According to some recent reports, 30 Seconds to Mars plus a good portion of the band’s fan base might be pretty much certifiably insane. With 30 Seconds to Mars frontman, Jared Leto fighting a nasty cold, snowy weather that could only politely be called blizzard conditions and fans who should be in bed at 5:00 a.m. rather than on the road to a foreign country to see a 30StM concert one could actually make that argument. Really—people with any kind of sense at all would stay home in such conditions. But 30 Seconds to Mars isn’t just any band and its fans aren’t just any fans. They’re more like one big giant worldwide family. And so when family comes to town, the family greeting party comes out—all 12,000+ or so of them.
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By now, you’re familiar with my series of concert reviews and looks at Mars on the road through the eyes of the fans. Earlier in this week, there were stories out of the UK—from London and Brighton as well as Manchester. Today’s diary of the tour is about the concert in Oberhausen, Germany. The König-Pilsener arena there holds some 13,000 people. While some may have stayed home, a good portion of the people holding tickets still showed up according to a tweet this week by Jared Leto.
jaredleto 12,000 CRAZY GERMANS + MARS = AN AMAZING NIGHT!! THANK YOU OBERHAUSSEN!!!!!!!!
One of the people at the concert was my good buddy, Noël Jean, who hails not from Germany, but rather the Netherlands. Yep. She was one of the crazy fans—(just like yours truly here would be)—who’d actually get up very, very early in the morning to see the guys. In a foreign country. And we’re glad she did.
Her report is below and in the slide shows in the two parts of this article.
5.30 am … In the car and on our way to Oberhausen to be a part of the 30 Seconds to Mars show! It ended up being an hours drive when it should’ve been 40 minutes, but when we arrived at the venue at around 6.40 am we where pleasantly surprised to see only 6 other people there! We sat in front of one of the doors. YES! Front row for us! Us is my little brother Jamie and Echelon sistah Nancy!
It was cold!!! It was freezing a little but we where prepared! Lots of clothes and blankets and we brought chairs. So no sitting on the freezing floor for us! We also brought enough to drink and eat to last the day. But the good thing was that there was a shopping mall nearby and it opened at 8.30 am. Every hour and a half we went inside to warm ourselves up! It made the day a lot easier.
As always, the line got bigger and longer as the day went by. We stepped out of line real quick to put everything in the car that we didn´t need anymore, like the chairs and blankets. We´d still love to keep them, but there where too many people now and the pushing started already! 3 pm, the venue wouldn´t open ´till 6 pm and people started pushing and trying to make it to the front of the row already!!! That was awful!
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