I love Thirty Seconds to Mars but only sitting in front of them did I realise all their songs kind of sound the same. I dont mind, though, theyre very good at it.
Jared Leto is a natural frontman, catering to all sides of the stage which was unusually placed just three quarters of the way into the floor, not quite at the front but not quite the middle.
You really get a sense of the two-man bands love of stage as Jared and brother Shannon continually marvel at the 20,000-capacity venue, at one point claiming London is the best night of the tour. But were pretty sure he says that every night.
After a two-hour wait and no opening act, the pair burst into the stage-no frills, no gimmicks, at least for now, delving straight into their first song Up in the Air.
You almost forget that youre looking at an Oscar winning actor, that is until he stops the music, turns the lights on, tells Shanon to pause the drums, and singles out members of the audience not grooving to his music.
Theres more talking in this concert than most but we dont mind it- Jareds commentary eggs the audience on.
After the first set – by which he must be boiling- he takes off the bizarre technicolour poncho hes donned, telling us not to mind him as he gets naked – to the sound of loud cheers.
The night really gets going after Kings and Queens, from their This Is War album, is played. Like the recorded version, the audience carries the first bit of vocals, a prolonged whoah oh. And then some more.
Then Jared drops the lyrics; We were the kings he points to the right, and queens, points to the left, of promise he holds in a beautiful dulcet tone.
Theres something quite motivational and meaningful about his actions, like hes encouraging us to rally together against some oppressive system.
Playing what is arguably the best song of the album; Dangerous Night, giant inflatable balloons are released in the crowds. A truly Instagrammable moment.
As compelling as his performance, Im reminded of the last time I was at the enormous 02 venue; to see Linkin Park which is all the more ominous now. The two great rock bands have a lot in common; soothing the teen angst of millions, experimenting with styles.
Jared even commemorated the death of Linkin Parks lead singer Chester Bennington following his suicide, at the MTV VMAs last year saying his voice will live forever.
But Im quickly bought back into the room to Thirty Seconds to Mars as they tease the fans weaving in and out of their best hits. City of Angels is reserved towards the end. What makes this performance better is the thousands of mobile phone flashes that Jared implores us to get out.
He tells the VIPs to get off our asses and have a fucking good time. We do.