Wow. I think this is the only word that really and truly describe what an amazing show this was. Right now I am in the process of uploading 96 billion videos and pictures to my facebook page from the show, so I think the easiest thing for me to do with those is to say for you all to add me on Facebook and check those out! In the coming days I will also have the videos on my youtube page though.
I’ll start off this review with Mutemath. They were amazing and I have to say they are an extremely underrated band. I loved their performance. The crowd wasn’t too hyped, but I think that was because not very many of them knew who Mutemath were. I remembered hearing of them back around 2005-ish, but it was like one song. They closed their set with that song – ‘Typical’. It was awesome!
I also wanted to mention their drummer and a couple of their instruments that really intrigued me. Their drummer is insane! At one point he was standing on top of the drum set and playing his drums backwards. It was really nice to watch. And the instruments – they had something I actually had to look up when I got home – it was an electric guitar, where the electrics were made of an old Atari system. It made a sound like nothing I have ever heard, and it looked so awesome. They also make use of the keytar which I always love! All in all, they gave an amazing performance, and I hope that they really blow up big after this tour!
After Mutemath was Incubus. I had a meet and greet with LPU, so I missed nearly all of their set. I heard a lot of it, and Brandon Boyd has honey-coated vocal chords, I swear. That man sounds so amazing when he sings. He seriously sounds just like he does on their albums. Of the songs I knew and can remember, they performed:
Wish You Were Here
Nice To Know You
A cover of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ that was absolutely beautiful! And oddly enough, one of my favorite songs that no one would have ever guessed, haha.
I was there with some friends who got lots of pictures and videos of Incubus, which will also be on my Facebook and Youtube pages within the next day or two.
The meet and greet made my entire life I swear! I met Adam from LPU, which was cool, he gave horrible instructions to the meeting location, so I asked venue security what they knew, and they told me the wrong place. Luckily Adam found me and asked if I was looking for the meet & greet. I told him I was and followed him to the actual location. Talking with all the LPU members there was awesome. There was one there who came from Orlando all the way to Alpharetta. She said it was about a 6 hour drive! My commute was only an hour, and that was rough enough!
We stood around for quite a while waiting on the meet and greet, and a guy walks up with a copy of the set list – over an hour before LP was scheduled to play! He had donated somewhere in the neighborhood $5K to Music For Relief, and for that he got a personal M&G with Linkin Park. The guys also gave him a copy of the set list. So everyone there got pictures of that, and it was cool, but LP still strayed a little from that set list. They added in Bleed It Out with Sabotage bridge, which was absolutely the best thing I have ever seen live. I was so glad they did that!
At the meet & greet, I got my copy of the LPU X album signed, and the guys were so nice and so ridiculously good looking. Chester squeezed my shoulder a bit, and it made my life. I got to talk to Chester, Mike, and Phoenix for a couple of minutes, and it made me the happiest person ever. For the group shot for the LPU website, they wanted all of the shorter people to the front of the crowd, and I happen to be around 4’10. So of course, I was in the front, and Chester came and squatted down right in front of me! I had a bit of trouble breathing, and that picture will be great when Adam gets it uploaded!
I then made my way back to the pit, trying to find my friends who had gotten extremely close to the front while I was gone, and luckily got to them with no problems. We ended up being about 10-15 rows back from the barricade. We talked for a bit, and the lights went down and the crowd went nuts! Linkin Park played for nearly 2 hours for the best performance I have yet to see from them. To put that in perspective, this was my sixth time seeing them in concert:
-Meteora World Tour – 03.06.2004 – last day of the tour, and the day before I turned 17.
-Projekt Revolution 2004 – 08.13.2004 – with Korn and Snoop Dogg!
-Projekt Revolution 2007 – 08.07.2007 – where I also met LP and featured my second favorite band, My Chemical Romance!
-Projekt Revolution 2008 – 08.03.2008
-A Thousand Suns World Tour – 01.23.2011 – with Pendulum & The Prodigy
So those were all amazing shows, but this one takes the cake. This one was also my first time in their pit, and getting that close and getting to meet them just made it that much better!
They opened with A Place For My Head, and the place went nuts. I tried to video the entire opening but I was getting pushed a bit and accidentally turned my camera off. I got what I could though, and got some pictures. It was downright amazing! They also performed:
-New Divide, which was ridiculous! They performed it flawlessly, and the energy in the pit was so amazing!
