30 Seconds to Mars to play Coliseum

Alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars will perform at the West Virginia University Coliseum April 26. The band was created in the late ‘90s as a family project, founded by brothers Shannon and Jared Leto. 30 Seconds to Mars received an MTV2 Award for its 2006 hit single “The Kill.”

Its 2007 album “A Beautiful Lie” was certified platinum. The group’s title track from its latest album titled “This Is War” peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Alternative Songs Chart in 2009. Drummer Shannon said working with his brother has been an intimate learning experience. “It’s been a wonderful experience – he’s very inspirational to me.

He perseveres through everything, and I learn constantly from him on a day-to-day basis,” Shannon said. “He’s fun too. We really have a great relationship.” The band is most known for its elaborate and creative music video productions, snagging a “Best Video Woodie for Live Action” at the 2006 mtvU Woodie Awards for single “The Kill,” while its video for “A Beautiful Lie” was certified gold by MTV International in 2009.

Shannon accredited his brother’s wild imagination tothe band’s successful music-to-video interpretations. “My brother directs all the videos and it all really just comes from his mind and the experiences he’s had. It’s all about his imagination and his dreams,” Shannon said.

Shannon’s side project, CB7, is a new wave alternative electronic band that will open at the upcoming concert. When Shannon met up with frontman Antoine Becks, he knew the band’s unique sound was something he couldn’t let go. “I met the lead singer a few years ago in Miami, and he told me what he was all about.

I had him send me some vocals and guitar, and it was an amazing sound,” Shannon said. “We’ve been working on the group’s demo for the past couple of years and it’s very exciting.”

Shannon stepped outside the box on 30 Second to Mars’ latest album “This Is War” by writing his own song titled “L490.” “It was just something I felt inspired to do. I’ve been around and recorded and everyone really like this idea so we decided to put it on the album,” Shannon said. Hip-hop genius Cee Lo Green will also be performing at the WVU Coliseum April 26, and Shannon said opportunities like these are why he loves being a performer.

“One thing about touring is getting to travel to so many different places at different types of venues and experiencing different genres of bands,” Shannon said. “It’s a wonderful existence being in a band and getting to do all of that. You get to check out so many different ideas and see how other artists express themselves.” The band is known for incorporating interestingly themed live performances, and Shannon said the WVU audience should be prepared for a lively show. “We’re thinking of a couple of ideas for the West Virginia show, so we’ll see. We are always trying to do something live that is fun and exciting and exploring and interactive, and we just basically believe in sharing the experience with our fans as much as possible,” Shannon said.

Tickets are available at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices. Prices range from $27 to $44. WVU students can receive $10 off ticket price with a valid student ID. “Get ready. Just get ready. We’re going to bring the chaos, the sweat, the blood and the tears. It’s just going to be really exciting for everyone and we’re excited to perform,” Shannon said.

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