Guest post from SuperBreak’s Managing Director, Darren Neylon
I went to the O2 Arena in London on Monday evening, 24th November 2014, courtesy of SuperBreak with my son to see Linkin Park, and what a fantastic night’s entertainment it was. Linkin Park were playing the last night of their European Tour before returning to the USA, so they wanted to go out with a bang…and they did just that! The band showed exactly why they have sold over 60 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.
The night started with the metal core band ‘Of Mice & Men’, which to be honest was more suitable for a generation below my demographic, but in a big arena like the O2, the sound was gigantic.
I had two concerns about Linkin Park before the event: 1. Were they past it? …and 2. Would they play much of their old stuff? I needn’t have worried, they brought the house down on both counts. I rarely see a huge audience going up and down with the riffs in some form of primitive wave but this is what happened at Linkin Park – it was awesome to witness.
The band played tracks from some of my favourite albums: Reanimation, Meteora and Minutes to Midnight. Some of the biggest tracks of the night included In the end, One step closer, Numb and Points of Authority. Thankfully, they also played their global hits from the Transformer movies: What I’ve Done and New Divide.
The distinctive vocals of Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda were everything I remembered and they engaged with their audience with enthusiasm. In the 15 minute version of their final track, they invited the audience up on stage with them to help play them out – a nice touch. Both my son and I were buzzing after the show and thought we couldn’t have asked for more from the band on the night – absolutely amazing!
We took the tube back to the President Hotel in Russell Square before returning to York the next day on the train, still with a smile on our faces. Thanks SuperBreak for an awesome gig!