Jared Leto, the frontman of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars led a beautiful and haunting rendition of several notable songs by musical greats recently lost. The medley was performed live on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and consisted of songs by Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Linkin Park and Soundgarden. Songs included in the medley were “Purple Rain,” “Heroes,” “Freedom,” “Crawling,” and “Black Hole Sun”. You can watch the video below.
Thirty Seconds To Mars recently released the single “Walk On Water” that has drawn critical praise for its lyrics and melody. The band performed the song at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) where Jared Leto also gave a touching tribute to musical artists Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Both singers were lost due to suicide.
In addition to the medley, 30 Seconds to Mars performed an acoustic version of “Walk On Water,” and “Kings and Queens.” Jared Leto shared a photo from the performance on his official Instagram account.
The medley begins with a laid back and sorrowful rendition of Prince’s iconic hit song “Purple Rain.” The first verse of the song effortlessly blended into David Bowie’s “Heroes,” where Leto deliberately sang the words, “We can be heroes” while the harmonies of the background singers brought a heavenly crescendo to the tune. Leto then brought the song back to Prince’s “Purple Rain.”
It seems that Leto has politics on his mind because both “Walk On Water” and his rendition of “Purple Rain” could be anti-Trump anthems. During the Live Lounge performance, when Leto sang the lyrics, “You say you want a leader, but you can’t seem to make up your mind,” he could have been singing another lyric in their hit single “Walk on Water.”
After seamlessly transitioning from “Purple Rain” to “Heroes,” Leto then led the room with George Michael’s “Freedom.” The words sounded like a chorus singing “Freedom, you got to give what you take.” The voices were emotionally charged and it could have easily been a church choir singing the song in protest against human rights violations. The song quickly shifted back to “Heroes,” and though the mood was somber in lieu of the musical artists who wrote and made these songs great, there was an underlying current rousing the conscience to stand up against injustice.
The song quickly shifted back to “Heroes,” and though the mood was somber in lieu of the musical artists who wrote and made these songs great, there was an underlying current rousing the conscience to stand up against injustice.
Thirty Seconds to Mars concluded the tribute with a combination of “Crawling” and “Black Hole Sun.” In light of Jared Leto’s touching tribute to both musicians at the VMAs, the ending was a fitting finale.
In all, 30 Seconds to Mars performed five classic songs in less than four minutes. Any one of the songs included in the medley could have been a standout song on their next CD. It was the sorrowful and haunting weaving of the lyrics and the melodies backed by the harmonies that make this one medley you will not want to miss.
Have you heard 30 Seconds to Mars perform “Walk on Water?” What do you think of their new single and the Live Lounge medley?