Linkin Park Carnivores Tour @ the A.C.C., Sun Aug 24 2014

by Bill Kwan

Linkin Park played at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday, Aug 24th, 2014. Feeling somewhat felt like one of those D.J. showcases that are so popular but with an edge and some “real musicians”, it was a unique concert experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Linkin Park and love their music since they emerged in the music scene.

Like Nine Inch Nails who influenced Linkin Park, I could see how a band like Linkin Park has influenced the flourishing D.J. scene which showcases some amazing crowds when they arrive in the city. Events such as; Digital Dreams and Veld owe a big thank you to bands such as Linkin Park. But the difference is that Linkin Park mashes up the D.J. scene with some amazing vocals from Chester Bennington and the rest of Linkin Park’s musicians really playing their instruments and having “Mr. Hahn” DJ’ing at the turntables.

The mesh of Rapping, Hip Hop and Rock sampling has worked for Linkin Park for all these years, which is proven by the record attendance at the A.C.C., that even after nearly 20 years, the band’s popularity hasn’t dropped in the slightest.

Chester Bennington is still doing double duty as lead vocalist for Linkin Park and S.T.P. hasn’t diminished his passion, with screams and love for his fans and audience to show for it. He really worked the crowd and entered the “Mosh” area multiple times, occasionally throwing on a guitar to play for the audience. Mike Shinoda just as brave and multi-talented really energized the crowd as he entered the mosh pit multiple times and encouraged the crowd to work up into a frenzy.

The fans that grew up following Linkin Park are a little older but the diverse crowd on Sunday were the original fans with a new found love for the band. Each member had their time to shine with their own highlights; John “Mr. Hahn” Hahn doing his solo D.J. set, drummer Rob Bourdon doing a traditional drum solo, Mike Shinoda/Chester Bennington mingling with the audience and working them into a frenzy.

Linkin Park started with a “Mash Up Intro”, then into “Guilty All the Same”, along with all the top hits being played; One Step Closer, Numb and In The End. Six songs were done for the Encore, that closed Bleed It Out.

Hard to believe that Linkin Park has been on the scene for almost twenty years. Popular as ever and still filling up stadiums with their unique sound. With the popularity of the D.J. scene, Linkin Park will be an even hotter ticket. But what distinguishes them from the regular D.J. shows is that their music shines with the incorporation of their mashing of rapping, turntables and great vocals, making them sustainable for a good while in the music field.

MORE ABOUT THE BAND

Linkin Park is an American rock band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory,

Music genre; Alternative rock, nu metal, alternative metal, rap rock
Collaborated with several other artists, most notably with rapper Jay-Z in their mashup EP Collision Course, and many others on the remix albums Reanimation and Recharged.[7] L has won two Grammy Awards.[13][14]
Linkin Park’s influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin.[148]
Linkin Park became the first rock band to achieve more than one billion YouTube hits.

Current members

  • Rob Bourdon – drums, percussion (1996–present)
  • Brad Delson – lead guitar, keyboards (1996–present), bass (1998, 1999-2001)
  • Dave Farrell “Phoenix” – bass guitar, backing vocals (1996–1998, 2001–present)
  • Joe Hahn “Mr. Hahn” – turntables, samples, programming, keyboards, backing vocals (1996–present)
  • Mike Shinoda – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, piano (1996–present)
  • Chester Bennington – vocals (1999–present)

Set List:

Mashup Intro #2 (w/ Session, 1stp Klosr, The more)
Guilty All the Same
Given Up (Ext. Outro)
Points of Authority
One Step Closer (Ext. Outro)
Blackout (Intro and Partial Bridge more)
Papercut (No Second Verse or Second Chorus)
Rebellion
Runaway (Through First Chorus Only; more)
Wastelands
Castle of Glass (Experience Version w/ more)
Leave Out All the Rest / Shadow of the Day / Iridescent (Ballad Medley)
Robot Boy (Intro, Synth Bridge, and Ending Instrumental Only)
Joe Hahn Solo (w/ Victimized (Mike Shinoda more)
Burn It Down
Waiting for the End (Apaches Intro w/ Until It more)
Final Masquerade
Wretches and Kings / Remember the Name
Numb (Numb/Encore intro and outro)
In the End
Faint (Ext. Outro)

Encore:

Lost in the Echo (Shortened (No Second Verse, more)
New Divide (Shortened (No First Chorus or Second Verse)
Crawling (Shortened (No Second Verse); w/ Faster Tempo)
Until It’s Gone
(Ext. Intro w/ With You verse 1; Shortened)
What I’ve Done (Extended Solo Bridge)
Bleed It Out (Ext. Intro; Ext. Bridge w/ more)