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2018.06.20 - New York City, NY (Post Traumatic Release Show)


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Wow where to even begin for this?

 

This is easily one of my top rated LP events ever and I finally was able to see something in a super small venue. Except for this one, it was like the whole 500 person crowd was LPU. It was the LOUDEST I have ever heard a crowd at LP in terms of singing the songs, etc. I was really shocked. Everyone knew literally everything except the Sorry For Now verse.

 

Mike at the Meet & Greet was super chill, signing anything and everything for people. The legendary Bojan photographer who shot the last European Tour and got those epic shots of Chester was there to shoot the show and do the M&G photos, which are like as HQ as it gets. Mike was like, helping people design tattoos, all sorts of stuff. Lorenzo runs a great operation with these M&Gs because it has like two phases. First, Mike comes by and signs whatever you want and he will legit spend 2-3 minutes with each person if you want to. Some people don't say much but some say a lot. Then, you get an individual photo with him after that so you technically "meet Mike" two times. It's efficient, fast, but still intimate and you get actual time with Mike. I know it's much more different to do that with an entire band, but this is fantastic. Renew your LPU, $10, if you want to do one... I loved it.

 

In line for the M&G we heard him soundcheck Watching As I Fall, WTCFM, About You, Papercut (no Over Again, but same version of Papercut we heard), and Make It Up As I Go. No IOU.

 

The fans outside were cool as hell. LP has established such a "community" vibe that you've got people who have never met and are attending the show that are like becoming new friends, adding each other on Facebook, sharing LP stories. It's really cool to see, totally unlike other lines I've been in for shows.

 

The show started right at 8:30, which is shocking to me because Mike was still meeting fans at 8:10 downstairs in the M&G lol. I said no way he begins at 8:30, but he did. The extended Welcome intro is great, with Mike doing the whole "New York, you guys ready? I can't fucking hear you, I said are you ready?" and rolling out in a hoodie Fort Minor style.

 

From the first line of Welcome until the end of the show the crowd was all over the songs. Place To Start was good and then it was like a bomb dropped on Watching As I Fall, you just hear people yell "EXCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THE SKY" and then roar the chorus. Mike immediately said the crowd was super loud and he was very grateful to be playing his first ever headlining solo show that night after all of those random events lately. WAIF might have had the best crowd reaction all night, I mean it might as well have been a #1 Billboard single to all 500 fans in the venue.

 

I love the new Castle version. WTCFM exploded HUGE, the crowd blew up massively... I put an awesome video on Instagram. I'll share it to the LPLive IG soon. That might be my favorite song of the show... it was wild. Whole crowd knew every word. I had no idea people liked the song that much. Mike fucking rolls across the stage hard on that one, like it was the ATS era. He can technically perform more of the song but I see why he cut it there... the part at the very end is all Chester so I bet he doesn't want to do that, and cutting it just after the bridge is awkward.

 

HHH came out of nowhere after a speech about the Parkland kid David being at the Fallon show the night before. He wanted Mike to wear a ribbon but Mike said it was too political for him and he didn't want to do it, but felt really bad since the kids went through that and he told the crowd to not follow in his footsteps in that regard because he feels like he made the wrong choice basically. He forgot some of the words which is expected since it wasn't on the setlist but it was a nice treat. He had a speech about the modern political climate being fucked up and then after HHH said strongly, "do you hear what I am saying?"

 

Then the moment we were waiting for - Kenji. I thought he was going to drop it from the set and wow it was A+ - I can't believe Fort Minor didn't play it in 2005-2006. Watching him with his rap "moves" and all going at it on stage is badass. "Prisoners of war in their own FUCKING country what for?" Roads Untraveled was next and sounded great. I'm glad to have seen that song twice since October. By the time Ghosts came on I forgot it was even in the setlist anymore LOL I thought he was going to put it after Castle aka 3 songs prior so by then I just assumed it wasn't in the set. Good song, a lot of people had the Boris sock puppets made and had them up for that. Mike said "you guys bring your stuff for this song?" lmao

 

WFTE/WYG was good, the crowd went off when the WFTE sample dropped. Sorry For Now... really glad to see that and Mike sounded WAY better than he did at Identity singing it. He needs to get closer to the mic and fully embrace that song. Give it some time and it will be even better but I see big improvement already. The new verse was good - he sounded weird doing Chester's verse so this one is much better. That'd be a good LPU demo someday.

