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Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000s with a mix of post-grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum-selling sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005, securing the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours. By placing all-access passes into 12 copies of the album, the bandmates also showed a savvy appreciation for marketing, which they revisited several years later by ...

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30 SECONDS TO MARS Music Videos

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This Is War

This Is War

30 SECONDS TO MARS Shows and Performances

Thirty Seconds To Mars perform Live in Malaysia, 2011

Thirty Seconds To Mars perform Live in Malaysia, 2011

Thirty Seconds To Mars perform Live in Malaysia, 2011

30 SECONDS TO MARS News

Updated September 20, 2013
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Jared Leto of 30 Seconds To Mars took to a cover on Candy Magazine dressed as a female! The actor with his dainty ...
MTV is proud to give fans and critics alike an interview piece done with 30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto talking about ...
30 Seconds To Mars can do no wrong with their latest lyric video release from the track "The Race." Jared Leto and ...
Just In! - 30 Seconds To Mars are premiering their latest music video for their new single 'Up in the Air' on MTV ...
MARS IS COMING! Thirty Seconds To Mars are about to launch their careers and music past Felix Baumgartner's ...
In the new 30 Seconds To Mars documentary, Artifact, Jared Leto is described as a human being who was born to create. ...
Praise, y'all! Thirty Seconds To Mars has just confirmed that they're heading into the studio to start work on their ...
Jared Leto officially hit the mighty four decade mark over the holidays as December 26th marked the anniversary of this ...
Terry Richardson, famous rebel fashion iconic photographer, recently posted another Bromance series between himself and ...
Here are the WINNERS to the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards - the EMA. There were over 158 million votes cast this year ...
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We’re bringing the star power to Belfast! Our 2011 MTV EMA red carpet pre-show, hosted by Tim Kash and Louise Roe, ...
30 Seconds to Mars will enter the record books ..THE record book - Guinness World Records on December 7th when the band ...
LONDON / NEW YORK – 19 September 2011 – MTV today announced the nominees for the “2011 MTV EMA” with Lady Gaga leading ...
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The MTV VMA's will take place on Sunday August 28th, 2011 live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. OFFICIAL 2011 ...
30 Seconds To Mars is already one of the most epic live bands on the planet, however this Wednesday they will get even ...

30 SECONDS TO MARS Photos

Thirty Seconds to Mars have a little fun with Terry Richardson at St. Peter's in New York before an upcoming show.

Full Biography

Formed in 1998 by frontman Jared Leto and his older brother, 30 Seconds to Mars found success in the 2000s with a mix of post-grunge, screamo, and hard rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut album, but it was the platinum-selling sophomore effort A Beautiful Lie that officially opened the flood gates in 2005, securing the band a frequent presence on MTV while paving the way for a number of successful tours. By placing all-access passes into 12 copies of the album, the bandmates also showed a savvy appreciation for marketing, which they revisited several years later by putting fans' photographs on the cover of their third album, This Is War.

Initially known for his work as an actor (most notably on the '90s TV drama My So-Called Life, as well as movies like Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club), Jared Leto decided to flex his musical muscles as he approached his 30s. He enlisted the help of his brother, drummer Shannon Leto, and co-founded 30 Seconds to Mars in 1998. The group made its studio debut four years later, releasing a self-titled album whose post-grunge sound showed an affinity for groups like Chevelle and Incubus. Although only modestly successful, the album convinced the bandmates to continue making music in spite of Jared Leto's busy acting schedule, which had filled up with roles in Panic Room, Highway, American Pyscho, and Requiem for a Dream.

It took three years to record A Beautiful Lie, with the bandmates traveling to four different continents to work with Leto on his movie sets. Released in 2005, A Beautiful Lie widened the band's sound by sampling from metal, neo-prog, and screamo. It also expanded the group's audience by going platinum in America, reaching gold status in several foreign countries, and spawning two Top 10 modern rock hits. 30 Seconds to Mars toured heavily as a result, sporting a new lineup that included lead guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter (both of whom had also contributed to the album) in addition to the two Letos. Although Wachter threw in the towel in 2007, the band continued to tour around the world for the rest of that year, making stops at several major festivals (Roskilde, Pinkpop, Download) and opening shows for bands like the Used and Linkin Park.

Despite their growing momentum, 30 Seconds to Mars soon found themselves at war with their label, EMI/Virgin Records. The band had attempted to sign with a new label after the Beautiful Lie tour, prompting EMI to file a lawsuit for $30 million, claiming that 30 Seconds to Mars was contractually obligated to produce three more albums before signing with another company. The legal dust settled as the band relented and returned to EMI's roster, and This Is War -- the band's third album, not to mention a stylistic return to the sound of their self-titled debut -- arrived in December 2009. To encourage audience participation, the band solicited photographs from their fans, the first 2,000 of which were used to create the album's 2,000 different covers.