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Tuesday 26 March 2019

Why Irish radio is a turn-off for Oxegen star Jared

Hollywood star Jared Leto admitted to having a "soft spot" for Ireland -- but says we're not quick to show the love in return.

The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman, who performed at Oxegen this weekend, revealed that he loves everything about Ireland -- but has a bone to pick with our radio stations.

The actor turned singer, best known for his roles in Requiem For A Dream and Panic Room, performed for tens of thousands of revellers at the festival on Sunday night following The Prodigy's knockout set.

"I happen to have a very soft spot for Ireland," he said. "I have spent a lot of time over here, Dublin is one of my favourite cities. But they don't play our songs on the radio over here and it breaks my heart."

While the band is a firm favourite among Irish music lovers -- and have performed here a number of times in recent years as they continue to make a name for themselves on the international music scene -- they get little or no airtime, according to Leto.

He is one of the best known actors in the business, securing roles in a number of hit flicks during his lengthy career.

Although he has been linked to a number of high-profile beauties, his best-known romance was with blonde bombshell Cameron Diaz.

But in spite of his Hollywood star status, he took time to soak up all of the atmosphere at Punchestown at the weekend.

Unlike other stars, who jetted into Ireland very briefly for their onstage set and made their way quickly back to the airport, the Fight Club star stuck around to enjoy some of the other acts.

He even tweeted a photo of Eminem "crushing it" at the Kildare venue, announcing how excited he was at being there.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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