Linkin Park performed their debut album "Hybrid Theory" in full as they closed out the second day (June 14) of Download Festival.
As NME notes, before the band made their fourth appearance as headliners of the festival, a video played explaining why they had decided to honour the album, something that co-frontman Mike Shinoda made clear onstage would be a rarity. Shinoda - who started the set sporting a red Mohawk wig, in tribute to the hairstyle he had when the album was first released in 2000 - told the crowd "This is a special night for us, we've never done this before."
After the band worked through "Hybrid Theory," they then played a second set that drew from across their career and included three tracks from the upcoming album "The Hunting Party," including "Guilty All the Same," "Until It's Gone" and "Wastelands." Shinoda paused before the second set to joke with the crowd, saying "If this was 2001 we'd be done now!" He then showed the large crowd a finished copy of their new album and proceeded to throw it into the crowd. The second set also saw the first UK live airings of tracks from the band's 2012 album "Living Things," an album the band did not tour in this country. The show lasted for almost two hours and included 25 songs.
In the other news, Shinoda said in an interview with Radio.com (via Classic Rock) that rock music has lost the plot – and his own band are partly to blame.
But he believes that Linkin Park have addressed the issue with next week's album "The Hunting Party," and he plans to keep working to bring back the power.
"Rock music has gone in this direction that's like indie-pop jingles," he stressed. "It's like songs that could be on the Disney Channel. I don't want to follow that trend."
He revealed telling guitarist Brad Delson: "'Our bassist Dave Farrell told me you're one of the best guitar players he'd ever met. Do you think our fans know that? What do you think the 14-year-old Brad thinks of you right now?
"'That kid was listening to heavy metal and shredding in his room all day. That's the kid you want to impress.'"
He added: "Rock music – even the most popular bands – isn't really influencing the zeitgeist. It's not moving the needle of pop culture." And he admitted not having all the answers. "All I know is what we can do as a band; we've made the best record we can make right now.
"I don't want rock to be pop. I do want it to be exciting – and right now, it's moderately exciting."
Linkin Park's Download 2014 set:
02. One Step Closer
03. With You
04. Points of Authority
07. By Myself
08. In the End
09. A Place for My Head
11. Cure for the Itch
12. Pushing Me Away
13. The Catalyst/The Requiem mashup intro
14. Guilty All the Same
15. Given Up
17. Burn It Down
18. Waiting for the End
20. No More Sorrow/The Catalyst/Until It's Gone mashup intro
21. Until It's Gone
22. Lost in the Echo (short)
23. New Divide (short)24. What I've Done25. Bleed It Out