by Donnie Snow
"Q-What could be more incongrous than teenage Goth girls listening to hip-hop?
A-Their NASCAR T-shirted dads sitting next to them at a rap-metal/hip-hop concert buying snow cones from vendors walking the stands.
That was the setting Saturday night at the Mid-South Coliseum, where Linkin Park's multi-act Projekt Revolution tour nearly sold out the 6,200 plus venue.
The convergence tour is the latest endeavor for new-metal's ruling monarchs, combining wide-range performances from the sonic demolition of Mudvayne to the hard-rhyming West Coast rapping of Xzibit.
A highlight among the pre-headliners was the turntablism of DMC DJ champion Rocky Rock, who teamed with New York's freestyle rapping master Su-pernatural for perhaps the coolest performance ever wasted as an intermission filler.
The difference between Linkin Park and cookie-cutter rap-metal bands somewhat resembles the difference between its multi-platinum debut "Hybrid Theory," 2001's best-selling album, and its more sophisticated sophomore release, "Meteora."
The sound of the band hasn't changed much, maybe lightening from blue-black to charcoal-gray. It's stil deafening enough to cause guitarist Brad Delson to wear shooting-range earmuffs on stage.
What makes the band different is that it stacks the brutal metal music, suburban rap and tunefully gloomy singing marked by periodic primal screams with a stuided precision not found elsewhere in a genre often defined by jagged edges and premeditated nastiness.
The changing landscape of Linkin Park's music is much easier to judge from its live shows, where "Hybrid Theory's" Crawling, which started the audience jumping in time, is bumped with "Meteora's" angst-ridden Nobody's Listening.
But that's really just rhetoric to the bulk of LP's fans, kids who couldn't care less.
The personal, yet not exclusionary, songs like I Won't Be Ignored (NOT IT'S NAME!!!) and One Step Closer are anthems for a teenage anger nation, whose members at the Coliseum Saturday night were sent into a frenzy.
'The Commercial Appeal' Monday April 14, 2003
Aside from Mr. Snow's not even getting the song's name right, that's a pretty fair article. Makes LP sound a tad too much like some teen-fad band, but he has the description of their music pretty well down, what with the precisely studied screaming and such. Hard to put into words how screaming can be so...good O_o.
THIS WAS THE BEST FUCKING WEEKEND EVER!!!! Or at least the best since the last time Bridgie and I got together. (Vasquez or Linkin Park, tough choice O_o...think I have to go with Vasquez but it's neck and neck ^_^;;;)
Numerical Rundown of Projekt Revolution:
Hours in line at the gate-2
Concert Start Time-7:01 pm CST
Row We Were Sitting In-ONE!
Sections From the Stage-Probably 2
Bands and Performers Before LP (counting intermission acts)-5
Linkin Park Performance Began-9:45 pm CST
Songs LP Performed-Lost Count, too busy screaming
Times I Headbanged to LP-Enough that my neck still feels like the bones in my spine are welded together
Money Spent at Merchandise Booth-$40
On-1 t-shirt, 1 keychain, 1 pack of 3 stickers
Toothpicks I Shot Into the Ceiling at Huey's Afterwards-4
Times I Sucked at DDR When We Got Home-A LOT
Hours of Sleep Before Struggling With Myself to Let Bridgie Get on the Plane-1 and 1/2
Length of Time My Ears Were Ringing-48 Hours+
So much stuff happened, how can I possibly write it all down O_o. I guess I'll take it day by day. Starting with CONCERT DAY XD. Even though that was the last day, really. Saturday (mah birfday ^_^).
Mom picked up us and mah little brother Trey (he was spending the weekend with her) and we drove by the Coliseum at around noon to see how the crowds were. There were only a few people outside, maybe 10 or so, so we decided it would be safe to go to the zoo for a few hours.
As usual, the zoo was awesome. We saw the sea lions perform, saw the komodo dragons, the big cats, the meercats, the creatures of the night, and the brand new China exhibit. Unfortunately the pandas the city just spent millions of dollars to get had just arrived and were in quarantine, but the rest of the animals were awesome.
At around 3 or 3:30 we left the zoo, and headed back downtown to the Mid-South Coliseum. We stopped at a Walgreen's on the corner, I dropped off my film and got more, and we bought drinks and a small $5 radio. By 4 we were settling in, sitting right inside the guard rail they'd erected around the entrance. We tuned the radio to 93X, sponsors of the concert and the only really good station in Memphis, but for some reason it only seemed to receive a fair signal when Bridgie was holding it XD.
