Shannon Leto

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Shannon Leto
Shannon Leto (Kent).jpg
Shannon Leto performing in October 2010
Background information
Born(1970-03-09) March 9, 1970 (age 44)
Bossier City, Louisiana
GenresAlternative rock[1]
OccupationsMusician, photographer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion, samples, guitar, keyboards
Years active1991-present
Associated actsThirty Seconds to Mars, The Wondergirls, Street Drum Corps
 
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Shannon Leto
Shannon Leto (Kent).jpg
Shannon Leto performing in October 2010
Background information
Born(1970-03-09) March 9, 1970 (age 44)
Bossier City, Louisiana
GenresAlternative rock[1]
OccupationsMusician, photographer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion, samples, guitar, keyboards
Years active1991-present
Associated actsThirty Seconds to Mars, The Wondergirls, Street Drum Corps

Shannon Leto is an American drummer and an occasional actor. He is the older brother of musician and actor Jared Leto; both are part of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Early life[edit]

Leto was born in Bossier City, Louisiana, the son of Constance "Connie" (née Metrejon), an artist.[2][3] Growing up "food stamp poor", he and his brother, Jared, moved around frequently.[4] His brother has described their mother as a "hippie".[5]

Career[edit]

Musical career[edit]

He has been playing drums since 1975, and currently plays in the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, whose singer is his younger brother Jared Leto. Some of Shannon's favorite drummers include John Bonham, Roger Taylor, Dan Lamirand, Stewart Copeland, Keith Moon, Nick Mason, and Lars Ulrich, all of whom he notes as influencing his own playing style.

With the band, he practices six to seven hours a day. In an interview with Modern Drummer magazine in February 2006, he stated: "Rehearsing that much has helped to build up my stamina and make my playing more precise". He has also said that he doesn't like playing to tape or to a loop, and prefers the more organic way of doing things, experimenting with electronics the band creates on their own.

Bob Ezrin, who helped produce Thirty Seconds to Mars's debut self-titled album, referred to Leto as "one of the most inventive drummers I've worked with. He isn't satisfied with simply adding a beat; his drum parts are an integral part of the orchestration of the record. He's also a great live drummer who is lots of fun to watch, with a presence and energy level that are mesmerizing".[6][page needed][when?]

Leto describes his band's music as having the grandiosity of Pink Floyd and the energy of The Sex Pistols. His other musical influences include The Cure, the first two albums from Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Queen, The Who, early The Police, and Steely Dan. He appeared on a few episodes of My So-Called Life with his brother Jared before forming Thirty Seconds to Mars in 1998 with the addition of bass player Matt Wachter and later joined by Tomo Milicevic on guitar.

Other projects[edit]

He also expresses interest in writing, abstract art, progressive rock, self-interpretation, and photography.

Other than My So-Called Life, he has acted in Prefontaine and Highway, in which his brother starred.

Instrumentation[edit]

For his drums he uses Sabian Cymbals, Vater Nude 5AN drum sticks, Remo drumheads, Sonor Drums, And DW hardware. His drums are decorated with RockenWraps Skin artwork that features photos of over 400 people of The Echelon.

Drum kit: Sonor Custom (Maple/Birch)

Electronic Drum Kit (Spread out amongst acoustic drum kit, Roland):

Drumheads (Remo):

Cymbal (Sabian):

Other:

Percussion mallet: Nude Vater 5A Nylon (length 16", diameter 0.57")

Hardware: Tama Iron Cobra II, DW 9000 Series Rack System

Pedals: Drum Workshop 9000

Discography[edit]

Thirty Seconds to Mars studio albums

References[edit]

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