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The Evolution of Thirty Seconds to Mars

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    Jared Leto wasn't always a rock star. He's been in numerous movies, but started out with guest appearances on the TV show "Camp Wilder," in 1992 & 1993.

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    He also starred in teen drama "My So Called Life" from 1994-1995.

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    In 1996 Jared took the lead as Frankie Griffin in the coming of age film "The Last of the High Kings."

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    In 1997 he grew a retro mustache when he played long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine in the movie dramatizing the life of the runner, "Prefontaine."

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    In 1998 he starred alongside Christian Bale in "Basil," and also in horror film “Urban Legend."

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    1998, Jared tapped into his musical talent and formed Thirty Seconds to Mars with his brother Shannon Leto, and Matt Wachter later joined the band as bassist and keyboard player.

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    Kevin Drake and Solon Bixler served as the band’s first two guitarists but left because of issues releated to touring. The guys brought in Tomo Milicevic to replace them.

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    The band’s name was inspired by a thesis that they found online that was written by a former Harvard professor.
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    The band’s phoenix logo is named Mithra and boasts the phrase “Provehito in Altum” which is the band’s motto. Roughly translated in Latin, it means “Launch forth into the deep.”
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    Just because he had started a career in music, didn’t mean he was going to leave acting behind. In 1999, he appeared in “Fight Club” as the bleached blonde Angel Face.

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    He went on to play the supporting role of Paul Allen in “American Psycho” in 2000.

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    That same year, he gave an unforgettable performance as drug addict Harry Goldfarb in “Requiem for a Dream.” He lost weight to fit the role.

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    The band’s self-titled debut album was released in 2002, and featured the singles “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)” and “Edge of the Earth.”
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    The same year his debut album with Thirty Seconds to Mars was released, he appeared – cornrows and all – in “Panic Room.”

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    Three years later, in 2005, the band released their second album “A Beautiful Lie” featuring their hit “The Kill.” In 2006 the band won the MTV2 Award for “The Kill” at the MTV Video Music Awards. They also received a nomination for Best Rock Video.
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    The band hit the road on their “Welcome to the Universe” tour in the fall of 2006, and were supported by Head Automatica, The Receiving End of Sirens, Cobra Starship, and several others.

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    In 2007, Jared gained 67 pounds to play the role of Mark David Chapman, murderer of John Lennon, in the movie “Chapter 27.” He gained the significant amount of weight so quickly, that he developed gout, and had to use a wheelchair due to the stress on his body with the sudden increase of pounds.
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    Because of their long and epic tour, Thirty Seconds to Mars earned a spot in Guinness World Records as “Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band.” They played 309 shows in a little over two years!

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    Matt Wachter left Thirty Seconds to Mars in 2007, and joined the band Angels & Airwaves.

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    The band was one of the hosts for the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2008.

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    In February 2009, Jared opened up about a trip to Hawaii, and said he had recorded a song with Kanye West called “Hurricane.”

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    After going back and forth between release dates, their 3rd album “This Is War” was released in December 2009.
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    The band headlined the inaugural International Lollapalooza Festival in Santiago, Chile in April 2011.

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    The guys weren’t slowing down just yet in 2012. In April of that year, the band revealed that they were working on a fourth album.

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    In February 2013, the guys announced that “Up in the Air” would be the first single off their new album. The single was literally launched (into space!) when a CD copy was sent to NASA and SpaceX to go up into space on the Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX CRS-2.
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    In May 2013, their album “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” was released through Virgin Records, and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.
 
 

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