Coverage: Thirty Seconds To Mars kick off ‘Citi Sound Vault’ shows in NYC (1/24)

Photos by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Citi

Leading up to the 2018 Grammy Awards (to be held in NYC this Sun.), Irving Plaza has been completely transformed for the Citibank and Live Nation sponsored ‘Citi Sound Vault’ takeover at the famed East Village venue. Placed directly at the front entrance and indoors near Irving’s main room, fans gawked and snapped cell pics of a giant gold-plated mural featuring speaker props and huge disks highlighting all of the upcoming Citi Sound Vault performers — The National play tonight (1/25), Eminem on Fri. (1/26), Childish Gambino on Sat. (1/27) and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds on Sun. (1/28).

Though last night (Jan. 24th) was all about Los Angeles hard rock giants Thirty Seconds To Mars, led by the multi-talented Jared Leto, who launched the celebratory event around 9PM, sending screaming fans into a frenzy as they stepped on stage to Carl Orff‘s potent “Carmina Burana: O Fortuna.” Concert-goers immediately noticed the absence of drummer Shannon Leto (who, we later found out, was sick) and embraced guitarist Tomo Miličević‘s efforts on not only strumming strings and playing keys, but also taking on synth drum machine duties as well. The band kicked off their set with Love Lust Faith + Dreams and This Is War favorites “Up in the Air,” “Kings and Queens,” “Conquistador” and “This Is War.”

An unexpected confetti blast caught the audience by surprise, revving up an already accelerated crowd. Unfortunately for Irving Plaza, most of the confetti strings wound up on the iconic venue’s dazzling chandeliers. “I feel bad for the person who has to clean that up,” pointed out Leto, who still has his long hair and scraggly beard, looking as rockstar as ever especially with his bombastic outfit he wore last night consisting of mostly red and white, pajama-looking garments. But hey, do you, Jared, you’ve definitely earned it! Moving forward, the gang, which also featured bassist Steve Aiello slightly hidden to the side, performed an acoustic version of their new single “Walk On Water,” from their upcoming new album which still lacks a title or release date.

While fans rocked out on the main floor and the VIP-ers relaxed up in the private top floor balcony, Thirty Seconds To Mars delivered the thrills, even at one point dishing out a cover of Rihanna‘s “Stay” and a medley featuring a montage of memorable tunes from the likes of Prince, David Bowie, Linkin Park, SoundGarden and others. The rockers then furthered the night’s energy with their big hit “The Kill” from 2005’s A Beautiful Lie, which they followed with an additional track from Love Lust Faith + Dreams, “Do or Die,” and the night’s closer, This Is War single “Closer to the Edge.” Jared happily invited fans to join the band on stage for the set’s final song, and oh boy did they, as a slew of lucky fans unhesitantly flooded the stage. A final bow and thanks from the band closed out the immense evening.

As stated above, the Citi Sound Vault shows at Irving Plaza continue this week and weekend with performances by The National, Eminem, Childish Gambino and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds. All shows are completely sold out. Additionally and as part of the Citi/Grammy Awards celebration, The Roots are currently taking part in a 4-day “Jam Sessions” residency at Irving sister venue Gramercy Theatre. Admission is by invitation only.

You can check out photo coverage from the 1/24 Manhattan gig below. In related news, 30STM officially dropped their new single “Dangerous Night” earlier today. Make sure to give it a listen after the gallery!


Thirty Seconds To Mars – Irving Plaza, NYC (01/24/2018) setlist [via]:

INTRO: Carmina Burana: O Fortuna (Carl Orff song)
01 – Up in the Air
02 – Kings and Queens
03 – Conquistador
04 – This Is War
05 – Walk on Water / Teardrop (acoustic version)
06 – Stay (Rihanna cover)
07 – Medley: Purple Rain / Imagine / “Heroes” / Freedom! ’90 / Crawling / Black Hole Sun
08 – The Kill (Bury Me)
09 – Do or Die
10 – Closer to the Edge