30 Seconds To Mars rocked the Sound Academy last night. Before coming out on stage the crowd was informed that the band would be filming the show and that by sticking around they would be giving their consent to appear in the resulting video.
They gave anyone the opportunity to leave if they did not want to be filmed. The crowd roared back and nobody could be seen leaving.
The shadow of front man Jared Leto then appeared from behind a giant white sheet only to be blown off as the band kicked into the opening song: "Escape". The band is from Los Angeles and originally formed by brothers Jared and Shannon in 1998. They have released three albums to date: The self titled debut in 2002, "A Beautiful Lie" in 2005 and their latest "This Is War" in late 2009.
It had been a while since 30 Seconds To Mars played a gig in Toronto which seemed to bring out a big cross section of their fans. The crowd itself was quite diverse in age. Leto recalled the first time the band played in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern while conversing with a fan who was only five years old at the time.
The band played an eighteen song set which included plenty of crowd participation at the request of Jared Leto himself. Many times through out the show he asked the crowd to move up three steps, crowd surf, go wild and help sing along to the songs.
Midway through the set Leto made his way to the soundboard area for an intimate acoustic set which delighted fans at the back of the venue.
They finished off the night playing their latest hit "Kings and Queens" with a stage full of fans behind them. Unfortunately there was no pit access for this show because the band was filming the performance. However, making my way through the very sweaty crowd it was quite obvious that most everyone there thought the performance was stellar.