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Thread: A Chronicle Of A World Tour Adventure!

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    A Chronicle Of A World Tour Adventure!

    I've posted about my son Jamie's experience recording and beginning the European tour with 30 Seconds to Mars, but I thought a chronicle of the adventure (as far as I can track him down!) might be fun, since you guys encouraged me to keep posting the info. And here's my disclaimer: Jamie doesn't tell me much detail, I find out most of this stuff on the web, twitter, instagram, etc. I did ask him if it'd be ok to post things here, and he said, "If it's on the web, it's fair game."

    This is fun for me. I'm obviously proud of him, but I'm also interested in what a big time band tour is really like from the band's and crew's perspective. I thought you might be, too.

    I'm going to ask him to post a thread here when he returns, but I did want to share this - actually, I think it's amazing and an insider's view of a world tour with a platinum band is something we don't get to see very much!

    One thing that's interesting is that 30 STM's hard-core fan base knows who Jamie is, from seeing him on various broadcasts, unplugged shows playing with the band, flash mobs, and pics the band posts of its studio work and progress. So when there's a show, he gets asked by fans for autographs along with the band. He didn't tell me this, my daughters went to a show in Chicago, and they told me.

    They also said that the guys in the band are really genuine guys, who showed a lot of enthusiasm and clearly appreciated his work on the record.

    The basic facts are these: Jamie was the recording engineer for the new record called Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams that was released on May 21, 2 1/2 weeks ago. It was co-produced by one of the world's legendary producers, Steve Lillywhite, whose discography is just beyond incredible. The band works very, very hard. And Jamie loves this project. He started working with the band on their last album "This Is War," as an assistant engineer with the producer Flood. Jamie also got to be part of the background vocal group, and was involved in synth work, etc.

    They asked him to go along on this tour because there are a lot of broadcast mixes for shows and festivals in Europe that he does (as opposed to Front of House mixes that they have a different engineer for - broadcast mixes of a live show are very different creatures). After they got going, they began to ask him to play the acoustic shows, which he's been doing on guitar and/or bass.

    As I mentioned in the other thread, the minute the album was released, the band was on the road to promote it. No waiting around, they had the hard work and heavy lifting to do (it's probably a good thing they don't have day jobs, because this seems to be a 24/7 business).

    I'll start with a few shots of some of the stuff that's been happening so far - please forgive me if they were also in the other thread, but I want to have this be more or less chronological.

    The tour kicked off with "rehearsal" shows in the US - LA, NYC, Chicago, Philly. Limited audiences, small venues. Much to Jamie's surprise, the guys in the band asked him to join them onstage and play. This was completely unexpected, and shows you how much 30STM cares about the people they work with. The first time this happened was in NYC, and my niece was at the show, and sent me a link to a picture, but I wasn't able to download it. However, it was a lot like this one, taken at the Vyrt broadcast in LA:



    There were also flashmob shows all over the cities they visited. Some were just Jared and Jamie playing acoustic guitars and singing. Here's one from NY:



    These of course wound up on the internet, including videos with audio.

    Jamie got to mix for the Jimmy Kimmel and Conan TV shows also!

    Finally, on May 29, the band went to Northern Ireland for a festival, and headlined one of the nights for 150,000 people. This was broadcast, and Jamie got to mix. From there, the band traveled to London. If you wanted to know what it feels like to be in front of the paparazzi, just take a look at Jamie's expression - I know my son, and that look on his face (he's on the far right with the curly hair) is his WTF look:



    They also did some flashmob shows in London's Soho district, and the crowds were pretty big. Understandable, as the record is #1 in the UK already (Jamie is playing acoustic next to Jared and Tomo in the center of the pic):



    In London they also did a "Live at the BBC" in the same room where the Beatles, Zep, the Stones, and so many other classic bands did those famous shows. This is a pic sent by Jamie, who knew I'd want to see the room and some of the gear he got to work with (some of it is very old, and was literally part of those broadcasts; I got the feeling that he felt it was really exciting to work there):

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    From London, the band traveled to Paris, and then to Berlin. Using Berlin as a home base, they played a show at a very large venue I can't remember the name of (sorry), and then traveled to Warsaw, where they were met with the announcement that the record (Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams) had gone gold. As the recording engineer on the record, Jamie gets a gold record to hang on his wall, too! This is my son's "I can't believe this is really happening" face.



