Last week, Patty, a member of the Thirty Seconds To Mars fandom (the Echelon) got to tell us how the band helped her personally on a very profound level. Now this week, Alba who got to meet Thirty Seconds To Mars in one of their shows, tells us her story.
Alba just turned 20 and she’s from Madrid, Spain. She’s currently studying English Philology at university and she’s proud to say that’s been one of the best decisions of her life. As for her hobbies, she loves reading (literature is one of her biggest passions), writing, drawing (it helps her a lot, especially when she suffers from anxiety attacks) and of course, listening to music. As you will see in a few minutes, her favorite band ever is Thirty Seconds To Mars. Not only does she love their music but also thanks to this band she has met amazing people who have become very close friends to her. She’s also a huge fan of Marvel, with Captain America (ok, and Bucky) being her favorites, and among her favorite TV series are Bones, Pushing Daisies, Psych and The Night Manager. The last few years haven’t been easy and many dreams have been shattered but she still has hope and even though she’s still not where she wants to be, she’s getting closer step by step.
Editor’s note: We wish you all the best, Alba!
How it all started:
I want to start by saying that 2014 wasn’t my best year (actually the worst) and even though I wanted 2015 to be a special one, I still had to heal a lot of wounds in my mind and heart, and to be honest, it wasn’t going as I expected. However, once again my biggest heroes came to rescue me and it was at the beginning of June when, out of the blue, MARS (short for Thirty Seconds To Mars) announced they were coming back to Spain. I knew from the start that this was the chance I had to make 2015 special and memorable, even if it would only be for one day. I bought my concert ticket right away as well as my very first VIP ticket which meant I WAS GOING TO MEET MY HEROES!!
Thirty Seconds To Mars was coming and I couldn’t be any happier.
At the venue with the Echelon (the band’s fandom):
After three long months which seemed like an eternity, the 27th of September finally arrived. As soon as I got to the venue, I met a lot of amazing people I only knew from twitter/Instagram and I remember thinking: “This day is gonna be unforgettable, I can feel it.”
I met my dear friend Ana who was wearing the triad necklace I sent her and who a few days before the concert had gifted me a beautiful bracelet with the words “Dream Out Loud”. I also met the group of girls with whom I later shared what was the best night of my life. I was especially excited about meeting my good friend Paola ’cause she’s amazing and lives so far away from me that I needed to spend as much time as possible with her. I also got to meet Jasmine who is one of the sweetest girls I know and who has a huge heart. We were all ready to dance, cry, jump and touch the sky!
Meet and Greet with Thirty Seconds To Mars
At around 8pm, all of us who had a VIP ticket started gathering around two empty chairs. The mere thought of having both Jay and Tomo so close made me anxious. Shortly after that, an adorable bear and a pink fluffy unicorn appeared right in front of me. I couldn’t believe it was happening. They were real!!!
They talked about a lot of random things and here are some of my favorite:
One girl asked Jared [Leto] about his favorite painters in history and he said something beautiful at the end about art: “One artist can paint with colors the same way another can with music”.
Then Tomo [Milicevic] said something like he agreed with Jared and that in his case, he used his fingers to make great things. As you can imagine, all the dirty minds, including Jared’s, thought of something quite kinky rather than simply interpreting his words as Tomo beautifully playing the guitar. We all then had a good time laughing at Jared’s silly face.
But the thing he said that really made me cry was the answer he gave to the question my friend Paola asked about what to do when you feel lost, when you try your best but feel like you’re getting nowhere, when you feel like giving up:
“You gotta stop what you’re doing. Go to a quite place where no noise can disturb you and listen to your inner child, because children always know what they want and what way to go. If you do so, everything will be okay in the end.”
You know that feeling when you think you can’t love someone more than you already do? Well, that was the moment I realized I love Jared more than anything and it’s amazing how he always has the right words at the right time. He’s a unique human being and I love him for that.
After this emotional and encouraging moment, it was time to have our photos taken. I was quite nervous ’cause I didn’t want to mess it up but when my turn came, it all went amazingly well. I said hi to Tomo and he answered with a super cute and adorable “hi!”. Then I turned to Jared and told him “I love you so much” and he replied saying “Aww you’re very sweet! Love you, too!” and winked at me. After the photo, I ran to meet the other girls to talk about how everything went and I couldn’t hold it anymore. My emotions hit me like a huge wave. As my brain and heart were trying to process what had just happened, I started crying. I couldn’t believe (and still can’t) that after almost 6 years I finally got to meet my heroes and even exchange a few words with them. I thought that was the best moment of the night but I still didn’t know what it was about to come!
Something I had in my bucket list and that I always wanted to do during a Thirty Seconds To Mars concert was to help with the balloons that are thrown onto the audience during songs such as ‘This Is War’ or ‘Do Or Die’. That night was the night of making all my dreams come true, my new friend Eva and I, along with some other people, had the chance to help the Mars crew with the balloons. We went backstage and they gave us the balloons and some instructions on how and when to throw them out. Then we all went directly to the front of the stage holding those big balloons and when the crew told us, we released them. It was something magical: Mars playing ‘This Is War’ full blast behind us and all those colorful balloons flying through the audience.
Thirty Seconds To Mars concert
All songs were perfect but here I’m just going to mention some of my favorite moments:
‘Kings & Queens’ was AMAZING and now that I’ve finally seen them play my favorite song live I think I can die in peace.
‘End of all days’ was… well, you can imagine. He put on display not only his incredible voice but also his seduction techniques and made us all swoon when he ran his hands all over his body (#JaredTrolleto).
Then he sang Alibi in acoustic. Since my grandpa passed away I haven’t been able to listen to Alibi because it brings back so many memories. As soon as he sang the first notes I started crying. I was shaking and while a part of me was telling me to cover my ears and run away, the other begged me to stay. My heart hurt a bit but after he finished singing that song, I felt as if some of those wounds in my heart had healed. It’s amazing what music can do.
Finally, the most special moment was when Jared asked us to join him on saying hello to Shannon who unfortunately couldn’t be there. Everyone started chanting “Shaaaaannon! Shaaaaannon!” And Jared thanked us for making that night an unforgettable one.
On stage with Thirty Seconds To Mars
The best moment of the night came when I got the chance to go on stage with Thirty Seconds To Mars for the final song. It wasn’t only the fact that I was up there, seeing the entire venue from their same point of view but the meaning behind it. The first Thirty Seconds To Mars song I listened to was ‘Closer to the edge’. I still remember that day I was sitting on my couch watching TV when I first saw the ‘Closer to the edge’ music video. That was the moment I fell in love with Thirty Seconds To Mars, their music and the Echelon. And I promised myself that one day, I was going to be there, join the madness and jump and touch the sky. Years later, there I was living my biggest dream and jumping as high as ever on stage with the band that gave me something to believe in.
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