I do get your point, but I kinda have to settle with PEZ on this one.
I remember an interview of Chester saying he didn't want to do the same thing over and over again and if he didn't stop screaming now he would never do so (which, yeah, to a certain point is a little ridiculous because he should be able to stop screaming at anytime, but I get his point).
Couple of things to remind here:
As Mike once said, there are like literally millions of people liking LP on Facebook, and also quite a lot (I don't know any numbers and to be honest, I don't care about 'em because that's not the point) people, who own their music. Now, of those already only a very small percentage ever gets to see the band live in concert. Again, I don't count and I'm not gonna, but let's just look at one concert and you'll get my point:
There are like 5,000 people watching this band per concert (of which maybe 100 have been to a concert of the same tour before and probably 3,000-4,900 to a concert of Linkin Park in general).
Of those 5,000 on a special day such as a Summit there may be like 200-300 LPU members, who I would consider pretty hardcore fans. Otherwise it's probably only a good hundred of hardcore LP fans.
Furthermore maybe 1,000 people, nay, let's even pretend it were 2,000 to make the numbers easier, know the song Qwerty or Reading My Eyes or Across The Line or…, so for Linkin Park, as a very popular band it is commercially and also for at least half of the people watching, probably even a majority, nonsense to play songs like that.
Yes, With You or Figure.09 (which I both, as well as Qwerty and RMY and ACTL and… would LOVE to see live because I never got the chance to in LPs early days) are known by more people, but I alone know a ton of people, who were at the Hamburg concert after the Summit and knew One Step Closer and In The End off of Hybrid Theory. They knew Faint, Numb and the other more popular songs of Meteora, but Minutes Midnight and A Thousand Suns in their entireties - guess what, the fan base you mentioned, which makes concerts with stages huge like LP plays them possible, unfortunately comes from MTM and ATS. It's sad, but it's reality.
Also, it's usual for artists that they don't want to play the same stuff all over again and again, I can tell, and probably everyone who makes music him/herself understands that, too.
Plus, heavier songs like Wretches and Kings and Blackout… how often did you see them played lately? Exactly, hardly at all. Songs like Given Up, Faint and No More Sorrow are songs, which carry the set, which are likely to have been heard by the crowd and to rocked to by the crowd, but which are other screaming songs do they play (except that Chaz has started to do screams in What I've Done and The Catalyst, for example, which shows that he still COULD but apparently doesn't WANT to)?
Songs like the one's mentioned above are awesome, but only make sense to be played at something like an LPUTour (which would be hard to realize, too… Do you organize one concert in every region or country of the world? Because there are lots of members all around the world but sure not enough to do a complete world tour…)
But so what? Did you ever not enjoy a Linkin Park concert? Have you ever had a similar fan-near experience with any other even slightly as popular band? I haven't, and I love it the way it is.
Plus, would you really like another Hybrid Theory? Would you really stick with a band that does the same stuff over and over again? I wouldn't and I almost literally love almost every style and genre of music, so I'm open to new stuff LP does and I'm looking forward to it!
I'm not saying you're not a real fan or anything if you do not agree, that's bullsh*t - a real fan states his true opinion. Of course, my arguments kinda lead to the thought of LP being sell-outs, but seriously… The music they create is nothing like the pop-dance crap we get from Lady Gaga and all of the pop-artists! LP doesn't need stories, they don't need the press, they just create music, do their thing with Music for Relief and that's it. You like or you don't, that's fine. And that's what I love about this band!
Thinking about it… It's kind of a circle:
Having Warner on their side -> certain restrictions -> chance to become very popular -> a lot of album sells -> huge stages -> money -> seems like their sellouts, when doing new stuff, which is different, but can only become really popular again having Warner on their side -> …
If we want to play all around the world on huge stages with huge crowds, well… that's what selling out means, in a way, because they simply can't play stuff like Qwerty regularly then.
And by the way, we don't know for sure, whether Chester or whomever is responsible for not playing those songs either way.
Gosh, that was a long post. I'm sorry!