If you enjoy transcendent post-grunge music, don’t hate New Year’s Eve and still have unanswered questions about the plot of My So Called Life, the Pearl at the Palms might meet your Dec. 31 needs. Chart-topping rock gods 30 Seconds to Mars will give Las Vegas a darker soundtrack for its year-end festivities. “We’ve never done one of these before so we’re not quite sure what to expect,” says Mars drummer Shannon Leto. “But every time we step onstage we try to give fans an unforgettable experience, and that’s what we want to deliver on New Year’s.”
Formed in 1998 in Southern California, the group includes younger brother/heartthrob Jared on lead vocals and Tomo Milicevic on guitar. The success of their 2009 album This Is War has turned the concert into a hot ticket, but with so many NYE events, there’s hefty competition.
“Everywhere you play is going to be different,” Leto says. “We love anyone who takes the time to appreciate what we’re doing. But Las Vegas, on New Year’s, that’s going to be a different kind of show than anything we’ve ever done.”