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High Voltage Returns

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Before the Fort Minor show in Berlin, Mike took an online fan poll to add a song to the Fort Minor setlist. The choices included Red To Black, Right Now, Second To None, Step Up, and High Voltage. High Voltage won by a large majority, to almost no one's surprise. The song was highly requested by fans as a "surprise" before the Download 2014 show.

 

Before the song, Mike talked about how it'd be hard for Linkin Park to play High Voltage before In The End at a concert, because fans wouldn't know it. We pretty much disagree with that statement since they played Reading My Eyes mid-set in 2006 and 2008 and think that if fans know 23 out of 24 songs in a live show, there isn't a problem, but oh well. One song surely doesn't confuse fans that much, and the current setlist with Robot Boy into Joe's Solo Medley definitely confuses fans more than High Voltage would.

 

 

Anyway, Mike mashed the song up with Suicide Music from The Raid and a Wu-Tang Clan song, which we currently don't know the name of....help us out if you know it. He called the ending of the song the "Funky Rebel Break Outro", so that might be a clue. Additionally, Mike said he "couldn't leave the song alone" and decided a remix/mashup was better than playing the original. This definitely fits the Fort Minor setlist because of how many remixes there are in the show.

 

Prior to this date, High Voltage has not been played since 2001. We aren't counting this as a FULL performance but it does include both verses. The last KNOWN performance of High Voltage was on November 27th, 2001 on the "Countdown To Revolution" Tour in Kansas City, MO. It's likely the song was played at one of the next four shows, but the band eventually dropped it from the setlist by the end of that short tour. It debuted on the Street Soldiers Tour earlier that year in Seattle, along with Crawling and Pushing Me Away, so it didn't survive even a full year on stage sadly.

 

On Projekt Revolution 2007, Mike started rapping High Voltage (verse two) over Points Of Authority a few times, which continued into 2009. The first time this happened was Virginia Beach 2007 and the last was Stuttgart 2009, where he started High Voltage, messed it up, went into Bloc Party, and made up for it by doing Reading My Eyes over the outro. Not bad! That's the only version of the song that has had THREE verses (albeit, two partial ones) over it. In 2007, it was just verse two and Stuttgart 2009 had verse one.

 

The song did not return in any form until Bremen 2014, where verse one appeared over Mike's Solo Medley for the first and only time ever.

 

 

Anyway, this is our rundown of the song and we are glad it has returned in some form to the Fort Minor setlist! Now, if we could only get Linkin Park to play it someday.

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Actually he claimed that the problem with playing "High Voltage" in an LP set is that they would need to cut off a song, say "In the End", from the setlist which would surely get them in trouble!!! :P

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For me, what mike has always said about dropping "In The End" for songs like High Voltage and And One (I remember he said the same thing about that song last year or two years ago) is a simple excuse! They could really play this song if they want to, and there are so much songs that they can drop that are not their biggest single. High Voltage is also a song that let Chester to take a little break, if we count the little and simple parts he has. If every rarities has to be considered as an alternative for In The End, we will never going to listen deeper stuff in a live setting again.

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For me, what mike has always said about dropping "In The End" for songs like High Voltage and And One (I remember he said the same thing about that song last year or two years ago) is a simple excuse! They could really play this song if they want to, and there are so much songs that they can drop that are not their biggest single. High Voltage is also a song that let Chester to take a little break, if we count the little and simple parts he has. If every rarities has to be considered as an alternative for In The End, we will never going to listen deeper stuff in a live setting again.

 

They don't have to drop In The End, it is one of their most popular songs, and I understand why Mike doesn't want to. But on their setlist right now, there are tons of songs that could drop, like Runaway, Wastelands, Remember the Name, Welcome, Points of Authority, and A Line in the Sand. None of these songs are LP singles, and could be swapped out for a song like High Voltage if they wanted to.

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They don't have to drop In The End, it is one of their most popular songs, and I understand why Mike doesn't want to. But on their setlist right now, there are tons of songs that could drop, like Runaway, Wastelands, Remember the Name, Welcome, Points of Authority, and A Line in the Sand. None of these songs are LP singles, and could be swapped out for a song like High Voltage if they wanted to.

Exactly, this is what i meant, sorry if i didn't explained too well. But you can't say that ALITS is a song that they can drop. Not now at least. It is from their newest album and it is maybe one of the highlights of the setlist.

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