this is the group that went to thirty seconds to mars on a whim last saturday night:
this was also one of the greatest moments of my adult life, as reese's apparently was a sponsor of the tour & welcomed us to "take as many reese's out of this bag as you'd like."
i took ten. and then wished later i had taken more.....
i have to admit that i was dragging my feet on this one--katie really, really wanted to go. but i was skeptical.
i guess i'd written jared leto's band off as just one more movie/tv star's vanity music project, much like juliette lewis , jada pinkett-smith or (heaven forbid!) russell crowe.
plus, since i'd already written them off, i never gave any of the songs a chance. i was too busy comparing them to a "poor man's chemical romance".
it didn't help leto's cause that he was too good looking to be taken seriously-- and the guy-liner certainly didn't help. add to all of this a fan base that's loaded a little heavy on the emo side, and BINGO! you've got yourself a band that never stood a chance.
i must say that this concert changed my mind. completely.
if you have a moment, watch. it's following them on their world tour right now, so you can get the feel of what we saw:
being a concert-veteran, i figured i'd seen it all--but leto pulled out a few moves that made me gasp.
such as diving head-first into the crowd to body-surf. as well as standing on top of the railing while fans held his legs and inviting approx. 100+ fans up on the stage to dance & sing behind him for the last number of the night. insane.
my favorite of the night, however, was jared's big brother, shannon, who plays the drums:
this dude played the drums with more aggression and force than any single drummer i've seen.
(and believe you me, i've seen a lot.) we watched while a crew member wheeled over a little oxygen tank behind the drum-kit, and he'd take a big whiff every few songs--now THAT'S rockstar!