The Church of Mars Comes to NYC

30 Seconds to Mars plays a special show at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Chelsea

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30 Seconds to Mars plays a special show at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Chelsea. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show started with vocalist Jared Leto walking down the center aisle of the church while playing "The Kill" on an acoustic guitar. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band previously performed at St. Peter's twice in 2011. Photos by Michel Dussack
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This was the band's fifth show in a church in a week, and its mini tour has been dubbed "Church of Mars." Photos by Michel Dussack
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Excited fans stood on the pews to get a better view of the show. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show also allowed the band to preview material from their upcoming album, "Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams," which will be released next week. Photos by Michel Dussack
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While this was the initial set list for the night, Leto switched up the set during the show, which resulted in an improvisational vibe. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Shannon Leto pounded away at the drums behind Jared. Photos by Michel Dussack
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Fans gained entry to the show by going to an impromptu performance that Jared Leto did on Saturday in Union Square, as well as winning entry through contests. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The band brought out the Vitamin String Quartet to perform with them during the song "Hurricane." Photos by Michel Dussack
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Jared Leto frequently joked around with the audience. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The group ended their main set with the song "Kings and Queens," but fans immediately cheered for an encore. Photos by Michel Dussack
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When they did return to the stage, it was for two more songs off the aforementioned upcoming album. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The first was "City of Angels," an unreleased track. Photos by Michel Dussack
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The show ended with "Up in the Air", which is the lead single off the new album. While the show wasn't particularly long, it was incredibly special for the fans there because they got to be so close to the band. Photos by Michel Dussack
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