-Somewhere I Belong, where most of my video ended up being of the insane circle pit that broke out literally right next to me!
-When They Come For Me
-Victimized/QWERTY, Chester killed this! His screams were so on point, and amazing, and again the energy in the pit was nuts! This was one of the big highlights of the night for me. On top of that, Victimized is one of my absolute favorite LP songs.
-With You – THEY BROUGHT BACK WITH YOU! I have no words, one of my favorite LP songs, and I have rarely ever seen it live, and by the reaction of the crowd, most of them were so excited I don’t think they’d seen it live much either.
-Lies Greed Misery
-Points of Authority
-Waiting For The End/Until It Breaks intro/extended outro – another huge highlight of the show for me. The crowd again was nuts, The song was done so beautifully!
-Breaking The Habit – Hands down the best performance they have ever given of BTH!
-Medley of Leave Out All The Rest/Iridescent/Shadow Of The Day – LOATR was mostly acapella, and so beautiful that I cried a bit.
-The Catalyst – amazing, so much energy, so perfect! The crowd got a little too rough during this one, I nearly fell down and so did my friend. We made friends with a few bigger guys near us in the pit, and they were also with some girls who were pretty small, so they were watching out for their girls and us, and when people started getting knocked down, these two guys got the more aggressive people further away from the girls and then pushed forward, and got us all a bit closer.
-Lost In The Echo – So perfect! Mike is amazing, Some of my favorite lines of his are in this song, and it was another huge highlight!
-Numb – Great performance of Numb, at the end Mike started doing a bit of the Numb/Encore thing (now what the hell are you waiting for? After me there should be no more so for one last time, make some noise…) And Chester got in on it with him, and started going a bit into Jay-Z’s verses, Mike kinda looked at him funny, and Chester made an awesome remark that had EVERYONE laughing! Chester says ‘Oh, I’m sorry Mike, I kinda went a little more into that I guess. I mean, you were hailing a cab and I just kinda got in and rode with you on that’. It was awesome, I love it when Chester does things like that on stage!
-What I’ve Done – another big energy song with the crowd, a few circle pits broke out, but none too close to me this time around.
-Burn It Down – Awesome! The pyro was great!!
-In The End – Mike had the crowd singing all of Chester’s parts, and had his microphone pointed almost down into the pit! Loved it!
-Bleed It Out/Sabotage bridge – Again, Chester and the things that man can do with his voice. It was beautiful and brutal and amazing! He does so well with Sabotage, and I am so glad I got to see that live!! Also the pyro was so awesome with this. I really think this show had the most pyro of any LP show I have seen before.
Then, the encore:
Before the encore began, the entire place was chanting ‘LINKIN PARK’ and ‘LP! LP! LP!’ and they took a good few minutes before coming back out, but the encore was great! the list of that was:
-Lying From You/Papercut mashup – this one was so awesome! I loved this! Papercut was amazing!
-One Step Closer
THEY CLOSED WITH ONE STEP CLOSER!
For the first few LP shows I saw, that was tradition to close with OSC. When they started closing with other songs I felt disappointed. Honestly for me it doesn’t feel right when they don’t close with OSC, and they did, and with amazing pyro, and Mike and Chester so on point and just…everything about this show was absolutely amazing and perfect. I could not have asked for a more perfect concert. I can now say I will not ever miss an LP show in Atlanta, and you will pretty much always find me in the pit from here on out!
Adie: Thank you so much for the review and for all the pics and videos! Also, big thanks to your friend Chasidy, who made some of the pictures above!
If you also want to write a review, there are still shows left which need one:
Aug 12 Uncasville, CT
Aug 15 Wantagh, NY
Sep 02 Edmonton, AB, Canada – SONiC BOOM
Sep 04 Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sep 07 Mountain View, CA
Sep 12 Monterrey, Mexico MTV World Stage
Sep 22 Las Vegas, NV iHeartRadio Festival
Oct 7, 2012 São Paulo
Oct 10, 2012 Curitiba
Oct 11, 2012 Porto Alegre
Nov 10, 2012 Johannesburg
Please contact me if you want to review any of those shows! If you want to review a show that is not in the list above, you can still contact me and we’ll make it happen! Twitter: @lpfancorner, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org