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30 Seconds to Mars, 7 months to SA

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Thirty Seconds to Mars will be performing two concerts in South Africa next year.

The group will rock Cape Town’s Grand Arena on June 13 and Joburg’s Coca-Cola Dome on 16th June.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 13 at 9am from www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.

Thirty Seconds to Mars are known for their energetic live performances and their fusion of different genres.

Although they found modest success with their self-titled debut, it was their second album, ‘A Beautiful Lie’ that made them bonafide rock superstars.

Released in 2005, the platinum selling album broadened the band’s sound and garnered them frequent spots on MTV while also spawning two top 10 modern rock hits, ‘They Kill’ and ‘Bury Me’, with the former setting a record for the most weeks on the US Modern Rock Chart. The album’s success opened the doors to numerous successful tours and spots at major rock festivals such as Roskilde, Pinkpop and Download.

The band’s third album ‘This is War’, released in 2009, garnered them another three top ten singles, the first two of which peaked at the number 1 spot on the US Alternative Songs chart. Additionally, ‘Closer to the Edge’ was the fastest selling rock single in the UK and topped the UK rock chart for eight consecutive weeks. The subsequent tour set a ‘Guinness World Record for the longest concert tour by a rock band and helped to establish their reputation as one of the hardest working bands.

This period also serves as source material for their documentary, ‘Artifact’, which documents the band’s struggle to renegotiate their recording contract with record label Virgin/EMI. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Documentary award.

‘Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams’, the band’s fourth studio album, marked an evolution in their distinctive sound and was positively received both critically and commercially. The album reached the top ten in fifteen different countries and the first single, ‘Up In The Air,’ peaked at number 3 on the Billboard ‘Hot Modern Rock Tracks.’

Coming off the back of an outstanding European festival circuit and some scintillating performances, this is one band that you do not want to miss. - IOL

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