INTERVIEW: Tomo Milosevic from 30 Seconds To Mars
There’s something about Thirty Seconds to Mars that inspires a devotion more usually associated with British boybands. When the band, fronted by Oscar-Winning actor Jared Leto and his older brother Shannon, cancelled an earlier show planned for Dubai in April, fans in the region seemed to take it as a personal insult. It was the kind of news that, in their native US, might have required a crisis helpline.
Mercifully, the legions of loyalists haven’t had to wait long for their appointment to be rescheduled. The trio are bringing their bombastic, stadium-ready emo-rock to the Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday night as part of Dubai Music Week. It is their first show since they reinvented the live experience with “Camp Mars”, a summer camp in Malibu, California, with hiking, yoga, campfire singalong for just 500 people – a markedly different experience from the full-throated show we’re expecting this weekend. ShortList grabbed guitarist Tomo Milosevic to see what’s in store.
From one desert to another, it’s your first time playing here in Dubai, isn’t it? The Closer to the Edge Tour brought you Abu Dhabi and Oman in 2011.
Yeah, and let me tell you, the energy in the room when we played in Abu Dhabi and later in Oman was incredibly special. I don’t know, there was something that just connected with the crowd and we all felt it. We all look back on those shows as incredibly memorable. It’s the first time playing in Dubai, though. We came here after the Abu Dhabi show to celebrate Shannon’s birthday so it’s a place we know and like.