I think #LinkinPark (or each member seperately) is very arrogant to play old songs or changing up the setlist. Each day when they play a show, you can basicly recite what songs will be played. If you ask them, why aren’t there more songs they haven’t played awhile they will say: We don’t want to alienate new fans, there are not many hardcore fans at the show, we haven’t practice it, we need to relearn it - and the most newest BS answer to it is X Y or Z doesn’t like that song, so we won’t play it. I’m sorry but even me as a hc fan has to ask: WHAT THE FUCK? Because X, Y, Z doesn’t like the song abc you won’t play it? Sure you can say “Oh come on! Country X never gets to see #LinkinPark and if they play there for the first time, they want to hear the radio and more well known songs. If they play an old/live unknown song, then the crowed will be confused and will hate that they didn’t play song W!” If look up fansites, who collect the setlists like cocaine (omg what did they play!! what did they play????? - Oh just that song…) you can see that about 90% (probably more or less) of their nearly 1 an a half year tour, the setlist never changed. Sure one song or two has been kicked out, some songs got extended with a new rap part but that’s all. Super rarely (or one time only) will/did they play a cover song. With a song roster of 53 songs - 69 if you count the special and rare song. But they only rely 25-26 core songs. Really there is no “room for improvment”? No “suprise” moments? No improvisation? For a Band who sold more than 50 million albums, you would think those 50 million would know the 53 songs inside out. #LinkinPark is not a new Band and it’s not their first tour. And no, it’s not like their existing just for the last 3 years. They have been together for 15 years! So the fans aren’t that green to them and their songs (I hope). So what can they do?
Well here are some tips: First of all: “CHANGE UP THE SETLIST!” Shuffling songs to pretend it’s a new setlist, isn’t very funny nor creative. And playing a song from the old albums won’t hurt the fans. Second: The Band (or each member) need to swallow their pride and be willing to play the song they might hate. Third: If you don’t remember your own song: Practice it! Even bigger bands like Metallica pratice everytime before the show with songs that they have struggle with. Optional tip: PLAY A LONGER SHOW! Playing roughly a 1:40 h show isn’t very long for the rising ticket prices.
This is all I have to say tonight.
Good night and so on.