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2018.08.22 - Singapore, Singapore


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And just like, the first leg of the Post Traumatic Tour is coming to a close. Mike's ending the Asian Leg of his tour in Singapore on August 22 at the Zepp@BIGBOX.


This Asian Tour has been full of surprises. Every show has had something different going for it that made it unique. Opening night in Hong Kong was a bit of a bumpy road, with lots of gear being fried at a rehearsal the day before, but the band pulled through and delivered an awesome show, debuting lots of changes like an extended outro for 'Place To Start' and the full versions of 'Roads Untraveled' and 'When They Come For Me.' Bangkok followed, the gear now all in shape and the setlist coming off flawlessly, Mike adding new versions of 'Introduction' and 'Petrified' to open the encore, and adding 'Hands Held High' over the extended intro of 'Kenji.' The next stop in Incheon was the first festival stop of the tour, making for an energetic but short set. The band brought their all and really set the tone before Nine Inch Nails headlined the show.


Then came Mike's short run of China shows. We were in the dark for quite awhile about these, but we've slowly gotten more and more info. What we do know is that all of these shows were censored as a result of China's strict censorship rules. The tour started in Beijing, a show where we only JUST found the first videos from recently. As 'Hands Held High' is banned in China, Mike began experimenting a bit. Instead of 'Hands Held High,' Mike rapped verse one and part of verse two of 'It's Goin' Down' over 'Kenji,' the first time the song has been in a set since Linkin Park performed in Hungary in 2017! This show also featured the only performance - so far - of the live version of 'Good Goodbye,' presumably to bypass having to censor 'Bleed It Out' during the mashup. The crowd in Beijing was so amazing, they actually changed the sets after this show. Fans were singing Linkin Park songs for nearly an hour after Mike's set was over. Mike liked that so much, he dedicated a moment in the set for that at the next show in Shanghai, where he led the crowd in a 'Faint' acapella during the encore. In addition to this, the Shanghai show was packed full of awesome moments: Mike gave LPLive a shoutout during the extended piano intro of 'Ghosts,' and he rapped verse three of 'Until It Breaks' over the 'Kenji' intro. The 'Good Goodbye' and 'Bleed It Out' mashup also returned here. Mike continued playing with the sets in the last Chinese show in Chengdu, dropping 'Kenji' but bringing back 'Crossing A Line,' which was absent from the last two shows. Though there was no surprise rap verse at this show, Mike led the crowd in a 'Waiting For The End' acapella after the mashup with 'Where'd You Go.'


Watch Mike's full set from Shanghai earlier this tour. Despite censorship, this show is one of the best the tour has yet, with plenty of special moments throughout the entire show. We'll try to upload our source from Beijing soon, so be sure to subscribe to our LPLive Archive channel.


From there, Mike headed to Japan for the very first shows he announced on the Post Traumatic Tour at the Summer Sonic festival. The first stop in Osaka was a different set from Incheon with the inclusion of 'Kenji,' a song of significant cultural importance to Mike's Japanese heritage. The set was a bit shorter than anticipated, with 'I.O.U.' having to be dropped last minute due to time. After his set, Mike returned to the stage to perform with ONE OK ROCK during their song 'One Way Ticket' from their latest album (Mike helped them produce this track), where he rapped part of 'Where'd You Go' before singing the rest of the song as is. The next night in Tokyo was entirely different, 'Petrified' opening the set for the first time on tour and 'When They Come For Me' being added in. The 'Waiting For The End' acapella also returned. Every show Mike has played has been different from the last, Mike truly making every show its own unique experience. We can expect that to be the same in Singapore.


It's been a minute since Mike has been in Singapore. Linkin Park last performed there in 2011 as the last show of the A Thousand Suns World Tour. This was regarded as one of the band's most unique setlists, as they really changed things up. 'New Divide' opened the set with its Moscow Intro, only performed once before at the Transformers 3 Premiere in Moscow earlier that year. 'One Step Closer' was performed third, which was the first time the song had ever been in that position (a precedent that really became the norm in recent years). Linkin Park had only performed there two times prior: in 2004 towards the end of the Meteora Tour, where Yohan from the band Pia joined the band for 'One Step Closer,' and in 2007 on the Minutes To Midnight Tour, featuring a packed setlist that included 'The Little Things Give You Away' and 'In Pieces.'


Singapore 2011 was the second and last time Linkin Park used the Moscow Intro for 'New Divide.' A rare and awesome moment for sure!


Is anyone going to the show? It's the first show that is without any restrictions as far as time or censorship goes in quite some time, and is bound to take the tour off on a high note. Anything is game as far as that new acapella slot is part of the equation - we might be making a post soon about songs Linkin Park/Mike has never played to maybe remind Mike of some cool stuff he could put in there! Though this is the last show of the Asia Tour, Mike's not taking a break just yet. He's immediately heading over the Europe to kick off the European Leg of the tour, starting with three festival dates in France and England before headlining shows across the continent. After this tour wraps up, he'll have a month off before going across North America for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour.


We'll be keeping you updated on everything that happens at this show, so be be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, and join the LPLive Discord for discussion with fans around the world! We just launched the new LPLive Archive YouTube Channel that is loaded with hours of rare content from the Linkin Park world, and we'll also be uploading videos from the Post Traumatic Tour there, too. Be sure to subscribe!


Check out the rest of Mike Shinoda's touring schedule here.

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