The Carnivores tour was one of the biggest tours of the summer. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI all banded together to put together what was surely to be a huge summer tour. With Linkin Park being one of my favorite bands, I didn’t even think twice about attending this show even though ticket prices made me cringe a bit. This show took place at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California on September 15, 2014.
Due to time, traffic, and the show starting too early, I missed AFI. By the time I got there, 30 Seconds to Mars had barely started so I got a chance to see almost all their set. I had been familiar with 30 Seconds to Mars since the release of their major hit, The Kill (Bury Me). I’m not familiar with any of their material after that so I took this opportunity to see more of their catalog. I wasn’t exactly too fond of their performace. Frontman Jared Leto seemed more interested in his shiny outfits and doing a bunch of “OOHH” chants during songs and had the crowd do them too as well and have the crowd sing the lyrics instead of himself. The part that probably annoyed me the most was that due to them starting late (I was wondering why they hadn’t started already by the time I got to the Bowl), their setlist was cut short and didn’t perform a few songs which was mainly the acoustic set.
Linkin Park is one of my favorite bands. They were one of the first bands I ever got into and I always make sure to go out and see them whenever they come around. They were on tour to support the release of their new album, The Hunting Party. Their setlist was great, they had songs from their entire catalog and it was nice seeing them play gems they haven’t played lately. The only thing that irritated me about their setlist was that a lot of times they would combine 2 songs to make 1 normal length song. So they would play 1 song, then cut out like half the song then go into another song to continue. It’s a nice way to fit more songs into their setlist but it’s annoying because I want to hear the whole song, not just 1 chorus or half of it. The song highlight for me was when they played Waiting for the End from their A Thousand Suns album. I love the way when the song is supposed to end, they keep it going and frontman Chester Bennington repeats the last line of the song a few times while drummer Rob Bourdon did a drum solo and the other members played their instruments in a fashion that makes it sound beautiful. All the band members sounded great and Chester’s singing was still on point as well as his screaming. Being that it was Hollywood, it seems Linkin Park reached out to System of a Down guitarist Daron Malakian, whom guested on Linkin Park’s new album, and Linkin Park brought him out to play Rebellion with them. It’s always a treat to see Linkin Park live and I will definitely see them when they come out again.
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