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Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Melbourne Australia
Photo by Ros O'Gorman

REVIEW: Linkin Park, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena, December 13, 2010

By Paul Cashmere
Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:43:34 +1100

It is an incredible feat in itself that the six members of Linkin Park have been together now for a decade.

The line-up last night at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne was the same line-up who delivered that first album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in 2000 and everything though to the most recent album ‘A Thousand Suns’ this year.

Imagine 10 years ago when that first batch of Linkin Park fans were probably aged from 15 to 20. Today that makes then mostly between 25 and 30 and that was the age-group at the show last night.

In the past decade, Linkin Park have given those fans four studio albums and the setlist covered off that history accurately but with the most recent album the most played album. 11 of the 15 tracks from the new ‘A Thousand Suns’ featured at the show.

 

Stats-wise, the albums fell like this:

Hybrid Theory (2000) – 3 tracks
Meteora (2003) – 4 tracks
Minutes To Midnight (2007) – 5 tracks
A Thousand Suns (2010) – 11 tracks
Plus the song from Transformers

That meant some sacrifices. The hits ‘Papercut’, ‘Somewhere I Belong’, ‘Breaking The Habit’ and ‘Bleed It Out’ didn’t make the set.

Linkin Park also came across as a lot more aggressive that when I’d seen them before. ‘Given Up’ from ‘Meteora’ was down-right angry. The lyrics ‘I’ve given up/ I’m sick of feeling / Is there nothing you can say / Take this all away / I’m suffocating / Tell me what the fuck is wrong with me’ is hard to believe coming from the now squillionaire rock stars.

As usual, the back-end of the show was left to the hits with ‘In The End’, ‘Crawling’ and ‘One Step Closer’ getting the best reaction from an audience who had obviously been loyal to this band for 10 years.

PHOTOGALLERY - check out the Undercover Photo Gallery from Linkin Park at Rod Laver Arena here

Setlist for Linkin Park, Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena, December 13, 2010:

 

The Requiem (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Wretches and Kings (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Lying From You (from Meteora, 2003)
Given Up (from Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
What I’ve Done (from Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
No More Sorrow (from Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
From The Inside (from Meteora, 2003)
Jornada del Muerto (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Waiting For The End (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Blackout (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Numb (from Meteora, 2003)
The Radiance (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Burning In The Skies (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Fallout (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
The Catalyst (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Shadow Of The Day (from Minutes To Midnight, 2007)
In The End (from Hybrid Theory, 2000)
Bleed It Out (from Minutes To Midnight, 2007)

 

Empty Spaces (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
When They Come For Me (from  A Thousand Suns, 2010)
Crawling (from Hybrid Theory, 2000)
New Divide (from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2009)
Faint (from Meteora, 2003)
One Step Closer (from Hybrid Theory, 2000)

VIDEO: While you are here check out the new Undercover video interview with Korn:

 

 

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