The last couple of years have been pretty rough for music fans. After all, we’ve lost huge names of the music world, including David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, and most recently, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. So of course, it is easy to see why fans have been deeply moved by the recent tribute paid to these fallen stars by US rockers Thirty Seconds To Mars.

As NME reports, Thirty Seconds To Mars recently hit up the BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge sessions to perform a tribute mash-up to some of the musicians we’ve lost over the last couple of years.

In the span of four minutes, Jared Leto and co. were backed by a choir as they took on some of music’s biggest songs in an intimate, stripped-back performance, covering Prince & The Revolution’s ‘Purple Rain’, David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, George Michael’s ‘Freedom’, Linkin Park’s ‘Crawling’, and Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’. The band also threw in a quick reference to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, in honour of the musician who passed away back in 1980.

The group also took the time to perform their newest single, ‘Walk On Water’, while they were in the studios as well.

Of course, this isn’t the first tribute that Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has performed in honour of his fallen friends, with the muso paying tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington at the MTV Video Music Awards just last week.

Thirty Seconds To Mars recently announced their first single in four years, ‘Walk On Water’, as the first taste from their forthcoming new record. The group also spoke to Australian commercial radio following the release of their single, in which they said that they are “absolutely” coming to Australia next year. We sort of doubt we’ll hear the band perform this beautifully touching cover mash-up, but we can still hope.

Check out Thirty Seconds To Mars playing their ‘A Tribute To The Greats Medley’ on the BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge, below.

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