Thirty Seconds to Mars guitarist exits band
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When Thirty Seconds to Mars began their press cycle in support of their fifth studio album, America, fans began to notice that longtime guitarist Tomo Miličević was missing from all the meetings. In March, frontman Jared Leto advised fans that Miličević was taking some time off to deal with a “personal matter,” though fans were left wondering what exactly the personal matter was. On Tuesday (June 12), following months of absence, Miličević formally announced his departure from the California-founded band.

Taking to social media, the guitarist posted a letter to fans addressing his decision to leave the band he had been a part of since 2003.

“I don’t really know how to explain in a note how I could have come to a decision like this, but please believe me when I say that this is the best thing for me in my life and also for the band,” wrote Miličević.

In his letter, he thanks the fans for letting him live his dreams on stage every day for the past 15 years and thanks the Leto brothers (Jared and Shannon) for letting him be a small part of their massive dream.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to Jared and Shannon for allowing me the privilege to be a small part of their dream and to have been able to share the stage with them for so long.”

For fans who are angry or sad about his decision to leave the band, Miličević had one final thought for them: “Please don’t be sad or angry over this and most of all, please don’t be divided over this. This is a good thing and will be good for everyone.”

Read Miličević’s full statement here.

Now that Miličević is longer in the band, there is no word on whether the band has found a replacement, though it looks like it won’t affect their summer tour.

Last week, Thirty Seconds to Mars officially kicked off their North American Monolith tour with Walk the Moon, MisterWives, and Joywave. The complete list of upcoming Monolith tour dates can be found here.