The Thin Red Line and Fight Club, Jared Leto released albums with sales of more than a million copies.
Drawing on influences ranging from masters like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Rush to other significant artists such as Brian Eno and The Cure, 30 Seconds to Mars rises above the chaos of the modern world by allowing listeners to picture themselves away from it.
Their debut album was launched in 2002 and it was produced by Bob Ezrin. Well received by critics, 30 Seconds to Mars was called a new young promise of rock. Jared Leto recorded all the vocals, guitar, bass, and synth parts of the album, while his brother Shannon played drums.
On tour, they were joined by guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter, both eventually joined the band after that.
Worldwide success arrived in 2005 with the release of A Beautiful Lie, which went platinum in the US for exceeding one million in album sales. The lyrics were written in five different countries on four continents over three years, and the album was recorded in Los Angeles, New York and South Africa.
The album has recurring themes of loss and disillusionment with the world.
The video clip of the single From Yesterday was filmed in China and was the first American video made in Chinese territory.
Last year, with over seven million votes, they won the Fuse Best of 2007 Award. Fuse is a music video-oriented television channel that has modelled itself as the premier cable channel for rock, alternative, punk, emo and indie music.
30 Seconds to Mars beat around 32 other bands competing for the prize, including White Stripes, Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Avril Lavigne, Maroon 5, Pink and Justin Timberlake.
Listen to 30 Seconds to Mars at www.myspace.com/thirtysecondstomars