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Riona ([personal profile] rionaleonhart) wrote2017-07-04 10:38 am


I don't have much experience of large music events. I've been to see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain a few times, mainly in small rooms, once at the Royal Albert Hall. I saw a Paul Simon concert in my teens, in a well-lit room with a largely middle-aged audience. I saw Glee Live! at the O2 six years ago.

Linkin Park is not quite like any of those things.

But I saw Linkin Park at the O2 last night, and it was great. Extremely loud! Which probably shouldn't be a surprise. But great. I'm glad I've now belted out 'Crawling' with an arena full of people to the accompaniment of lovely piano music. It took me a while to grasp that going to a screaming rock concert is not at all like going to a Paul Simon concert and singing along is encouraged. We all made very dramatic gestures during 'In the End'.

They did everything I could have hoped for! 'Castle of Glass', 'Breaking the Habit', 'Crawling', 'Leave Out All the Rest', 'Faint', 'What I've Done', 'In the End'. At the end I was going 'wow, what a great setlist, but I wish they'd done "Numb",' and then they came back on and did it for the encore.

(A part of me was a little sad they didn't do the one cover I've ever heard Linkin Park do, which, to my absolute bewilderment, is 'Rolling in the Deep'. I DON'T KNOW WHY THIS EXISTS, BUT I'LL TAKE IT.)

'It's weird when they're polite,' my friend whispered to me, after lead singer Chester called 'Thank you!' to the enthusiastic audience. Moments later he launched into 'One Step Closer', which required him to scream 'SHUT UP WHEN I'M TALKING TO YOU' at us for a full twenty seconds. I could see what she meant.

Chester steadily stripped off more and more items of clothing as the evening went on. He was shirtless by the encore. I was really curious to see whether he'd lose the trousers. Alas, no. He also inexplicably (but delightfully) spent most of the first couple of songs spin-jumping on the spot and waving his arms.

As mentioned, this was a pretty new experience for me, so some things really caught me by surprise. You can feel the drums vibrating through your chest, like a heartbeat. Some irrational part of me was struck by the fear that the drums had somehow replaced or taken control of my heartbeat, and that my heart would stop when the drums did. (It did not. I am fine and have not been forced to hire Linkin Park's drummer to follow me around for my continued survival.)

I wish I could go back in time and tell thirteen-year-old me about this; she'd be awed.

(I briefly wondered which icon to use for this entry. Riku. Of course it's Riku. Riku is by far the most Linkin Park character in my icon collection and is possibly the most Linkin Park character of all the characters I love.)
facetiousfutz: (dbz gv)

[personal profile] facetiousfutz 2017-07-04 11:27 am (UTC)(link)
My 13 year old self would be screaming like crazy. That's the time of my life where Linkin Park and DBZ were my everything, haha!

Hopefully I'll be able to catch one of their concerts someday. You made it sound like a lot of fun.
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[personal profile] magistrate 2017-07-04 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
The surrogate-heartbeat thing is pretty much the one thing I like about live music. XD

...reading this reminded me of the existence of an excellent Advent Children video to "What I've Done". And then I made the mistake of looking for it on YouTube and discovering that there are roughly 1.8 metric craptons of Advent Children music videos to "What I've Done," and all of them are terrible.

Fortunately, I remembered that there were one or two specific vidders I followed back in the day, and lo and behold, it was on one of their sites. So I don't have to spend the rest of my day cursing you for convincing me to find one good music video in the masses of YouTube.
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[personal profile] magistrate 2017-07-05 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Advent Children is interesting in part because it's so very much a love letter to fans of FFVII. It opens with a dedication to fans of FFVII. And then it's basically a couple hours of them going "Hey fans! Remember this thing you loved? Here is this thing you loved!" So much so that I think people who aren't fans of the game find it more or less completely unintelligible.

...that is mostly what I remember about the movie. That, and pretty fight scenes, and I was really sad that Nanaki got so few lines.
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[personal profile] soranokumo 2017-07-06 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
Just want to jump in here to say, thank you for linking that video.

(Also Riona if you see this I highly recommend Advent Children Complete to watch rather the original release. It's, well, actually Complete. It's fun either way, but I found it was easier to bring newer people into it with ACC.)
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[personal profile] magistrate 2017-07-07 06:39 am (UTC)(link)
You are very welcome!

I enjoy Obsessive24's vids. The other vidder I vaguely followed was here's luck, who also has some nice stuff.
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[personal profile] dracothelizard 2017-07-04 06:29 pm (UTC)(link)
"Linkin Park is not quite like any of those things."

Ahahahahha, no, I imagine it wouldn't be.

Singing and dancing and waving your hands along does seem to be the point of concerts :D
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[personal profile] dracothelizard 2017-07-05 08:27 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, it does help to see if there's some sort of schedule available online or at the venue, and if there is a support act or not. I've been to Caro Emerald over here, and when it said the show started at 8, she did start at 8, but I've also been to Madness at the same venue and they had a support act that started at 8 and played until 8:30, and then Madness didn't start until 9.

But yes, a lot of time at concerts is used waiting about for the fun to start.

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[personal profile] clawdine 2017-07-08 11:32 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, you've convinced me. I need to see Linkin Park in my lifetime.
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[personal profile] seeingpenguins 2017-07-08 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
That sounds like so much fun ♥ reading this entry I was like "man, Linkin Park are still active!?", but then I don't really keep up with these sorts of things, so I suppose it shouldn't really be that surprising. Like the other week, there was a member of a1 on sleb Pointless, and it turns out that they're still active!? Like, wow, I haven't even thought about a1 since 2001, but, there they are, still doing their thing. Amazing ♥