1. Thirty Seconds to Mars (commonly stylized as 30 Seconds to Mars) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1998.
2. The band consists of Jared Leto (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards), Shannon Leto (drums, percussion) and Tomo Mili?evi? (lead guitar, bass, violin, keyboards, other instruments).
3. The band’s debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), was produced by Bob Ezrin and released to positive reviews but only to limited commercial success.
4. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005), which received multiple certifications all over the world, including platinum in the United States.
5. Their next release, This Is War (2009), showed a dramatic evolution in the band’s musical style, as they incorporated experimental music as well as eclectic influences.
6. The recording process of the album was marked by a legal dispute with record label EMI that eventually became the subject of the documentary film Artifact (2012).
7. Thirty Seconds to Mars then moved to Universal Music and released the fourth album, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), to critical and commercial success.
8. As of September 2014, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.
9. Thirty Seconds to Mars has consistently enjoyed sold out tours and numerous headlining festival slots.
10. The band is noted for its energetic live performances and for fusing many music genres. They have been compared to the sounds of bands such as Pink Floyd, The Cure, Tool, and U2, for their philosophical and spiritual lyrics, concept albums and their use of experimental music.
11. Thirty Seconds to Mars has received several awards and accolades throughout their career, including a Guinness World Record, and has been included in the Kerrang! list of best artists of the 2000s.
12. Thirty Seconds to Mars started in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, as a collaboration between brothers Jared Leto and Shannon Leto, who had been playing music together since their childhood. The duo later expanded to a four piece when they added guitarist Solon Bixler and bassist Matt Wachter to the line-up.
13. Additional guitarist Kevin Drake, who first auditioned for the position of bassist, also joined the band as a touring musician.
14. The band played its first concerts under different names, before finally settling on the name “Thirty Seconds to Mars”, which was taken from a rare manuscript titled Argus Apocraphex. Jared Leto spoke of the name as “a reference, a rough translation from the book.
15. I think the idea is interesting, it’s a metaphor for the future,” he explained.
16. Also Mars being the God of War makes it really interesting, as well.
17. By 1998, the group performed gigs at small American venues and clubs.
18. Their eponymous debut album had been in the works for a couple of years, with Leto writing the majority of the songs.
19. During this period, the band recorded demo tracks such as “Valhalla” and “Revolution”, or “Jupiter” and “Hero”, which later appeared on the band’s debut album as “Fallen” and “Year Zero” respectively, but also “Buddha for Mary”.
20. The band released their first studio album, 30 Seconds to Mars, on August 27, 2002 in the United States through Immortal and Virgin.
21. The following month, Thirty Seconds to Mars made their first appearance on television on Last Call with Carson Daly and opened concerts for Our Lady Peace and Sevendust.
22. Released in 2003, “Edge of the Earth” became the second single from the album.
23. In early 2003, Bixler left the band due to issues primarily related to touring.
24. He was later replaced by Tomo Mili?evi?, who successfully auditioned for the part of guitarist.