Jared Leto and crew dress like they're from the Hamptons on Friday
The last thing fans who attended the 30 Seconds to Mars show on Friday night expected to see was the rock and roll giants dressed like they had just finished brunch and were headed to the tennis court. That is, unless those fans follow Mr. Leto on Twitter, or religiously check the 30 Seconds to Mars website, which announced their show in Denver was going to be theme night, and everyone was to show up Hampton's style. The band made it back to D-Town for the second tour since releasing their Grammy award-winning album "This is War," but according to some who had a chance to catch the band last time around, things were a little bit different, and it wasn't just because of theme night.
A fairly packed house was fully energized and ready to relive the excitement of last May when the band absolutely stunned the audience with an electric performance. But 30 Seconds seemed to lack the passion brought before, and the set seemed to indicate that the band, or Leto at the very least, was out of gas. This, combined with poor stage lighting, and lengthy crowd interaction in between songs did not give the show the fuel for a powerful rock show.
Middle Class Rut opened the show, and may have been credited as the better act for the evening, although the crowd seemed unfamiliar with their music, and was more than ready for a repeat of glory by 30 Seconds to Mars. Then Jared and company took the stage, posing for a few moments in their hysterical preppy-styled clothes. The band played all of their hits from both old and new albums, but it seemed that Leto was more interested in hearing the crowd sing along that singing the songs himself. There was no doubt the crowd loved the interaction, with frequent stops between and during songs to get the crowd clapping, cheering, and in the end joining Leto on stage for the encore where they played their biggest hit, "Kings and Queens."
A disappointing night for fans hoping to see the kind of performance that has built the bands reputation, but many still seemed to enjoy the chance to rock with one of their favorite movie star rockers. — Josh Barrett