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Carnivores Tour blasts into Clarkston

The Carnivores Tour at DTE Energy Music Theatre 8-30-14

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Last Saturday, The Carnivores Tour blasted into Clarkston where co-headliners Thirty Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park took to the DTE Energy Music Theatre stage along with opener AFI.

AFI
AFIMike Lewalski
Linkin Park at DTE Energy Music Theatre 8-30-14
Linkin Park at DTE Energy Music Theatre 8-30-14Tracy Heck

The tour was launched in support of Thirty Seconds to Mars' fourth studio album Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams and Linkin Park's sixth album The Hunting Party. Both bands performed a number of songs from the albums during their hour and forty minute sets.

Before the tour, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda described the idea behind the tour's name, "'Carnivores' is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive. I feel that's exactly the hunger this tour will feed." Certainly on Saturday the sold-out show more than lived up to its name as all the bands brought high energy sets that were also very visual.

AFI kicked things off with a short but formidable set filled with their hits from "The Leaving Song Pt. II" to "Silver and Cold" to "Girl's Not Grey" to new track "17 Crimes".

Frontman Davey Havok immediately kicked off the high energy level as he launched himself at the crowd and seemed to blur from one end of the stage to the other.

Fresh off his Academy Award win, Thirty Seconds to Mars' frontman Jared Leto was also more than ready to feed off the crowd's enthusiasm as he made his way out into the crowd to perform "Kings and Queens" before bringing a young fan up on stage with him. Later, he would invite the crowd on stage for the band's final song "Closer to the Edge".

Showers of confetti and balloons also kept the crowd moving and the band took a minute to acknowledge lead guitarist's Tomo Miličević's birthday, who is a hometown boy, hailing from Troy.

Linkin Park's set was high on a blending of technology and music as all of the band members got their own moments to shine during a ever changing lights and strobes show with huge video screens.

The band powered through 26 songs, changing and shortening some of them as they moved along, making sure that their fans got a little taste of all of their albums. Hits like "One Step Closer", "Papercuts", "Leave Out All The Rest", and "Faint" were all there as well as new hits like "Guilty All The Same" and "Final Masquerade".

Keeping the trend of the evening going, frontmen Shinoda and Chester Bennington also spent time in the crowd.

The band returned to the stage for a power-packed six song encore of "Lost In The Echo", "New Divide", "Crawling", "Until It's Gone", "What I've Done" and "Bleed It Out".