Linkin Park: One Step Closer

By Staff Writer
February 21, 2002

It was Feb. 13 and the First Union Spectrum lights went out and the sounds of Linkin Park filled the arena. The band of two lead singers Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington sang all their hit singles that are played on the local radio stations but also played new stuff like their new song with the X-ecutioners titled “It’s Going Down.”

The crowd was into the performance from start to finish cheering the whole time and begging for more when the band stepped off stage. The band members incorporated the crowd into the show by asking them to sing and by crowd surfing in the front of the stage.

They also made sure to bring out their whole entourage of DJs and opening bands like Cypress Hill for a grand finale. Cypress Hill was greeted with the same cheers as Linkin Park, who did the song we all know from middle school “Insane in the Membrane” while smoking up on stage.

Before Cypress Hill and Linkin Park, there was a DJ competition for entertainment to keep the crowd occupied. Unfortunately, one of the DJs, going by the name DJ Unreal, came out in a Kobe Bryant jersey and was boo’ed off of the platform. Needless to say, the other DJ won without hearing what DJ Unreal had to offer.

Even though it was the most smoke filled concert I have ever been to, it was also probably one of the better concerts I have ever attended. The band definitely put on a show. I have to admit I purchased their cd before the concert, but I listen to it even more now. Linkin Park is a band I would definitely recommend to see next time they are in town.

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