Artists tour incessantly to promote a new album all the time. It could be fifty, one hundred, or even one hundred and fifty shows throughout an album cycle. It’s a common thing. Six years ago, something happened that never happened before or even to this day. On December 7, 2011, the Jared Leto-led rock band, 30 Seconds To Mars, set the Guinness World Record for “Most Shows Played During An Album Cycle,” by performing their three hundredth show in such a timeframe. From February 19, 2010 until December 9, 2011, the popular rock trio ended up performing three hundred and four shows in six different continents. At the time, 30STM were on their Into The Wild Tour in support of 2009’s LP, This Is War.

30 Seconds to Mars - The World's Longest Touring Rock Band

The special night took place at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, which included some of the band’s most played tracks like “The Kill (Bury Me),” "Search and Destroy" and "Night of the Hunter.” The “A Beautiful Lie” triad closed out their twenty-two-song set with fan-favorite, “Kings and Queens.” Leto invited his fans to join them and celebrate onstage for the finale, which was preceded by an award presentation from the folks at Guinness World Records. When presented with the honor, Leto said, "We have been on the road for an incredible and insane two years and thought what better way to celebrate the end of this phenomenal journey than with a week of special shows in New York City. He continued with, "We thought documenting this for posterity with Guinness World Records would be fun especially as we aren't any good at growing our fingernails very long or cultivating the world's largest squash.”

Thirty Seconds To Mars' setlist by Setlist.fm.

Formed in 1998, the Los Angeles based band also consists of Tomo Milicevic and Leto’s brother, Shannon Leto. During their historic run, the rockers sold out London's O2, performed at the first International Lollapalooza Festival in Santiago, Chile, and played to an audience of over 100,000 people at Rock Am Park in Germany. On the band’s website, Leto had wrote a special letter to his fans by saying, “Thank you for the dreams. Thank you for the memories. And thank you for sharing this unforgettable adventure with us. It was the journey of a lifetime and we are so grateful to you all for that.”

30 Seconds To Mars will be playing KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas on Saturday at The Forum in Los Angeles. On March 11, they will begin their European tour with a forthcoming untitled fifth album due sometime in 2018. For more information, visit the band's website.

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