Back in town to test the UK waters with their warm-up tour, Linkin Park prove that no matter what critics and cynics make of their music, their fans will always support them. The evidence being the fact that this show sold out in less than a day, making this 4,000 capacity venue still seem intimate for a band who have only released one studio album and played at many arenas around the world ever since.
The band waste no time in teasing the crowd with their new album Meteora by starting with new songs Don't Stay, Somewhere I Belong and Lying From You, before performing familiar tracks such as Papercut, Points Of Authority and Runaway.
The show ends with the songs Easier To Run and A Place For My Head, with One Step Closer played for the encore. Both Mike Shinoda and co-vocalist Chester Bennington have an engaging dynamism which sits well with the activities of the rest of the band members. This live ability is surely the reason why, sadly, that rumours of live performances being mimed never seem to end. That along with the fact that a lot of samples are used in each of the band's songs is no reason not to enjoy Linkin Park as they do represent a strong, enjoyable element of what music should be about.
:: Ben Lewis