Thought i’d put in a head-pounding experience buster for you all
I went to the Sept 4th show at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. with a good friend of mine.
One thing I want to recommend to EVERYONE is check with the box office at the venue you go to as to where early entry gate is. My ticket read Gate 7, but the lady at the box office said go to Gate 10. I waited and waited and waited and there were only about a dozen or so of us by the time the doors opened (1 hour and 15 min before the event). We got escorted into the arena and it was EMPTY. Us dozen LPU’ers got to walk (not run) to the FRONT of the stage! Was still going to be a while as we needed to wait for everyone else to come in, Mutemath, Incubus, then LP.
The wait was worth it.
Mutemath have great showmanship. Their drummer started the show by taping duct tape around his headphones over his head. The guys were all over the place, really entertaining to watch and the singer has a great voice.
Incubus was ok…It went on a bit long and I just couldn’t wait for LP to start.
So Linkin park gets on stage. Tinfoil starts followed by Faint with the extended outro, right into Given up, extended outro, and man my voice was already gone! Had to throw a couple elbows to stop the hooligans from starting a mosh pit, but after that all was good!
The Victimized/QWERTY Mashup, oh damn, my brains were scattered from having my mind blown from that head-pounding-fest.
Now I had an experience I’d like to share with everyone
There’s nothing like being in the front row of a concert, it was a first for me, and really lucky Linkin Park was the band I got to see. But being 1 in about 25,000 people to have Chester scream GOOOO, GOOOO, GOOOO, GOOOO at the end of the song while eye locked was absolutely incredible. He didn’t take his gaze away for a second and our eyes were locked for most of the ending screams. It sent a shiver down my spine and I could feel the power and emotion coming from Chester. I felt this was unique as Lost in the Echo is one of my new favourite songs, and to get that experience…The only one in the crowd, to feel that power; it’s an incredible feeling. I don’t think I could have left that gaze even if I wanted to, it was freakin awesome!
It’s funny, because the night before, i had a dream of the concert, and for those final goes, Chester came down to the front cage, grabbed the shirt of a guy next to me and screamed GO GO GO GO GO right in the guys face. This was close enough to my experience, friggin awesome!
The show was great. We met a family of 4 who also managed to get front row next to us and we held the line best we could when some hooligans came in trying to get our spots. Kudos to the parents who brought their two daughters to the show. You guys rock.
And YOU’RE WELCOME to those 3 individuals who had to anchor to my shoulders to stay near the front and not sucked back. It was a pleasure sharing the experience! I’d hope someone would do the same for me.
Not sure if the band reads these posts, but thanks a lot to Mike, Rob, Brad, and Phoenix. I’d have to give an extra thank you to Chester for the Lost in the Echo experience, it was a moment of kick ass I’ll never forget. Anytime you guys are on the west coast, I’ll be at a show from now on!
That is all, everyone else who still has a show coming up, enjoy it, get as close to the front as you can, it’ll be worth the wait!