Surrounded by an audience of their die-hard Echelon fan family, Thirty Seconds To Mars performed emphatic, unforgettable renditions of “Hurricane,” “Night of the Hunter,” “Kings and Queens” and more. With the Vitamin String Quartet backing up the group on several songs, Jared Leto repeatedly brought the crowd in on harmonies, including the fist-pumping “No, no, no, no” chorus during “Closer to the Edge.” Halfway between the conductor of an orchestra and the holy rolling leader of a tent revival, Leto commanded the rapt crowd. And when the gospel choir appeared for the band’s cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” the crowd’s sheer transcendent ecstasy is palpable.
“It’s kind of like a rite of passage to do a ‘MTV Unplugged,'” said Leto in a series of exclusive MTV “Unplugged” interviews. “It was a surprise that we were asked and we were thrilled… I think the whole journey of… approaching the songs in a different way really taught us a lot.”
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