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About Rob_Wilson

  • Birthday 11/02/1990

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    25.01.08 Sheffield, England 29.06.08 Milton Keynes, England; PR:UK

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  1. Agreed with the points about lack of alternation in the set list, it's just a bit silly they promoted this album as something they wanted to play all the songs from, then stick to to the 5 songs released before the album even came out. Plus, it's supposed to be 'visceral' but ends up coming off more like a dj set with live music rather than a rock show :/ Sorry to correct you, but that's completely wrong. Fans had the chance to vote for 17 out of the 18 songs, the one constant song they kept was the new song 'Lords of Summer'. The option to pick 1 of 3 songs was for songs rated 17, 18 and 19 on the list and there was a vote-off between those 3 in the build up to the encore where this song was generally played. The problem with it was that because Metallica have such a huge back catalogue and these were festival shows, the set was invariably the same with one or two alterations max per night. There was the odd case of a surprise where in Finland, for instance, there was a mass of votes for 'Frayed Ends of Sanity' resulting in the first ever live performance of the song, but that was the only major surprise.
  2. Well it's safe to say there's a fairly split reaction on this one ha! I will say it's common in England (or at least my experience of English festivals which encompasses Download, Sonisphere and Leeds Festival on multiple occasions) that the barrier between the front section and the rest of the arena is the separation point between madness and calm. I was all over the front section for the whole 90 minutes of the bands set and especially during Hybrid Theory it was fucking manic. I'm surprised Garo's camera hasn't picked up more noise because at times it was difficult to hear the band over the crowd and it was clear from the band's reaction that they thought we were loud as well and they looked to be genuinely having fun for the first time in ages! There were a small amount of people leaving once HT finished, but not enough that it left the crowd sparse or anything. I was actually surprised by the crowd reaction of those that remained. Seemed really into Waiting For the End and Burn It Down as well as the harder songs. Of the second act I think the best reaction was actually for Given Up everyone went mad - had a pit in front of me that must have been a good 30-40 feet wide. Unfortunately going mental isn't for everyone and I think that's been shown in people who have posted already that were further back standing or even sitting down.
  3. Not normally one for predicting setlists, but fuck it why not - I'm on a night shift bored out of my mind and far too excited for Saturday! Like most, I think we'll get a short 'act' so to speak before we get the money shot in the middle, followed by another 'act' including a couple of classics and then the encore. I highly doubt they'll bother with ALTNC at all and wonder if there will be any shortened songs for that matter. I think there's a reasonable case that this will be a much more standard setlist, albeit with an extraordinary middle. Final thing to remember is UK never got a show for LT so wonder if they'll use more than BID and LITE and also my reasoning for no shortened songs. So here goes: 01. The Catalyst/The Requiem Intro 02. Guilty All the Same 03. Given Up 04. Wastelands (Possibly interchanged with Burn It Down) 05. Papercut (Preceded by some sort of intro of the album, similar to what Metallica did with Black Album, rather than Blackout. Possibly intro used from '04 to '08) 06. One Step Closer (extended outro) 07. With You 08. Points of Authority (full intro) 09. Crawling 10. Runaway 11. By Myself (would love to see the bridge intro, but guess it's unlikely) 12. In the End 13. A Place For My Head (again would be kind of cool to see 2012 intro, though in all honesty just seeing the fucking song after so many failed attempts will make me happy) 14. Forgotten 15. Cure For The Itch (Possible Joe solo to start and blending into the 2007 onwards version) 16. Pushing Me Away 17. Burn It Down (Possibly interchanged with Wastelands) 18. Waiting for The End 19. Mike Solo (I would have no issue with this, though could see it being replaced with Castle of Glass due to earlier reasons or even cut completely) 20. Numb 21. Faint --------------------------------------- 22. Until It's Gone 23. Lost In The Echo 24. New Divide (Could see this potentially being dropped) 25. What I've Done 26. Bleed It Out (whatever version it is that's doing the rounds at the minute) The more I think about this, the more undecided I am on what may or may not make the setlist. 26 songs looks a little long now I have it down, but it really depends how long HT actually takes with interactions and extended versions etc. There's certainly a case for a few more songs played before HT and just leaving Numb and Faint for afters before the encore to keep the momentum high into the encore. The fan in me wants Figure.09 and/or From the Inside to replace a couple of songs there or Somewhere I Belong at the very least, but Meteora got shafted this time around and my head knows it won't happen with everything else going on! Some revisions are attached to the sides so set could potentially run at 24 songs and seems more logical and I swear to God, if the Ballad Medley gets anywhere near this setlist it will almost spoil the 35-40 minutes preceding it! Would be almost suicidal by the band to drop that in to this set, plus it takes up a good 7-8 minutes that will absolutely kill the buzz around the place and I think they'd struggle to recover for the rest of the set.
