30 Seconds To Mars announce dates for 2013 Australian tour

Jared Leto and the other members of 30 Seconds To Mars are heading back to Australia in August for a national tour.

The shows will be the first Australian dates for Leto and co. since the 2011 Soundwave Festival. The bombastic space rockers also toured Australia in 2010, playing dates in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne on their 304 date “Into the Wild” tour. That tour led to 30 Seconds to Mars scoring a place in the Guinness World Records with the record for the Longest Concert Tour by a Rock Band. It featured a total of 309 concert shows in just over two years; although how that beats the 2480 shows Bob Dylan has played on his “Never Ending” tour which began in 1988 is unclear.

30 Seconds to Mars’ new album Love Lust Faith + Dreams, produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Killers), is due for release on May 17. In typically ambitious fashion, the band literally launched the album’s lead single ‘Up in the Air’ into space aboard the Dragon spacecraft on SpaceX CRS-2 and premiered the song on NASA TV. The recording of Love Lust Faith + Dreams was reportedly more stripped-backed and organic than the previous album with “only 20 to 25 people contributing vocals to the record”.

Leto was recently in Australia on a brief promo tour, sitting down with FL to discuss Kurt Cobain, severed ears, the band’s troubled dealings with record labels, and his Twitter addiction. “I don’t think people knowing who you are, or having an idea of who you are, means that you’re any less talented or creative,” Leto told FL.. “You know, there were rock stars back in the day that would’ve loved to tell people what colour their nail polish was, or who they were shagging that night – but they didn’t have a way to do it.”


30 Seconds to Mars tour:

Saturday, August 10 – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Sunday, August 11 – Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney

Tuesday, August 13 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Friday, August 16 – Challenge Stadium, Perth