THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS TAKE NEW YORK CITY BY STORM
WITH “HURRICANE’ SCREENING AT THE MUSEUM OF SEX
AND “MTV UNPLUGGED” TAPING
Fresh off the road from their “Closer To The Edge” spring tour, Thirty Seconds To Mars take on New York City this week with a screening of their controversial short film/video for “Hurricane” at the Museum of Sex and taping of “MTV Unplugged.”
Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic hosted a special screening and Q&A for fans of their controversial and sexual short film/video “Hurricane” Tuesday night at New York City’s Museum of Sex. Hundreds of fans lined up for hours for the opportunity to watch the 13-minute director’s cut of “Hurricane” with the band and various characters from the film. Many fans watched from outside as the room quickly filled to capacity. After the viewing, the band participated in a Q&A moderated by acclaimed author and New York Times contributor Neil Strauss. The video was banned or restricted to night time broadcast on many networks around the globe which has sparked discussions about censorship throughout the internet. This is the third screening the band has held for fans, the first was in Los Angeles in February and another in Australia in March.
Today, Thirty Seconds To Mars will tape an up close and personal performance for “MTV Unplugged” in uptown New York. The band will join the prestigious ranks of artists such as Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and Smashing Pumpkins who have all done their own “MTV Unplugged,” one of the networks longest running series. MTV will announce the actual airdate soon.
Thirty Seconds To Mars have continued to reach new heights since the release of their critically acclaimed 3rd album ‘This Is War’ in December, 2009. They have been on the road non-stop for the last 18 months, selling out arenas around the globe. They just wrapped their “Closer To The Edge” U.S. spring tour in which they added theme nights on many stops. Both the band and their legion of fans participated in different themes such as 80’s night, military night, neon night, sports night, preppy night, zombie night and others, only enriching the connection and concert experience that Thirty Seconds To Mars share with their audience. The band will play in Puerto Rico later this month before spending most of the summer playing the European festival circuit. They will then play shows in locations such as Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia before returning to Europe to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals in August.
‘This Is War’ has spawned two consecutive #1 alternative radio singles with “Kings & Queens” and title track “This Is War.” The third single “Closer To The Edge” reached the top 10 at alternative radio and has since crossed to Top 40 and Hot AC radio where it is currently climbing both charts. A fourth single “Night Of The Hunter” will impact alternative radio next week. ‘This Is War’ has sold over 1 million albums and 1 million singles world-wide since its release and has been certified gold in ten different countries including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and is platinum in Poland.
Last month, Thirty Seconds to Mars won their first MTV O Award as “Hurricane” picked up the Best NFSW Video at the awards inaugural ceremony in Las Vegas. Thirty Seconds To Mars won their second MTV VMA award last November when they picked up the 2010 VMA for Best Rock Video for “Kings & Queens.” They also won their fourth MTV EMA award in 2010 for Best Rock Band and their fourth Kerrang! award as winner of the 2010 Best International Band.