30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto On Climbing The Empire State Building, ‘I Wasn’t Nervous’

Jared Leto made the headlines by climbing to the top of the Empire State Building on the morning of November 9. The singer later talked about the experience and revealed whether it made him nervous to ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon:’

“You know, I wasn’t. I really was so excited to do it. It was very cold. We got up at 3:15 in the morning, which was fun. It was about 41 degrees, and I mean, it just added to it. The wind was really intense up there, too.”

About the time choice, he explained:

“Well, we wanted to get the sunrise, and it was part of the arrangement that we made to do it at that time because there are no people on the observation deck. I think what they meant was they didn’t want me to fall on someone and hurt them.”

After finishing the stunt, Leto told Today that it was ‘incredible to watch the sunrise’ at the top of the decades-old building.

The Idea Behind The Climb

Leto’s climb started at the observation deck on floor 86 and scaled up to floor 104 through the eastern side of the 102-floor building. It lasted 20 minutes and made the singer the first person to legally climb the Empire State Building.

The aim of the event was to promote 30 Seconds To Mars’ upcoming 2024 Seasons World Tour. But, according to the vocalist’s words, the idea wasn’t something new:

“Ever since I was a kid, I was fascinated with the Empire State Building. It, to me, was a symbol of New York City, and New York City was a symbol of a place that you go to make your dreams come true.”

Talking about his love for the city, Leto said:

“I love this city, and I always wanted to live here. I always wanted to be an artist. You know, for me – I don’t know if it was King Kong or if it was the Guinness World Record, but there was something about that building. I even had a little toy when I was a kid, a little metal replica that would have been perfect here.”

He also touched upon the legal process and went on:

“It was just a dream of mine. I loved the climb, and it just seemed like one of those impossible things. And it was very impossible when we started. We got 10,000 ‘noes’ before we got a single ‘maybe.’ Even then, we just really got the final word a couple of days ago.”

30 Seconds To Mars’ Upcoming Tour

The upcoming 2024 tour will be 30 Seconds To Mars’ first headline tour in over five years. It will span across Latin America, Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand while supporting the band’s latest album, ‘It’s The End Of The World But It’s A Beautiful Day,’ which came out on September 15, 2023.