Concert For the Philippines: Linkin Park, The Offspring, Bad Religion, Heart
"This is a really important thing, it's about people needing dire help," said Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, onstage at Club Nokia on Saturday night. "This is a truly remarkable event and the people of the Philippines are very thankful for your donations."
When Linkin Park plays their hometown (L.A., silly), they usually fill giant venues. But the idea for the show - billed as the Concert For the Philippines, benefiting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and put on by the band's charity - the idea was to play a smaller show before fewer fans who would pay more. To get in, attendees either had to cough up $250 for a ticket or raise funds through the charity's website.
It was probably worth it to a good many of them, considering the openers included The Offspring and Bad Religion. Oh, and Heart, who played a two-song acoustic set - "Crazy On You" and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Carry On." Though it was too short, Ann & Nancy Wilson's appearance was a big highlight.
For their part, Bad Religion tore through a 40-minute set that was crisp and energetic. Though the band was in peak form, the Linkin Park faithful didn't seem to give the 30 year punk veterans their proper credit. (Maybe they just weren't into the band's Christmas album.) Contrarily, The Offspring only played their greatest hits, including "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)," "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "Self Esteem," and the crowd ate it up. Singer Dexter Holland, who looks more like Billy Idol than ever, and the rest of the band were in good spirits and breezed through their set.
Turns out their were more surprised in store...
The headliners' set featured Travis Barker, The Filharmonic and Incubus's Mike Einzinger, who all appeared on different tracks of Linkin Park's set, which was about a dozen songs long. But the lid really blow off when Heart came back onstage. Seeing the Wilson sisters handling background vocals on "Castle of Glass" was a surprise. I personally would have been happier with a thunderous version of "Barracuda."
While there wasn't a big finale where the everyone covered a song together - along the lines of Neil Young's "Rockin in the Free World" or Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" - the concert served its purpose in raising awareness and funds for the victims of the typhoon.
Random Notebook Dump: To the VIP-badge-wearing dude who had to be escorted out of the venue after barfing on himself, don't think we didn't see you.
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Linkin Park's set list below
Linkin Park set list:
Faint (Ext. Outro)
One Step Closer (Ext. Outro)
Waiting for the End (Apaches Intro w/ UNTIL IT BREAKS V2; Wall Of Noise Outro)
Breaking the Habit
Castle of Glass (with Heart)
Leave Out All the Rest / Shadow of the Day / Iridescent (w/ The Filharmonic)
Numb (Outro 'Numb/Encore' lyrics tease)
What I've Done (with Mike Einziger)
In the End (with Mike Einziger)
Burn It Down
Bleed It Out (with Travis Barker)