Thirty Seconds to Mars Release Powerful ‘Rescue Me’ Video, Jared Leto Surprises Fans at Show
Thirty Seconds to Mars are currently on the road supporting their recently released fifth studio album, America, and have just released a powerful new video for "Rescue Me."
The clip, directed by Mark Romanek, features closeup shots of people of all different background and as the video continues, they move from pensive and frustrated to explosive and angsty. By the time the video ends, they're all reduced to tears and frantic fits.
Speaking about the song and video, frontman Jared Leto had a lot to say:
'Rescue Me' is a song about pain, a song about empowerment, a song about faith, and a song about freedom.
Freedom from the wreckage of your past. Freedom from the bondage of self. And freedom to embrace all the promises that life has to offer.
It’s also a song about the brutal war so many of us wage against fear, depression and anxiety in the hope that we might, one day, live a life filled with happiness and dreams.
Pain does not discriminate. It can affect us all. In our bodies. Our hearts. Our minds. And often, when that pain is emotional or mental, we are afraid to speak up.
None of us are ‘ok’ all the time. And there shouldn't be a stigma when we aren’t. Both my brother and I have had our own intense personal battles and it has, and continues to be, life changing. I try to remember that just past the darkest days await the brightest and most rewarding moments. And that change is always right around the corner.
I want to thank everyone for being so brave, selfless and vulnerable in this video. The emotion and honesty shared impacted me greatly and I hope it does that same for you all. I am very proud and grateful to have worked with one of my heroes - the master filmmaker and director Mark Romanek. It’s the first time in 13 years I haven’t directed our videos. It was a gift to have him carry the weight so graciously and deliver something so profoundly simple and beautiful.
If you think someone in your life needs help, ask them if they’re ok and make sure they know you’re there for them. And keep showing up. Help however you can.
If you are hurting, you can get through this. Tell someone you trust. And please make sure you ask for help.
For more information or to seek help for you or someone you know, check out the following organizations:
On a lighter note, on the first day of Thirty Seconds to Mars' current North American tour, Leto surprised fans in Toronto, Canada by disguising himself as Live Nation employee before surprising fans with backstage passes and merchandise. Check out the video below.
Guitarist Tomo Miličević, who joined the group in 2003, announced his departure earlier this week, rendering Thirty Seconds to Mars a duo. Catch them on the road in North American now through July 22 and see a list of remaining stops here.
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