Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars coming to Steinbrenner Field in Tampa
Say this for Jared Leto: He's not resting on his laurels
Days after winning an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto and his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, have announced a blockbuster tour with fellow modern-rock titans Linkin Park that'll hit an unusual Tampa venue, George M. Steinbrenner Field, on Aug.9. AFI, a pretty popular band in their own right, will open the show. Tickets are $40-$79, and they'll go on sale to the public on Monday, March 10. Click here for details.
Tampa Bay fans got sort of a mini-preview of this show back in December, when Thirty Seconds to Mars headlined last year's 97X Next Big Thing, along with Stone Temple Pilots performing with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
Back then, Leto was merely an Oscar contender, not an Oscar winner. Now that he's name-checked Thirty Seconds to Mars and his drummer/brother Shannon in his Best Supporting Actor acceptance speech, it's safe to say a few more eyes will be on him.
As for Linkin Park, this'll be their first local show since a 2011 gig at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It was announced this week that they'll be re-releasing a special edition of Collision Course, their 2004 album with Jay Z, for this year's Record Store Day on April 19.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*