Linkin Park rapper and co-vocalist Mike Shinoda flew into the country for a pumped up one-night solo concert at New Frontier Theater in Araneta Center. It was the final leg of his “Post Traumatic Tour” and the multi-instrumentalist pulled all the stops to make it extra special. Not only did he pack the show with Linkin Park hits, but he also featured songs from his hip hop side project Fort Minor and X-Ecutioners, his project with alt rock band Static X.
After English Alternative Rock band Don Broco energized the crowd as Mike’s front act, his opening song “Welcome” from Fort Minor got the NFT in a frenzy with cheers getting louder as he segued into the Linkin Park single “When They Come for Me.”
And this was only the beginning!
As the rapper took a break to talk to the fans, Music Geek sensed this urgency from the audience to let the visiting artist know they were there for him following the passing of his best friend and co-Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington.
Fittingly, he went into “Crossing the Line” — a song from his current album “Post Traumatic” that’s about moving on. Its uplifting message intensified the positive energy from all around that evening, especially since Mike devoted a good part of the concert talking to his fans, telling them stories about his musical journey.
One such moment was when he started to play the piano and recalled how he would write demos for Chester, then segueing to “Waiting for the End” mashed up with his Fort Minor hit song “Where’d You Go.”
He definitely got the crowd feeling emotional as he moved on to massive hit after massive him like “Numb” and “In The End” to which everyone sang along word for word.
Welcoming Don Broco in back onstage to help rev the energy again, the rapper then put his Nu-Metal cap back on with the song “A Place For My Head,” a favorite for every hardcore Linkin Park fan. The track ended in high spirits and as the artists exited the stage and prepared for an encore.
“We want more!” the crowd cheered and Mike was only too happy to return to the stage and finish his set with “World’s On Fire” from Post Traumatic, an X-Ecutioners deep cut “It’s Going Down,” a Fort Minor favorite “Remember The Name,” and to top it all off Link Park’s “Bleed It Out.”
He ended the show with the song “Running from My Shadow” about despair and the need to acknowledge one’s problems. It was a fitting finale to remind everyone that recovery is a continuous process and recognizing one’s problem is the first step toward getting better.
Definitely, the “Post Traumatic Tour” was an experience like no other as a showcase of talent and raw emotion.
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Special thanks to Aaron Silvestre, Jude Ng and Eme Abarracoso of Warner Music Philippines.
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