30 Seconds to Mars is an American rock band from Los Angeles, formed in 1998. Since 2007, the band has been composed of actor Jared Leto (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriter), Shannon Leto (drums, percussion) and Tomo Miličević (lead guitar, keyboards). Following the departure of Matt Wachter (now of Angels & Airwaves) in 2007, Tim Kelleher became the bassist for the group, performing live only with both Jared and Miličević recording bass for studio recordings, while Braxton Olita (keyboards) was added to the touring lineup in 2009. Previously, the group also featured guitarists Solon Bixler (now of Great Northern) and Kevin Drake.
In 1999, 30 Seconds to Mars signed with Immortal Records and Virgin Records, and after three years they released their debut album, “30 Seconds to Mars.” The album debuted at #107 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and at #1 on the Top Heatseekers chart. The album produced two singles, “Capricorn (A Brand New Name)” which peaked at #31 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reached #1 on the Heatseekers Songs chart and “Edge of the Earth.”
Their second album, 2005’s “A Beautiful Lie,” was recorded on four different continents in five different countries over a three-year period. The album expanded the group's audience and was certified platinum. The album spawned four singles, “Attack,” “The Kill,” “From Yesterday,” and “A Beautiful Lie”. “The Kill” set a record for the longest-running hit in the history of the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart when it remained on the national airplay chart for more than 94 weeks, following its #3 peak in 2006. The third single, “From Yesterday,” topped the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart for several weeks. “From Yesterday” became the first American music video ever shot in the People’s Republic of China.
After a $30 million lawsuit by EMI concluded with a new contract, the band released their third album, “This Is War,” in 2009. The album, produced by Flood and Steve Lillywhite, peaked at #2 on the Alternative Albums and Digital Albums charts, #4 on the Rock Albums chart and #18 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Its first two singles, “Kings and Queens” and “This Is War,” peaked at #1 on the Alternative Songs chart and reached #4 on the Rock Songs chart. The third single, “Closer to the Edge,” peaked at #7 on the Alternative Songs chart.
To date, the band has sold over 3.5 million albums worldwide.