30 Seconds to Mars reveal plans for free Boston gig

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30 Seconds to Mars will hit Boston next week to build buzz for their forthcoming release, Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams. The veteran rockers will deliver a special show for free at the Wilbur Theatre on Tuesday, May 7. Tickets for the show, which has been dubbed “Church of Mars: Boston”, are available by lottery to fans who pre-order the album through the band’s website or to the first 150 fans who pre-order the album today at the Best Buy Fenway store in Boston.

As part of the show, 30 Seconds to Mars will sell a limited edition lithograph to benefit The One Fund Boston, which was set up by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15. The poster, in the Boston Marathon’s blue and yellow colors, displays the city’s skyline inside the band’s triangle logo with the message “Boston Mars Loves You” written below.

“This tragedy hits close to home especially as my brother and I lived in Massachusetts and spent weekends in Boston off and on as children,” explained frontman Jared Leto in a message to fans. “That brief but special time will always be a part of who we are. We hope this small gesture helps in some way and lets the people of Boston know we are thinking of them and that we care. We are so proud to be able to play our very first show for this new album in Boston.”

Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams, 30 Seconds to Mars’ fourths studio effort and follow-up to 2009’s This Is War, is scheduled to hit stores on May 21.

Written and recorded around the world from Europe, to India, to the band’s studio in California, the album was produced by Leto with acclaimed producer and previous collaborator Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band) co-producing four of the twelve tracks. Fans can get a taste of the new material with lead single “Up in the Air”, which is streaming below.

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