This is how I know I'm getting old. I worry about things like earplugs at rock concerts. Although the fact that I'm still going to rock concerts probably means that I'm not in my dotage quite yet.
Tonight / last night (whatever) was the Linkin Park show here in SLC. I've seen them twice before (once I was in the pit where we were like 10 feet away from Chester and Mike and it was totally sweet) so I already knew this was going to be an awesome show. Vic came with me and he loves LP but had never seen them live. I was excited just to see how much he enjoyed it. But I'm getting ahead.
First up was a group called Chiodos. Never heard of them. I think it's possible that I could like some of their music if heard with proper balance, levels and at appropriate volume. Either they have a terrible sound tech or they're terrible live. Or both. I think my ears were going to bleed if they played any longer. This is the part where I really missed my earplugs. Their music seemed to involve a lot of (as in way too much) screaming which I realize is sort of ironic given the fact that I was there to see Linkin Park. However, LP understands how to make it work (in my opinion, anyway). And there are other musically redeeming factors when listening to them. Chiodos heads too much in the Slipknot / Mudvayne direction and I can't stand that. And now I've officially talked WAY more about them than is warranted.
Coheed and Cambria - I was interested to see them because I like what I've heard from them on the radio. Their sound tech was better, but they still needed more balance so that it wasn't just loud. Because it was. Very loud. Again, earplugs. However, there was high entertainment in watching the lead singer / guitarist's hair - he has serious head-banging hair.
I'll be downloading some of their stuff once iTunes lets me update my CC expiration :-P
Finally, Linkin Park. This is where I didn't even notice that I didn't have earplugs. They put on such a killer show. They came on stage and launched right into What I've Done and from there into Don't Stay. I need to find the entire playlist. I didn't want to be bothered with writing it down myself (because as usual, I was taking tons of pictures when I wasn't just enjoying the music. Hard to multi-task at a rock concert).
A few of the better shots:
The finale of the main set was Bleed it Out and there was an absolutely phenomenal drum solo in the middle. So cool. The first encore included In Pieces (I think) and Breaking the Habit. Then they came out for the final encore - One Step Closer and Faint. Two of my favorite songs. Then the final bows... here's Chester:
I think it's possible that this show was even better than the others I've been to. My ears are still a little sore (but I'm blaming that on the first acts... lol) but it was so awesome. Just a fabulous show. I love the absolute high that comes from being in the middle of something like that, you know? But alas, it's over, and I'm sure as soon as said high wears off, I'm going to crash hard.
So with that, the rest of the pictures are here and I'm going to bed.