July 11, 2017 |

Linkin Park @ The O2 Arena London

Linkin Park @ The O2 Arena London

July 11, 2017 |

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Night one of Linkin Park in London, which has already led to a bit of a sceptical pre-show. Firstly, after much debate of tickets stating "with Special Guests" it was finally confirmed that there was no support act and the band were "happy to play a longer set" which O2 Arena stated would be 8.30pm through to 11pm. Adding insult to injury, they bring themselves to the stage at 8.50pm, which got me thinking, did they really have any motive to play an extended set? Did they have ideas for a top-notch support act but couldn't seal the deal? Whatever the case, it was poorly executed. Moving onto the performance aspect of things, Linkin Park take to the stage with no banner nor any effort to enter with a bang, attempting to pull everyone into the whirlwind of Pop infused Rock material, avoiding their classics like the black plague. It isn't until 5 songs in when One Step Closer begins, everyone all the way to the back of the arena are off their feet screaming along and applauding when the track came to a close. Evidently, the majority are here for that era Linkin Park, not the post-Jay Z fiasco as they followed this classic hit with a couple more rave-like new tracks while mashing in the lyrics of my personal favourite Place For My Head which might I add, will never be appreciated the same again. Latest collaboration artist Stormzy joins Linkin Park on stage for Good Goodbye which is noted to be the first time they've done this, getting a warm welcome from the crowd. New Divide got it's big push from the Transformers franchise and many fans here tonight sing along and even more when From The Inside follows proving furthermore the earlier the era, the more engaging they become with the crowd.

It may of had something to do with not having a 'warm up' act to bring some early energy, but it has taken close to an hour to finally hook the onlookers over. Admittedly the sound is tight and the vocals are spot on, but still has not grasping everyone's full attention when Invisible and Waiting For The End are performed. Breaking The Habit has phones in the air recording, as the realization for lack of Hybrid Theory / Meteora were being played or altered. One More Light slowed things down further, as Chester sits on the barrier serenading a handful of early birds that have been holding the barrier from the moment doors open, while the rest of the arena have their phones lit up in the air moving in synchronisation with the music. Continuing to scale the front row while a piano version of Crawling is performed, which has it's pro's and con's, Pro – It's different and nice to hear it in a different feel, Con – Most people are wanting to move, and create chaos to the heavier tracks, which made this a missed opportunity. Leave Out All The Rest slowly brings more energy before the atmosphere really builds for Somewhere I Belong and What I've Done while turning it up a notch and finally feeling the vibe everyone wanted as In The End and Faint blow the roof off the arena!