  4. So Metal Hammer have reviewed THP as well now and their review is below. It's worth noting that for their last few albums they have drifted from the reviewing the band/having the odd podcast dig at the band so what follows is high praise indeed: Linkin Park will release their sixth studio album The Hunting Party on June 16, and the LA sextet have been promising fans a collection of songs darker and heavier than anything they've previously recorded. "We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record, we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record,” co-vocalist Mike Shinoda recently noted, also stating that The Hunting Party is inspired by artists such as Refused, Helmet and At The Drive-In. We now have the album, and we can examine those bold claims in more detail. Here's our track-by-track guide to The Hunting Party. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and with The Hunting Party it's evident that Linkin Park are out to shake up expectations from the off. Keys To The Kingdom explodes into life with a distorted Chester Bennington vocal, the singer barking “No Control! No Surprise!” like a cyborg Dennis Lyxzen, before a stop-start Brad Delson guitar riff kicks in. Mike Shinoda then weighs in with some tough guy rapping - “Got a different method, but I can still bring the pain...” / “Careful what you shoot for, cos you might hit what you aim for...” - before a trademark LP chorus crashes in. By the time the track closes out with some 'woah-oh-woah' massed vocals you'll be buzzing. ALL FOR NOTHING Helmet's Page Hamilton is on here somewhere: good luck to anyone who can locate his trademark staccato riffing in the mix. All Or Nothing largely adheres to the traditional Linkin Park formula, with a brash Mike Shinoda verse bleeding into a widescreen Chester Bennington chorus: the second verse sees Shinoda asserting: “Let me break this fucker down for ya, I really don't know ya... no I'm not your soldier, I'm not taking any orders, I'm a five star general...” There's also a pretty, tinkling piano outro, setting up 'the heavy shit' that follows... GUILTY ALL THE SAME If you've the slightest bit of interest in what Linkin Park are up to in 2014 you'll know this one already. It's huge – featuring a cool Matt Bellamy-esque riff, big portentous doomy piano chords, martial drums, and then a big monster chorus featuring a melody reminiscent of a section of My Chemical Romance's Thank You For The Venom. “You're guilty all the same, too sick to be ashamed,” sings Chester. “You want to point your finger but there's no-one else to blame.” When hip-hop legend Rakim steps in for the second verse it's impossibly exciting. THE SUMMONING A little pause for reflection. This atmospheric mood piece is one minute of FX pedal noise, synth washes and random clanging guitar chords: for reasons that probably make sense only if you're in the band, the run-out features what sounds like a sample of a kids softball game. “Watch the ball! Run, run, run!” WAR Woah, Linkin Park go Punk Rock! Ushered in with a classic “1-2, 1-2-3-4” count, this is 2 minutes 11 seconds of snarling punk rock attitude which sounds more like Trash Talk than Linkin Park. The pregnant pause before the chorus (“War! Destroyer!”) is particularly smart. You would never guess this was Linkin Park in a million years. Bracing. WASTELANDS And, in contrast to the previous track, this could only be Linkin Park. The band are on familiar ground here, with a cool, clatteringly funky rhythm, rapped Shinoda verses (“Every phrase a razorblade,” he brags) and then a big Chester B chorus referencing the “wastelands of today” where there's “nothing left to lose” and furthermore “nothing more to take.” UNTIL IT'S GONE The album's inevitable monster ballad. The lyrical sentiment is breaking no new ground, as Chester Bennington acknowledges when he sings “I've heard it said a