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article imageReview: Linkin Park electrifies Jones Beach, New York on Carnivores tour Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 20, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On August 19, Linkin Park played at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York, for a sold-out venue, and they put on an electrifying rock show.
Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI opened for them, as part of "The Carnivores" tour, and both bands were terrific as well.
Lead singer Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda commenced their set with "Guilty All the Same," where they got the crowd on their feet, and they had them clapping their hands up in the air towards the end of the song.
They continued with "Given Up," which featured a creative televised background, as thy rocked the guitars and Bennington displayed great control over his vocals, and his screams were intelligible.
It was followed by "With Out" and "One Step Closer," the latter of which they dedicated to their fans in New York.
Bennington and Shinoda nailed the vocals on "Blackout," as they asked the crowd to bounce with them on that number, while "Papercut" has a neat electronic introduction.
They immediately broke into the new song "Rebellion," where Bennington stressed the lyrics, "We are the fortunate ones."
After a brief segment of "Runway," they sang "Wastelands" and Bennington remarked, "If you want, help me out on the next one." "Castle of Glass" featured piano instrumentation and it was a fan-favorite.
While Linkin Park is known for their heavy numbers, Benningston showcased a different side to his artistry as he delivered stunning renditions of the softer ballads, "Leave Out All The Rest," "Shadow of the Day" and "Iridescent," where he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar. This ballad was utterly fantastic and one of the highlights of the evening for me.
They continued with "Robot Boy," as robot images displayed on the big screen, and Joe Hahn did his DJ set, prior to them singing another stand-out song "Numb."
Bennington complimented the audience for being "amazing tonight" and he went into the audience for "Waiting for the End," where he shook hands.
He noted that this marked the first tour that they would perform "Final Masquerade" on, and it was quite impressive, just as good, if not better than the actual studio recording, which had garnered a positive review from Digital Journal. The stage's blue lights captured the mood of this song well.
Shinoda inquired as to whether they are any "Fort Minor fans in the house," referring to his hip hop side project and he subsequently sang "Wretches and Kings" and "Remember the Name."
They closed with their signature song "In the End," as well as "Faint." Their encore included such medleys as "Burn It Down," "Lost in the Echo," "Until It's Gone," "Points of Anarchy" and "Bleed It Out," but the true highlight was when Chester Bennigton took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the end of their set, where he brought out his kids on stage, and noted that he would also make a donation for the cause. In return, he challenged Thirty Seconds to Mars to take this challenge and they would have 24 hours to complete it, foreshadowing that it would happen at their next tour stop.
The Verdict
Overall, Linkin Park put on a solid, high-energy rock concert at Jones Beach. Bennington proved that his voice is so diverse that he can sing anything and make it sound good. All of their band members were gifted and talented musicians. It is no wonder that Linkin Park is the most-liked band on Facebook. They are highly recommended seeing live whenever they are in the area. Their show garnered an A rating.
For more information on rock band Linkin Park, visit their official website.
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