Watching Linkin Park live – A childhood dream come true

6 Nov

The guest writer for this week is Swati Vishwanathan.

Each of us has a dream to watch their favourite artist or band perform live. But, how far would you go to “actually” grab the chance?

Just like any other school kid with the characteristic teen group and brazen angst, we were junkies of the Grammy winning American alternative rock band – Linkin Park! Given the metchul hookups happening – Metallica, NH7 and Octoberfest here’s a firsthand lowdown of Linkin Park’s “A Thousand Suns World Tour 2011”

So yes, three school friends and an office colleague-turned-best-bud did the calculations, “jugaad”, and booked ourselves on the flight to Bangkok for our first live concert abroad (yeah, it is Bangkok but give
us the pleasure please) that took place at Aktiv Square on 23rd September 2011.

Like any other Indian group, we did the usual Pataya – Bangkok thing but I’m sure you’d earn enough to at least do a trip there once, so won’t dwell on the details. Moving on, Active Square is this bigass convention centre that holds an outdoor ground cum venue, indoor convention centres – they doubled up as indoor tennis courts for the ATP Thailand Open (Andy Murray was there!). Why the fine points you ask? Because it is organized, clean and massive so if there’s a concert here, BE THERE.

On 23rd evening, the 3 school friends (the 4th chose to splurge on massages instead, gives you a hint of the sex) made our way to the venue to be greeted by drizzling rain. But fret not, we bought one piece rain gears to stay dry and sipped on ice cold beer as we waited for the opening bands to take stage. We
heard some really good songs played by Ebola, a Thai rock band opening for Linkin Park, and they got the crowd of around 10,000 and more energized.

Given the rain there was a slight delay,and Linkin Park finally hit the stage with some kickass audio visuals for The Requiem from the latest album, followed by Papercut and Lying From You. Now, a moment to have the band on stage (a no show from Dave “Phoenix” Farrell as he was sick) brought
goose bumps and made us teary eyed. While our underwears soaked, our spirits didn’t dampen. With a mix of Thousand Suns and Minutes to Midnight, they hit it big with Numb, One Step Closer, Crawling and In the End.

Keeping low on the experimental music and metal, I felt they tried more electronic sounds, giving complete credit to Hahn. Mike Shinoda was adorable as usual and completely pulled his signature rapping styles in Breaking the Habit and Bleed it Out, while Chester Bennington was a ball of energy as
he jumped around the stage yet worked his vocal chords for some pitch-perfect songs.

That is me. And no I am not drunk yet

Towards the end of the two hour performance that consisted of the encore were the hugely popular Transformers tracks, Iridescent and New Divide to which the fans shrieked and sang along. My personal favorites happened to be “Burning in the Skies” for the sizzling visuals (picture) followed by When They Come for Me. As they ended their performance, Rob threw out a few drumsticks as he said his farewell and the crowd cheered throughout while Chester and Mike bowed graciously as they exited the arena.

With each of us capturing the moment and giving the “Penada Entertainment band” a look of sheer joy,
we trudged towards the exit as the night came to an end. Go ahead, check the photos for yourself.

Truly an experience of a lifetime, and I’d do it again given the chance.

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All pictures have been clicked by Umanag Banatwala


7 Responses to “Watching Linkin Park live – A childhood dream come true”

  1. Umang Banatwala November 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Awesome goin swati….u just put it to perfect words….the memoirs of a lifetime….u still got to live it to feel it ;-))

  2. Jasmine November 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Great going Swati!! After reading this I wish I’d come with you guys…may be next time 😉

  3. Akshay November 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Well written. Sounds like the event was well managed. Also, the photo of you holding the beer cup is nice!
    Ps- A fan who went to a failed metallica concert, I can imagine how the concert would have been!

  4. Radha Iyer November 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Great One Swati!…I knew you would have nailed the article.
    Only change – The fourth one splurged on underwater world species….

  5. Sosha November 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Swady! Awesome max! Great post.

    How was the crowd there?

  6. Autolatric_Stupe aka Likesh Bhambhwani November 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    An extremely well written piece.. The concert sounds awesome.. 10,000 is quite a huge number.. If I’m correct in guessing the 4th “friend”, hahaha to that.. 😛

  7. Swati November 17, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Thank you so much for the comments. Elated as can be!!
    @likesh: You guessed it right, alright 😉
    @Sonali: Very accommodating and helpful, the crowd. 🙂
    @Akshay: Concerts around Asia, you will be informed.

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