 

Crossing A Line was next. Then In The End. And after that was one of my favorite moments of the set. About You goes hard with the verses and Mike just blows up on stage on those. Big energy. It sucks he cut the Over Again first verse but it's just too emotional for him it seems. Papercut... everyone started JUMPING around me when he started rapping the first verse. When he held the mic out to sing Chester's parts it was so loud. The verse and chorus on that, I mean the crowd was louder than Mike. He went into the crowd on it too. At the end of the song he held his head down for 10+ seconds like Chester used to do after Catalyst, then he said the song was really hard for him. I think he has Chester's vocals in his ears on that one... I mean if it's too difficult then don't perform it, we don't like REQUIRE Papercut in the set.

 

Make It Up As I Go was good without KFlay - the crowd just sings the chorus and they all KNEW it which was good. Good Goodbye was hilarious because the SECOND the intro sample dropped the fucking crowd was like doing the OHHH OHH OH OHHH OHHH singalong and clapping, just like on OML Live. Very hardcore crowd, they knew exactly what to do. Then they knew the verse obviously but after the verse they fucking ROARED the chorus. Mike was like "holy shit"...was very shocked and held the mic out for fans to do it, before he went into BIO. The song is better that way but can only be done at headlining shows where the fans know the chorus and can sing it loudly.

 

Encore was a lengthy break, like at least 5-6 mins. He came out, said "I'm going to play something not on the setlist and I am going to call an audible" - bam IOU debut with some badass lights. Really good stuff. He said at Apple that he didn't even rehearse the song at all and no one on the crew knew he was going to play it. He just decided to add it during the encore break.

 

Remember The Name was cool, then RFMS just goes off hard live. Mike fucking crowdsurfed. And then he just stayed down in the crowd to end the show, so like 100 people got pics and autographs afterward. I love it, I told him at the M&G that RFMS is an excellent closing song too.

 

All in all a totally great show with an insane amount of energy from the crowd that I didn't see at all in any videos from the previous shows. That was a very special show with so many people who were just diehard fans. Check out the videos. Sometimes a crowd can make or break a show but when they are that into it, it makes it so fucking good. Afterwards we rushed to Madison Square Garden to see 30 Seconds To Mars play 2 songs ($6 lol) which was cool.

 

Hope to see a USA tour soon!

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Are they recording every Mike's live show, (for the "maybe" future release) like they usually did with LP?

 

Probably not but you if they are, you won't find one better than NYC. He should release it on Apple Music/Spotify/etc. or something.

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LP recorded everything for over 10 years so I bet they are recording Mike, yeah. Mike was likely the one that even said to start doing that in the MTM era. With how involved he was with DSPs (mixing some with Pooch, downloading random ones and sending feedback to Pooch, etc) I bet he has them recording his shows. He's the tech guru of the band.

 

Geki is right, it's going to be hard to find a better one than NYC. I have no doubt Europe, Asia, and South America will have some great crowds. They always do. All those places kick ass. But the fact that it was a 500 person venue, the entire crowd was diehard as fuck... hardcore fans and almost all LPU... wow. So loud and an incredible show. Would love that released too. I'm stoked for the tour to start up in August because the shows will be really good; once he gets in a vibe of playing almost every night the shows are going to get even better.

 

Mike has a lot of stuff up his sleeves I'm sure. He's unpredictable - in a good way. I bet he releases the Post Traumatic instrumentals/acapellas soon. He is also working on a substantial amount of new music already and is in a very big creative drive. All this traveling is giving him a lot of time to make music (he talked at Apple how he's writing every single day). He gets a month off and gets back to his home studio next week... I would not be surprised if we saw some new music in 2019 from him. There's no "3 year process" to go through with LP here, it's all an independent artist who can do what he wants.

 

Then he has potential live stuff he can release, etc. Lots of possibilities. LPU CD could be extra Mike songs, who knows. I think we are just seeing the beginning of a big flow of material from him - just my opinion. I'm excited. And LP is going to be back too sometime.

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LP recorded everything for over 10 years so I bet they are recording Mike, yeah. Mike was likely the one that even said to start doing that in the MTM era. With how involved he was with DSPs (mixing some with Pooch, downloading random ones and sending feedback to Pooch, etc) I bet he has them recording his shows. He's the tech guru of the band.

 

Geki is right, it's going to be hard to find a better one than NYC. I have no doubt Europe, Asia, and South America will have some great crowds. They always do. All those places kick ass. But the fact that it was a 500 person venue, the entire crowd was diehard as fuck... hardcore fans and almost all LPU... wow. So loud and an incredible show. Would love that released too. I'm stoked for the tour to start up in August because the shows will be really good; once he gets in a vibe of playing almost every night the shows are going to get even better.

 

Mike has a lot of stuff up his sleeves I'm sure. He's unpredictable - in a good way. I bet he releases the Post Traumatic instrumentals/acapellas soon. He is also working on a substantial amount of new music already and is in a very big creative drive. All this traveling is giving him a lot of time to make music (he talked at Apple how he's writing every single day). He gets a month off and gets back to his home studio next week... I would not be surprised if we saw some new music in 2019 from him. There's no "3 year process" to go through with LP here, it's all an independent artist who can do what he wants.

 

Then he has potential live stuff he can release, etc. Lots of possibilities. LPU CD could be extra Mike songs, who knows. I think we are just seeing the beginning of a big flow of material from him - just my opinion. I'm excited. And LP is going to be back too sometime.

 

I really hope so. I was confident LP will be back eventually one day, but just based on recent interviews with Mike things don't seem so certain anymore. Hope I'm wrong though.

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I really hope so. I was confident LP will be back eventually one day, but just based on recent interviews with Mike things don't seem so certain anymore. Hope I'm wrong though.

 

It'll be a while. And nothing is certain. But if they do come back, I think it'll be as a 5 piece and they'll do shows and album etc. But I wouldn't expect it soon. It will take time, like Mike has said. It sucks but you can't blame them at all, even if they wanted to call it quits. Super tragic situation and Chester was a big piece of Linkin Park. At least they left us with tons of stuff, I think they will probably continue eventually as a 5 piece though, it'll just be a while.

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Yeah. I mean I hate to be a buzzkill to some people but if the tragedy had never happened, the band would still be on tour for OML. They probably would have wrapped up touring for the album around September of this year, or maybe even like November, like they did with THP. And then 2019 would have been them working on a new album and probably Summer 2020 is when we would have seen a new album. Maybe even later, what if the band wanted a longer touring cycle for OML and they wanted to play in 2019 for OML, too? It's going to take time for the band to heal and rebuild and come to terms with it all and learn how to operate together again. Look at what Mike said in that recent German interview from a few days go. ''We have no plans. Sometimes we meet and go to dinner or also to the studio. A few times we were making music, but just for ourselves. Not with the goal to create something to publish. We have to arrange with the situation. We have to find stability. We have to create new versions of our lives. That needs time. Whatever happens to Linkin Park, we are friends and we are a community. We will always stay together, whether we will be doing music again or not. I simply love the guys and I think they do too.'' It's obvious they will need a lot of time and time to rebuild, heal, etc. It sucks but look at how big the tragedy was. I was surprised that they even wanted to continue on, initially. I think they will, it'll just take some time, and when they're ready, I think it will be as a 5 piece and they'll put out an album, tour, etc.

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Then he has potential live stuff he can release, etc. Lots of possibilities. LPU CD could be extra Mike songs, who knows. I think we are just seeing the beginning of a big flow of material from him - just my opinion. I'm excited. And LP is going to be back too sometime.

mike just said in an interview that they dont plan on releasing any unreleased tracks anytime soon but who knows

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