Review: Jared Leto amazes at New York concert with Thirty Seconds to Mars Special

Posted Aug 20, 2014 by Markos Papadatos
On August 19, Jared Leto and his rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, played at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York, and their show was amazing.
Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
Courtesy of Jared Leto
This was a tour stop on "The Carnivores" tour, where they shared the stage with such bands as AFI and Linkin Park.
Thirty Seconds to Mars commenced their set with "Up in the Air" and it was followed by the rocking "Search and Destroy," where the words of the song's title were displaying on the large televised screens, as colorful lights dimmed on the stage.
"Anybody out there want to get crazy tonight?" Leto asked, prior to inspiring his fans to get their hands up in the air. There were times when he had them jumping and even told everybody to get down, as he nailed the vocals.
During "This Is War," he had the audience chanting "this is war" and it was followed by the noteworthy "Conquistador," as large beach balls bounced throughout the venue, which were filled up with confetti.
Prior to singing "Kings and Queens," he told the crowd, "Let's wake them up all over the world, wishing they were here tonight." He started the song a capella, displaying his wide vocal range and broke into the tune, which resonated well with the rock fans.
He introduced "Do or Die" as their latest single, and he thanked the fans for making it so successful, since the song was able to reach the Top 20 on the charts, without the help of a record deal. Leto's vocals were haunting yet raw and impressive. As the stage was graced in blue lights, he held up the American flag and shouted, "God Bless the U.S.A."
It was followed by my all-time favorite song of theirs, their previous single "City of Angels," which Leto commenced a sing-along with the fans. He had the audience take out all their cell phones out, where they lit up the venue in what turned to be a beautiful sight, and his vocals were dynamic and captivating.
He sang "End of All Days," which he dedicated to all of the "dreamers and believers" out there, prior to praising the Long Island fans for being an "awesome audience."
The Thirty Seconds to Mars front-man went to the middle of the venue for an acoustic portion of the show, and asked, "Does anybody want to sing with me tonight?" He took requests from the fans, and when he asked them what song he would sing next, most of them called out "Hurricane."
A 15-year-old female fan joined him on a small wooden platform, as he delivered a powerhouse solo rendition of "Hurricane."
"I know we are a little weird, but we have fun," Leto said. He immediately broke into "The Kill (Bury Me)," which featured an a capella outro and the fans were singing the lyrics back to him.
Towards, the end of the segment, he allowed the 15-year-old fan to give him a kiss on the cheek, and they even took selfies together.
It was followed by brief instrumental covers of "Cowboys from Hell" and an instrumental of the first verse of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," where Thirty Seconds to Mars showcased their electrifying guitar riffs.
For the closing song, "Closer to the Edge," he gathered many fans on stage with him, and he had them put their fists up in the air, while asking them to "shake this place to the core." It consisted of laser lights and confetti canyons, which was a neat grand finale.
The Verdict
Jared Leto was incredible live tonight in New York. He and his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, were able to rock out Jones Beach Theater in New York. Vocally, Leto is in a league of his own, standing out as one of the three best male rock vocalists in the genre, along with Chris Cornell and Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge.
Shannon Leto was superb on drums and percussion, and Tomo Milicevic worked the lead guitar to the best of his ability. Their set was very visual and creative and their production was brilliant. While he may have been a little eccentric and unfiltered at times, one cannot help but love Leto's personality. It felt like we were in the army, where the fans were obeying the commands of a well-respected general, Jared Leto. Their show garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
To learn more about Thirty Seconds to Mars and their upcoming show dates, visit their website.