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Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
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Thirty Seconds to Mars
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Shannon Christopher Bryant
Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Metallica, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Police
Anthony 'Tony' L. Bryant (biological father), Carl Leto (adoptive father)
Constance Leto née Metrejon
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Shannon Leto (born March 9, 1970) is an American drummer and an occasional actor. He is the elder brother of musician and actor Jared Leto; both are part of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. Shannon Leto was born in Bossier City, Louisiana. 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, Stewart Copeland, Keith Moon, Nick Mason, and Lars Ulrich, all of whom he notes as influencing his own playing style.
With the band, he practises 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".
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.
He also expresses interest in writing, abstract art, progressive rock, self-interpretation, and practises photography.
For his drums he uses Sabian Cymbals, Vater 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.
He is also occasionally an actor; initially he appeared in some episodes of the series My So-Called Life with his brother Jared, and he played a small role in Prefontaine and Highway, in which his brother starred.
Musician, Drummer, Songwriter, Music Producer, Photographer, Entrepreneur, Occasional Actor
Shannon Leto (born March 9, 1970) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the drummer of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. He co-founded the group in 1998 in Los Angeles, California, with his younger brother Jared. Their debut album, 30 Seconds to Mars (2002), was released to positive reviews but only to limited success. The band achieved worldwide fame with the release of their second album A Beautiful Lie (2005). Their following releases, This Is War (2009) and Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams (2013), received further critical and commercial success. As of September 2014, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide.
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Glyph Tattoos On Wrist And Neck, Half Sleeve Tattoo, map of world in between shoulder blades
Nine Inch Nails
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Antoine Becks (musician)
Paul Hughes, Travis Andres
Damien Hirst (artist)
Ruby Russell (grandmother), William Lee Metrejon (grandfather)
Bob Ezrin (music producer), Brian Virtue (music producer)
Emerson Preparatory School, Washington, D.C., Newton North High School, Newton, MA, Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Celebrity Talent Promotions
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Black Fuel Trading Co.
Drums, Percussion, Guitars, Keyboards
Universal, Virgin, E M I, Immortal
Thirty Seconds to Mars, Antoine Becks, The Wondergirls, Street Drum Corps
Jared Leto (bandmate), Tomo Milicevic (bandmate)
Percussion, Guitar, Keyboards
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