Birth name Tomislav Miličević
Born September 3, 1979
Origin Sarajevo, Bosnia, Social Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Genres Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock
Instruments Guitar, Violin, Bass, Keyboards
Labels Virgin Immortal
Associated acts 30 Seconds To Mars
Tomislav Miličević aka Tomo ([ˈtoːmo miˈlitʃevitɕ]) (born September 3, 1979 in Sarajevo is a Bosnian-American musician. He is currently the lead guitarist of the alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars.
Tomo first came to the States as a baby, and went back and forth to Croatia until the family permanently emigrated to Troy, Michigan when he was in the 3rd grade. He is quoted as saying that if his family had not emigrated, he “...would be in the army by 16, fighting in the front lines by age 17”. In his teenage years, Miličević was standing outside his father's Dunkin' Donuts in Michigan when an errant bullet hit him in the leg.
He is quoted as saying that he "didn't feel it, I just looked down and saw I was bleeding and I laughed." He wanted to keep the bullet, but the hospital would not let him. By the time Tomo was 18 years of age, his parents Tonka and Damir Miličević had opened a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Tomo has a brother, Filip Miličević, and their sister is actress Ivana Miličević. Tomo's uncle, Dr. Željko "Bill" Miličević, is a virtuoso violinist and orchestra teacher at Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan.
He attended Athens High School in Troy, Michigan, and is a certified executive and pastry chef. Despite this fact, he has never cooked for his band mates. Married long time girlfriend, Vicki Bosanko, in Crete, Greece on July 5, 2011. Picture: Miličević at the 2009 Buzz Bake Sale in South Florida
Tomo practiced to become a concert violinist from the ages of 3 to 19 years of age. He started writing his own music by the age of 17. After discovering heavy metal, Tomo told his father that he wanted to play the guitar, and so they made one together. The guitar was used to record the song "A Modern Myth" on 30 Seconds to Mars's second album, A Beautiful Lie.
He says that the first concert he attended was Nirvana but he has since said in interviews that is "truthfully not true...I think it was Paula Abdul and Living Colour".
After graduating from culinary school as an executive and pastry chef, Tomo decided to sell all of his instruments and leave the music business. But then he was told about an audition for 30 Seconds to Mars by Shannon Leto. Being that Tomo was already a fan of the group, he decided to audition. He was selected from 200 musicians not only for his talent, but also because he is kind and personable. Five days later, on February 3, 2003, he played with Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Matt Wachter on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.
The band released their third album This Is War, on December 4, 2009.
Miličević played for a time with a local band from Michigan, called Morphic.
Miličević describes his music as rock, and his influences include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Metallica at the time of Kill 'Em All , The Who, Alice in Chains and Slayer.
- Guitars: Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony, Fender Jazzmaster (He is left-handed, but plays guitar right-handed)
- Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker, 498T Alnico magnet humbucker
- Tuners: Grover Keystone
- Amps: Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with Mesa Boogie Cabinet
- Pedals: Boss Super Chorus SC1, Digitech Whammy, Boss DD20 Giga Delay, Boss FZ5 Fuzz Pedal, Digitech Bad Monkey, Boss Chromatic Tuner, Boss BF3 Flanger, Ernie Ball Volume Pedal, Boss RC20XL
- Apron, Rolling Pin, Spatula, Hand mixer
30 Seconds To Mars
- 2005 - A Beautiful Lie
- 2009 - This Is War
- 2010 - (I Just) Died In Your Arms
- Contributed lead guitar.
Thanks to some great people.