Linkin Park has played in Las Vegas quite a bit over the years - the first recorded time was in October of 2000. In 2002, the last show of Projekt Revolution was held there (show page here). LP played a warmup show, their first at The Joint, in June 2003 a few days before Summer Sanitarium kicked off (show page here). That was likely the first time 'Figure.09' and 'Numb' were played live. In 2004, the Thomas & Mack Center (same venue as their 2002 show) hosted LP's Meteora World Tour, and as we all know in 2008, they played two back-to-back shows at The Joint in March with abbreviated setlists due to Chester recovering from being sick (show pages here and here). Later that year, Valerie Cossio won an LP remix contest and was going to have the band play a one-off show in October (coincidentally also before that year's Asian Tour) but it was canceled at the last minute (along with the Asian shows) because Chester was hurt. Valerie was flown to Greece in 2009 to see LP there and spend a few weeks in Europe instead.
So as you can see, LP has some history in Vegas! In 2007, LP played three shows in Vegas back-to-back after Projekt Revolution. The first one was for Halo 3 and a VMA Party (show page here), the second was a full-on show outside the Hard Rock Hotel (show page here), and the third was their VMA performance (show page here) - check out the video below of the band collaborating with Timbaland for the intro of 'Bleed It Out':
This show is a one-off event at The Joint before LP plays their "Secret Show for Japan" on the 31st in Los Angeles before heading to Asia for 11 shows in September. Rehearsals reportedly for these shows only lasted *one* day though, so we'll have to see what will happen. Is LP going to play their LA set in Vegas to rehearse it and fine tune it before the Secret Show? These are the smallest shows the band has played all year.
One thing to think about for these shows is that we recently learned the band wants to debut 'Robot Boy' (the only song not played off of "A Thousand Suns") in a "unique way". Are these shows a good opportunity to do so? Would you like to see it performed? Will 'Wretches & Kings' and 'The Messenger' stay out of the set for the remainder of the year or will they be brought back for these shows? Or will LP surprise us and throw in a song like 'With You' that fans would love to see? What about 'Rolling In The Deep' being a setlist staple for 2011? Anything can happen as we know. They've been in the studio for a while - is a new song possible? What do you think they'll play or what would you like to see them play?
Who is going to Vegas? Anyone going to both Las Vegas and LA? M&G for any members of LPLive? Anyone live-updating the setlist?
EDIT 1: Pooch on Facebook: "Loading out after successful rehearsal. Worked on some new stuff for upcoming Asia shows. YAY."
EDIT 2: Pooch again: "Different set lists at some shows. Can't tell you what they will be, but definitely different from Europe."
01. Cure For The Itch (First time since 24.08.2008)
03. Lying From You
04. Given Up
05. What I've Done
06. No More Sorrow
07. From The Inside
08. Jornada Del Muerto
09. Waiting For The End
10. Burning In The Skies
12. The Radiance (Live Version)
15. The Catalyst
16. Shadow Of The Day
17. In The End
18. Bleed It Out ('A Place For My Head' bridge)
19. Empty Spaces
20. When They Come For Me
22. New Divide
24. One Step Closer
Setlist picture via Pooch can be found here.
'Cure For The Itch' video: