On March 4, during a press conference in Los Angeles, GRAMMY-winning rock band Linkin Park and rock trio Thirty Seconds To Mars announced they will co-headline a North American tour this summer with special guests AFI. Ahead of their 25-date Carnivores tour, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, along with Thirty Seconds To Mars' frontman/actor Jared Leto, discussed the reason they decided to join forces, how they came up with the tour's name and Leto's recent Oscar win, among other topics.
"We share a lot of fans," said Shinoda. "A lot of fans like both bands and AFI as well, so it just seemed like a no-brainer."
"For me it was just an opportunity to do something fun and exciting with a band that I really respect and admire," added Leto. "[The tour] is going to be a mad and magical adventure."
Linkin Park — currently comprising Bennington (vocals), Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joseph Hahn (DJ/programmer), and Shinoda (vocals/keyboards/guitar) — formed in the mid-'90s in Los Angeles. Linkin Park earned their first GRAMMY in 2001 for Best Hard Rock Performance for "Crawling," a track from their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned the band nominations for Best Rock Album and Best New Artist at the 44th GRAMMY Awards. Their second GRAMMY came in 2005 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Numb/Encore" with Jay Z. With the release of their most recent studio album, 2012's Living Things, which reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, Linkin Park have achieved more No. 1 albums than any other band this century.
Thirty Seconds To Mars — comprising Leto (vocals), Shannon Leto (drums) and Tomo Milicevic (guitars) — were formed by the Leto brothers in 1998 in Los Angeles. In 2002 the trio released their self-titled debut album, which topped Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Their sophomore effort, 2005's A Beautiful Lie, peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard 200 and featured "The Kill (Bury Me)" and "From Yesterday." In 2009 Thirty Seconds To Mars released their third album, This Is War. The album's title was partly inspired by the group's legal battle with record label EMI, which is captured in the 2012 documentary Artifact. The band's most recent album, 2013's Love Lust Faith + Dreams, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
On March 2 Leto took home the Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in the 2013 Oscar-nominated film, Dallas Buyers Club.
The Carnivores tour will kick off Aug. 8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., with dates scheduled through September.