“‘Carnivores’ is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive. I feel that’s exactly the hunger this tour will feed.”
-Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park
My appetite was definitely well fed. I am just so happy to have experienced my first concert with these amazing musicians. THE VOICES. THE LYRICS. THE PASSION. Rock music will always speak to me in a way that pop music never will.
Opening Act: AFI
I was ok with them. I only knew one song of theirs (Miss Murder) and they did a great job with it. Good stage presence and vocals. I just felt bad for them because they were pretty much playing for an almost empty arena. Everyone was still trickling in through the gates or getting food.
Co-Headliner: Thirty Seconds to Mars
Just WOW. Out of the three bands, I was most excited to see and hear 30STM. I’ve been listening to them for 8 years! I practically know every single song they have ever put out. From the very first note, everyone and I mean EVERYONE got up on their feet and started screaming. I got goosebumps just seeing the love everyone had for this band. Jared Leto was so charismatic and fantastic. I loved how he was always interacting with the crowd. I seriously teared up because I never wanted him to stop singing. There is so much more I could’ve said about this performance, but honestly, I can’t even form words for what I felt like during those moments. It was like I was in some strange type of cathartic joy…never wanting to fall back into reality.
Co-Headliner: Linkin Park
Now, I don’t listen to a lot of Linkin Park. A bit more than most people, but not enough to know all 27 songs they played that night. However, they pulled out all the stops for all of their songs. They sang/rap one song after another and I was just continually amazed by how good they were vocally. Even towards the end of the concert, I was astounded by how the singing and rapping never diminished in quality. Gotta give props to their stage production too. Way cool!
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