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article imageReview: Thirty Seconds to Mars electrifies Madison Square Garden in NYC Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 21, 2018 in Music
New York - On June 20, acclaimed rock group Thirty Seconds to Mars (made up on brothers Jared and Shannon Leto) headlined Madison Square Garden as part of "The Monolith Tour," for a good turnout.
The bands Joywave, MisterWives and Walk The Moon, all served as their opening acts, where they were able to warm up the stage for the California rockers.
Thirty Seconds to Mars kicked off their show with "Monolith," where their elaborate stage set underwent a neat transformation. "New York City, make some fucking noise,' Jared Leto said, and continued with "Up in the Air."
After telling everybody to get down, he immediately broke into "Kings and Queens." "New York City," he exclaimed. "How are you feeling out there?" he asked, and was dancing around the stage. Following the warm reception of "King and Queens," he reiterated his gratitude to the Madison Square Garden audience. "Thank you, thank you, thank you," Jared Leto said.
They showed the rebellious side on "This Is War," as giant balls bounced around the World's Most Famous Arena. It felt like Jared was an army general giving orders to his fans, which served as his loyal soldiers.
"Anybody heard a song called 'Dangerous Night'?" Jared asked, and showcased his rich, smooth vocals on the tune, as well as his strong storytelling ability. "Are you having a good time?" he subsequently asked, and the answer was a resounding "yes."
He invited two fans up on stage during "Do or Die," where one was from The Bronx and the other from Orlando, Florida, respectively. During this performance, Jared waved the American flag on stage.
"Hail to the Victor" was the song that touched his listeners on an emotional level, and he encouraged them to put their hands up in the air. "Get your hands up," Jared exclaimed.
"Turn on the lights. I want to see these crazy people. How are you doing? Where are the crazy ones?" he asked, and subsequently took off his sunglasses to see them. He noted that this marked the first time that Thirty Seconds to Mars has played in New York City since 2011, and shared that the band has a new album out called America.
Jared went on to perform "Rescue Me," a tune about pain, anxiety and depression, and overcoming all of those things and celebrating life. He really captured the rawness of the lyrics, and encouraged the fans to hold their cell phones up in the air during his moving rendition of "Great Wide Open," which was inspirational and liberating at the same time.
Shannon Leto took the stage to sing "Remedy," which was an added treat, and after "The Kill (Bury Me)," Thirty Seconds to Mars closed with such powerhouse songs as "Walk on Water" and "Closer to the Edge."
The Verdict
Overall, Thirty Seconds to Mars did a phenomenal job performing at Madison Square Garden. It is evident that Jared Leto and his brother, Shannon, are like fine wine, where they only get better with age and experience. Although they did not sing "City of Angels" at this show, it was still an awesome, top-notch musical experience that is recommended for all fans of rock music and Thirty Seconds to Mars. Jared Leto showcased his eccentric yet irresistible personality, as well as his tremendous stage presence throughout the night; moreover, their energy level was infectious. Their Madison Square Garden set garnered an A rating.
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