Linkin Park, Pinkpop2012, Netherlands
The rap-rockers Linkin Park sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Their 5th studio album “Living Things” is about to be released while the first single ‘Burn It Down’, an electronic dance track with passionate vocals of Chester Bennington, has been premiered a week before this headlining gig.
The start of the show is great! The band starts with ‘A Place For My Head’. Chester and MC Mike Shinoda enter the stage, climb on a speaker, the band stops playing and the 2 stand still looking into the festival crowd. The crowd goes wild while cameras are zooming in. And then the band finishes the song with a big bang!
The band plays very solid but it is Chester Bennington who steals the show. Screaming or passionate, he is in control. ‘Given Up’ from the album ‘Minutes To Midnight’ does well but the songs taken from ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ set the place on fire. ‘Faint’, ‘With You’, ‘Runaway’, ‘From the Inside’, ‘Somewhere I Belong’ and ‘Numb’ all made it to the first part of the setlist.
Just when I felt like every song started sounding the same the band slowed down with some epic ballads. But then returning for a killing finish with ‘What I’ve done’, ‘In the end’, ‘Bleed it out’ (incl. a part of the Beastie Boys’ track ‘Sabotage’) and ‘One step closer’.
My 21 year old son, who was a big fan when he was 14/15, was really freaking out and said this was the best show he ever saw. His 41 year old father, who doesn’t rate himself as a Linkin Park fan, enjoyed their performance. Even the rap-rock of Linkin Park manage to please several generations…