You'd think, given the worldwide tour in support of their This Is War album, that 30 Seconds to Mars would have logged at least a half-dozen New York City-area shows by this point. But you'd be wrong: To date, they've played exactly one NYC concert (an April 21, 2010, gig at Roseland Ballroom), which is just part of the reason they're looking forward to Friday night's (April 29) headlining slot at the Bamboozle Festival in nearby East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"Bamboozle is going to be insanity. I mean, insanity," frontman Jared Leto told MTV News during Thursday night's "30 Seconds to Mars: State of the Union" live stream. "We've only played one New York City-area show in this record cycle, so I think it's going to be madness."
30STM will share the weekend with an assortment of artists, including Lil Wayne, Bruno Mars, Wiz Khalifa, Mötley Crüe, Taking Back Sunday and the Gaslight Anthem, to name just a half-dozen. And, to hear 30 Seconds to Mars tell it, that's half the fun. Sure, they've been playing to sold-out arenas of their own fans for more than a year now, but nothing compares to the thrill — and the challenge — of trying to win over an audience of other people's fans.
"Nothing can really beat your own show, but festivals are really great too," guitarist Tomo Milicevic said. "At festivals, you play in front of other fans too."
The 2011 Bamboozle Festival takes over the New Meadowlands Stadium parking lot in East Rutherford, New Jersey, all weekend. MTV News will be on hand to bring you all the madness!
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