Leto is nothing if not very interesting. Don’t really know how to feel about him. There was that whole weird cult thing from a while back. Certain unsavory allegations have been leveled against him in the past. He’s also one of the most successful rock stars by any measure in modern music, and is an Oscar-winning actor to boot.
…And he likes to get weird and climb a lot of tall buildings. When asked why that was, Leto explained that it helps him get out of his head, and to be present and in the moment. All that comes in handy in the performing arts for sure.
Regarding the Empire State ascent, Leto told TODAY that it was a lot harder than he expected given the sheer distance he had to travel. He even cut his left hand due to one of the many sharp edges on the iconic skyscraper.
Here’s more from Leto from that story on why he did the thing:
“To watch the sun rise overlooking the city that’s meant so much to me. Ever since I was a kid, New York stood for the place that you went to make your dreams come true…And as a young kid, I wanted to be an artist, and New York was the place that you came to be an artist.
And the Empire State Building was always that symbol for me.”
It’ll be about a six-month tour coming up for Thirty Seconds to Mars that kicks off in March in South America, followed by a spell in Europe, a swing back to North America by July and then down to Australia and New Zealand to cap it off by September.
Pretty ambitious slate ahead, but we are talking about a band who set the world record for longest tour with 309 concerts. Upon realizing that, whatever my muddy personal opinion is on Jared Leto, I can’t really talk sh*t about him singing a song a full step down from the original key anymore.
You gotta pace yourself if you’re doing that many shows. Seems like a more manageable workload for Leto and his bandmates this time around.