Monday, September 17, 2018

U2 2018-09-17 Altice Arena, Lisbon

Mon, September 17, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena

The tour of U2 is: "eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour".
It was my 15th U2 show.

I arrived at the Altice Arena around 19:00 of Monday.
I had a VIP Package Gold Hot ticket.
I went to a 2nd row in the first balcony on sector 15 right in front of the big stage, almost at the end of the stage. Amazing view of all the show.
This time I got to see the big screen, all the story. On the first show I missed all the things happening on the screen. But this time I saw everything. Main stage, the catwalk, the E-Stage, the 2 red zones where Adam and Edge went there on 1 song. and I even saw when Bono left the stage at the end. He passed to the entrance just below me.

U2, played for 132 minutes. Played 23 songs.

U2 were amazing. I notice Bono lost his voice a few times. What I can say is that he needs a big rest after this tour. But they did everything for us, to the fans, to Lisbon, Portugal. They tried to speak portuguese a few times. Always cool to hear.
Even in the big screen the story was in portuguese.
Well you can check all the details of the show in the setlist below. Including 1 song they changed on the 2 days.

Here it is the setlist:



- It's a Beautiful World (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds song)
- Zooropa (extended intro with Charlie Chaplin speech from "The Great Dictator")

Inside Screen
01. The Blackout
02. Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)
03. I Will Follow
04. All Because Of You
05. Beautiful Day
06. The Ocean
07. Iris (Hold Me Close)
08. Cedarwood Road
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday (i+e semi-acoustic version)
10. Until the End of the World (with "Lord of the Files" and "Introduction" snippets)

E-Stage
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday Remix)
11. Elevation (Influx Remix)
12. Vertigo (with "It's Only Rock'n'Roll (But I Like It)" snippet)
13. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Fish Out of Water Remix; no guitar solo in intro)
14. Acrobat (with "Hall of Mirror” snippet)
15. You're the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic)
16. Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)
17. Pride (In the Name of Love)
18. Get Out of Your Own Way
19. New Year's Day (reworked version, no final verse)
20. City of Blinding Lights

Encore
- Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
21. One
22. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
23. 13 (There Is a Light)
- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads song)

In bold are the videos I made.

Videos of U2 (19 videos):

U2-I Will Follow, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/8uRKisH7Kyg
And the video:


U2-Beautiful Day, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/c3GKo52MlTI
And the video:


U2-The Ocean + Iris (Hold Me Close), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/dho8w1sDfEc
And the video:


U2-Cedarwood Road, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/O_Wkh0cYWk0
And the video:


U2-Sunday Bloody Sunday, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/JhNmCJB6_Vg
And the video:


U2-Until The End Of The World, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/Xa1YYziujKk
And the video:


U2-Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Cartoon), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/nugIyQVUJHw
And the video:


U2-Elevation, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/6_IVLtbtT04
And the video:


U2-Vertigo, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/pAYbngIkNq0
And the video:


U2-Even Better Than the Real Thing, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/mvdWXggnkmY
And the video:


U2-Acrobat, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/1XQJV0SEMbo
And the video:


U2-You're The Best Thing About Me, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/OqZIlMc8wS0
And the video:


U2-Summer Of Love + Pride (In The Name Of Love), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/6beWSWC8aFI
And the video:


U2-Get Out Of Your Own Way, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/bQBnMH25884
And the video:


U2-New Year's Day, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/Zwnvz2Sc-IE
And the video:


U2-City Of Blinding Lights, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/qeVZKy0gbec
And the video:


U2-Women Of The World (Video) + One, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/laBbo6QQbDw
And the video:


U2-Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/XJwAF32dBH0
And the video:


U2-13 (There Is a Light), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-17 HD
https://youtu.be/iJ9VR-k8210
And the video:

Sunday, September 16, 2018

U2 2018-09-16 Altice Arena, Lisbon

Sun, September 16, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena

The tour of U2 is: "eXPERIENCE + iNNOCENCE Tour".
It was my 14th U2 show.

I arrived at the Altice Arena around 13:00 of Friday, 2 days before of the Sunday show. Got a number in the queue, 35. Lovely number.
On Sunday after a night without sleep, talked a lot with some fans during the night on the beginning of the queue and even the security that were with us all night so we were safe.
Very hot day. Around 30 degrees. We were in the shadow almost all day but 3 hours before we get inside the Arena we had to go queue near the entrance on the sun. Hot afternoon for sure.
Around 18h45 we got inside and I went to Edge side on the left of the catwalk. Some of my friends were also there on front row.

