Thousands of fans, four bands, one summer night at Blossom Music Center. Thirty Seconds to Mars, the headliner, played an unbelievable show to an excited, but sweaty Cleveland crowd.
Before Jared Leto and the band took the stage, three bands increasingly hyped the crowd in preparation—Joywave, Misterwives and Walk the Moon.
Joywave, an indie quintet from New York, played the most mellow set of the three openers and the shortest. Unfortunately, the small crowd that showed up early enough to watch their set barely paid any attention to them. The lack of crowd interaction and their small set did not allow for much of an impressive performance, but nonetheless they sounded sharp and clean. I can imagine at their own shows they really shine as a group.
Misterwives was next to perform and while the crowd was gaining in size, there was still a lack of energy. Who certainly was not lacking in energy was the band themselves. Mandy Lee, the lead singer, did not stand still for even a moment from start to finish. Her incredible vocal range and stamina to continue to dance through each song was quite impressive. Her ‘misterwives’ backed her up and fed off of her energy as if they were all one mind.
Walk the Moon, an Ohio bred alt-rock foursome, final brought the beautiful outdoor venue to life with fans singing every word back to them. Walk the Moon is arguably just as popular, in many regards, as the headlining act with actually more monthly listeners on Spotify than them. Their music and style resemble Thirty Seconds to Mars quite closely making them an ideal opening act.
After hours of anticipation, Jared Leto, Shannan Leto and Tomo Milicevic of Thirty Seconds to Mars dramatically took the stage. In a mandala printed, colorful kimono that layered on top of a just as wildly printed top, Jared Leto dressed to impress and dressed for great photo opportunities.
Jared floated across the stage doing his signature twirls in his gold Gucci sneakers. The night was filled with surprises—dozens of white balloons the size of small cars were sent into the audience, making for a small game during a few of the songs before they all eventually popped. A few confetti canons shot out to the crowd at the very end, which always signifies a great show.
The band interacted with the crowd more than I had ever seen a band do so. Fans were invited on stage in between songs on multiple occasions and even some of the youngest fans in the audience got the chance to dance on stage with the legend that is Jared Leto.
The lighting was eye-catching but not distracting from the performance, and their sound was spot on. It was apparent that the trio has been touring for almost two decades; they were complete pros on stage entirely comfortable.
That is how it’s done, people. Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Monolith Tour is second to none.