This tour brought back some of our favorites. This was my first experience covering at Bridgestone Arena, a place seemingly far larger than I imagined. The ground floor was packed and many of the stands were as well. In 2011, Linkin Park announced they’d be releasing an album every 18 months and they have stayed true to that. On The Hunting Party Tour they brought Rise Against and Of Mice & Men along. Each of these great bands debuted an album in 2014, giving them plenty of new material to add to their live performance.
The night began with Of Mice & Men. They started perfectly on time and with lots of energy. Their set included songs from all three albums, beginning with their most recent, Restoring Force. The stage was setup complete with a 50-foot runway, allowing band members to come into the crowd. Lead vocalist Austin Carlile took complete advantage of this, really interacting with the audience. One of their more recent songs, “Would You Still Be There” was a real crowd pleaser. It was overall a great performance.
Rise Against followed up nicely with a great stage setup complete with glowing letters spelling “Rise”. Both lead guitarist Zach Blair and bassist Jon Principe covered the stage, constantly running and giving a great performance. They also included songs from one of their earlier albums, Siren Song of the Counter Culture. Lead vocalist Tim Mcilrath also made great use of the runway, even leaving it and standing on top of the crowd at one point.
Linkin Park has just as much energy now as they ever have. Their set included both full length songs from their latest album The Hunting Party as well as mash-ups of older songs. The drummer and keyboardist were both on platforms on each side of the stage surrounded by an incredible light system. The crowd was full of people of all ages, from parents that had brought their teens to adults that had no doubt been fans since the very beginning. Vocalist Chester Bennington, as well as all of the other members, put on a great performance with an incredible sound.
These three bands complemented each other so well, all putting on a great show and making contact with the crowd using the runway. Overall a great night for Nashville.
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