Review: 30 Seconds to Mars at Next Big Thing at the Ford Amphitheatre
It wasn’t the fact that 30 Seconds to Mars’ lead singer is waaaayyyy too pretty for rock ’n’ roll — although it helped — and it wasn’t just the fact that the band knows how to play after 10 plus years together. It was their energy that made the band rock the house, even at 8 o’clock at night after hours and hours of other acts.
Of all the bands at Next Big Thing last weekend, 30 Seconds to Mars knew best how to get the crowd going and how to make the most interactive show I’ve ever seen. Lead singer Jared Leto knows that he’s hot and there’s no denying it, because he had the soccer moms in front of me wiggling like 4-year-old girls.
It was the guys in the crowd he had to win over, so what the band did was genius: They made the whole crowd sing every song with them. They wanted us to scream, to repeat things after them, they wanted us to talk to them instead of shut up and just listen. And at that point in the very long day and night, we were more than happy to oblige.
Leto’s voice echoed throughout the Ford Amphitheatre with the subdued power that I’ve heard only from Jeff Buckley. They weren’t afraid to set down the super power of electricity and play a few lines of The Kill acoustic. Their new single, Kings and Queens, made everyone jump up and down. They showed no mercy throughout their set and made no apologies for saying some pretty intense words, numerous times, in front of the little kids in the audience. The set ended with This Is War, where Leto shouted, “Who wants to be a soldier for war when you can be a soldier for peace?!” Nevertheless, they gave just what the crowd wanted.
Probably the biggest props go to the band for giving the chance to everyone in the crowd to get their CD two days early and guarantee them they would be signed by the end of the night. I’m sure that if my head hadn’t been spinning at that point (and alas, if school hadn’t beckoned), I probably would still be in line.
-- Rachel Lubitz, tb-two. (Photo not from Sunday's show)