There was quite a small crowd by then, but not enough that we had to shove for space or worry about getting good seats. We met a group of four people from Birmingham, AL, and asked them about whether we should be on the floor or not. Eventually we chickened out on that matter, and with the seats we got (and the moshing that was going on down there) I'm glad we did!
Noticing the sign that said no outside food or drinks, I gobbled up one of the bananas gran had given us to snack on XD. When they opened the gates and we finally managed to push to the front, through security, we had to give up the other banana, along with our bottles of water. But MWAHA! We both snuck our cameras in, YES!
We found our way to the very first row of the actual seats, avoiding the open floor. We were RIGHT NEAR THE STAGE!!! Not close enough to touch anybody who walked up the ramps on either side, as several of the performers did, but close enough to have a damn good view!
Yet, during the first band, Blindside, people kept getting up to the railing in front of us, totally blocking our incredible view O_O. BASTARDS! Bridgie eventually got up to the railing too, but I was afraid of losing the seats we had I stayed there. At least we were facing each other then ^_^.
Then, a hero rode out of the darkness!! A mysterious bearded man known only as DWAYNE!!! Dwayne the security guy, some called him. Others just called him Sir. During the first break I asked him about the people on the railing, mentioned it was my birfday, and he said he'd keep them clear for us. And, true to his word, he did!! Everyone who came by after that was immediately shooed along! The railing was kept totally clear for us, which was funny because when we looked across the floor to the other side of the building the entire railing was covered, inch by inch, with people.
The opening bands, Blindside, Xzibit, Mudvayne, DMC DJ Rocky Rock and Su-pernatural, and this awesome break-dancing dude, were mostly cool, but mostly they were just keeping us from LP O_o. It seemed like forever (and practically was, almost 3 hours of pre-headliners!!!) before Linkin Park finally came out!!
And then Dwayne was overpowered O_o. People rushed to the railing and absolutely refused to pay attention to him. Two retarded, tall, drunk-off-their-asses jerks got RIGHT in front of us, which is just bloody stupid because we were probably some of the shortest people in the whole stadium O_o.
And that's when Dwayne motioned us over to the railing. By this point I was nearly deaf anyway (mainly thanks to Mudvayne), so it took me a bit to understand him, but finally I realized he was telling us that since we had seats up there and the jerkwads were getting in front of us, WE could stand at the railing, with his blessing XD. We could see the whole stage perfectly!! And oh what a sight it was!!
Shapes and colors straight out of the Meteora booklet decorated the stage. The whole thing looked like some whacked out Rubik's cube, in varying shades of blues and grays. Mr. Hahn and his turntable setup was in the back, along with the drums, and the rest of the group were just all over the place ^_^. Mike and Chester especially, they went from the ramps on the sides to the top of the polygonal stage in the back. At one point a security guard even picked Mike up and CARRIED him into the sea of people on the floor! What I wouldn't give to have gotten to touch his hand like all those lucky peoples O_o.
Garg, getting so late, must hurry. They played all their best songs! The only ones they didn't do that I wanted to hear were My December and Breaking the Habit, and even then it was still 1 hour and 15 minutes of LIVE LP!! AAAAAAAAAH!!! I cannot describe to you how absolutely wonderful it was!! And with the time, I'm not even gonna try ^_^.
Long story short(er) the concert ended with a bang. At some point Mike Shinoda thanked all the members of the millitary that are fighting now, and pointed out the 700 military peeps in the audience that had been given tickets. They sang, they rawked everyone's asses, I headbanged myself silly and screamed myself hoarse. They even came back for a long encore!
Then it was over. People started filing out. We thanked Dwayne, who offered to buy us coffee at CK's sometime XD. We filed out to the merch. booth. Bridgie got a great shirt and I got a LP shirt, stickers, and keychain (where did I put my keychain, AAAH!!!). Mom called (she'd been waiting outside for almost an hour O_o) and told us she was out front, so we went out to meet her, rambled incessantly about the greatness, and decided on Huey's for dinner, where we shot toothpicks into the ceiling and ate Snicker's pie.
Mom dropped Bridgie and I off after that. We played DDR, myself doing rather badly out of fatigue but Bridgie still doing a thousand times better than me ^_^. Then ate peach crisp and watched many interesting things, ie Adult Swim's New Year's Eve Bash. I wimped out and fell asleep for a little while, and when I woke it was time to take Bridgie to the airport. SADNESS!!! ;_;
Okay, bedtime O_o. More tomorrow! Night everyone, night Bridgie! [dies]