30 Seconds To Mars Biography
The Los Angeles, Californa USA, Alternative-Rock band 30 Seconds To Mars, formed up in 2002 as a creation of vocalist + guitarist Jared Leto, an actor known to many from the TV series "My So Called Life" and the films "Panic Room" and "Alexander". He enlisted the help of his brother, Shannon, on drums and was backed by guitarist Solon Bixler and bassist Matt Wachter.
After the band opened up on a 6-week tour for Puddle Of Mudd, signed to Immortal Records to issue, in August 2002, their self-titled debut album; the record reached the #1 slot on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and #107 on The Billboard 200. The main single, "Capricorn (A Brand New Name)", became a Mainstream Rock top 40 hit. Bixler left the group during the album's supporting tour, he was succeeded by the talented guitarist + keyboardist Tomo Milicevic.
Released in the summer of 2005, 30 Seconds To Mars' second full-length CD, "A Beautiful Lie", became a worldwide success rocketing into the top 20 in Australia and into the top 40 in U.K. and U.S. where the disc turned platinum. The first single, "Attack", was moderately successful reaching the #22 position on The Modern Rock chart, but its follow-up, "The Kill", peaked at #3 on the same chart and shot to #1 in Canada. The third single, "From Yesterday", hit #1 on The Hot Modern Rock chart and stopped one place short of the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks top 10. In the spring of 2007 Matt Wachter announced that he was leaving the band to join Angels & Airwaves; bass player Tim Kelleher joined the band as a touring member. By the end of that year, more then 28 months after the album's release, "A Beautiful Lie", entered The Hot Modern Rock Tracks at #37.
In December 2009 30 Seconds To Mars released their next album, "This Is War". The disc, which the band spent over a year and a half making, hit #19 on The Billboard 200. The band's rocky relationship with their label home at Virgin Records has been well documented, when the label filed a lawsuit against the alt-Rock group in the summer of 2008, claiming the band refused to deliver three albums as required by its contract. The first single off the CD, "Kings And Queens", shot to #1 on The Hot Modern Rock chart, the title-track also hit #1 and the third single, "Closer To The Edge", peaked at #7 on the same chart.
The band's fourth outing, "Love Lust Faith + Dreams", became an immediate top 10 hit on The Billboard 200 when it was released in May 2013. The lead single, "Up In The Air", eventually rocketed to #3 on The Alternative Songs chart.