Nearly 18,000 of us roared together with Chester as he ripped “Rebellion” apart at none other than The Hollywood Bowl this past Monday. Despite us being practically chained to seats and benches rather than moving as one inside the pit, the energy was intoxicating and it was an impressive sight seeing every single seat taken.
We started the performance alongside our veterans from the IAVA, watching the entire stage from the higher levels, a few of us first seeing such a view, others first hearing such a view, experiencing their first Linkin Park concert.
It was really something special seeing our veterans spit every single word as quickly as Mike did, all of us clapping our hands hard and fast to “Given Up” together, trying to scream as fiercely as Chester. The hundred degree heat wave became nothing to the energy pushing through us, in a seated amphitheater.
Of course, what would a home show be without a reason to scream even louder? Daron Malakian of System of a f*ckin’ Down walked out on stage, “Rebellion” sounding amazingly powerful and stronger than it has all of Carnivores, his excitement addicting as it was more than obvious he loved it as much as every single one of us did. So good.
Throwing us another punch of excitement, they bring Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men out for “Faint,” every single fan instantly hoping for their run in Europe to give the same show, Carlile impressively nailing it alongside Chester- that doesn’t happen very often.
It was for the encore we finally took our place in the pit, every single chair empty as we all jumped and moved to the songs, the heat even more intense down in front of Chester’s reach. I couldn’t possibly have had any better way to finally experience this historic stage.
The Hollywood Bowl wasn’t the last show for Carnivores, but you wouldn’t know any better just from how solid the entire set blazed through the night, and I’m not the only one feeling it. Check out the latest reviews of the show from Loudwire and LA Music Blog. If you get a chance to see them play here again, don’t let it pass.