hmv.com reviews... Linkin Park @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our second day at Download Festival ends with a headline set from Linkin Park, so how was it?
Linkin Park. Nu metal titans with 70 million album career sales under their belts, celebrating their hugely successful debut LP Hybrid Theory (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page) by playing it in full at Download.
Download Festival, on the Main Stage, headlining the second day.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The crowd was huge, but then they were headlining, so it should be. The punters were in good voice, particularly during the tracks from Hybrid Theory. It thinned out a little once they'd run through the album, but not too much.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Before the set began, a video was played explaining why the band had agreed to play their debut album in full and how much of a celebration it was for them. They then launched into opener 'Papercut' and the whole place went bonkers, after that they worked through the album (quite quickly it has to be said), playing 'One Step Closer', 'In The End', 'Crawling', there are so many hits from that album aren't there?
Once that was finished, co-frontman Mike Shinoda joked "If this was 2001, we'd be done", but fortuntately they weren't and they found time to cram in 14 more songs, three from new album The Hunting Party, including new single 'Guilty All The Same'. They also aired a couple of tracks from 2012's Living Things, an album they never toured in the UK, as well as series of other crowd favourites, including a stomping 'New Divide' and searing 'Given Up'. The set finished up with riotous run through 'Bleeding Out' and all was done.
Any good between song banter?
At the start, there was lots, with Shinoda telling the crowd how special the night was for the band and how pleased they were to be there. He'd also begun the set in a red mohawked wig, in tribute to the style his co-frontman Chester Benington was sporting when the album was first released in 2000. In the second half, it was almost non-existant until the thank yous at the end. They focused on packing the songs in, which they did, airing 25 in all.
Did they put on much of a show?
No pyro or fireworks, instead some huge video walls, that kind of resembled cubes, it was pretty stunning.
What was the highlight of the set?
From the Hybrid Theory half of the set, it was 'One Step Closer', which got everybody moving, from the second half, it was 'New Divide', which just sounded huge.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a big US tour next, but hopefully we can expect some more UK dates to be announced soon.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.