Mars thanking everyone and jared talking to the crowd, a little boy & girl. Pulling ppl on stage for K&QS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzSh-Op9qE4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
I recorded this from my phone so it ain’t the best and I miss about 30 seconds pt 2 will be up soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL_7DzScNeg&feature=youtube_gdata_player
TOULOUSE MARS REPORT:
Well, so many things to tell you. I went to Toulouse with my brother, we took the car, it's a 4 hours drive. We enjoyed the concert so fckn max, the crowd was insane, so I had to watch out a bit in order no to get crushed. The show was EPIC. And you could feel that all of us MARS+ECHELON were having the time of our lifes.
After the show, the meet and greet. And it WAS really really really good. First to come was Shannon, he signed @01Shauna01 ’s drawing and wrote get well, I hand him my drawing http://twitpic.com/74kdh9 , he looked at it really carefully and he was really pleased.
Then Tomo came, he signed Shauna’s drawing and I hand him his drawing http://twitpic.com/6jwkvw , he asked me if I made it myself and I say yes, he said it was good and that the necklace he was wearing in the drawing had broken.
Then finally came Jared, when he saw the drawing, he said that's a nice drawing immediately, I told him that was for my friend from South Africa who has leukemia and he signed it and wrote Hello.
Then I present a brochure with some of my drawings (30 drawings) . In the first page there was the drawing of the hand, so I told him: “remember, you tweet my drawing thanks so much” and he looked carefully, and he said yes. Then we quickly surfed the pages … and he told me "you are very talented", sweet words aren't they? Then I had the 2 original drawings for him, I asked him if he wanted them, and he said yes, so I gave him them (http://twitpic.com/7e3r7g and http://twitpic.com/7g7a94 ). He was pleased with them, he took a careful look at both of them but he did not say anything … then I gave him the drawing of Terry, I told him he could keep it or whatever and he immediately told me he would give it to Terry as sure he would love it. Isn't it great? After I asked Jordi (my brother) the book he was holding for me I bought it for Jared's B-day, is a book of modern architecture in Catalonia written in English, with pics, detailed location of the buildings and had also the architectural levels … I told him this is for your b-day, then I showed the page where Palau de la Música Catalana http://twitpic.com/6qtnq1 , as I wanted to show this nice location to him. I said this is a concert hall and I think you would love to play there, my brother confirmed that it was a nice spot and he asked us where it was and we told him Barcelona, Jordi said to him that famous rock bands (national and international) played accoustic shows there and he was paying so much attention, he was fascinated by the building and he said that's a nice place for an accoustic … it would be great if they come to play there someday.
With what could be the last hurrah here in the continental US, 30 Seconds To Mars put on yet another amazing, “time of your life” show Sunday night in Lake Tahoe. A very intimate show, Jared himself said it was the smallest venue they have played on this tour. While the Montbleu was very strict about their fire code, poor Jared was clearly disappointed with the sparse crowd in the “pit”. Trust me Jared, we would have been there if we could. Overall, a pretty subdued crowd for a Mars concert. It seems over half of the crowd were 30 Seconds To Mars concert virgins. At one point Jared singing an acoustic version of The Mission says,” you don’t know that one, do you?” There were plenty who did, well maybe not a festival full of Echelon, but several anyway. Jared and the boys put on an energy packed show for us with A Beautiful Lie, Search and Destroy, and This Is War. Jared did an acoustic set with a beautiful rendition of Hurricane, several ST songs (a nice change), and of course, The Kill. Shannon did a great job on the fan favorite, L490. Small kids were brought on stage. We all love how Jared singles them out. One boy had a short mohawk shaped in an arrow. This could be Jared’s new hairstyle. He said it himself folks. I hope it’s red or purple though. The set finished up with my personal favorite, CTTE and of course the finale with Kings & Queens with what seemed like half the crowd up on the stage.
As far as the Echelon go, I was so delighted to meet up with some twitter friends; a group of Australian Echelon that have been traveling the world just to see our guys. So inspiring. It was a great time for meeting new friends too. This is why our family is so special. The guys know it too. It’s not just about seeing them, hearing the music and watching the show, but it’s also about coming together as a family, albeit, a very large, displaced and dysfunctional family, but that’s what makes us so unequaled. Thank you Jared, Shannon and Tomo for bringing us all together. We believe!
