30 Seconds To Mars debut Kings And Queens video

Thirty Seconds To Mars have unveiled the video to Kings And Queens, the first single from their hotly anticipated new album, This Is War (to be released 7 December), and after one look all we can say is...Epic!

Directed by Bartholomew Cubbins, the beautifully shot clip is a reverent nod to directors Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) and Walter Hill (The Warriors). Production values such as these haven't been seen in music videos for quite some time. Check it out below.

This Is War, produced by Steve Lillywhite, Flood and Thirty Seconds To Mars is the follow-up to the band's platinum-plus A Beautiful Lie. MusicRadar received an advance listen to the new disc, and we can tell you it's a winner.

The buzz must be building, because Thirty Seconds To Mars have just announced the following arena dates for February 2010:

Friday 19 - Nottingham Trent FM Arena - 0844 4124 624
Saturday 20 -Manchester Evening News Arena - 0844 847 8000
Sunday 21 - Cardiff International Arena - 029 2022 4488
Tuesday 23 - London, Wembley Arena - 0844 815 0815
Saturday 27 - Glasgow, SECC - 0844 4999 990

Priced at £22.50 for London and £20 for all regional dates, tickets will initially be available through an exclusive pre-sale to fan club members that commences at 9am on Wednesday 18 November. Tickets will go on general sale at 9.30am on Saturday 21 November available at gigsandtours.com and gigsinscotland.com for the Glasgow date.

Keep it locked on MusicRadar, as very soon we'll have interviews with Thirty Seconds To Mars members Jared Leto and Tomo Milicevic.

Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.