Actually that's a lie. So does 'amazing', 'awesome', mind-blowing' 'fantastic' and 'out of this world'. I could go on.
So yeah - this is a review of the concert. Three guesses what my opinion was? The point is that before I went, I read some really worrying reviews, saying that the trio were less than amazing. This is to contradict that completely.
The concert started early. At twenty minutes to eight, the lights were dimmed and the support band - White Lies - came on. By this point the stadium was filled to its eighty-thousand people capacity. And only half of the seats were full. The rest were with us, in the pit. The density of bodies was huge and the heat rose with every passing second.
White Lies began to play and soon everyone was swaying and clapping along to the music, making the temperature rise even further still. It did matter though - the band was amazing. The vocals were impressive and accompanied by slashing guitar solos. In fact, after writing this, the next thing I intend on doing is looking up more of their music. That is how good they were. I'd say as good as Mars, but I don't think that is possible.
However, as amazing as White Lies were, there was an obvious impatience to the crowd. People were here to see 30 Seconds To Mars and were eager for the main event to start. After the last song ended, White Lies left the stage and the lights were turned on again, the tension mounted. We had twenty minutes left until Tomo Milicevic Shannon and Jared Leto came on.
After an impatient break in the music, the lights were dimmed again and the introduction to Escape came on. Shannon Leto became visible to the right of the stage, pounding on his drums and driving the crowd into a frenzy of excitement, joy and screams. Loud ones. Every single neck was craning to catch a view of the front man, the tension so thick you could feel it radiating off the person next to you. The lyrics to Escape floated through the stadium, everyone yelling along. A hiss of smoke in front of the glowing white triad, and Jared Leto rose into view, singing into his mic'. The crowd went crazy. Everyone ran forward, as though their life depended on getting as close to the front as possible. The crowd crushed pulled even those determined not to move forward until there wasn't a single person closer to the front than where they started.
The set continued with A Beautiful Lie, This Is War, 100 Suns, L490, Search And Destroy, Hurricane, Alibi, Night Of The Hunter, From Yesterday, Closer To The Edge, and finally, Kings And Queens. Each song was indescribably epic - the guitars, the drumming, the vocals, the crowd. The concert really was faultless. Hurricane, Alibi and Night Of The Hunter were performed acoustically - giving us a close up of Jared Leto. I can confirm he is just as gorgeous in the flesh as he is on screen. I was standing less than five meters away. Sorry, my obsessed fan girl broke loose just then. The same one that made me buy Hugo Boss.
The show was conclusively amazing. The set was one and a half hours long, and had involved streamers, dropping beach balls from the ceiling and throwing inflatable crocodiles in to the crowd. People were pulled up on stage for Kings And Queens and the people sitting down (who'd do that?!) were yelled at by Jared himself. It was the best night in my entire life and I thoroughly intend on seeing 30 Seconds To Mars again. Soon.
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