U2, played for 132 minutes. Played 23 songs.

U2 were amazing. I notice Bono lost his voice a few times. What I can say is that he needs a big rest after this tour. But they did everything for us, to the fans, to Lisbon, Portugal. They tried to speak portuguese a few times. Always cool to hear.
Well you can check all the details of the show in the setlist below.

Here it is the setlist:



- It's a Beautiful World (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds song)
- Zooropa (extended intro with Charlie Chaplin speech from "The Great Dictator")

Inside Screen
01. The Blackout
02. Lights of Home (St. Peter's String Version)
03. I Will Follow
04. Red Flag Day
05. Beautiful Day
06. The Ocean
07. Iris (Hold Me Close)
08. Cedarwood Road
09. Sunday Bloody Sunday (i+e semi-acoustic version)
10. Until the End of the World (with "Lord of the Files" and "Introduction" snippets)

E-Stage
- Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me (Gavin Friday Remix)
11. Elevation (Influx Remix Intro)
12. Vertigo (with "Rebel Rebel" snippet)
13. Even Better Than the Real Thing (Fish Out of Water Remix; no guitar solo in intro)
14. Acrobat (with "Hall of Mirror” snippet)
15. You're the Best Thing About Me (full band acoustic)
16. Summer of Love (Bono and The Edge only)
17. Pride (In the Name of Love)
18. Get Out of Your Own Way
19. New Year's Day (reworked version, no final verse)
20. City of Blinding Lights

Encore
- Women of the World (Jim O’Rourke song)
21. One
22. Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way
23. 13 (There Is a Light)
- This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) (Talking Heads song)

In bold are the videos I made.

Videos of U2 (13 videos):

U2-I Will Follow, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/UF_NRUhxL1g
And the video:


U2-Beautiful Day, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/-uD5heZYLMk
And the video:


U2-The Ocean, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/9AWXtuJg-Rk
And the video:


U2-Iris (Hold Me Close), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/GLfpseQTCmc
And the video:


U2-Sunday Bloody Sunday, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/-HA7gX2Dr5Y
And the video:


U2-You're the Best Thing About Me, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/mNMu5lGuJdg
And the video:


U2-Pride (In The Name Of Love), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/rviPCv0_uWA
And the video:


U2-Get Out of Your Own Way, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/QwZpdJ-Qe14
And the video:


U2-New Year's Day, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/IkfjZyxpxRo
And the video:


U2-City of Blinding Lights, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/9gut3v0eF1Y
And the video:


U2-One, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/tI58ctUiKRY
And the video:


U2-Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/qyNIAgBjtBU
And the video:


U2-13 (There Is a Light), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-16 HD
https://youtu.be/AbUL3daIkPE
And the video:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

30 Seconds To Mars 2018-09-12 Altice Arena, Lisbon

Wed, September 12, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal @ Altice Arena

The tour of 30 Seconds To Mars is: "The Monolith Tour".
It was my 6th 30 Seconds To Mars show. Last show of the European Tour.
The concert was awesome. This time with Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Stephen "Stevie" Aiello (guest bass and keyboard player).

I arrived at the Altice Arena around 13:00.
Around 14:00 I got in the Backstage Area to the Meet And Greet with Jared Leto and Shannon Leto. Our host was Shayla. She was cool with us. Always trying to help us. Received the VIP Merchandise I had The "Kings And Queens" Package. They gave us some pizza vegan or pepperoni. I went to the pepperoni one. So good. With water. Ok! 16:00 time to finally see Jared and Shannon, the Leto brothers. They talked to us, around 150 people and replying to some questions. They also told us a few of their stories. They still talked about coming here again to Portugal in the summer of 2019. But they are still looking for places. But maybe a Camp Mars Europe. I took the photo with Shannon and Jared. Cool photo, a rock photo. Jared told me "ah, the rock guy", haha. On the Meet and Greet before I told them I like rock and even metal.

Before "30 Seconds To Mars" in Altice Arena, played Xande, he played 31 minutes.

I like his sound. The columns on my side were not good. Was not a good experience. But I actually liked to hear his music.

Finally was time for 30 Seconds To Mars. They played 87 minutes.

It was a great show. The band is not the same again. This time is Jared Leto, Shannon Leto and Stephen "Stevie" Aiello.
On the "Rescue Me" song Jared stopped and called on stage a portuguese singer named Diogo Piçarra to finish the song with him. Was like a big surprise.
On the "Walk On Water" Jared stopped again to help a fan. He asked for the people to open space in the middle for a security to go there help the fan. And then did the rest of the song.
On "Closer To The Edge" the final song Jared called on stage the fans. This time I was not so lucky. I was already on my way to the stage on the right side and the security of the band stop everyone right on the time I was on the stairs to the stage. The stage was full already. I had to run to the front of the stage and got the end of the song. Still took a few photos on that time.

