Tomo Miličević

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Tomo Miličević
Tomo Miličević 30 Seconds to Mars.jpg
Miličević at the 2009 Buzz Bake Sale in South Florida
Background information
Birth name Tomislav Miličević
Born (1979-09-03) September 3, 1979 (age 36) in Sarajevo, SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SFR Yugoslavia
Origin Troy, Michigan
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock[1]
Occupation(s) musician
Instruments Guitar, violin, bass, keyboards
Years active 1994-present
Labels Virgin, Immortal
Associated acts Thirty Seconds to Mars
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Jaguar

Tomislav "Tomo" Miličević (pronounced [tǒːmo milǐːt͡ʃevit͡ɕ]; born September 3, 1979) is an American musician. He is the lead guitarist of the alternative rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.


Tomo was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of SFR Yugoslavia, to a Bosnian Croat family. He first arrived in the United States as a baby, and went back and forth until the family permanently emigrated to Troy, Michigan when he was in the 3rd grade. It was at this point in his life that Tomo received a pet starfish, Doby, from his parents, as a present for all of the previous moving back and forth. 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”.[2] 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, California.[2]

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 Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan. [3]

He attended Athens High School in Troy, Michigan[citation needed], and is a certified executive and pastry chef. [2] Despite this fact, he has never cooked for his band mates. [2] He married his longtime girlfriend, Vicki Bosanko, in Crete, Greece on July 4, 2011.[citation needed]

Musical career[edit]

Tomo practiced to become a concert violinist from the ages of 3 to 19 years of age.[2] He started writing his own music by the age of 17.[2] After discovering heavy metal, Tomo told his father that he wanted to play the guitar, and so they made one together.[2] The guitar was used to record the song "A Modern Myth" on Thirty 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".[4]

After graduating from culinary school as an executive and pastry chef,[2] Tomo decided to sell all of his instruments and leave the music business. But then he was told about an audition for Thirty Seconds to Mars by Shannon Leto. Being that Tomo was already a fan of the group, he decided to audition.[2][4] He was selected from 200 musicians not only for his talent, but also because he is kind and personable.[4] 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.[5]

Miličević played for a time with a local band from Michigan, called Morphic.[6]

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.[2]



  • Martin Standard Series, models HD-28 or HD-28V (Acoustic)
  • Gibson Les Paul Custom Ebony (Pickups: 490R Alnico magnet humbucker, 498T Alnico magnet humbucker - Tuners: Grover Keystone)
  • Fender Classic Player Jazzmaster Special (Black)


  • Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with Mesa Boogie Cabinet


  • Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
  • Digitech Whammy
  • Boss DD20 Giga Delay
  • Boss FZ5 Fuzz
  • Digitech Bad Monkey
  • Boss Chromatic Tuner
  • Boss BF3 Flanger
  • Ernie Ball Volume Pedal
  • Boss RC20XL Loop Station
  • Boss Phase Shifter PH-3
  • Boss Super Overdrive


  • Akai Professional Keyboard MPK61

Guitar Rig & Signal Flow[edit]

  • A detailed gear diagram of Tomo Miličević's 2010 30 Seconds To Mars guitar rig is well-documented [7]


30 Seconds to Mars[edit]



  1. ^ Verrico, Lisa (2007-09-19). "30 Seconds to Mars at Brixton Academy". The Times. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Philip Anderson (2006-04-19). "KAOS2000 Magazine interview with Tomo Milicevic and Matt Wachter". KAOS2000. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c Angel (2006-06-28). "Confront Magazine interview with Tomo Milicevic and Matt Wachter". Confront. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  5. ^ Kara (2009-10-07). "30 Seconds To Mars - Kings & Queens / EMI Australia's Music". The In Sound From Way Out. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ "Morphic on SongPlanet". SongPlanet. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  7. ^ Cooper, Adam (February 9, 2010). "Tomo Miličević's 2010 Thirty Seconds To Mars Guitar Rig". GuitarGeek.Com.

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