Thu, 24 Feb 2011 10:02:28
During the final song of Linkin Park
's triumphant sold out show at The Staples Center last night, Mike Shinoda
turned back time.
Smiling at the packed crowd midway through "Bleed It Out" from Minutes To Midnight
, he exclaimed, "We'll take it back to The Roxy about ten years ago."
Suddenly the song morphed into "A Place For My Head" from Linkin Park's now classic debut, Hybrid Theory
. The audience went absolutely berserk, and band closed out the show seamlessly sliding back into a bombastically brilliant "Bleed It Out."
This particular moment speaks volumes about Linkin Park. First of all, they've never forgotten where they came from. Secondly, the band has an inimitable ability to mix and match styles and sounds. They are still the kings of the hybrid, and they only get better at it with each album, song, and performance.
In essence, Linkin Park stand out as the ultimate modern rock band. On their latest album, A Thousand Suns
, and on their current tour, Linkin Park have struck the perfect balance between U2
's stadium-status presence and Radiohead
's creative fearlessness. Their gig at The Staples Center further solidified them as one of the most important rock bands of all time. The show commenced ominously with a sample Mario Savio speaking, and then it snapped right into "Papercut" from Hybrid… Continue