10 oct. 2008, 5h18m
My first "real" rock concert, as in not a stupid one like I've been to in the past, was Linkin Park, who was my favorite band at the time. They have slipped a bit since but I still love them.
The concert was on February 29th, 2008 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Best leap day ever! Coheed and Cambria and Chiodos (I don't care for the latter at all) were the opening acts. By this point my library of music was pretty shallow, but boy did I know every Linkin Park song ever! My best friend on earth helped me get into them. We'd rock out to LP while playing Zelda. It was good times. I miss him since I've moved away from OK.
As a kid I was into pop music. Sad but true. I never listened to any real rock, except for what was on the radio. I was much more into gaming and stuff than listening to music. But during probably the summer of 2007, my best friend Blake introduced me to some Linkin Park songs I had only heard a few times, namely, the singles from Hybrid Theory and Meteora. They were the first rock band that he really got into, and I remember thinking "Linkin Park is emo I don't like them. Crawling sucks lol." But, with the help of Youtube back in those days, we looked up the songs and listened to them, and since they were (and still are, I think) his number 1 band, I liked them more and more too. Eventually me and my brother downloaded (lol) all the songs and eventually we knew them all.
When I learned that Linkin Park was going to be playing in Oklahoma City in February, I knew I couldn't pass up the chance. I remember, for the longest time, that the date seemed so far off. And even though the tickets were pretty expensive, me and my little brother bought us a pair. We were set to go. Now all we had to do was wait for 2/29/08.
My best friend wasn't able to go to the concert, since his parents are super strict and crap. However we did know a few people at the concert, 2 girls (who were friends at that point, but aren't anymore) from our Kingdom Hall, and one of the girl's brother. 3 total. We were decent friends with them, but one of the girls and my sister stopped being friends and I didn't really get to hang out with them anymore. That girl stops being friends with a lot of people (I really hope she's not reading this!) We had fallen out of communicated for a while until I told her I was going to the Linkin Park concert through text messaging. Then we started talking again after that.
Anyway... the day finally came for the concert. I was 17 at that point but my parents didn't want me to drive from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, so whatever, they drove us there. No big deal I suck with directions anyway, especially directions to a city I don't go to very often. After NEARLY FORGETTING THE TICKETS, we left for the 100 mile drive to the state capital. We ate some McDonald's before the show, adn I remember hearing "Man in the Box" on the radio and not knowing the title. My brother also dropped his phone in his water!
So they dropped us off, which is easier than parking, and me and my brother entered the Ford Center, ready to rock.
Chiodos had started already when we got there. Oh no! Such a loss. Me and my brother found our seats, which were to the right of the stage (if you're looking at the stage from the front) and also kinda towards the top since they were the cheapest. I remember the bass player in Chiodos made me feel sick, since you know, you can really feel the bass at concerts. Also their lead singer cussed a lot.
Then Coheed came out. I had barely, barely heard any of their songs at this point, so I didn't appreciate it very much. It'd be much better if I could see them again now. I remember getting kinda bored... But their opener was No World For Tomorrow and it was cool, then their last 2 songs were The Running Free, which I knew, and Welcome Home, which I somehow didn't know at that point. But Claudio did the solo with his guitar behind his head, EPIC.
There was about a 30 minute wait for LP. But finally they came out and opened with What I've Done. I love when the band that everyone there payed to see finally comes out. The lights go out, and the crowd roars. There's nothing quite like it. It's awesome. And, finally hearing those beginning piano sounds was so sweet after all that waiting! Chester was really sick at this concert and they ALMOST canceled the show. We were lucky, real lucky, that they came out and played, since they canceled their next 2 shows!
After What I've Done, they played the first 3 songs from Meteora. I love Meteora. I couldn't remember the exact order but I found the set list online!
What I've Done (Nice opener)
Don't Stay (Great)
Somewhere I Belong
Lying From You
Papercut (with "There They Go" outro)
Leave Out All the Rest
The Little Things Give You Away (Nice)
Shadow of the Day
Valentines Day (Pretty epic performance. Chester went into the crowd with his security guards during the lyrics "I used to be my own protection, but not now" I thought that moment synced up really well!)
Crawling (emo lol)
In the End (Awesome. I remember Chester was in the crowd and I really couldn't see him during this 5/5 song)
Bleed It Out (6 minute version with an awesome drum solo!)
My December (Quiet, but awesome. Just vocals and piano)
Breaking the Habit (Hell yes my favorite LP song! I knew they'd play it. Before the encore, bands always leave the stage and you get a little nervous.. but you know they haven't played one of their biggest songs so you know they're gonna come back out!)
One Step Closer (I can't believe Chester's vocal chords held out for this song)
Faint (The closer! It was so sweet. I can't feel the way I did before! Everyone was singing!)
Man I'm glad I found that setlist. However I found out some info I didn't know. They didn't play a lot of songs they were originally going to play, such as Given Up, No More Sorrow, Points of Authority, and Pushing Me Away. I like all those songs, (ESPECIALLY NO MORE SORROW THEY SHOULD HAVE PLAYED IT) but Chester probably would have died if he had to do the Given Up scream. So oh well... The concert was still great and was 1000x better than a canceled show. The crowd and Mike really picked up Chester's hurt voice. It was all good.
After the concert was over me and my little bro found our way out of the Ford Center and proceeded to call our parents. There was some crazyness in trying to get picked up but eventually we walked about a block and found them at a red light. They kinda passed right by where we were, earlier, and couldn't stop so they had to drive all the way around. But we got in my dad's car and made our way back to Broken Arrow (a suburb of Tulsa), Oklahoma. Our home. Excellent times. I want to see them live again even if they aren't my number 1 band anymore!
(NP: Anberlin - Never Take Friendship Personal [cd])