30 Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from LA, formed in 1998 by Jared and Shannon Leto. If you’re a fan, you must read these facts!

  1. Solon Bixler – 30 Seconds to Mars’ former guitarist, was replaced with Tomo Milicevic in 2003.
  2. Matt Wachter was the former bassist for 30 Seconds to Mars from 2001 to 2007.
  3. Matt Watcher developed a concussion from frequent head-banging on stage.
  4. They have released three albums: 30 Seconds to Mars, A Beautiful Lie and This is War
  5. Their fourth album called Love Lust Faith + Dreams is released in May 2013.
  6. Jared Leto is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the band.
  7. Even though Jared Leto is a Hollywood actor, he prefers not to use this position to promote the band.
  8. Their first album produced two singles, ‘Capricorn (A Brand New Name)’ and ‘Edge of the Earth’.
  9. Their second album – A Beautiful Lie, was released on 30th August 2005.
  10. To promote their second album, the band enclosed golden tickets inside 12 copies of ‘A Beautiful Lie’, which allowed the 12 lucky people to get into any concert for free, along with backstage access.
  11. A Beautiful Lie was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in January 2006 for distribution of over one million albums.
  12. Jared Leto’s middle name is Joseph.
  13. Jared is part Spanish due to his grandfather’s Spanish ancestry.
  14. In 1996 and 1997, Jared was chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World – by People magazine.
  15. In August 2008, Virgin Records filed a $30 million lawsuit, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract.
  16. 30 Seconds to Mars has received 80 awards from 146 nominations as of March 2013.
  17. The video for ‘A Beautiful Lie’ was shot in Greenland.
  18. Jared never had a pink Mohawk – it was pomegranate!
  19. The video for ‘The Kill’ was based on the film The Shining by Stephen King.
  20. The band named their phoenix logo Mithra.
  21. The song ‘Hunter’ is a cover of a Bjork song.
  22. The band’s name actually comes from a thesis that they found on the internet, a section of that was entitled “Thirty Seconds To Mars”. It discusses the exponential growth of technology which relates to humans and saying that we are quite literally thirty seconds to Mars.
  23. The symbols for the 30 Seconds to Mars logo hasn’t actually been confirmed as meaning ’30 Seconds to Mars’.
  24. They are the only band to film an entire music video in China – ‘From Yesterday’.
  25. With the release of This Is War, 30 Seconds to Mars introduced a new logo, known as the Triad, which refers to “group of three”, hence the three sides of the triangle.
  26. In ‘The Kill’ The number 6277 is used for the room number because it spells out “Mars” on a telephone keypad. The number also makes an appearance in the video for ‘From Yesterday’.
  27. Their song ‘Echelon’ was used in the movie The Core (2003).
  28. The music video for the song ‘Hurricane’ was banned by MTV and several other TV channels around the world because of its elements of mature content.
  29. Jared’s favourite drink is hot chocolate!
  30. Up In The Air is their first single from the album Love Lust Faith + Dreams, this CD was sent into space on 1st March 2013, which makes Up In The Air the first ever commercial copy of music into space!

Some people ask us if this is a cult, I say this,it’s something special, it’s not for everyone, it’s only for those who understand” – Jared Leto talking about “Echelon”.


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