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21.01.2011 - Energy and hype dominate Linkin Park’s tour-opening show

The first thought that went through my head as I awaited the inevitable insanity while trying to exit BankAtlantic Center: Linkin Park gave a performance with such unending energy that you did not want it to stop. The 18-song concert more than made up for the headache of getting to the arena with all the traffic, rain, and don’t forget lines, lines, lines.

Thursday’s show was the first of their new tour — A Thousand Suns: World Tour 2011. If the show was any indication of how the tour would be, get ready for a mind-blowing experience. Linkin Park’s ability to mix rap and rock is what helped distance the group from the rest of the mainstream, giving the group their own unique sound. Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, vocalists of Linkin Park, work in such a cohesive manner that has had millions falling in love with their music from all over. Bennington, Shinoda, Brad Delson (guitarist), Rob Bourdon (drums) and Joe Hahn (turntables/electronics) all worked together to complement their music.

They did not disappoint in Sunrise. Their 18 songs played consisted of music from their entire catalog, through their albums A Thousand Suns, Minutes to Midnight, Meteora and Hybrid Theory and also their popular single “New Divide” from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack.

Beginning the night with “Wretches and Kings”, they had such hype and energy, it instantly had the crowd cheering. “Paper Cut” resulted in screams of recognition followed by an arena singing along with every word. Other favorites included “Given Up”, “Faint”, “When They Come For Me”, “No More Sorrow”, “Waiting For The End”, “Iridescent”, “Numb”, “Breaking the Habit”, “Shadow Of The Day”, “Crawling”, “One Step Closer”, “In The End”, “What I’ve Done”, “Bleed It Out.” The night was full of fist pumping, head banging, and screaming sing-along from the crowd, mirroring the levels of energy of the band. About midway through the show, Bennington had the entire arena singing “Happy Birthday” to drummer Bourdon, adding to the unforgettable moments of this show.

Opening for Linkin Park were Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Pendulum. Does It Offend You, Yeah?, a British group, combined hypnotic beats with crazy lights which gave you the feeling of being in the middle of a rave while sitting in your seat. This band had the crowd linking them with groups such as Prodigy and Glitch Mob. The vocals did seem to drown out in some parts of the songs, but the thumping chaotic beat and randomness of the rhythm made you forget about that little flaw.

Australia’s Pendulum had the crowd going wild with their electro sound, including their song “Propane Nightmares” from their album In Silico. The group’s memorable beats and catchy lyrics had the crowd getting into the music more and more with each passing minute on stage. Their new album Immersion is said to be released on Jan. 25. - January 21, 2011


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