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LIVE: Linkin Park
Air Canada Centre
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004

Despite the ever-changing fads in the music world, here is proof that rock never dies. This past Saturday, the nu-metal boys of Linkin Park sent the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road and took over their home at the ACC to put on a spectacular presentation of their massive 2004 Meteora World Tour.

Missouri punks Story of the Year set the hard-edged vibe at the beginning, ripping up the mosh pit with their popular tracks “Until the Day I Die” and their second single, “Anthem of Our Dying Day,” off their album Page Avenue (released late 2003).

Next on the lineup was Hoobastank. These Incubus wannabes actually put on an energetic set that turned out to be pretty cool. How could you not rock out without the neck-breaking track “Out of Control”?

Then out came the southern boys of Payable On Death. P.O.D.’s light show included green lasers, and they belted out the powerful beats of “Boom,” “Change the World” and “Alive.” A group of young fans were called onto the stage to take part in the bonding tune “Youth Of A Nation.”

In true Canadian spirit, fans started the wave until those successful Southern California rap/rockers in Linkin Park came into the frame. The globe-trotting sextet blew up the stage with explosive cosmic energy.

Singer Chester Bennington and emcee Mike Shinoda displayed their combined vocal ingenuity with tracks off Hybrid Theory and Meteora. LP even performed their unreleased, heavily hip-hop-influenced song “It’s Going Down” which they created with New York City’s “The X-Ecutioners.”

Diffusing a powerful, eclectic fusion of metal, old-school beasts and out-of-this-world keyboard distortions by the multi-talented DJ Hahn, Linkin Park put on a wicked show. The encore was crafty, as fans got to see the multi-tasked guys play several instruments. It was amazing to see Mike hit up the piano and sing the powerful ballad “My December” as the lights dimmed.

—Gabriella Barillari



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