It has been quite a few years since I have seen a Linkin Park show, and yet again, the band has exceeded my expectations by delivering one of the best shows I have seen all year. The A Thousand Suns tour was definitely not one to miss! The tour was promote the band's fourth album "A Thousand Suns" which has reached top placement on the Billboard Top 200, and continues to spawn out hit singles such as "Wretches and Kings" and "Waiting For The End" further cementing the band's legacy as one of the top bands in the world. Linkin Park knows no boundaries when it comes to their creative process, and they are fearless when it comes to pushing limits and experimenting with their music. The same can be said for their live show which was a no holds barred spectacular of lights and sound that engulfed the audience for start to finish. The visual effects with the lighting and back-drop screens were some of the best I have ever seen, and the stage design was innovative using a "V" shape that allowed the band to interact more closely with their fans and provided a much more open viewer of the stage no matter where you happened to be seated in the arena. The visuals that were playing on screens almost appeared to be coming alive, breathing even more life into the show and creating a truly trippy effect where the audience almost feels as if they are one with the music.
The band commented on how they have always loved Philadelphia, and based upon the reaction on the faces of the crowd at this show, I can without a doubt say that. love was returned and then some! Linkin Park has such an extensive catalog of music, I was almost wondering how they were going to decide what to play, but they did a wonderful job of sandwiching in new material between old favorites which made everyone happy, old fans and new! From opening with "Faint" the band powered through their set never slowing down and the crowd was right there with them the whole way till the final notes of the band's encore "One Step Closer".
Linkin Park appeared to be completely a home on the stage, and also spent a lot of time during their set connecting with the eager crowd, at some points even jumping down into the pit to become even more up close and personal with their fans which was incredible to witness. Another fact the secures the awesomeness of Linkin Park is the band's charitable efforts. They have founded the charity Music For Relief and one dollar of every ticket sale from the A Thousand Suns tour was donated to the charity and to give back to the fans a text code was flashed on the jumbo-trons before the show so that fans could download a free copy of that nights performance to enjoy forever!
Opening for Linkin Park were Pendulum and Does It Offend You, Yeah! and my interview with Pendulum can be found here!
I had the opportunity to chat with Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda on a press conference call a few weeks prior to the tour, check out what they had to say here!
No joke, this is the worst band I've ever had the displeasure of listening to. To me, they embody all the worst aspects of mainstream music, whether it be the nerdy rapping, cringe-inducing emo whining, nu-metal guitar flatulence, and laughably bad DJ scratches.
Formed in 1996, Linkin Park is Mike Shinoda (rapper / keyboards / rhythm guitars), Brad Delson (lead guitars), Rob Bourdon (drummer), Joe Hahn (DJ), Dave Farrell (bass guitar) and Chester Bennington (lead vocals). Combining rock, nu metal and electronic elements in their music, Linkin Park has 3 studio albums and one remix album as of December 2008.
Hybrid Theory (2000)
Minutes to Midnight (2007)
Although rooted in alternative metal, Linkin Park became one of the most successful acts of the early 2000s by welcoming elements of hip-hop, modern rock, and atmospheric electronica into their music. The band's rise was indebted to the aggressive rap-rock movement made popular by the likes of Korn and Limp Bizkit, a movement that paired grunge's alienation with a bold, buzzing soundtrack. Linkin Park added a unique spin to that formula, however, focusing as much on the vocal interplay between singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda as the band's muscled instrumentation, which layered DJ effects atop heavy, processed guitars. While the group's sales never eclipsed those of its tremendously successful debut, Hybrid Theory, few alt-metal bands rivaled Linkin Park during the band's heyday.
Drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, and MC/vocalist Mike Shinoda attended high school in Southern California, where they formed the rap-rock band Xero in 1996. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, singer...