Ok, so the Best Buy Theater has existed in its former state as the Nokia Theater, but since the re-branding and re-doing of the venue under a new moniker, BBT is now home to a 2100 person capacity music hall in the midst of Times Square. Last night, the inaugural show at said space welcomed alt-rockers, Linkin Park, to the stage, for a frenzy of beats, boys and lots of black t-shirted fans. No lie, not the hugest fan of the gents here, but hell if they don't put on one heck of a show that speaks right into everything their dedicated followers love.
Playing their first full show in nearly 2 years, the boys from Agoura Hills, CA were in town to celebrate the release of their new album, A Thousand Suns, which had come out a few short hours prior to their 9pm show time. A rather polite and quiet group of concertgoers immediately turned up the noise and applause as the curtains drew, and the solitary figure of beatmaster Mike Shinoda emerged, standing behind a keyboard and microphone.
Lights flashed and more band members infiltrated the stage, before frontman Chester Bennington emerged like a whirling dervish to the ecstatic and enthusiastic screams of those in attendance. Opening with The Requiem, from the new disc, the troupe traveled through a number of songs, from what I've been told, stemmed mostly from older releases, while choosing to only perform a few choice cuts from A Thousand Suns.
Ultimately, you won't find me a hardcore LP-convert, but sure I'll give 'em their due. Energy, rock, roll and rage course through their live presence, thanks to 15+ years of giving all they've got. Good on ya.