Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda (in B&W)
Linkin Park | Living Things World Tour: Live in Manila | MOA Arena | August 13, 2013
After almost a decade of waiting, Linkin Park finally came back to Manila to conquer the Arena wherein thousands and thousands of manic LP fans screamed, jumped and rocked their souls with the band. Considered as one of the highlights of the Philippine concert scene this year, the show proved to be a riotous success as the Arena burst with multitudes of people from the moshpit up to the upper boxes. Without a shadow of doubt, the evening turned out to be one of the most unforgettable concerts that Manila had ever experienced.
Read the complete review here: Lost in the Echo of Linkin Park
This is probably the closest I have gotten with seeing Linkin Park. Last night, history was made when the men from California performed for the Pinoy crowd last night as part of the Living Things World Tour. The Living Things World Tour was brought to us by Scala Events, Dickies, and Timex.
Truth be told, the band was at full form, and had summoned the denizens of attendants at the Mall Of Asia Arena at Pasay City. But of course, before the band rocked, local band Urbandub front-acted, and to me, Urbandub came close to the energy that LP has on stage. The Pinoy band played favorites, Soul Searching, The Fight is Over, and First of Summer. They had also included three songs from their upcoming album, Esoteric. Gab Alipe of Urbandub mentioned that the album itself is all about love and hope as they have already grown up, unlike their earlier works that involved bitterness. Them performing live, and before Linkin Park no less, just proves that our kababayans can rock and roll with the best foreign acts. Kudos to the band for giving the well-deserved energy.
On to the LP concert itself: the stage was an elaborate set up the band is now known for. A large screen on the background, which displays the band’s individual moments and most of the time, superb artwork and graphics made by rapper/co-producer/rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda. There were also stands set up beside each speaker which Shinoda and Bennington use to interact with the crowd. There was also a staircase set in between Hahn and Bourdon. When the concert started, DJ Joe Hahn and drummer Rob Bourdon were shown in “digitized” form, while doing an extended intro of the song, A Place for My Head. After the intro, the screen showed Shinoda doing the first verse of the aforementioned song in sonic quality, which had sent the crowd into a frenzy once the lights had now showed the band. Personally, seeing Shinoda perform and command the crowd made me realize it as one of the things I liked from the band.
There were also a lot of moments on the concert: perhaps most memorable was the medley done to Leave out all the Rest, Shadow of the Day, and Iridescent, which showcased vocalist Chester Bennington play a guitar along with lead guitarist Brad Delson. Speaking of Delson, throughout the concert, I can say that his versatility expanded when he ditched his guitar and went to command a synthesizer pad for the song, Lies Greed Misery, with bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell. A personal favorite, Castle of Glass, was also part of the ensemble: which Delson and Hahn opened with their synth playoff, followed by Shinoda and Bennington singing. But perhaps what made Castle of Glass so special was the part wherein Bennington, Shinoda, Farrell and Delson sang the last chorus in unison. I already saw that from the band’s performance of last year’s Spike Video Game Awards (in which Castle of Glass was nominated), but seeing and hearing it for myself gave me chills and euphoria.
Most of the songs from last night’s concert comprised of majority of the first two albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora. The sixth album, Living Things, gave the crowd four songs, and one intermission track, Tinfoil, which acted as the band’s intro to the other half of the concert. Now, in true LP fashion, they closed the concert with the song that catapulted them: One Step Closer, which isn’t really a bad thing considering that we Pinoys are exposed to the said song. The guys then did their thing at the end of the concert, with Bourdon and Farrell throwing drum sticks and bass guitar picks respectively, Hahn and Delson facing the crowd in euphoric fashion, and Bennington and Shinoda sharing the center stage, thanking everyone who gave them a good time.
Overall, the concert is superb. Technicality-wise, the band knows their sound, and their instruments. I did not regret a single minute being there because the songs were crisp and perfected in a manner that becomes an envy of some artists. There was the intensity that one expects from a Linkin Park concert, and this one is no different. They know how to handle an audience, and hit spots where those mattered. They also maintained their interactive side with fans, most notably done by the band’s vocalists as they shake hands with fans. The sound setup was excellent, whether it was Urbandub or Linkin Park that utilized it.
I seriously had a good time. And as the fans chanted, “Come back soon!”. May this be a reality. I am confident that time has made LP more versatile and more commanding on stage. I am proud to have shared history with a couple of friends, and with my countrymen (and women) who know their stuff. LP ROCKS FOREVER!!!
Originally posted at: Mike Has a Hollow Inside
Originally posted at: Linkin Park PH Blogspot
The fact that I just saw them live last night hasn’t fully sunk in yet. This could take days or weeks or maybe years.
Last night was amazing, later this week I’ll tell you all about my Linkin Park concert experience complete with pictures and stuff so stay tuned. :)