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Linkin Park, Snoop Doogg and Korn rock fans

It is said that you’ll like a band better if you see them life. I was hoping that would have been the case when I the Projekt Revolution tour Wednesday featuring Snoop Dogg, Korn, and Linkin Park.
After waiting at the will call window for about five to 10 minutes, I finally arrived at the Snoop Dogg portion of the show. I think I missed his first song, but I definitely was not disappointed. Snoop officially made it cool to be a D-Backs fan despite the losing the season. With all apologies to Andy Green, Snoop Dogg is #1.

The crowd was immediately feeling the Snoop Dogg vibe. He had them waving their hands in the air. About the third song in, he busted out the old school material with “F*** the Police.” He’d holler that and the crowd would holler it back. He also expressed his political affiliation as being with the “Gangsta Party.”

Snoop finally brought the ladies onto the stage. After the show, I talked to 19-year old Anne Angel who said she had fun dancing on stage with Snoop. After the song, it appeared that Snoop couldn’t get the ladies off the stage.

Nearing the end of the show, I felt that Snoop lost the crowd a little bit. He introduced his on-stage entourage, the back-up band, the Snoopadelics, and his deejay, DJ Jam from San Diego. The crowd just didn’t seem in it.

He finished the show with “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I? (What’s my Name)?” The sideshow started during those songs with people on what looked like tricycles you could get from the local Sharper Image and Snoop riding off on an electric motor scooter. For some reason, I was waiting for midgets to come out and start dancing.

None-the-less, Snoop Dogg put on a fairly decent show with “Who am I?” proving that he belong with the other rap-rock bands on the tour. Snoop pulled out the funk and really never let go.
I wasn’t really expecting much out of Korn. I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of theirs. When they blasted their first song, I could really hear what front man Jonathan Davis was singing, but they followed that song up with fan favorite “Got the Life.”

I could tell that Korn was built either for or from the MTV generation because during their performance of “Falling Away From Me,” they turned on the jumbotron and various cameras around the stage. The bassist, Fieldy, constantly had his back to the audience, but he was constantly on camera. The entire band seemed to play to the camera.

Korn eventually started turning out the cover tunes, they started with Cameo’s “Word Up.” My opinion of doing covers is that it’s fine that you do them, but do them in your own style. Korn sounded exactly Cameo. I was a little disappointed. A few songs later, the belted out Metallica’s “One.” The did such a faithful rendition of it that I think Lars Ulrich will be sicking the lawyers on them eventually.
The only cover that they did in their own style was Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2).” It started out sounding much like the original, but then they turned into a refreshing hard rock song. I found a bit ironic though that they had the crowd singing along. Not only were they singing along, Korn was displaying the words on the jumbotron. I thought it was funny and ironic that the entire crowd was looking at the jumbrotron while singing the verse “We don’t need no thought control.”

All in all, though, Korn put on a great show. One of the better all-out rock shows I’ve seen in year. Throughout the show, they played all the fan favorites like “Shoots and Ladders,” “Freak on a Leash,” and “All Day I Dream About Sex.” Because of a superb live performance, they have a new fan.
Lets get down to brass tacks here, the fans weren’t at Projekt Revolution to see Korn or Snoop Dogg. They were there to experience Linkin Park. As much as I wanted to get into an argument with her, Kelly Easton, 24, said, “I think Linkin Park is the next Nirvana.”

Before the show even started, Alex Roberts and Alex Hoptakene, 12 and 13 respectively, both said that they are living “the best moment of their life.”

Erin Wallner, 21, said that Linkin Park was “badass and awesome.”
I was willing to be the judge of all those statements. Going in, I knew maybe three of their songs, but I was keeping an open mind about the whole experience.

There was an anticipation that rivaled that of the Trojans waiting to see what was in that huge wooden horse the Greeks left on their doorstep during the Trojan War. The curtain was still up, but the band could be heard behind it. Once the curtain dropped, Linkin Park began blasting “Don’t Stay.”
The crowd was theirs.

Song after song, the crowd seemed to be totally in it. Linkin Park seemed to be totally in sync with the audience. It seemed they knew exactly what they wanted to hear. Linkin Park followed “Don’t Stay” with “Lying for You.”

In the middle of the show, Linkin Park played a song they said was before Linkin Park was a band. “Step Up” had the feeling that either the Beastie Boys or the Phunk Junkeez influenced it. They followed “Step Up” with “Go Down.” While they were playing, a dancer came out starting breaking dancing and doing back flips.

As with Korn, Linkin Park made use of the jumbotron. The band didn’t really play up the cameras as much as Korn. It seemed like they didn’t even notice the cameras were there. What did annoy me about the use of the jumbotron was they played videos during their songs. I don’t know if this is a new technique, but I guess they want the fans to pay more attention to what is on the oversized television more than them.
During, what I felt was one of the best songs, “Breaking the Habit,” there was a Japanese animation short film being played overhead. Linkin Park could have been strutting around naked for all the fans knew, since they were paying attention to the cartoon on the screen.

Near the end of the show, Linkin Park incited a near riot when they wanted all the fans to rush the stage and get into the pit. They must have forgotten to tell security staff about this because they were fighting the fans who were trying to rush to the pit. I have to admit, security really did hold their own during the manic five minutes or so.

During the encore, Linkin Park announced that this was their last tour before heading back into the studio. They then played a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Wish.” I go back to my previous argument, but why did they have to have a sing-along with this song? I understand crowd interaction, but please not this song.

After the pain of listening to the drunken fan behind me singing along to “Wish,” Linkin Park finished the show with “One Step Closer.” They left the crowd wanting more, but the house lights went up. I almost wanted more. Linkin Park put on a really rocking live show. I was pleasantly surprised.
While sitting in traffic waiting to leave, I took the time to reflect on the whole rap-rock experience. I came up with three conclusions: 1) Snoop Dogg is still the man. 2) Korn can actually rock better than rap. 3) Leave the cover songs to the cover bands.

AZ Central - September 2, 2004



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