91X Wrex The Halls featuring 30 Seconds To Mars
12/13/2009 – Viejas Arena -San Diego, CA

Words by WarChild490
Videos taken from YouTube/Shot by user Kobefan131

Photos by Daikou

Coming from someone like myself, who hasn’t set foot outside the city of Los Angeles in over ten years, taking a trip to San Diego was exciting enough. When the reason for the trip is a band you’ve been wanting to see play live for the past 4 years, not even lack of sleep could stop you from thinking that this show was not going to be anything less than awesome. As I watched Jared, Shannon, Tomo, and touring bassist Tim live for the very first time, all of those thoughts were instantly confirmed.

Waiting for the return of 30 seconds to mars to play anywhere that’s local to me was proven to be well worth it. Every moment I stood (and jumped around on Jared Leto’s command) in the pit with my best friend by my side had me lost in the world that I imagined this band would take me with their sound and presence. Sharing the stage with Rise Against and AFI, it may be surprising to some that it was 30STM that received the loudest cheers after being announced. Although the deep red flags placed upon stage and having ‘o Fortuna’ by Carl Orff play as their into were enough to get the crowd riled up and beyond ready to rock, the guys opened with A Beautiful Lie, the title track from their 2005 release that I’ve personally purchased 3 times due to over-play ware and tear. From the melodic vocal runs that everyone sang along to, to Jared rushing in the crowd, this front man took hold of everyone’s full attention and did not let go.

Mixing the old tracks with the new from the bands brand new release ‘This is War’, each song never failed to keep the exciting tempo. If you shared my up close view in that pit, were 12 rolls up, or even in the nose bleed seats, without a doubt this was just a little taste of what 30 seconds to mars has up their sleeves for their headline tour next spring.


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