I’m still thrilled after last night’s Thirty Seconds to Mars concert at Grand West Casino. A huge fan of the Leto boys, with Tomo adding a touch of the exotic, I was smiling to start, but am now completely wowed by the sheer wonder of their performance.
With an intro of beating African drums, billowing smoke and strobe lighting Jared Leto joined his brother Shannon (on drums) and Tomo Milicevic (on guitar) for the opening song It’s a Beautiful Lie. If anyone was unsure about the relationship between the band members and the planet in their name, one wouldn’t be after experiencing the surreal, almost illusionary appearance of the trio silhouetted on the stage.
But they really are no illusion and kept the thousands of adoring fans riveted and dancing. Jared is an entertainer, who encourages audience participation to the extent of creating a mosh pit in the Golden Circle as well as suggesting that we be lifted onto each other shoulders. This wasn’t all, he continually talked to the crowd asking us to jump, lift our hands and expend our energy in a manner which will make for life long memories. He seems to love it as much as we did!
Thirty Seconds to Mars fed off the audience as their songs were drunk in by us. When Jared walked out with acoustic guitar and simply asked “any requests” I grinned broadly – from within 🙂 This is a tour of note and Cape Town has one more chance to see them tonight.
Best of all is that Jared expressed his love of South Africa, spoke about the songs he’d written whilst here a couple of years ago and has promised to return soon. Next time I’m going Golden Circle with the hope of being one of the lucky ±20 fans that were invited on stage for the final song “Kings and Queens”. Besides pretty boys like these deserve a closer look ….. Still smiling!!
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