Thirty Seconds to Mars is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles. The band consists of Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic. That first name may sound familiar to you. Leto is an actor who has appeared in a number of movies including Prefontaine, Fight Club, and American Psycho. In 2014, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
30 Seconds to Mars (2002)
A Beautiful Lie (2005)
This Is War (2009)
Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013)
Thirty Second to Mars released their first album in 2002. Their self-titled debut was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Kiss, Lou Reed). Critics loved it but the album sputtered at the cash register. That all changed in 2005 with their sophomore effort, A Beautiful Lie. The album shot to number 36 on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold four million copies.
This Is War
In 2009, 30 Seconds to Mars released This Is War. The album repeated the success of their second studio offering. During the creation process, however, Thirty Second To Mars entered a legal battle with their record company. The case was eventually resolved thanks to a defense previously used by Olivia de Havilland (well, her lawyers anyway). The defense was that in California a service contract is void after seven years.
Thirty Seconds to Mars released their fourth studio album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, in May of 2012. The album’s first single, “Up in the Air,” was played publically for the first time on the International Space Station. A hard copy of the single was sent into space on March 1. It was the first commercial copy of a popular music tune to ever go where no one has gone before.