With Kanye West and The Killers’ Brandon Flowers among their most famous fans, US rock band 30 Seconds To Mars’ Yas Island gig at the FLASH Forum this weekend is an A-list approved event that promises UAE fans “the greatest time of their lives”.
The concert on Friday (March 11th) is part of the Yas Island Show Weekends 2011 and fans could be in for a major treat as the boys recently covered their very own acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s monster hit ‘Bad Romance’ during a Live Lounge session for the UK’s BBC Radio One - winning a trophy for ‘Ultimate Live Lounge Cover’! – and they’ve been featuring the track on the set list for their current world tour.
With their hugely anticipated collaboration with Kanye West on the track ‘Hurricane’ released late last year, UAE fans could be in with a chance of hearing the song 30 Seconds To Mars’ frontman Jared Leto describes as “a collision of two worlds”. And given the band’s penchant for getting members of the audience up on stage for their epic ‘Kings & Queens’, fans can expect plenty of crowd participation too, with Jared telling MTV Asia: “We’re always inspired by our audience. We encourage interactivity.”
With a tour set list that’s packed with all the hits from their most recent album ‘This Is War’, including ‘Kings & Queens’ which won the 2010 MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Rock Video’, ‘Closer To The Edge’ and ‘Into The Wild’ as well as tracks from their first two studio albums, the eponymous ‘30 Seconds To Mars’ and ‘A Beautiful Lie’, Jared, his brother Shannon and third band member Tomo Milicevic will celebrate their first ever concert in the Gulf before thousands of fans who are snapping up tickets to see the band who’ve won a massive 42 awards throughout their 13 years of performing.
With music critics at last month’s Soundwave Festival in Sydney, Australia bowled over by Jared’s ability to energetically “bounce around the stage” during the band’s performance, lead guitarist and keyboard player Tomo Milicevic also spoke out about the band’s impending Yas Islands Show Weekends 2011 gig at the FLASH Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
“I know Jared’s been trying for a while to get to some different places,” he told Beat magazine. “For us, touring is... about the experience. We want to travel and we want to see different places, and if there’s people out there who want to have a concert experience with 30 Seconds To Mars we’ll come there.
“We want to experience different cultures and just see what’s out there. We have this amazing opportunity to contribute to local culture in a way that’s unique, and we feel very lucky about that.”
So, what can the Gulf’s 30 Seconds To Mars fans expect from the LA-based rock band’s first live show in the region?
“We just want to go out and give people the greatest time of their lives,” says Tomo.
Gig-goers can enjoy a huge range of deals and discounts with students receiving 15 per cent off the price of their tickets, Golden Circle Ticket Holders enjoying 20 per cent off dinner at Cipriani & Yotto and a 30 per cent discount on entry to Allure, and all Yas Island Show Weekend 2011 concert ticket holders getting 20 per cent off an entry pass to Ferrari World on weekdays (10 per cent on weekends) when used within seven days of the concert.
There is also a free shuttle bus service that will be operating on concert night. Shuttles run every 20 minutes beginning at 4.00pm from the Yas Plaza Hotel to the FLASH Forum, the Yas Marina Yacht Club, to the Yas Hotel, then to Ferrari World and then back to the Yas Plaza Hotel.
FLASH Entertainment has confirmed that tickets to 30 Seconds To Mars are now sold out and they kindly ask that people without a ticket do not make their way to the FLASH Forum on Friday as no tickets will be available on the door.
FLASH Entertainment would like to remind fans that it operates a strict no re-admittance policy on show night. Guests that exit the concert will not be granted access back into the venue.
Yas Island Show Weekends is proudly supported by Aldar, Yas Island, Ferrari World, Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Yas Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel, Yas Island Rotana, Yas Marina Circuit, Park Inn Abu Dhabi and Crowne Plaza Hotel.