Most band dudes seem content just to rock an audience — bombarding fans with unrelenting blast beats, razor-tight guitar riffs and robust, thunderous wails. But 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto would like to instead "blow people's friggin' eyelids off" via the group's upcoming Welcome to the Universe Tour.
Sounds intense, and Leto vows that the trek — which kicks off October 17 near Minneapolis as part of the "MTV2 $2 Bill Presents" series — will be just that. The bill boasts the likes of Head Automatica, Cobra Starship, Rock Kills Kid, Pink Spiders, the Receiving End of Sirens, Envy on the Coast and Men, Women and Children, along with several lesser-known acts that will hop on and off the run until it winds down in Los Angeles on November 25.
"We want to create a festival atmosphere," Leto recently told MTV News. "We plan on bringing an element of excitement and chaos and escape. We are going to do things that have never been done before, and we are making all kinds of plans and postulations about the possibilities. We have a lot of things happening, and it's very exciting."
Pre-sale tickets will be available starting September 16; tickets will go on sale to the general public September 23.
30 Seconds to Mars are fresh from nabbing the MTV2 Award during last week's VMAs (see "Underdog Night At The VMAs: Panic, Gnarls, Blunt, Chamillionaire Win Big") for their video "The Kill" (alas, Leto — who directed the clip under the Dr. Seuss-inspired alias Bartholomew Cubbins — was snubbed from Best Director consideration for his work behind the lens). They continue to tour in support of 2005's A Beautiful Lie, which, to date, has sold close to 342,000 copies (see "30 Seconds To Mars' Jared Leto Succeeds Where Keanu And Crowe Failed").
"We've come a long way," Leto reflected. "30 Seconds to Mars is something my brother [drummer Shannon Leto] and I have done for many, many years. To finally get this success and the excitement that's happening for the band right now is amazing. It's like a dream, and this album has been the defining element in our lives. We are proud and honored to be able to present a spectacle this fall — something that nobody should ever miss in their lifetime."
The band will also be appearing with Guns N' Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice in Chains, Muse and more at this year's Inland Invasion, which will raid Devore, California's Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen on September 23 (see "Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains Join Guns N' Roses For Inland Invasion").
30 Seconds to Mars tour dates, according to the band's publicist:
- 10/17 - Maplewood, MN @ The Myth
- 10/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
- 10/20 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
- 10/21 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
- 10/22 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
- 10/24 - Columbus, OH @ PromoWest Pavilion
- 10/27 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- 10/28 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
- 10/29 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's
- 10/30 - Toms River, NJ @ Ritacco Center
- 10/31 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
- 11/2 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 11/3 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
- 11/4 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
- 11/6 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
- 11/7 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
- 11/9 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theater
- 11/10 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
- 11/11 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
- 11/13 - St. Louis, MO @ Pageant Theatre
- 11/15 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Theater
- 11/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ SaltAir Pavilion
- 11/18 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
- 11/19 - Seattle, WA @ Fenix
- 11/22 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater
- 11/24 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
- 11/25 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG