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2018.08.14 - Shanghai, CN


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The Post Traumatic Tour is chugging ahead (though the trains in Beijing aren't)! Mike's tour in Asia has hit it's halfway point, the fifth stop taking Mike and co. to Shanghai, China, where they'll perform at the Jing'an Sports Center on August 14.




Mike's no stranger to Shanghai - he's played more shows there than in any other city in China. Linkin Park has performed there three times in the past, the first being in 2007 on the Minutes To Midnight Tour. While a pretty standard show for the era, Mike listed it as being one of his favorite Linkin Park moments of that decade. In a blog post, he wrote: "Upon arrival in Shanghai, we knew the show was going to be special…but we had no idea. When we were met at the airport, our promotion and label staff informed us that the last two rock bands to play China at the time were Nine Inch Nails and The Rolling Stones. They told us the largest concert by a foreign rock artist was The Stones show, which was attended by roughly 12,000 people. We were about to play a show at Shanghai Stadium, which was easily two times that size." Read Mike's full post on the show page - you know any show guarded by police is bound to be an important one. The band returned in 2009 while promoting 'New Divide,' where they first faced censorship laws. In China, the government has strict censorship laws in place that require song lists to be submitted for approval. Because of this, 'Given Up' and 'Hands Held High' were not approved and had to be dropped. This led to a rare occurrence: 'From The Inside' opening the show (after 'Session')!


The band were scheduled to return in 2011 on the A Thousand Suns Tour, but they were banned in China after meeting the Dalai Lama in early 2011. Things changed four years later, when Linkin Park embarked on a Chinese Tour in support of The Hunting Party, which was the first tour sponsored by Mercedes-AMG. This time, instead of dropping songs, they were just censored. This included 'Welcome' and 'Remember The Name.' An interesting piece of information: the list of songs the band submitted to the government for approval leaked, featuring a bunch of interesting titles. Songs like 'A Place For My Head,' 'A Light That Never Comes,' and 'With You' that the band had played at some point on the cycle were on the list even though they weren't played. Also included was 'Keys To The Kingdom,' a song that never ended up being performed live, which means the band considered playing it at some point!


Watch the opening song - 'One Step Closer' - from Shanghai 2007, what was the biggest rock show to ever take place in China at the time. A truly monumental moment for the band and rock music.

Shanghai is the second stop in China on Mike's Asian Tour. The previous show was in Beijing, met by a truly incredible crowd. Not only were their cheers for Chester the loudest yet, but nearly a third of the fans stayed in the venue for almost an hour singing Linkin Park songs. The venue had to ask the crew to ask the fans to leave in the end! That's a true love for music (though we don't recommend you try to organize an event like that). Mike got by with the censorship, censoring 'Welcome' and 'Remember The Name' in the same way he did in 2015, and 'When They Come For Me' in the same way they did in 2011 when they performed the song on Saturday Night Live. Other songs that got the censorship treatment include 'Watching As I Fall,' 'About You,' 'Over Again,' 'Make It Up As I Go,' and 'Petrified.' Mike pulled an awesome move by performing the live version of 'Good Goodbye' for the first time since 2017, instead of doing the mashup with 'Bleed It Out' (likely because of censorship concerns). It's an awesome thing to hear - hell, we'd even venture to say it's better than the mashup. Matt does an awesome job on the vocals! Censorship did come at a cost, though: 'Hands Held High' could not be performed over the extended intro of 'Kenji,' and, as mentioned before, the 'Good Goodbye' and 'Bleed It Out' mashup can't be performed. Mike's handling it like a professional, though. 'Crossing A Line' appears to have been dropped for an unknown reason (it's unlikely it was dropped due to censorship), as well. We can probably expect a similar setlist at this show. Technically speaking, though, every show of the tour so far has had a different setlist in some capacity. Whether or not that continues is something we'll have to see!


Mike has been giving really beautiful speeches before 'In The End' about Chester at every show. In Beijing, Mike talked about Xero, his Linkin Park bandmates, and, of course, Chester. He has something different to say at every show and it's beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. A beautiful talk with Mike here, as well as one of the loudest chants for Chester this tour has had yet.


Is anyone going to the show? Updates are scarce because of the media bans placed in China, but we'll keep ya covered. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, and join the LPLive Discord for discussion with fans around the world! After this show, Mike has one more show lined up in China in Chengdu before he heads to Japan for the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo and Osaka before wrapping up the Asian leg of the tour in Singapore. From there, Mike heads straight to Europe for a handful of festival shows and headlining shows. Then there's a month's break before he embarks on an extensive North American Tour! We'll be covering all of it, so check back if you want the latest news.


Check out the rest of Mike Shinoda's touring schedule here.
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Some pretty big things we missed:

  • LPLive shoutout before Ghosts!
  • 'Ghosts' has had an extended intro this entire tour that we missed lol
  • 'Until It Breaks' rapped over the Ext. Intro of 'Kenji'
  • Short piano outro after WFTE/WYG (seems like a mistake Mike styled out)
  • Mike forgot to censor himself during 'Bleed It Out'
  • 'Faint' came after 'Petrified.' Inspired by the fans singing in Beijing, Mike wanted to include that in the show somehow


EDIT: Found another source, further back but better quality overall.


Part 1: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzc4MTAzMjI4NA==.html?spm=a2h0j.11185381.listitem_page1.5~A

Part 2: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzc4MTAzMjIxNg==.html?spm=a2h0j.11185381.listitem_page1.5!2~A

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  • 'Faint' came after 'Petrified.' Inspired by the fans singing in Beijing, Mike wanted to include that in the show somehow


That will be interesting to find out how he transfer this song into the live set without having Chester and maybe not using a pitched voice like he is using it on Papercut

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That will be interesting to find out how he transfer this song into the live set without having Chester and maybe not using a pitched voice like he is using it on Papercut

Edit: Or the videos shared in the message you quoted.

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