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Concert Reviews:
Thirty Seconds to Mars parties hard at DTE

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com,@GraffonMusic on Twit

Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP -- From Academy Award-winning actor to producer, activist, philanthropist and, with his band Thirty Seconds To Mars, rock star, Jared Leto boasts a pretty stacked and varied resume.

You can add Life of the Party to those credits after the group's joyous performance on Tuesday night, June 12, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Though 30STM's music hews towards the heady and philosophical (and frequently bombastic), the group's 11-song, 80-minute show was a high-octane celebration, with Leto as a caped (at least for the first song), charismatic host to 9,000 or so fans both in the crowd and who he brought on stage. It also turned around what could have been a more sober occasion for the 20-year old band.

The day before, co-founder Tomo Milicevic -- a Troy Athens High School graduate who returned to the Detroit area a few years ago -- formally announced his departure from 30STM after not joining the group for its current North American tour. Neither Leto nor his brother, drummer Shannon, made mention of Milicevic during Tuesday's show, treating the night like business as usual -- and gleefully off-the-hook.

Following exuberant opening sets by Walk The Moon (with bassist Kevin Colter Ray's parents in the house), Misterwives and Joywave, the Letos (and (multi-instrumentalist adjunct Steve Aiello, consigned to a thin sliver of stage left), kept the energy high thanks to a series of stunts dotted throughout its show. As fans waved 30STM flags handed out by crew members prior to the set, the group charged into an extended version of "Up In The Air," with a sparkly Gucci-clad Jared backlit against a light box formed by screens that moved around the band throughout the night. Camera operators circled Leto on stage, while balloons of varying sizes were tossed into the crowd during "This Is War."

"Oh my God you guys are crazy here tonight!" gushed the bearded Leto -- who subsequently pronounced it (big surprise) the best audience of the tour so far. For "Dangerous Night" he ushered siblings Emily and Scott Fitzgerald on stage, while for "Rescue Me" he brought on another four fans for a dance-off that was posted live to Instagram. Leto performed a cover of Rihanna's "Stay" elevated atop a platform that rose above the stage, and a youth named Noah who won a local radio contest to hang out with the band on Tuesday joined Shannon Leto on the drum kit during "Walk On Water."

"Closer To The Edge" brought the show to a furious conclusion, with a few dozen of 30STM's closest friends joining the group on stage during the anthem and confetti flying into the pavilion. "Thirty Seconds to Mars will not forget this night," Jared proclaimed, and the DTE crowd, both on and off stage, surely felt the same way.

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