Linkin Park rocks Nationwide

“Linkin Park rocked Nationwide Arena in Columbus Friday night with a rousing 21 song set comprised of both old and new hits. The band worked the stage all night long and had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand at the end of the 70 minute set. As soon as lead guitarist Brad Delson hit the first few notes of No More Sorrow to open the show, the crowd went immediately into fifth gear and didn’t slow down until the lights came on after the encore.”

Linkin Park rocked Nationwide Arena in Columbus Friday night with a rousing 21 song set comprised of both old and new hits.

The band worked the stage all night long and had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand at the end of the 70 minute set.

As soon as lead guitarist Brad Delson hit the first few notes of No More Sorrow to open the show, the crowd went immediately into fifth gear and didn’t slow down until the lights came on after the encore.

Nearly half of the set list came from the band’s latest studio effort Minutes To Midnight, but the band didn’t disappoint as they played fan favorites Numb, In the End, What I’ve Done, and Breaking the Habit to please those who were there for the old school Linkin Park.

The set flowed together well as the band played one or two new songs followed by a few classics. The band was very tight musically and didn’t miss a beat.

Lead singer Chester Bennington dominated the night with his overpowering vocals. During In the End, Bennington roamed through the crowd and hit every note effortlessly while receiving hugs and high fives from fans.

Bennington and Mike Shinoda played amazingly off each other throughout the night. Shinoda, who plays multiple instruments and raps, was somewhat docile throughout the evening, but the performance did not lack because of it.

Fans were thanked for showing their support not only for the band, but also for the band’s Music for Relief program. $1 for every ticket sold on Linkin Park’s current tour will be donated to Music for Relief.

The program is set up to help aid victims of natural disasters such as the California wildfires and cyclone Sidr, a category four storm that struck Bangladesh in November.

After seeing Linkin Park live, it is no wonder they are still successful and have sold over 50 million albums worldwide.