Sylvia Reviews Linkin Park
Linkin Park Review
February 16, 2013 at PH LIVE
It’s a little hard to believe that Linkin Park released Hybrid Theory almost 13 years ago, but five albums and a few side projects later, the guys got together to an absolutely packed house Saturday night at Planet Hollywood. This was a pretty important show for North American fans as this was the first and only stop that LP would be making in the States for 2013; perhaps acting as a warm-up for their upcoming tour. So, unless you were the quite the hardcore fan and had the funds to make a trip to either New Zealand or Australia, your best bet was seeing them at PH Live.
Their set was pretty simple for the most part: giant screen, flashing lights, and just enough room for six guys. They played songs from each of their album (well, except Reanimation but, really, that one doesn’t count). It was a nice balance of old and new songs played for a great crowd who sang along to every lyric. Midway through the show, I noticed that Mike Shinoda’s microphone was cutting off.
Technical difficulties: a cruel way to bring you back to reality when trying to enjoy a concert. Shinoda tried singing through it but ultimately it died on him to which he signaled one of the crew members to bring him another microphone. That little mishap, however, didn’t lower the crowd’s excitement. The band carried on and so did we.
Before they performed their encore set, Linkin Park closed the show with their first single from Hybrid Theory, “One Step Closer,” still performed with the same angst (Chester can still hit those notes with ease like there is no tomorrow).
The band will begin their Living Things World Tour 2013 in New Zealand on February 21st and is currently working on the music for a film directed by Joe Hahn called “Mall” which he calls “delicious.”