Vicki Hooper @Ridleyskeeper
*US-CO* Administrator www.facebook.com/Echelonfamily and on twitter: @EchelonWW
This was my second Mars show, but the first one in an actual venue and in the pit, so everything from this night was brand new to me. I was one of the lucky Golden Ticket holders, so my evening began a little earlier with the meet and greet (which was a surprise for all of us, since we were originally told it was going to be after the show). Meeting the band was an experience I will never forget. They were all incredibly nice, especially Jared, who was patient as I stammered though my words because of my nerves. He smiled and said that there was no need to be nervous, and that he liked my triad necklace. I seriously thought that this was going to be the highlight of my evening, talking to the band, and getting my “Leto Sandwich” during the picture. Little did I know that the fun was just beginning…
After the meet and greet, we were all ushered around to the other side of the venue, and let into the pit through a small side door. By the time we made it there, the general admission pass holders were already there, but there weren’t that many of us Golden Ticket holders, so there was plenty of room in the pit. We weren’t waiting long before the lights went down, and “O Fortuna” started playing. Tomo, Shannon, and finally Jared ran out on stage, and immediately started into “A Beautiful Lie”. The amount of energy that Jared brought on to the stage was unbelievable. It was so easy to just let loose, and jump around with him, something I’ve always loved about watching him on stage.
They moved on to “Attack”, but by this point, it was clear that Jared was unhappy with the pit only being half full. However, despite his efforts to get more people to come down, security got in the way and wouldn’t allow it. It really was a bummer, but he got the crowd energized again with “Search and Destroy”. A little ways in, he called out someone who wasn’t jumping at all, making the entire audience laugh. I expect it must have been embarrassing, but it was quite amusing. They did one more song, “This is War”, before Shannon took over with L490.
Jared came out solo for the acoustic set, which he opened with “Hurricane”, and followed with “Alibi” and “Was it a Dream”. The real shocker came when he started playing “The Mission”. Unfortunately, not enough people were singing along, and he stopped and asked “You guys don’t know this song, do you?” There were a few people who shouted back, but he moved on anyway. He asked “How many of you have heard our self-titled album?” There were a few more shouts this time, and he started playing “Capricorn”. I have never heard this song done acoustic before, and I must admit that it was beautiful. I was a little surprised that he did any of the songs from the self-titled album, since normally (as far as I’ve heard) he doesn’t. So, needless to say, I was very happy at this point.
Jared finished up the acoustic set with “The Kill”, before Tomo and Shannon came back out. Jared held on to the acoustic guitar, and they started playing “Night of the Hunter” from MTV Unplugged. I loved all the tracks from their MTV Unplugged segment, but hearing it live was unbelievable. I simply got lost in the song, and sang along with Jared and the rest of the audience.
Towards the end of the show, Jared started calling people up on stage. He called up the cutest little girl, who was clearly very excited and nervous to be up there. He invited a few more people on stage, mostly kids, but also a few others who were lifted onto another’s shoulders. Everyone got crazy again, including Jared, with “Closer to the Edge”. I think this was probably my favorite song of the night because of the amount of energy both in the audience and up on stage. Between Jared’s orders to keep jumping, him running around on stage, and the fist pumping “No, No, No, No!” it was so much fun. Plus he did lift his shirt at the camera guy, earning him even more screams and cheers. Before the final song, we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Tomo, who’s birthday was the day prior, and Shannon, who’s birthday was in March (I was a little lost on this one, but I went along with it anyway). The show ended with “Kings and Queens”, and as usual, Jared invited half the audience up on
stage. The pit turned into a bit of a madhouse at this point, with people shoving to get to the barrier, but it was all in good fun. I was a little bummed that I didn’t get on stage, but I still had a great time singing along and jumping around. As soon as the song ended, Jared fought his way back stage, through all the people grabbing at his shirt, and security ushered us back out of the concert hall, and into the casino.
I can honestly say, that this has been one of the best experiences of my life. Out of all the concerts I have ever been to, out of all the different artists, this one was by far the best, and the most fun. I had always heard that Thirty Seconds to Mars knew how to have a good time, and put on an awesome show, and I am so glad that I finally got to experience it for myself. From meeting Jared, Shannon, and Tomo, to jumping around singing and cheering in the pit, it was an absolutely incredible night. My family and (non-Echelon) friends thought I was crazy to travel clear across the country just for a show. Perhaps it’s true, but I am so glad I did it. It’s something that I will never forget, and never regret.