MUSE and Thirty Seconds to Mars Deliver a Rockin’ Beach Party to Wantagh
Alternative rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars and MUSE turned up the volume at Jones Beach last weekend with their energetic live sets making them one summer tour you do not want to miss.
30 Seconds to Mars took the stage with force when they kicked off the night with their 2013 single “Up in the Air”. Singer Jared Leto bounced around the stage belting out the verses and making good use of the catwalk in the middle of the pit. Leto then dons a white Gibson SG for the song “Conquistador” and the band kicks it up a notch with heavy bass and guitar riffs. Even though Leto is on guitar duty it doesn’t stop him from making the most of the stage and catwalk and prancing around. It’s his stage and he claims it as his own.
Leto then starts a chant. “THIS IS WAR!” He proclaims raising both fists in the air and the bands goes into their 2009 hit “This is War”. Leto still on guitar duty. Fans of the band’s earlier work might be disappointed to hear that a majority of the set was songs pulled from their last two albums (both with significant breaks in between).
After the song, Leto then comments on his…interesting wardrobe choice. “This is what level 17 of just not giving a fuck looks like” he says to the crowd and proceeds to lead the band their song “Kings and Queens”.
The singer then finds his way into the seats with an acoustic guitar where he delivers an emotional speech regarding the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Leto recalls their past tour together and how they were treated like family and urges fans “Don’t give up” and then plays an emotional acoustic rendition of their song “Alibi” which he dedicates to Chester. Leto then plays an acoustic version of the band’s breakout hit “The Kill” before making his way back to the stage to finish out the night.
The band finishes out the night with some pleasant surprises by making fans sing on their upcoming single (which is yet to be released) and an instrumental jam cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “The Ocean”. Before starting the final song of night, Leto sees a fan’s sign asking to be brought on stage. After some confirmation with the crowd, he brings the fan on stage as well as another twenty some odd fans from the pit on stage for the final song “Closer to the Edge”. Mars proves to make it a memorable night for Jones Beach and some lucky fans.
There’s been no new music from the band since 2013’s LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS (most likely due to Leto’s acting schedule) but they show no signs of rust or slowing down. Leto and Co. prove to be as tight as ever and as heavy as when they started out.
After a quick set change, Muse takes the stage with their new single “Dig Down” which proves to be a good build up to get the crowd ready for hard-hitting”Psycho” the first single off of 2015’s Drones. The crowd gets the energy they were waiting for and jumping to Bellamy’s killer riff.
Singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy’s vocals and guitar have never sounded stronger and harder. His signature Manson guitar is in top form and the riffs keep on coming with the bands other crowd pleasers “Hysteria” (featuring AC/DC’s “Back in Black” riff), “Plug in Baby”, and “Stockholm Syndrome”.
After a quick interlude with some impressive drum chops, Bellamy leads the band into their 2006 hit single “Supermassive Black Hole” from the album Black Holes and Revelations. Matt Bellamy gives the crowd what they want with his crazy KAOS pad solo on his Manson. Bellamy then heads back stage and leaves bassist and drummer Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard to jam along the band’s cover of the Cramps song “New Kind of Kick”. The music video projects on the screen behind allowing them to play along to Bellamy’s distorted vocals.
Bellamy returns to the stage with his camera glasses for the band’s 2012 hit “Madness” of their album The 2nd Law. The laid back electronic groove single allows a fans moment to breathe before the other hit single off Drones, “Dead Inside”. The singer then makes his way into the crowd for the song “Starlight”. “This ones for Chester!” declares Bellamy as thousands of fans take out their phone flashlights to honor the fallen singer.
After making his way back to the stage, the band kicks into their most recognizable hit “Time is Running Out”. The crowd jumps and shouts despite some rain and flooding. Bellamy then switches to piano for “Mercy” while some impressive animation of a post-apocalyptic world play behind the band.
The backing track of “Drones” serves as the encore and the band comes back and wraps up the night with “Uprising” and the bands signature cover of “Man with a Harmonica” by Ennio Morricone (where Chris plays the harmonica) before leading into the space rock opera hit “Knights of Cydonia”, two more crowd pleasers that give the audience one last bang before closing out the night.