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Woe unto the low-key spectator who simply wished to soak in the show. Jared Leto was having none of that last night.
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Kerby

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I disagree. The show was amazing. It really was. I don't see how you could say it wasn't. The music and just the energy the whole band had on stage was amazing. 30 seconds to mars rules and I just don't see how anyone could go to their show and say it was not good. The long wait between opening band and them was worth the wait. And I really just think there were technical difficulties because there was something wrong with a band members guitar. But The show was so good, I had a wonderful time, everyone around me and everyone I know said it blew their mind. 30 seconds to mars puts on a great show. They always bring something new and every show gets better. I have been a fan for years and have been to several shows and last night was one of the best. 30 seconds to mars cares deeply for their fans and they do their best to make everyone happy.
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More like 30 seconds to Uranus - the show was terrible.
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This is the only article today that doesn't have to do with the elections. What's sucks is that I can only take about 30 seconds of this band's music.
Gaga

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How can a group that covers BAD ROMANCE be bad?
STFU

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bull shit i was there and it was crazy.
Just Me

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I drove past the pack freaks waiting to get into the show. At 11PM, all their moms were out front waiting to pick them up. LOL
Jeff

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Nov 4, 2010
 
they didn't play battle of one
Jeff

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Nov 4, 2010
 
they DID NOT play battle of one.
Adam

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I was there and am a fan of their music but the live performance was borderline terrible. They should have taken the hour they made us wait to come on stage praying for a good show instead of doing lines off eachother's egoes.
Rachael

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Nov 4, 2010
 
First of all, they didn't even PLAY Battle of One. Second of all, I've seen this band multiple times, and the crowd was totally into it this set and every other set. Getting called out by Jared is part of going to a show; it's not really "antics". It bothers me when someone who is just a "casual" fan - if that - is in charge of reviewing a show like this.... because this review says nothing about the show itself aside from calling it awful. Saying that the acoustic set belonged at a Daughtry show, for example, is also absolutely incorrect. Those acoustic songs are fan favorites.... people were singing along to them louder than most of the other songs, and people (myself included) have not heard some of those songs live in YEARS and appreciated it 100%.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but to trash something because you don't understand it is ridiculous and uncalled for - especially if you are getting paid to do it.
Carly

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Nov 4, 2010
 
dude, you don't know what you're talking about. for one thing, they DID NOT even play battle of one. it sounds like you weren't paying attention. i was at the show, and it was amazing, as they always are. everyone in the pit never stoppped moving, screaming or singing along, trust me. everyone was energized, crowd surfing, and standing on each other. we were all connected, which is the amazing thing about being a 30 seconds to mars fan. obviously, you aren't a real fan, and you didn't get the atmosphere. i was never disappointed through any of the show because it's obvious that 30 seconds to mars love their fans more than anything. so next time you write a concert review, please get your facts straight and listen to the music. that'll help you more than any Daughtry comparisons ever will.
HEY Gaga

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Nov 4, 2010
 
Gaga wrote:
How can a group that covers BAD ROMANCE be bad?
I thought you were kidding. It's not nearly as good as the Lady Herself!
Annie W

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Nov 4, 2010
 
The author of this review must have been only 30 seconds away from Mars because he obviously wasn't at the show the rest of us were at. He probably was one of the people in the balcony not brave enough to experience the real show. The number of people in the pit most certainly broke fire code. My husband and I were in the front row for 4 excruciating hours with hundreds of crazy young girls pushing towards the stage since the moment we got there. I'm 31, but I swore we were at a Justin Bieber concert by the number of 14 year old girls fighting over the closest spot to see Jared. Closer to the 30STM set crowds of rowdy guys with spiked hair and facial piercings started pushing their way up and I began to fear for my safety because they wanted to stand in front of us. People were screaming and fighting all around us all night. I've been to over 180 shows and have never been so miserable in the crowd. Security was bringing cups of water to girls who were about to pass out. New Politics fired up the crowd which was compact that we didn't even have to physically jump. We were so tightly wedged between the sea of people that our bodies lifted up with the movement of the crowd. By the time Jared walked out the force of the mosh pit was swirling like a violent hurricane.
Jared was mocking the people sitting in the balcony, which by the way is what every single rock star says at every single show. This only made the people in the pit jump higher and push harder. We had to violently push our way out of the crowd just before the solo set because I physically thought I was going to die in the stampede or pass out from dehydration.
I was disappointed that I had to spend half of the show sitting on the floor in the back of the venue because it was over crowded and unruly. This was the first time I have ever had to walk out on a show to find a calmer place because I love the energy of the crowd. I will be the first person to shove someone out of my way who tries to steal my spot, but I couldn't compete with the weight of hundreds of sweaty people shoving me at the same time. This was my 3rd 30STM show. About 4 years ago we saw them at the Newport from the safety of the balcony. This time we decided to brave the front of the mosh pit and I'm not sure how we escaped unharmed. This Is War was obviously the underlying theme to the experience I had that night. I did however fall in love with a new band, New Politics, and we ended up talking to the lead singer, David, during the show. This guy had so much energy that I caught a drop of his sweat in my eye, grossing me out and blinding me for a few moments, but to me, it was just another concert memento to add to my experience. He jumped into the crowd at one point and grabbed my hand for a minute long fist pump to Yeah Yeah Yeah. We already bought tickets for their show in a few weeks with Neon Trees. And guess what, I'll be right back front and center, hoping that a show sans Jared Leto might be a little less overpowering.
Here's some advice for The Dispatch: Send people who are fans of music to review a concert. Sitting in the balcony or watching from the back of the crowd is no different than watching a concert on TV. Maybe a little louder and a lot more expensive, but nonetheless a bore. You give a false sense of atmosphere, and for this particular show, a false sense of safety to fans who want to go to a Thirty Seconds to Mars show. It's also not fair to the bands who rock their tails off each night and simply want their audience to join them, not fade away into the darkness of the venue.
If you'd like to check out my concert list and reviews to a few shows, you can find my music blog here: http://modern-materialmusic.blogspot.com

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