The fifth Projekt Revolution tour saw Jay-Z joining Linkin Park live onstage for one night only. Danny Montana was in Milton Keynes to witness some stadium-sized extravagance.
Linkin Park are the biggest-selling band of this century. That is a fact. No other artist has sold more records than the Californian nu-metal band. This is why, just like other superstars like Ozzy Osbourne, Megadeth and Slayer, they’re able to host their own global tour.
New Pennsylvanian electronic rock act InnerPartySystem impressed early on while dour New York alt.rockers The Bravery are barely worth mentioning. St Albans hardcore/trance fusion experts Enter Shikari however, were the first act to really let rip and whip the crowd up properly.
Watch the video to ‘Sorry You’re Not A Winner’ by Enter Shikari
Pioneering funksters N*E*R*D were as droll and sexy as ever with their socially-charged lyrics and experimental tunes while plugged-in Aussie drum ‘n’ bass mainstreamers Pendulum ploughed out all the hits from their recent breakthrough album, In Silico.
The day after being the first hip hop artist to headline Glastonbury Festival, Jay-Z wowed the crowds with a stellar solo set which sampled AC/DC and The Prodigy amongst others.
With the massive screen behind him used to maximum effect, Shawn Corey Carter proved once again that he can do it all on his own. Jay-Z doesn’t need anyone’s help.
Watch the video to ‘One Step Closer’ by Linkin Park
It’s time for Linkin Park take to the throne. Projekt Revolution is their baby. As early as 2002 they felt they were established enough to form a money-spinning, high profile arena tour across the US. In 2008, they had enough worldwide status to bring the tour to Europe. This baby’s not just eating solids now – it’s devouring them.
Jumping straight in with ‘One Step Closer’ was a bold move but they knew that they had more than enough material to fill their 90-minute headline slot, and they did.
Chester Bennington was on firey form while Mike Shinoda did his best to continue the hip hop-based shenanigans. However, he did look far more comfortable when reciting more familiar lyrics or when sitting behind his piano.
Watch the video to ‘Numb/Encore’ by Linkin Park and Jay-Z
The appearance of Jay-Z during ‘Numb/Encore’ and ‘Jigga What/Faint’ was a wonderful showcase of how their Collision Course project works outside of the studio and gave a real sense of occasion to a fast-emptying MK Bowl.
It’s a safe bet that after the success of an expanded Projekt Revolution, we’re going to see them again.
Linkin Park @ Milton Keynes National Bowl setlist
‘One Step Closer’
‘Lying From You’
‘Somewhere I Belong’
‘No More Sorrow’
‘Points Of Authority’
‘From The Inside’
‘Leave Out All The Rest’
‘The Little Things Give You Away’
‘Breaking The Habit’
‘Shadow of The Day’
‘In The End’
‘Pushing Me Away’
‘What I’ve Done’
‘Numb/Encore’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Jigga What/Faint’ (w/ Jay-Z)
‘Bleed It Out’