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2018.10.23 - Raleigh, North Carolina


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North Carolina, it's time for round 2. Mike's back with the Post Traumatic Tour / Monster Energy Outbreak Tour for a second show in the state, this time in Raleigh at The Ritz!


Mike's last few shows have certainly been unpredictable, to say the least. Mike's last show was in Atlanta, Georgia - the home turf of Hahninator. Perhaps as a result of that, Mike really brought his all with one of the best setlists of the tour yet! Things kicked off fairly normally with a run of 'Petrified,' 'Make It Up As I Go,' and 'When They Come For Me,' but things didn't stay that way for long. Mike brought back 'Cigarettes' for the first time since Wien, Austria last month, performing the song for the very first time with the full band. Later in the set, Mike rapped 'Hands Held High' over 'Wisdom, Justice, and Love' for the second time on tour (the first since the New York City, New York show). Things continued pretty normally from there on out, opening the encore with 'Robot Boy' and 'World's On Fire.' 'Roads Untraveled' was performed in the encore for the first time ever, as well.


Watch Mike perform 'Cigarettes' for the first time with a full band live in Atlanta, Georgia! 'Cigarettes' is a must-see on this tour - let's hope it starts showing up more.

Raleigh has always been a great place for a Linkin Park concert. The very first time Mike was there was in 2000, where Linkin Park performed at the same venue as Mike is playing at while on P.O.D.'s 'Kings Of The Game' Tour. The band didn't make it to Raleigh on the Meteora touring cycle, Linkin Park did return on the Minutes To Midnight cycle, on Projekt Revolution 2007 - this show was the only show ever where Mike rapped 'Second To None' over 'Points Of Authority.' Linkin Park returned the next year on Projekt Revolution 2008, where Chris Cornell joined them for 'Crawling.' That was the last time Mike was in Raleigh - almost ten years ago! Tonight's crowd will certainly make up for that.


Over these last few shows, we thought we figured out a pattern. We thought that there's this rotation of encore openers and show openers, like if 'Welcome' opens then another song would open the encore, or if 'About You,' 'Over Again,' and 'Papercut' opened the encore then some other song wouldn't be played. Mike has literally thrown any semblance of what we thought we knew and threw it out the window. We're up to like 3 different show intros ('Petrified,' 'Welcome,' and 'Robot Boy' and 'World's On Fire'), even more encore openers (those three plus the 'About You,' 'Over Again,' and 'Papercut' mashup, as well as 'Wisdom, Justice, and Love' and 'Iridescent'), and absolutely no pattern. The setlist is whatever Mike feels like playing while he's onstage - sometimes even the paper setlist is irrelevant. All the opening songs can be mid-set now, so there's literally no telling what is played and what isn't. What can we expect in Raleigh? Who knows. Mike has said that 'Waiting For Tomorrow' will be played on the tour sometime, but he hasn't taken it to soundcheck yet. Then again, 'Cigarettes' was performed in Atlanta without any - known - rehearsal. Anything's possible!


It's been awhile since Mike's been in Raleigh - watch Linkin Park perform 'Bleed It Out' in Raleigh on Projekt Revolution 2008 with the Street Drum Corps.


Who's going to the show? This is Mark's last show of the tour, so if you wanna meet up with him, plan below! After this show, Mike will hit up New Orleans for the first time since 2003, and it sounds like the best opportunity for him to bring back 'The Little Things Give You Away' in some form. Let's make it happen, people - it's been years since we've heard that one performed, and what better opportunity than this? After that, Mike continues the tour into Texas and then Nevada, inching closer to the west coast.


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 (a couple members from the Discord will be at this show - be sure to say hi)! 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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