thousand times, but now I know...” and the song's key lyric - “You don't know what you've got until it's gone” - is repeated like a mantra. REBELLION From the second the opening riff kicks in, you know exactly who the special guest on this track is. System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian's fingerprints are all over this, from that killer introduction to Bennington's hectic, bonkers screams of “Rebellion! Rebellion!” in the middle eight. The chorus runs “We are the fortunate ones, who've never faced oppression's gun”: hard to argue with that. MARK THE GRAVES The track's most experimental track, wrapping a chunky Helmet-esque riff, ambient noise and swooshing keyboards into a rather fractured, disorientating whole, which never settles into a formula. Interesting. DRAWBAR If the previously reported presence of Rage Against The Machine guitar wizard Tom Morello on this track has got you all in a tizzy you can calm down right now. This tasteful minor key instrumental could be Muse at their most low-key, with a sweet piano intro, marching drums and some unobtrusive, chiming processed guitar, presumably supplied by the RATM man. FINAL MASQUERADE More A Thousand Suns than Hybrid Theory, this is LP at their most controlled and meditative, a slowly unfurling, mid-paced anthem built around simmering keyboards, unfussy, low-tempo beats and palm-muted guitar. It features one of Chester Bennington's finest vocal performances on the album: “The light on the horizon was brighter yesterday, shadows floating over, the skies began to fade...” A LINE IN THE SAND The Hunting Party draws to a close with this 6 minute 35 second sci-fi themed epic, which builds from a static-flecked, chilling, 'last man on earth' transmission into something more powerful and menacing, featuring an echoing, double-tracked Shinoda vocal and some classic Bennington rage - “You'll get what's yours,” he seethes. “Give me back what's mine!” - before seguing into an almost Maiden-esque guitar part and finally dissolving into a reprise of the opening. Excited yet?
  5. Aren't they playing in Wroclaw on the 4th June? Also Rock Sound are running the same competition in the UK for that listening event: Want to hear Linkin Park's new album 'The Hunting Party' before anyone else? Stupid question, really - OF COURSE YOU DO! On Tuesday, June 03, there will be an intimate and exclusive playback of 'The Hunting Party' in a North London location where a lucky few will get to hear the album in full. We've been told there might be a few more surprises in store, too... Interested? All you need to do is send in your name, email address, age and contacttelephone number to info@rocksound.tv with the subject line Linkin Park Listening Party to be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets we have to give away. There are, as always, a few rules: 1. You MUST be able to attend on Tuesday and to be in the north London area by no later than 5.45pm in order to gain entry (the event should last approx. 2hours). 2. You must be over 18 years of age to attend the event. 3. Please bring a form of ID with you or you may be refused entry. The competition closes midnight on Thursday, May 29 and the winners will be selected at random & notified by 12pm on Friday, May 30. Read more at http://www.rocksound.tv/news/article/do-you-want-to-hear-linkin-parks-the-hunting-party-before-anyone-else#1fCVMUrFQzdwuPG1.99
  6. I understand it isn't a given that LP would come to every country, but to ditch the UK which is probably their 2nd/3rd biggest fanbase seems crazy!? I mean not even one show? It is a little annoying in that I had a 'guaranteed M&G' at the next LP show I attended due to signing up early for LPU12 and yet that looks to have gone down the pan. Would be really nice to see the band now that they have actually changed a significant amount of songs since their last UK tour as well!
