The pretty-boy jack-of-all-trades has become known for his roles in films like Alexander, Prefontaine and Requiem for a Dream, but when it comes to his own band, 30 Seconds to Mars, he most resembles Jordan Catalano, his character on the mid-'90s cult TV show "My So-Called Life."
30 Seconds to Mars, with singer/guitarist Leto backed by drummer/brother Shannon Leto, guitarist Tomo Milicevic and bassist Matt Wachter, sounds not unlike his band on "My So-Called Life," Frozen Embryos. Which is to say: moody and far more alt-rock-grungy than emo. Leto still sports shaggy-sexy Catalano hair and the vacant Catalano gaze.
Apparently, he's sporting Catalano's cavalier attitude, as well. The band is currently touring to support their latest album, A Beautiful Lie, and is swinging through Denver's Ogden Theatre on Saturday, May 27, to make up for some missed Colorado dates. See, 30 Seconds to Mars was supposed to play The Black Sheep in December and the Gothic Theatre in March, but cancelled both times.
According to Wendi Walker, marketing director for Colorado promoters Nobody in Particular Presents, the cancellations were due to "scheduling conflicts." But according to Virgin Records' own Julie Lichtenstein, they came about because "the bassist cut his finger badly."
Sound like excuses to me just like the ones Jordan Catalano used every time he ditched Angela Chase, who even loved the way he leaned. Tickets purchased for the Gothic show will be honored at the Ogden, but that doesn't heal the pain. Jared Leto, we are not your Angela Chase, to be tossed to the side, only to be noticed when we dye our hair red.
Now for some non-histrionics. If you're of the scritchity-scratching type, make sure to check out Sunday School, featuring old-school and current hip-hop remixes by DJ Skip Ripkin and DJ Prominent. It's at Tony's (311 N. Tejon St.) every Sunday at 10 p.m. It's free, and it's damn good. Patrons often end up drunkenly dancing or drunkenly thinking they know the lyrics to Beastie Boys tunes. Both make for a highly entertaining evening.
In town: Texas is on Fire, The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.), May 25; Bud Ford, Adam's Mountain Caf (110 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs), May 26; Antix, Classics (5943 Delmonico Drive), May 26; The Connie Bryan Happy Hour Show, Thunder & Buttons II (2415 W. Colorado Ave.), May 26.
Go north: Ice Cube, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, May 25; The Smashup, Gothic Theatre, Englewood, May 25; The Fall, Boulder Theater, Boulder, May 26.