“Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes” by Linkin Park

Artist: Linkin Park
Title: “Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes”
Label: Warner Brothers
Release Date: 11/25/2008
Genre: Nu-Metal
Rating: 4/5

Recorded during their Projekt: Revolution Tour in 2008, “Road To Revolution” captures Linkin Park as they destroy the stage in front of 65,000 English fans. If you are somehow new to the sound of these Nu-Metal juggernauts then this is the perfect place to jump on board and if you are already a lifelong convert, then you will most likely love this but find some production reservations. My own experience with the band found me enjoying this quite a bit because I had listened to them before they got super big and followed them from their debut “Hybrid Theory” up until “Meteora”. While this was only two releases I had other bands to be passionate about and I was no longer enjoying the heavy influence from the Rap side that I was hearing from the group as it simply was not my thing. This concert focuses strongly on the debut while also delivering some of the goods from the albums that followed it and through it all, the fans are going crazy. It might be true that Linkin Park is not every conventional Metal heads cup of tea, but I will take anything from them over a single note from Limp Bizkit that’s for sure. Musically, I rather liked how heavy their sound was live and how their groove seemed to take you by the throat. Oddly enough I only caught the band once before in concert and this was when “Hybrid Theory” was decimating the popular charts. They do leave off a couple of numbers that I expected to find such as “Papercut” and “Runaway” which I always felt were highlights of the debut, but in truth you cannot always get to every song and you need to make choices that keep your audience finding the event to be fresh and unique.

The show is done very “big” and by that I mean how the stage performed on is massive in terms of structure with amazing lights, strobes and the whole nine yards. This was bound to happen with the band growing in popularity and headlining an event like this. Their days of small clubs are far behind them without a doubt. Viewers are treated to an appearance and duet between the band and legendary rapper Jay-Z. You might remember how both he and Linkin Park did several songs together on a release called “Collision Course”. It worked for what it was supposed to deliver even if it was not my own thing. Jay-Z appears towards the end of the show and gives the crazed audience two songs with the band. I had to say that it came across great in the live sense. Some warning is to be had with the amount of expletives coming from singer Chester as there are a lot of them. If this doesn’t bother you at all, then by all means play on. In addition to the live DVD of the bands set we get an audio CD of the concert which will likely be loaded onto computers and other devices with reckless abandon. It’s packaged in what is coined to be an eco-friendly cardboard digipak and it also comes with a booklet that offers some photos from the show and liner notes about the tour. It’s not the best that I have seen of this type of inclusion but it was still something nice to find in the package. Since I did not see any of the “Projekt: Revolution” tours I was happy to be able to enjoy this on the DVD and felt that it served the purpose I needed it to. There is another live film from the band with “Live In Texas” which is a couple of years older and hence captures the band at an earlier point in their career. If you have seen this already then you can accept this film as a means of marking how far they have come since then. Either way, this is a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Track Listing: DVD
1. One Step Closer
2. From The Inside
3. No More Sorrow
4. Wake
5. Given Up
6. Lying From You
7. Hands Held High
8. Leave Out All The Rest
9. Numb
10. The Little Things Give You Away
11. Breaking The Habit
12. Shadow Of The Day
13. Crawling
14. In The End
15. Pushing Me Away
16. What I’ve Done
17. Numb/Encore
18. Jigga What/Faint
19. Bleed It Out

Official Website: http://www.linkinpark.com

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