The thing about a Linkin Park concert is that it gives off really good vibes and man, does it make the crowd go wild. So after watching Live in Texas (which is just as awesome) and missing their 2004 concert at the Padang, I've gotten a chance to attend their 2nd one here in Singapore. I lent my brother $150 to pay for his ticket so it cost me $300 altogether for a pair in Pen A, the closest to Linkin Park that you can get. It was pretty easy for me to squeeze through the crowd (thanks to some tiny gaps of space here and there) but when I got to the point where everyone was basically body to body, there was just no more room for me to get any nearer to the stage or should I say the barricade. Dang! I was just 3 persons away from the barricade. Slight disappointment but oh well, it was close enough. The set list is as follows.
01. Wake - I wasn't aware that it was playing at all because the stadium was just roaring with noise.
02. Given Up - THE opening song, the one that makes the crowd jump and one of the only three songs from Minutes to Midnight that I pay attention to and like.
03. No More Sorrow - The other song from Minutes to Midnight that I like. I love the drums on this track.
04. Lying From You - One of my most favourite songs by them, it just makes you wanna do a Chester Bennington impersonation which is leaping off an imaginary crate while yelling your heart out at the same time after the guitars come in.
05. Don't Stay - Another favourite of mine, makes the crowd wanna get rowdy.
06. Somewhere I Belong - It's a LP classic, so they had the crowd singing along with them. I wanted to play air guitar when the guitars came in, but it was way too cramped.
07. From The Inside - When Chester yells "I won't waste myself on you", you can't help but yell along too. I had a few kids around me yelling along to almost every song with great gusto, which was pretty amusing to watch.
08. Papercut - Another great song by them.
09. Points of Authority - It was pleasing to hear this song being performed as it is another one of my top favourites by them and Mike added a little of Petrified in which made it all the more better, Petrified being my favourite song from Fort Minor.
10. In Pieces - Ok, I didn't pay much attention to the songs on Minutes to Midnight with the exception of Bleed It Out, Given Up and No More Sorrow. So this was my first time actually giving it a proper listen. Brad's guitar solo was cool though.
11. Shadow Of The Day - Their newest single. My attention kind of wavered during this song.
12. Numb - Everyone was cheering with excitement when they started playing it. It definitely is an LP classic.
13. Pushing Me Away (Piano Version) - I like this song, especially the lyrics however, I prefer it done the original way.
14. Breaking The Habit - Didn't pay much attention because it isn't one of the songs that I have on repeat in my CD player.
15. Crawling - One of the LP songs that I always listen and can relate to. I enjoyed singing and yelling along to this one.
16. The Little Things Give You Away - Didn't pay attention to this either, infact I don't remember how the song goes.
17. What I've Done - No comment.
18. Faint - Finally another favourite and that sent me headbanging along with the others.
19. One Step Closer - No LP concert is complete without One Step Closer. You could really feel the unity of the whole stadium during this track.
20. In The End - Neither would it do without this one.
21. Bleed It Out - All too soon the concert comes to an end, but no better way too finish it off with this one although it didn't even feel like it was gonna end.
It was well worth the money and a great night of live rock/nu-metal music but where were my other RAWKIN favourites like With You, Hit the Floor and Easier to Run. I also felt that there could have been a little more crowd interaction. All I remembered was him joking that we were ruthless and that we should be ashamed of ourselves because the fans were grabbing his broken arm in a mad rush when he got to the edge of the stage and this resulted in his bracelet being broken. We headed out of the stadium (though a little reluctant) to check out what the purchase of the night's live recording was all about. Turns out it was just $15 for an exclusive code to download the audio performance of the show to burn on a CD. We were under the impression that the code would enable us to download and watch the whole performance. Thankfully, the money was well-spent on the code and CD, since they sounded fantastic live but I'll have to wait till December 21 to download the audio performance. This concert is one that leaves you saying that it's "F***ing awesome". It really is! Leaving the stadium, I thought I might only go back for another Linkin Park concert given that I have too much money to spend but now I'm thinking if they ever do come back, I'll definitely want to go again for another night of rockin' live music by them.