30 Seconds To Mars Monolith Tour Review
Yesterday I went to my second 30 Seconds to Mars show. The show took place at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The opening bands included Joywave, Misterwives and Walk The Moon. Joywave and Walk The Moon both have Ohio ties, bringing a ‘home’ presence to the stage.
I wanted to not just make this a concert review but also talk little bit about the meet and greet as well. I belong in an unofficial closed tour group ran by a friend and I see many new members asking about meet & greets.
Mars offers several different packages through the bands adventures in wonderland website. All packages range in prices from $299 and up (please check the bands AIW site, for correct pricing listings). You may get these packages for any venue ticket you hold including lawn.
The difference in the package pricing depends on if you want to watch the band from the side stage or if you want to be on stage during last song.
In every package you will be a part of a Q&A session. Sessions vary according to how many attend and the questions asked. You are not to ask personal questions and try to keep it band related, not boring questions you would read in teenybopper magazines.
You get a pic with the band and are given a tote bag, signed poster and a lanyard . This year they also included a hat and ribbon.
The guys like to joke around and let fans see a glimpse into their life and interests. You are not allowed to use your phone during these. Turn it off or put it on silent.
The boys sometimes surprise their fans by unexpectedly dropping in on them. You may just look over to see Jared or Shannon Leto standing beside you in the concession line.
Enough about meet and greet now for the concert. Joywave opened first and the crowd was receptive but most just continued doing whatever they were doing. They had a few songs that were heavy on drums & bass.
Next band up was Misterwives. This band, although had rock anthems, were received better than the first band. But it was a fair split down the middle. It depended on what songs were playing. Some got people dancing other times they received the same reaction to the first band. The band also played their own version of The Cranberries Dreams.
Walk The Moon was the one better received as many were singing along and most were up dancing. Besides Mars this band was my second favorite. Lots of drums and bass.
Finally Mars took to the stage. The stage was smaller. The instrumental Monolith opened the show. Followed by Up in the Air and Kings and Queens. The band included a mixture of old hits plus the new songs off their album America–including Hail To The Victor and number one alternative song Dangerous Night.
Great Wide Open was next followed by Rescue Me which is now over 10+ million views on YouTube.
While Mars was performing, a balloons and wild graphic light show played behind them. Both Jared and Shannon wore Gucci in some form.
Many fans loved Shannon’s solo song Remedy. Many screamed and cheered him on during his performance.
The band invites people on stage during Rescue Me and the show ending song Closer To The Edge.
A constant throughout the boys sang the praises of my home state, Ohio. Overall, It was a long trip, but well worth it.