Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI
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Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Last night, 16,000 people found a brief distraction from the somber memory of 9/11 at Linkin Park's Carnivores Tour stop at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. The band arrived with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI in tow to support The Hunting Party, a new album released in June. However, a good chunk of their set was dedicated to the band's earlier days. After opening with "Guilty All The Same" from their new release, three of the next four songs - "Given Up," "With You," "One Step Closer" and "Papercut" - all came from AFI's landmark first album, 2000's Hybrid Theory.
Linkin Park still sticks mostly to the radio-friendly rap-rock that made them famous - a Limp Bizkit buttered with more hooks and less misogyny. The formula serves them well, however, and more than a decade on, any rough edges from genre blending have been sanded off by years of touring and six studio albums. Resident rapper Mike Shinoda takes to the guitar and keyboards as much as the mic these days, and DJ Joseph Hahn - a brief beat breakdown in the middle of the set notwithstanding - provides backing atmospherics more than any outright scratching.More »