Linkin Park, along with with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI, swallowed the nearly sold-out crowd at Mansfield's Xfinity Center this Saturday night (August 16, 2014). The crowd showed no signs of resistance, serving themselves up to the music willingly throughout the night.
AFI opened things up with an energetic - albeit short - set including hits like "Love Like Winter" and "Miss Murder" (with which they closed the set). I'd never seen them, and actually only knew three of the nine songs they played (the aforementioned and their opener, "The Leaving Song Pt. II"). It was a set filled with ferocious passion and plenty of charisma from front-man Davey Havok, and definitely put them on my radar as a band I need to catch again next time they come around.
Next up, in a position suited more for a co-headliner than an opener (as it should be), was Thirty Seconds to Mars, a band I did know of going in (and am a fan of in general, ever since 2005's "A Beautiful Lie"). As a fan of theirs (and even more so of their front-man, Jared Leto - ever since My So-Called Life), I went into this expecting them to steal the night. They did... and then some. Now, they didn't have the most extravagant production (thought it did come close), but they did have the best set overall. Leto's energy and presence was unmatched, and the whole band just sounded much better than the others. These guys were their for the fans, going as far as blasting confetti onto them, bombarding them with giant balloons, Leto himself venturing out into the crowd more than once, and even inviting a bunch of the luckier audience-members up on stage for their finale. This was a set fans dream of, and while I sadly was unable to photograph any of it, I'm very happy to say I was able to experience it.
Closing out the night was Linkin Park. I've never been the biggest fan of Linkin Park, but their live show is undeniably fantastic. This was my second time seeing them live, and easily the best of the two. Visually stunning and physically draining, their production is truly something that needs to be seen to be believed. The set was chock-full, with a total of 27 songs spanning their entire career. They sounded amazing (much, much better than their albums), and I won't hesitate to say that, while I'm not the biggest fan of Linkin Park, I am quite the fan indeed of Linkin Park live.
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