It’s been a while since Linkin Park played a show in London so this time they came back for 2 shows to make up for it. First off they had a bigger show at the O2 Arena as part of their One More Light World Tour. The band then added a Special Intimate show at the O2 Academy Brixton in support of their new album. The expectations for their show were quite high, considering that a few fans expressed their concerns about the new sound. However the new tracks definitely did not disappoint and passed the test of the live show.
As Intro they played an instrumental version of Roads Untraveled in the background before Linkin Park hit the stage and went right in with Talking to Myself from the new record One More Light. The band then kind of swung over to play tracks from previous album Living Things like Burn it Down, Castle of Glass and Lost in the Echo. They went on with one of their oldies One Step Closer before the band came up with their Special Guest Stormzy who joined the band on stage for the song Good Goodbye. For Nobody Can Save Me singer Chester joined in playing the guitar before Linkin Park showed off a powerful presentation of New Divide the song they released for the Transformers Soundtrack.
They played some more classics like Points of Authority and Breaking the Habit before reaching one of my personal Highlights of the show. Linkin Park presented a piano version of their first big hit Crawling featuring the sing-a-long of the fans during the chorus – definitely a goosebumps moment. Chester also enjoyed to jump down to be close to the fans which left Mike Shinoda basically alone on stage during this song. Keeping the piano vibes going the played the intro of Leave out all the Rest as piano version too before getting into the rest of the song as full band.
Coming to my second highlight of the show. Linkin Park started to play the intro of In The End a fans favourite song. Everyone went crazy and the crowd started to rap the entire first verse of the song. The band kicked back in to smash the chorus and rest of the track. What an awesome moment. The band is usually used to massive crowds but you could clearly see how much they enjoyed to have a smaller more intimate show to entertain their fans and be up close and personal.
For the Encore Linkin Park created a musical roller coaster packed with up and downs in a good way. Starting off slow with Sharp Edges followed by the energetic performance of Numb mixed with the Encore version they created with Jay-Z. Going back slow presenting new single Heavy and a powerful finale with a lot of balloons for tracks Papercut and Faint. An amazing show with Chester’s voice being as good as ever and a good mix of old songs to relive the teenage years as well as great new or newer tracks from the last 3 records.
As energetic, powerful and fun as a rock show should be. Awesome set list and the new songs sound great