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Linkin Park Announces North American Tour For Summer

Fans of the mighty Linkin Park will be excited to know that the band has recently announced their “One More Light” tour and since I didn’t get the “official” press release about it all, I defer to the groups announcement on their Facebook Page which you can read below. Dig in.

The Facebook Notice:
We’re excited to announce the #OneMoreLight North American Tour coming to a city near you this summer with very special guest Machine Gun Kelly. Register for pre-sale tickets now: lnkn.pk/presale (Powered by Ticketmaster #VerifiedFan) Presale Date: May 9th (Fans and LP Underground members must register here: lnkn.pk/presale)

General On sale Date: May 12th

The Tour Dates:
7/27 — Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center *
8/1 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ BB&T Pavilion *
8/2 — Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live *
8/5 — Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena *
8/7 — Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/8 — Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage
8/10 — Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
8/12 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
8/14 — Chicago, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/15 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
8/17 — Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
8/19 — Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre
8/20 — West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
8/22 — Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
8/23 — San Antonio, Texas @ AT&T Center
8/25 — Dallas, Texas @ Starplex Pavilion
8/26 — Oklahoma City, Okla. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/28 — Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center Arena
8/30 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
9/1 — Lake Tahoe, Nev. @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
9/2 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
10/14 — Seattle, Wash. @ KeyArena **
10/15 — Vancouver, British Columbia Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena **
10/17 — Fresno, Calif. @ Save Mart Center at Fresno State **
10/18 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose **
10/20 — San Diego, CA @Mattress Firm Amphitheatre **
10/22 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl **

* Dates also with ONE OK ROCK
** Support To Be Announced

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though I’ve been listening to the band since the first album, I only ever caught them once in concert and that was for the second release. I’ve never actually “covered” their live shows as a member of press but do have a few of the recordings here on the website and I think that I am going to get this one off the bucket list and be a part of the closest show to my region. I’ve never listened to Machine Gun Kelly at all but that happens sometimes so if I do manage to attend I will be sure to check him out as well. What do you diehards think about these dates? Will you be attending one or two or three of them? Let me know down in the comments section below.

Official Websites:
Linkin Park: http://www.linkinpark.com
Machine Gun Kelly: https://www.facebook.com/pg/machinegunkellymusic/

“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.
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“Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

Artist: Linkin Park
Title: “Hybrid Theory”
Label: Warner Bros
Release Date: 10/24/2000
Genre: Metal/Rap/Alternative
Rating: 5/5

“Hybrid Theory” – the debut from California’s Linkin Park would be a blast of energy unlike the Nu-Metal world had ever felt before. They were a band that would mix strong Metal riffing along with some Hip Hop rhymes and the screams of youthful angst. Their release would be far more authentic and pure than the drivel coming from bands like Limp Bizkit and Insane Clown Posse. Two bands that employed a similar formula but in this writer’s opinion had some of the worst material ever heard. The album was loaded with good songs and among them was “One Step Closer” which was a pure Metal track. It was a song that got the blood boiling in the veins as it plays with singer Chester Bennington achieving points of rage throughout. The songs “Crawling” and “In The End” made their way to heavy MTV rotation and it was pleasant to see music with a heavy underlying base getting the attention it deserved once again from this outlet. The exposure allowed them to capture a strong youth demographic who were having Rap pushed down their throat and it allowed them the alternative choice and the chance to enjoy something that had styles they were used to with the rhyming, but also the chance to indulge in some quality Metal riffs. I like to think that Linkin Park helped out Heavy music more than it hindered it. There is not much in the way of profanity on the album which was a big difference from many of the bands of the time who used it far too frequently in their music. This made LP better song-crafters as a result when compared to such acts. The guys even used some effective melodic vocals and would often have their resident Emcee Mike Shinoda handling the spoken parts of the songs. The band was rounded out by Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad Delson (Guitars/bass), and Joseph Hahn (records and sampling). Let’s face it – “Hybrid Theory” was a smack in the face to the music world it first appeared upon. It became the best selling album of 2001 and it a solid listen from beginning to end even if you no longer possess that youthful rage of the past.
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