Okay. I don't recall going to a huge arena to watch a ''mainstream'' band. In fact, I usually go to the smallest clubs. I'm so underground. This being said, I can't say that I was disappointed by the Linkin Park concert I attended this weekend. It was, plain and simple, just too good to be true.
Chiodos opened up before even the place was half-packed. I must admit that I've never really listened to their stuff, and wasn't impressed either by what I had heard that far. You know, screamo, how matter you pull it out, is still screamo. But they came up with a pretty decent gig, trying their best to warm up the crowd before the main acts. Made me want to check out their stuff, but nothing more.
Now comes the band that I most wanted to see: Coheed & Cambria. Letting alone the shitty crowd that only made them feel like they didn't belong there for the whole 45 minutes they've spent on stage, I was in awe. Total awe. That band has been one of my favorites for a few years now, and I was quite surprised they played songs from all of their albums, including the awkward Delirium Trigger and the (extremely) epic In Keeping Secrets. Adding a keyboard section and two girls singing back vocals wasn't a bad idea either; it gave a certain dimension to (especially their old) songs. I felt kinda sad, though, that I didn't get to see them headlining; the people there barely knew who they were and the connection simply wasn't there. But hey, I guess I'll have the chance to see them again sometime.
Now for the headline. Where should I begin?
Let's do it from the start. As they set off the tone for the whole concert with their success What I've Done, it was well, a hit after another. A collection of very powerful songs that no one could resist to raise their fist and sing along to. No matter if it was a very introspective piece like Shadow of the Day or a more ''aggressive'' one like One Step Closer, the energy was overwhelming. Period. Even if anyone could argue about their actual musical talent, their capacities to put on a live show are leaving no doubt, plus they really look sincere at doing it. And to me, one couldn't ask more to a live performance than a bunch of musicians that are actually having fun.
I really enjoyed a stripped-down version of Breaking The Habit they've performed during the encore and the smooth, ambient transitions they put out between each song; the whole concert was flowing slowly, yet it was over before I knew it. They also integrated to their live performance a set of five suspended moving screens that displayed visuals in synch with the music. As little as I know about concerts like these, it was the first time I've heard about such technology.
Now I can't tell if I'm going to attend more arena rock concerts in the future (I got a scene ego that's struggling for survival), but one thing remains: I'll never regret going to this one.