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by Jason Bollenbacher
In support of Monolith, the duo of Shannon and Jared Leto stopped in Houston for their 2018 tour. A giant black box. Lights began to dance through the cracks as Thirty Seconds to Mars show began at Houston’s Cynthia Woodlands Pavilion. Slowly rising, you could make out silhouettes of Jared Leto standing and his brother Shannon at the drums on stage. A blank canvas and a drum set, is how you would describe the stage for the Thirty Seconds to Mars show. No microphones. No guitarists. No bass players. Just a drum kit on a stage, drowned within a box of light as a monolith instrumental played. A scene you would expect to see as a display for an art museum set the stage. See our full photo gallery.
Jared stopped, frozen, for what seemed like an eternity, to the crowds deafening cheers. Leto exploded into dance as the first beat of Up in the Air hit. Jared wore a flamboyant, orange kimono-like ensemble with sunglasses, hair pulled back, red track pants & shoes, and dark beard as he bounded across the stage. Every song added to the Broadway-type production as lighted balls were brought out to be tossed through the audience. Ending his performance he invited some of the attendees on stage while he performed. Lucky them! Then confetti filled the air.
The show is a must see for any Leto or 30STM fans. It’s an incredible experience.
by Diego Donamaria
Austin, TX – Alt rocker bands Weezer, Pixies and the Wombats light up the stage at the Austin360 Amphitheater
All the fandom in attendance was very excited about the co-headline of this summer 2018 by Weezer and the Pixies. Both rock groups have a large fan following that packed the Austin360 Amphitheater. The cool breeze set the stage for an epic evening of good weather, great music, and enjoyable times down memory lane. What’s not to like?
The Pixies are the legendary band that blazed the trail for the alternative rock’s mainstream takeover in the ’90s. Their influence was felt across the cords and lyrics of bands like Nirvana, Radiohead and Weezer. That brings us to Weezer, the LA band that recaptured the ’90s heydays with songs about nerdy stuff, love mishaps, and pacific coast dreams. Check out the full photo gallery.
The opening band was The Wombats, a rocker band out of Liverpool that has made a triumphant return with their new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. They opened the evening with a solid set of their cheeky dance-rock songs, catchy melodies, and positive vibes. As the band played during their short set, fans continued to pour in.
By the time The Pixies took the stage the venue was almost full and the temperature was a lot more pleasant than earlier. The alt-rock veterans delivered a loud, high-energy set filled with their surreal lyrics and their well-known musical style of loud choruses and soft verses. Black Francis shredded each song like it was his last. Joey Santiago wailed on the guitar and Paz Lenchantin rocked her bass with the customary big red flower attached to her head. The 4 person power band ripped through a large number of classics, including “Caribou,” “Gigantic,” “Gouge Away,” “Monkey Gone to Heaven,” “Wave of Mutilation,” and their most mainstream hit, “Where Is My Mind?”
The stage was set for one of the most well-known alt bands in recent memory. Weezer opened up their performance with their hits “Buddy Holly”, “Beverly Hills” , “Hash Pipe” and “Undone”. From there, they had us all singing along to every song. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when the frontman Rivers Cuomo found himself in the middle of the amphitheater playing several well-known cover songs from The Turtles, Green Day and Oasis.
Cuomo would rejoin the rest of the band onstage and continue to deliver a stream of great crowd favorites. I enjoyed hearing Weezer’s take on the cover of Toto’s “Africa”, as well as the group’s newest single, “Feels Like Summer”. The band would close with the biggest sing along of the night, “Say It Ain’t So”. We loved the covers- Winterlong
(Neil Young cover) and Head On (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
This is a must see tour and might make our Best Shows of 2018 gallery-stay tuned!
Wave of Mutilation
Monkey Gone to Heaven
Um Chagga Lagga
Isla de Encanta
Break My Body
All I Think About Now
(The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)
Here Comes Your Man
(Neil Young cover)
Where Is My Mind?
The final full, cross-country tour y’all! The longest running, largest concert tour in America, originally punk, EMO, and skate music, is ending. This year in Houston at NRG Park on July 8th is going to be epic! There is a ton of cool extra stuff like: donate blood with American Red Cross for backstage passes, parents get in free, take the Rally Bus to the tour, band signings, lessons from musicians, and more!
We are super excited to see all these artists- Bowling for Soup, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, All Time Low, Echosmith, Less Than Jake, Simple Plan, New Found Glory, Penniwise, Real Big Fish, , Frank Turner and more (note-not all bands are playing Houston).
If you’re not really sure where to start planning your day, check out Warped 101
You might still find tickets- check this out- tickets
Have fun, stay safe and stay tuned for our killer concert photos and review of the fest!