  7. Why is it that they only used the cool stage in the US? It hasn't been used in South Africa or in New Zealand? It seems kinda lazy that they're using the 'stripped back' version of the ATS stage. Anyone know why? They've never had trouble carrying stages across continents before? Also, how were Stone Sour? Any reference to the fact they were playing with LP as Corey is meant to be/was at one point good friends with the band?
  8. Won't be at these shows seeing as I live in England but would hate to see anyone else join the band on Crawling - it's been overdone now! I'd actually quite like to see it dropped for another HT song! Numb could be a decent shout as that's become dull live as well but I think it would be great if they could do a cover together! Alternatively the reanimated bridge in OSC could be cool but doubt they'll bring it back Not that into Incubus so don't know what songs Chester could do with them :/
  9. Agreed similar to ND but more energy! Also very little Phoenix judging by the 2 minutes, also like ND, though there's another 2 minutes in the video so maybe he does have more of an appearance. The NBA seems to give it more power as well - quite like it as a promo and I don't even like/watch basketball lol!
  10. In other news, Chester confirmed on Radio 1 that they're coming back to Europe after the US so I'm hoping this means UK! Assuming they'll hit the places they don't in summer though no doubt one or two will get a second chance i.e. Germany and one or two others. Hopefully some new places in Europe will be hit as well! Looking forward to my guaranteed M&G!
  11. That it is! Don't get me wrong it's a good song and I'm into it, but it almost feels like what ATS could have been without the experimentation...it's just a bit basic. It's possible to still incorporate all their various influences into songs without needing a specific structure. I still can't decide if I like Mike's rap or not - the verse is good but it's the placing of it and then the whole intertwining with Chester at the end doesn't work for me. It may have worked if they changed the lyrics or weren't repeating the same lines i.e. if it was in the same ilk as the end of Papercut then maybe it would have worked better? My only other gripe is that I think the chorus lyrics are lame the whole 'we can't wait to burn it to the ground' isn't working for me. However I still like the song and no doubt when it's buried in the album and I listen to it that way I will no doubt not mind it half as much in a similar vein to my dislike for Rooftops by Lostprophets but on the whole Liberation Transmission is an awesome album. Final thing, great to see all the haters crawling out of the woodwork on numerous articles across the internet saying how they should have stuck to HT and Meteora LOL!
  12. Think they're just trying to keep up with all the news that seems to be flowing out of numerous other websites early i.e. the tracklisting etc.
  13. To be fair to LPA they were only trying to cover their ass in case it wasn't real that's all. Not digging the whole rivalry that seems to have come about through a few sites lately - they're all there to promote the same news about the band so form your own opinions of what you think is real and what isn't. And going back to my comment on guitars though I don't think it was necessarily me that was being targeted with those jibes as I did say a little more would be nice indicating I realised there was some in there. But, what I meant was it would be nice to maybe just hear actual distorted guitar (that is associated with rock music in general not just nu-metal!) rather than the layered effect they have so it's almost like it's part of the heavy synth or whatever it is in the chorus. As I said before ATS is a brilliant album but I do tend to lean towards heavier music so please don't go with the whole nu-metal thing as I'm as much against them making a HT part 3 as anyone else!
  14. It's definitely better than the snippet lol! Overall it's a pretty good song but LP have always struggled picking a lead single that absolutely kicks you in the nuts and grabs your attention!! I do like it though - can definitely tell structure-wise it's a return to pre-MTM with verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge etc. and then with Chester and Mike alternating in the last section. It's a definite grower - but I prefer this on first listen than I did the Catalyst and I ended up think ATS as an album on a whole was brilliant! Excited to see how the other songs turn out - especially as Mike said the songs were well-described in the SPIN article which made them sound unreal! A little guitar here and there wouldn't go amiss though!
  15. Can't remember for sure but I thought on previous occasions the album title hadn't been released before the name of the single or the first play of it? I may be wrong but I would assume the album title will be dropped in the interview(s) following the first play of the single? May have also read this somewhere - again don't quote me only speaking from memory!
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