Two years ago I was standing in almost the same spot at the same venue watching the same band. It felt like yesterday that I had seen my favourite band for the first time, and thankfully this time they put on an even better show!
Oh before I go on, Stone Sour who opened for Linkin Park was pretty good. I only knew “Bother”, which was excellent, but the rest of the set delivered some hard hitting rock. I liked them enough to check ‘em out again at Soundwave.
Back to LP. Roughly half the set consisted of songs from Hybrid Theory and Meteora, the bands first two albums. It’s a case of the band giving fans exactly what they want to see. The three albums since then have moved away from the nu metal/rapcore style that brought in their original fans (me included).
I was more than happy with the choice to stick with the old, because it made me nostalgic. Linkin Park was the first band I liked, and naturally they were the only band I would listen to for a very long time. It would get on the nerves of all my friends but I didn’t care. Hearing songs they didn’t play last time I saw them, such as “With You” and “Somewhere I Belong”, brought back memories of 14 year old me. It amazed me how much of the words I knew off by heart.
The band often likes to focuses on Chester Bennington’s voice and Mike Shinoda on piano during sets, and this time it was beautifully done with the ballad medley of “Leave out All the Rest”, “Shadow of the Day” and “Iridescent”.
The new songs off Living Things were good too. “Lost in the Echo” and “Burn it Down” in particular were fantastic. I wish they had played “In My Remains” or “Powerless”, but we can’t have it all.
Mike noted how the band likes to change the setlists for the fans who show up to multiple shows, and this time they even gave the audience a choice between “In the End” or “A Place For My Head”. I yelled for “APFMH” because the band doesn’t play it that often, and it won! It was the first time that “In the End” wasn’t played at a full Linkin Park show. “In the End” is a song I love of course, but as the band’s signature song I heard it last time, and will probably hear it at every concert they perform in the years to come anyway.
During Rob Bourdon’s drum solo in the middle of “Bleed it Out”, Chester went to the barricades to shake hands with the fans and they were going crazy. One guy jumped the crowd to try to touch Chester… and succeeded, but it was a job well done.
With a wide selection of the old and the best of the new, Linkin Park delivered a show that fans would die for. I may be biased as one of their biggest fans, but I had such a good time at this show that I know I’ll be back in a few years time.
02. Faint (Ext. Outro)
04. Given Up (Ext. Outro w/ Extra Note)
05. With You (2012 Ext. Intro; 2012 Scratch Outro)
06. Somewhere I Belong (2012 Intro)
07. New Divide
08. VICTIMIZED (w/ QWERTY)
09. Points Of Authority
10. LIES GREED MISERY
11. Waiting For The End (Apaches Intro w/ ‘UNTIL IT BREAKS’ v2 rap; Ext. Outro)
12. Breaking The Habit
13. CASTLE OF GLASS
14. LOATR/SOTD/Iridescent (Ballad Medley)
15. The Catalyst
16. LOST IN THE ECHO (2012 Intro)
17. Numb (Numb/Encore tease at the end)
18. What I’ve Done
19. One Step Closer (Ext. Outro)
20. BURN IT DOWN
21. A Place For My Head
22. Bleed It Out (w/ drum solo)