Jared Leto scales Empire State Building to announce Auckland gig for his band Thirty Seconds to Mars

US actor and musician Jared Leto has announced he and his band Thirty Seconds to Mars will be heading to Auckland in 2024 - by climbing the Empire State Building. 

The Suicide Squad actor scaled the New York City monument to reveal his band will be undertaking a world tour, including a gig at Auckland's Spark Arena on Thursday, September 19. 

The Seasons 2024 World Tour will head across Latin America, Europe, North America and Australia before finishing in New Zealand. 

Leto is part of the band with his brother Shannon.  

The group has just released their latest album It's The End Of The World But It's A Beautiful Day

It marks the band's first headline tour in over five years. 

Tickets for the show go on sale from Friday, November 17. 

The announcement also marks the first time Leto has climbed the building, with the 51-year-old saying he has "always been fascinated with the incredible landmark since he was a child". 

Speaking on the Today programme in the US, Leto said the climb was "a lot harder" than he thought it would be. 

"I was more excited than nervous to tell you the truth," Leto said. "But I have to be honest, it was very, very hard. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. 

"Just the endurance that it took, the stamina that it took, and it was very sharp."