    After the Warsaw festival (also broadcast with a Jamie mix), they went back to Germany and played at the famed Nurburgring, where they headlined along with Green Day, The Killers, and other big time bands from the US and Europe:

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    Back to Berlin for a show at an incredible venue; that once again I can't remember what it's called! I was unable to download pics from the show that were posted on the band's site. But they then flew to Moscow for a show at Moscow's Maxidrom. Then they head to Austria for another show, and back to England for a show with Korn, Queens of the Stone Age, Slipknot, 3 Doors Down, Jimmy Eat World and Iron Maiden.

    If I can find pics, I will post them later in the thread! I'm hoping we can get pics of the bands playing, it would be most cool. So I guess we shall see.

    If this is too much "Dad brag" stuff, please let me know and I'll stop. I hope it's a fun read, and folks did encourage me to keep it up before.
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    Nothing wrong with being a proud dad Les. I'm enjoying reading these so keep it coming.
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    My wife found a pic of the Moscow concert at the Maxidrom on the web:



    Jamie got a lot of tweets from fans in Russia, unfortunately most have been in Russian! But Google translate enables him to read them.

    I've been lucky enough to do some work in Europe, but nothing on this scale, of course. And my goodness - Russia! How interesting that has to be!
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    I have heard some interesting things about Russia.
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    Don't stop.
    You are deservedly proud and it is a great story to follow.
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    Thirty Seconds to Mars are on at the Download Festival in the UK this weekend. Is your son there? I'l give him a wave

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    Quote Originally Posted by synkrotron View Post
    Thirty Seconds to Mars are on at the Download Festival in the UK this weekend. Is your son there? I'l give him a wave
    Yes, he will be there! If the festival is being recorded for broadcast, or broadcast live, I'm sure he'll be mixing that, but if you see him at the venue, say hi for me! It'd be cool if you ran into him while you're there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    It'd be cool if you ran into him while you're there!
    Tell him I'll be the old geazer with the walking stick and a lady on each arm (my wife and her best friend )

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    Quote Originally Posted by synkrotron View Post
    Tell him I'll be the old geazer with the walking stick and a lady on each arm (my wife and her best friend )
    Excellent!
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    That is VERY cool.
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    This is very cool Les. Keep the updates coming
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    We got a picture of Jamie in Red Square last night, with the domes of the Kremlin lit up in the background, great shot, but it wasn't music-related. Today the band is in Vienna, getting ready to perform at the Nickelsdorf Nova Rock festival. Saturday they travel to the Netherlands for the Pinkpop festival, and then to the Download Festival in the UK.

    Hopefully I can find more pics of these events - fun stuff!
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    When Jamie was a very small boy, maybe 4 or 5, my daughter Lauren (his big sister) had a sleepover birthday party. The girls all made a big fuss over Jamie, and started giving him hugs. He had this very same expression on his face afterward (I found this picture on Tumblr):



    Not sure if the wrist bands mean that everyone just got out of the hospital or they're some kind of festival pass...

    EDIT: In speaking to Jamie, who was in England yesterday (Father's Day), I asked about this pic. Turns out it isn't from the tour, it's from Coachella, so it really doesn't belong in the thread. I'll delete it at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    It's good to be the king!
    That, or just wearing a cool shirt...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    That, or just wearing a cool shirt...
    Cool? I think her shirt would be downright chilly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alantig View Post
    Cool? I think her shirt would be downright chilly!
    This is without a doubt precisely the reason that my son has offered his arm as shelter!
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