he set opened naturally with the a track from their new album One More Light, ‘Talking to Myself’. In my opinion it’s a different sound to what we’re used to from Linkin Park. That being said, the track is instantly addictive.
It was followed by ‘Burn It Down’ from the Living Things album (2012). The band are full of energy and the crowd are really getting into the swing of the concert.
‘The Catalyst’ was next which is from the 2010 A Thousand Suns album. This song definitely had some of the stadium crowd on their feet. This track seemed to be the first of the original Linkin Park sound although the synthesisers did kind of ruin it for me, however my opinion on this seems to be in the minority.
‘Wastelands’, from the 2014 The Hunting Party album, was, for me, the point where they went a little ‘mainstream’, but the heavy bridge was a welcome relief. Then they played ‘One Step Closer’ and BOOM, I’m home! The album which started my love of Linkin Park was Hybrid Theory (2000). This, for many of us Linkin fans, has never been beaten or even touched. The crowd were up and singing along so it appeared that they agree with me on this!
‘Castle of Glass’, from the Living Things album, may have lost some of the Linkin Park sound, but not the meaning behind a lot of their tracks. Very deep and the beat really pulls you in.
‘Good Goodbye’ is another from the new album. Sorry but this just isn’t me, and to me it’s not Linkin Park either. There is too much rap and not enough rock. I may as well be listening to Eminem.
The shortened version of ‘Lost in the Echo’ from Living Things was followed by ‘Battle Symphony’ from One More Light and I’m not loving it.
They then played ‘New Divide’ and I’m rocking again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS TRACK!! Up on my feet now as is most of the arena.
‘From the Inside’ is next and we’re back in the good old days of the early noughties with the Meteora album of 2003. This is Linkin Park at their most awesome, in my opinion, and this is the sound I fell in love with; it was new and raw.
‘Invisible’ it’s not bad if you like what I am fast beginning to feel is ‘the new Linkin Park sound’. Sorry, I’m not a huge fan of it. The song is good but it’s just not the sound that I fell in love with. This track feels ‘anthemic’ to ‘be’ anthemic, instead of an amazing track that is simply ANTHEMIC. Chester introduced the song by saying it was for his babies which was a nice touch.
‘Hands Held High’ was sung in acapella… Jury’s out… from the 2007 Minutes to Midnight album. I love this track but not sure on the acapella.
‘Waiting for the End’, from A Thousand Suns, is, again, not making me love this sound. This album seems to be the catalyst; old and new sounds mixed. Remember the name ran into ‘Breaking the Habit’ from Meteora. This brought us back to classic LP amazing sound, and it's an amazing track!
‘One More Light’, the title track from their new album, is in itself a beautiful song… I understand that they had to change with the times to appeal to a newer audience.
‘Crawling’ was played next and thank Heaven! Hybrid Theory! As, by now, I’m sat down and getting bored. Piano, but still MAGNIFICENT!
‘Leave Out All the Rest’, from the Minutes to Midnight album, has now gotten me up and enjoying myself again. They are then back to Meteora with ‘Somewhere I Belong’ and now everyone is up. This is followed directly by ‘What I've Done’ from Minutes to Midnight; that’s it the audience is NOT sitting back down!
Bang, straight into ‘In The End’ from Hybrid Theory. This is them saving the best till last obviously! ‘Faint’ from Meteora is next and the crowd goes wild.
And our heroes leave the stage!
‘Sharp Edges’ was alos played from the new album. I suppose they had to play more from the new album.
‘Numb’; I heard the song I needed to hear. It was then time for me to exit the building. I was gutted I didn’t hear 'Bleed it Out' but I really had to get back to South Wales. Let me tell you, I might not be the biggest fan of their new sound but they did NOT disappoint on stage. This is one of the best western bands live that there is. If you don’t already love them then you should!
This was written just after the show. In the interim between writing and publication Chester Bennington took his own life.The world has lost a shining star and he has left this fans numb. Rest easy sir and thank you for the wonderful memories I am so glad I got to see you before you left.
RIP Chester Bennington: 20th March 1976 - 20th July 2017.