Thirty Seconds To Mars bring the heat and Monolith Tour to St. Louis
Oscar Rendon | July 10th, 2018
The St. Louis heat keeps on coming as Thirty Seconds To Mars continue their Monolith Tour across North America. Monday, July 9th, the duo of Jared & Shannon Leto made a stop at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO in support of their new album America which has spawned some of the bands most successful singles like 'Dangerous Night' and 'Rescue Me'.
A major tour like this one needs some of the best acts to lead into Thirty Seconds To Mars. Opening for MARS was newcomers Welshly Arms who have been tearing it down on stage and off with "Legendary" being played all across the world in television and in film trailers. The group brought a bluesy-soul sound and vibe to the stage as they played their short set, but they left an undeniable mark on those watching that they were ones to keep on eye on. After a great performance, K. Flay took the stage and the fans erupted as she began to perform. Her kinetic dancing and flow between songs and lyrics was infectious. Songs like "Giver", "Black Wave" and "Can't Sleep" had the crowd moving and her dancing across the stage, being in the moment. She really knew how to move the crowd and left them wanting more.
Walk The Moon were next and hit after hit the band was a crowd favorite in St. Louis. Their set began with the sound of "Circle of Life" by Elton John. The band came out blazing with the first single from their newest album What If Nothing "One Foot". The poppy song had the crowd dancing and bobbing, moving to the beat. They played one of the bands most underrated songs "Lisa Baby" which was a guitar riffing, head banging rock tune that fans of the band would remember from their debut album. Nicholas Petricca, lead singer of the band was a frenetic ball of energy. He was dancing, jumping, and playing keys all over the stage. Eli Maiman and Kevin Ray were also a pure joy to watch as they also jumped, sang and danced song after song. Songs like "Shut Up And Dance" & "Anna Sun" were some of the crowds favorite of the night. After a huge set and the sun finally setting the band left the stage and it was time for MARS to arrive.
The lights went out and a rumbling filled the amphitheatre, the rectangle cage illuminated from the inside by a spinning light. Glimpses of the band as the cage lifted to reveal the Leto brothers. Jared standing tall and Shannon on the drums. Thirty Seconds To Mars had arrived and the crowd was insane as they began to play the first song from the set "Up In The Air". Leto had the crowd in the palm of his hands as he had them jumping and sing their songs. The band rolled out almost every hit they have ever had, from "Kings And Queens", "This Is War", "Do Or Die", "Walk On Water" and even the fan favorite and MARS classic "The Kill (Bury Me)". The production of this tour was insane as the rectangular box holding the duo at the beginning began to move and shift into different positions and colors, constantly moving creating a flowing show of sight, sound, and spectacle. The band had a fan play "This Is War" with them, Jared Leto brought up fans to dance during "Rescue Me" and by the end of the night brought nearly 100+ people onstage for "Closer To The Edge" to end the night. Fans chanting "No No No" and Jared running across the stage and into the people at the catwalk. To top it off, confetti filled the air as the song went into it's final chorus and Leto thanked the St. Louis crowd for the great energy.
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