Concert Review: A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park Rocks with Pendulum and Does it Offend You, Yeah?

Author: Tricia Weight
Published: January 31, 2011 at 5:52 am

Power, passion and heart: A Thousand Suns is absolutely the "don't miss" concert of 2011; Linkin Park is back--and more killer than ever!

chester_bennington_mike_shinoda_linkin_parkLinkin Park has always been a band known for pushing limits, for exploring the world through their music and their live stage shows. Never a band to play it safe they've taken risks, crossed genres--and the results thus far have made them one of the most versatile, unique and successful bands to hit the airwaves in over a decade. By the time they released their fourth album on Warner Bros records, A Thousand Suns, in September 2010, Linkin Park had already scored more hit singles than most bands with double their catalog.

A Thousand Suns debuted in the the #1 position on Billboard's Top 200. The same year the band took home the MTV EMA award for "Best Live Act." On January 23rd, at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Linkin Park proved their win by delivering an incredible performance both musically and visually.

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A THOUSAND SUNS - Pendulum - Does It Offend You Yeah - Concert Review Photo Slideshow

All of the years of pushing limits, of driving themselves increasingly harder to create music that matters--and succeeding--has brought Linkin Park a distinction that few bands can claim, besides Grammys and numerous other awards, they have created, from only four albums, a catalog of hits and fan favorites so large that it would be impossible to play them all in one show. Yet I heard not one complaint from fans about a song not being played. Linkin Park's career catalog is so diverse in styles, in genres, that it would seem impossible to pull it all together into one cohesive theme--but on the A Thousand Suns tour that is exactly what they managed to do.

mike_shinoda_linkin_park_concert_reviewLinkin Park played 23 songs during the show--not just played them, they poured their hearts into them and pulled from within themselves one of the most gut-wrenching, emotional and passionate performances I've ever seen live. And just when I thought they had to be exhausted, emotionally spent, they came back even harder. Stronger. Within those 23 songs they managed to work in elements of other songs; from their many years of daring musical exploration they created a rich tapestry that connected the music from the past and the present together fluidly, and re-connected them with their audience as well.

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I'm a Blogcritics reviewer and lead music writer and assistant editor for Technorati. I write Interviews From The Edge because I'm passionate about the creative process of all artists. I get crushes on dead people. My first interview with Dave Lombardo from Slayer. …

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