Words and photos by Phil DeSimone
The Northeast is known for it’s horrendous winters, and in the middle of a huge snow storm on February 1st, Linkin Park came rolling into Boston on the “A Thousand Suns” tour.
While the crowd was slimmer for the two supporting acts, Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Pendulum, the weather didn’t stop New Englanders from coming to an almost sold out show at the TD Garden in Boston last night for the main event.
Linkin Park came out to their usual intro “The Requiem” but as of last week they have not been opening with “Wretches and Kings” from their new album A Thousand Suns, a staple opener throughout their whole European tour. They instead opened with the classic Hybrid Theory track “Papercut”, which immediately got all the crowd to their feet.
Frontmen Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington were on point with their vocals, energy, and crowd interaction. Lead guitarist Brad Delson was rocking out with his guitar and his signature snow ball like headphones.
Halfway through the set, the band showed off more of their experimental electronic side with cuts off of their newest album “A Thousand Suns” which largely featured Shinoda on the keys and voice synthesizer.
The band closed their initial set with “One Step Closer” (their first hit single from their debut album Hybrid Theory) and rocked it like it was their first song of the night! After chants for the band filled the arena, the band returned to the stage and delivered a six song encore.
Closing the show with four huge singles in a row “Shadow of the Day”, “New Divide”, “In the End” and “Bleed it Out”, Linkin Park fans surely were not disappointed, myself included.
Setlist (via www.setlist.fm)
Lying From You
What I’ve Done
When They Come for Me
No More Sorrow
Jornada del Muerto
Waiting For The End
Burning in the Skies
Breaking The Habit
One Step Closer
Wisdom, Justice, and Love
Shadow Of The Day
In The End
Bleed It Out
(With A Place For My Head verse 1 & bridge)