By Jay Tilles

Never shying away from a tough cover song, Thirty Seconds To Mars took Rihanna‘s heart string-pulling “Stay” head on.

With brother Shannon on the drums and Tomo Miličević on keys, Jared Leto belted out the pop princess’ lyrics with conviction and scratchiness making the song his own during the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge session today (September 17). The trio also performed “Do Or Die” from their most recent release LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS.

Related: Thirty Seconds To Mars’ Music Video History

BBC 1’s Live Lounge series boasts an impressive list of surprising covers dating back to 2005 as evidenced here. Selections from the band’s 2010 Live Lounge performance is available as part of the 40-track Live Lounge Volume 2 collection for sale via iTunes and Amazon.

Thirty Seconds To Mars’ current world tour takes a U.S. detour this fall, returning to foreign soil through 2014, wrapping up March 30 at Brisbane, Australia’s Adventures In Wonderland Festival.

30 Seconds to Mars’ ‘Love Lust Faith + Dreams’ Tour (U.S. Dates)

09/20 — San Diego, CA. @ Sleep Train Amphitheater (91x Fest)
09/27 — Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
09/28 — Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/29 — Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
10/01 — Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis
10/03 — Toronto, Ontario @ The Sound Academy
10/04 — Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
10/08 — Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
10/09 — Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
10/11 — San Jose, CA @ San Jose Event Center
10/12 — Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl


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