Life’s pleasures are in creating things, even if the creations have a few cracks in them. (Even if the creations are nothing but cracks.)
I find it close to absurd that some people are musicians and singers and others are silent apostles who never let out a peep, maybe not even in the shower. Music seems like a basic human right, much like the right to prayer and the right to fall in love. Everyone’s got a right to sing his song—though no one should be compelled to listen to it. The notion that people have to do our singing for us is, in some ways, a result of the mind-set developed under capitalism with its insistence on the division of labor, which, though it surely has its virtues, we have taken to an absurd degree. It’s amazing that thousands of people will pay a lot of money to go to a concert to watch 10 people on stage have the lions’ share of the fun.
My local paper, The Buffalo News, published a great pre-show article about 30 Seconds to Mars today. Yes, the whole actor thing was brought up (which is one of my biggest pet peeves), but in a good way this time. Read on…
Let’s just get this right out of the way.
Jared Leto is famous because he was on television, where he played the character Jordan Catalano in the series “My So-called Life.” He also has been in many films, among them “Fight Club,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “Panic Room,” “American Psycho,” “Alexander” and the brilliant “Requiem for a Dream.” An abundance among the fairer sex finds him — or rather, his television and film personas — rather lovable.
Leto is a musician, too, though unlike so many television and film stars who get it into their heads that, “Hey, this music thing’s not so hard — anyone can do it!,” Leto has genuine talent and taste.
30 Seconds to Mars formed in 1998, and has sold some 4 million albums worldwide in the time since, but don’t hold it against Leto and his bandmates. These guys are making smart, often bold and gloriously arena-friendly rock albums in a time when such things are not necessarily in vogue. The latest of these albums, the Flood- and Steve Lilywhite-produced tour de force “This Is War,” is a grandiose, emotion-soaked slab of musical drama that should appeal to anyone who likes the deliriously bombastic Muse, for example.
So think of Leto as a musician who also happens to act, not some pretty boy who wants to use celluloid fame to cover a lack of musical talent. 30 Seconds to Mars is a serious band.
On Wednesday, that serious band comes to the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. in Niagara Falls for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $25 and can be found through Ticketmaster.com or the Rapids Theatre box office.
Bolded my favorite part. This article not only amplifies my excitement for the Niagara Falls show (Rochester and Clifton Park, too), but solidifies my choice to write about Jeff Miers for my Music Industry and the Media class. I usually tend to disagree with the articles he writes, but not in this case!
Anyone else going to Niagara Falls, Rochester, or Clifton Park?