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Mars attacks

Let's just get this right out of the way.

Jared Leto is famous because he was on television, where he played the character Jordan Catalano in the series "My So-called Life." He also has been in many films, among them "Fight Club," "Girl, Interrupted," "Panic Room," "American Psycho," "Alexander" and the brilliant "Requiem for a Dream." An abundance among the fairer sex finds him -- or rather, his television and film personas -- rather lovable.

Leto is a musician, too, though unlike so many television and film stars who get it into their heads that, "Hey, this music thing's not so hard -- anyone can do it!," Leto has genuine talent and taste.

30 Seconds to Mars formed in 1998, and has sold some 4 million albums worldwide in the time since, but don't hold it against Leto and his bandmates. These guys are making smart, often bold and gloriously arena-friendly rock albums in a time when such things are not necessarily in vogue. The latest of these albums, the Flood- and Steve Lilywhite-produced tour de force "This Is War," is a grandiose, emotion-soaked slab of musical drama that should appeal to anyone who likes the deliriously bombastic Muse, for example.

So think of Leto as a musician who also happens to act, not some pretty boy who wants to use celluloid fame to cover a lack of musical talent. 30 Seconds to Mars is a serious band.

On Wednesday, that serious band comes to the Rapids Theatre, 1711 Main St. in Niagara Falls for a 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $25 and can be found through Ticketmaster.com or the Rapids Theatre box office.

-- Jeff Miers

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