Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #MusicWrap covers the Carnivores Tour with Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and AFI.
When you hear these bands, some of their fans fondly reminisce about their middle school years, feeling edgy and (not so) rebellious. If you had one of these bands in your music collection, chances are the other two were at least on your radar.
This week the tour traveled through the west and southwest, playing shows spanning from Texas to California. Several publications covered the show at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday. They all seemed to agree on one thing: Linkin Park still has it. With a mix of old and new songs, the 15-year-old band kept their fans hyped through the length of their set. Songs included the new single, “Guilty All the Same” as well as fan favorites like “One Step Closer,” “In the End” and “What I’ve Done”.
Ed Masley, a writer for the Arizona Republic said, “A Phoenix native who lived in Gilbert until recently, Bennington did take a moment toward the end of Linkin Park's performance to address his local ties.”
Both The Republic and the Phoenix New Times said that 30 Seconds to Mars lead singer Jared Leto was very theatrical; talking to the crowd, releasing balloons, and even bringing a child on stage. Theatrics are not surprising from Leto, considering his acting career and Oscar under his belt.
Not everyone thought this was a good thing, however. Phoenix New Times writer Jim Louvau described Leto as, “that annoying friend with a band that tells you how good his music is everyday and forces you to listen to it enough that you eventually just tell him that he is great just to shut him up.”
For some fans, Linkin Park takes them back to a time when black clouds of teenage angst loomed over their heads as they waited at the bus stop. For others, they would happily defend their music to the end. With their ever-growing repertoire of hit songs and choice of opening bands, Linkin Park shows that they can keep fans coming back year after year.
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