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'Three’s a charm': Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI team up on tour

Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars & AFI team up on tour


Whether you have a chance to see Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and AFI perform together, or separately at an upcoming show, all three bands put on phenomenal performances. On their own, each band puts on an outstanding show. Performing together, the trio creates an unparalleled musical experience for their fans.

Photo of Linkin Park performing live on stage.
courtesy of Thomas Rabsch

The three alternative rock bands are currently performing together in concerts on their Carnivores Tour in North America through Sept. 19, 2014.

At their recent performance at Jiffy Lube Live, an outdoor amphitheater in Bristow, Va., on Aug. 13, 2014, a sea of more than 22,000 fans came out to see the three bands perform at their sole appearance in the Washington, D.C. area on the Carnivores tour. AFI opened the performance, followed by the two co-headliners: Thirty Seconds to Mars, and then Linkin Park.

Announced at a press conference at Milk Studios in Hollywood, Calif. on March 4, 2014 by Mike Shinoda (rapper, vocalist, principal songwriter, keyboardist, and rhythm guitarist in Linkin Park); Jared Leto (lead vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist in Thirty Seconds to Mars); and Chester Bennington (lead vocalist in Linkin Park), the Carnivores Tour provides fans with the unique opportunity to see the two co-headliners and AFI perform at the same show.

The tour was launched in support of Linkin Park’s sixth album "The Hunting Party" (2014) and Thirty Seconds to Mars’s fourth studio album “Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams” (2013).

"We share a lot of fans,” said Linkin Park’s Shinoda at the press conference. “A lot of fans like both bands, and AFI as well, so it just seemed like a no brainer.”

“This is a dream come true,” added Leto, the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman, at the press conference. “To stand on a stage in front of the Linkin Park army out there and the Mars army…I think it is going to be absolute insanity.”

“To be honest when I listen to the radio and when I listen to music that’s going on out there I'm kind missing a little bit of that visceral rock energy,” Shinoda continued. “And so I feel like this is a great moment for these three bands to get together and bring it to the fans.”

When asked about the meaning of “Carnivores” at the press conference, Shinoda replied that it’s “about that visceral energy…something carnivorous, it just gives for me the feeling of something almost like animal. There is something about that in that rock, exciting rock concert energy, that just brought the name to mind.”

AFI opened the show...

Alternative rock/punk rock/hardcore punk band AFI, an acronym for "A Fire Inside" performed first. Based in CA, the band has released nine studio albums, 10 EPs, one live album, and one DVD.

Formed in 1991, the band kicked off the night with a short but impressive set. AFI performed nine songs, including: "Girls Not Grey," “Love Like Winter,” "17 Crimes," and “Silver and Cold.” AFI concluded their performance with "Miss Murder."

Thirty Seconds to Mars rocked the arena...

Taking the stage following AFI was co-headliner Thirty Seconds to Mars, an alternative rock band famous for both its music and the extraordinary showmanship of its frontman Jared Leto, who was dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown atop his long flowing hair and beard.

Leto is also an actor and won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in the Dallas Buyers Club. Thirty Seconds to Mars has recorded four albums and by May 2003 had sold over 10 million albums worldwide. The band broke the Guinness World Records in 2011 for the most shows in an album cycle by a rock band after being on the road continuously for two and one-half years.

Thirty Seconds to Mars performed 14 songs, including five songs from their “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams” album, including: “City of Angels” and “Do or Die.” Among the other songs that the band performed were "Kings and Queens," "This is War," and “The Kill.”

Dozens of giant multi-colored balloons were released into the audience during the show. It was an exceptional performance and the audience seemed mesmerized by the music…but the show was not over yet as Linkin Park went on stage next.

Linkin Park culminated the night...

Known for its rap/rock music, Linkin Park topped off the evening on a high note with a remarkable performance. An alternative rock/rap-rock/alternative metal band, Linkin Park has won two Grammy Awards and has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide.

Linkin Park performed 27 songs, including six songs in their encore performance. Their set list included four songs from their sixth album “The Hunting Party” (2014), including “Guilty All the Same,” the first full song the band performed after an introductory mash-up of five of their songs. Other songs that the band performed included: "In the End," "Castle of Glass," and “New Divide.”

A key aspect of Linkin Park’s music is the vocal interplay between Bennington, the lead vocalist, and Shinoda, the rapping vocalist. When Linkin Park began their encore performing their mega hit song “Numb,” the audience went wild, cheering and rapping/singing along in appreciation, as the fans also had many times throughout the evening. The final song of the evening was “Bleed it Out.”

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Performance cities/dates for the Carnivores Tour are noted on: Some performances can be seen worldwide real time via Additional future performance dates for each band can be found on their respective websites:,,

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