Fans were taken to another planet when 30 Seconds to Mars performed live in Manila.
They rocked Manila for one night on July 29 at the Mindanao parking lot of TriNoMa Mall in Quezon City. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was there to witness their first concert in the Philippines.
AND THE BANDS PLAYED ON. It was raining hard yet people came and waited for the concert to begin.
Local band Kjwan opened the concert, performing three songs, including their first hit single, "Daliri."
Then the lights went off, guitars started playing and the crowd screamed when brothers Jared and Shannon Leto, and Tomo Milicevic, members of 30 Seconds to Mars, appeared onstage.
The first song they performed was "Attack," from their second album, A Beautiful Lie.
Jared Leto, Hollywood actor and vocalist of the band, realized people knew their songs by heart. He invited them to move closer to the stage and sing with them.
And the audience did just that, jumping up and down, while the band played.
Then the crowd chanted "This is War," which the band obligingly performed. The song is from their latest album of the same title.
They also played "100 Suns" and "Vox Populi." While performing the latter song, Jared stopped playing and walked off stage, while the audience screamed and clapped to the beat.
Lead guitarist Tomo Milicevic played keyboard for a few minutes. Then Jared returned and said, "Philippines! I have to say, Philippines-ikaw na!" which made fans scream even more.
He thanked the people who came and stayed despite bad weather. "I’m glad this little rain didn’t stop you from having fun!"
Jared also said: "We’re so happy that we have a new home to come to."
Then the band went mellow with "Hurricane," followed by "Alibi," both songs from their latest album.
PICTURE-TAKING. Jared asked, "Do you guys eat noodles for breakfast?" and blurted out, "I had noodles for breakfast!"
He boldly performed in the rain, inviting five fans to come onstage and sing with them. He asked for requests.
The crowd screamed: "The Kill," the hit single from their second album. Again, the band obliged. One fan was seen crying while the band performed the song.
Fans had fun when giant balloons were passed out among the crowd. That night, they were the masters. When fans shouted "Night of the Hunter," the requested song was performed.
After belting "Closer to the Edge," Jared again asked the audience to come closer to the stage for a picture-taking. He told the crowd it would be printed on a tarpaulin.
As the band performed their last song, "Kings and Queens," confetti fell from the sky. Some of the pieces of paper bore messages like, "30 Seconds to Mars live in Manila" and "Yes, it is a cult."
When the concert ended, not one person in the audience was dry. Yet everyone was smiling.
Overheard was this common sentiment: "This is one of the best nights of my life!"