Fans will have to wait for Jared Leto and his band

2014-05-27 12:08

American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars has postponed its world tour and South African concerts by four months due to a “private medical issue”.

The band’s lead singer Jared Leto, who won a best supporting actor Oscar of the film Dallas Buyers Club, tweeted just last week: “South Africa here we come!”

But Attie van Wyk of Big Concerts said the Los Angeles band’s manager called at the weekend, citing “big problems”. The band then forwarded a medical certificate that stipulated a “private medical issue”.

“All their South American dates were also postponed. Obviously it’s an urgent medical condition, but we don’t know exactly what,” said Van Wyk.

Rumour is that the medical condition amounts to substance abuse and rehab for one of the band’s members.

Jared’s elder brother, Shannon, the band’s drummer, has openly discussed his struggles with drugs.

In an interview last year, he told the UK Sunday Times how Jared helped him steer away from his “debauched lifestyle” and how the band’s creative focus became his “salvation”.

Last year, American rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s guitarist, Richie Sambora, was kicked out of the band weeks before their South African concerts due to “personal issues”.

The New York Post reported at the time that Bon Jovi forced his longtime songwriting partner off their world tour because of Sambora’s substance abuse issues.

Thirty Seconds to Mars’ new South African concert dates are November 21 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Joburg and November 23 at Grand West in Cape Town.

In a statement released today, Big Concerts assured fans that all purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates.

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