Here it is the setlist:


01. Monolith
02. Up in the Air (Ext. Bridge)
03. Kings and Queens (Ext. Studio Intro; Ext. Bridge; No Last Chorus; Ext. Outro)
04. This Is War (Chant Intro)
05. Dangerous Night (Stripped Intro)
06. From Yesterday
07. Do or Die (Ext. Intro; Acapella Outro)
08. Love Is Madness
09. Hail to the Victor
10. Live Like a Dream
11. City of Angels (Sing-along Intro)
12. Rescue Me (with Diogo Piçarra) (Ext. Intro; Fans onstage)
13. Hurricane (No 2nd Chorus or Bridge; Last Chorus started Acapella; Shortened Outro w/ Acapella Ending)
14. Remedy (Ext. Intro)
15. The Kill (Bury Me) (Ext. Intro; Stripped Last Chorus)
16. Walk on Water (Interrupted to assist a fan)
17. Closer to the Edge (Ext. Intro; Ext. Outro; Fans onstage)

Note: Rescheduled from April 10, 2018. Soundcheck: 'Great Wide Open', 'Love is Madness', 'One Track Mind', 'Rider', 'A Beautiful Lie', 'Savior' (tease), 'Conquistador', 'Remedy'. 'Live Like a Dream' was planned after 'Remedy' on the setlist but it was played after 'Hail to the Victor'.

In bold are the videos I made.

Videos of 30 Seconds To Mars (16 videos):

30 Seconds To Mars-Up in the Air 1, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/uSFR9dIeyAE
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Up in the Air 2, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/1zmN4AZY_vQ
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Kings and Queens, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/8s--3oI-8z0
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-This Is War, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/BLUMAzFDmvo
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Dangerous Night, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/QI0oH_UKUpk
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-From Yesterday, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/oKAcnF9W4eE
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Do or Die, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/818cKgXCGD0
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Love Is Madness, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/KxZxsjFKNkY
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Hail to the Victor 1, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/yJHGiUcMfD0
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Hail to the Victor 2, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/VaGGpS5G1BA
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Live Like a Dream, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/1X6QAoy41Q4
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-City of Angels, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/MSBp57ZBQVs
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Rescue Me (with Diogo Piçarra), Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/EN51E--WKX8
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Hurricane, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/-fKlnCHOBw8
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Remedy, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/5fSFIaOjeHE
And the video:


30 Seconds To Mars-Walk on Water, Altice Arena, Lisbon, PT, 2018-09-12 HD
https://youtu.be/XrCxAvmk7cs
And the video:

Thursday, July 12, 2018

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (Beck Remix)

A Beck Remix video of the amazing "Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" by U2.

#U2eiTour #U2SongsofExperience U2 Experience and Innocence tour is here.

U2 - Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way (Beck Remix)

Directed by David Mushegain



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

So young to be the words of your own song
I know the rage in you is strong
Write a world where we can belong
To each other and sing it like no other

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

The door is open to go through
If I could I would come, too
But the path is made by you
As you're walking start singing and stop talking

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

If the moonlight caught you crying on Killiney Bay
Oh, sing your song
Let your song be sung
If you listen you can hear the silence say
"When you think you're done
You've just begun"

Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way

Love is bigger

Friday, April 27, 2018

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

New amazing video by U2.

#U2eiTour #U2SongsofExperience U2 Experience and Innocence tour almost here.

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

Directed by David Mushegain



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - Love Is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way

The door is open to go through
If I could I would come, too
But the path is made by you
As you're walking start singing and stop talking

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

So young to be the words of your own song
I know the rage in you is strong
Write a world where we can belong
To each other and sing it like no other

Oh, if I could hear myself when I say
(Oh love) love is bigger than anything in its way

If the moonlight caught you crying on Killiney Bay
Oh, sing your song
Let your song be sung
If you listen you can hear the silence say
"When you think you're done
You've just begun"

Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way
Love is bigger than anything in its way

Thursday, January 18, 2018

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way (Official Video)

U2 is here again with a new video.

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way (Official Video)

A Few Words from the Directors ‘Broken Fingaz Crew’:

“The video addresses the current political situation: 2017 for us was the year fascists worldwide felt confident enough to raise their heads again, encouraged by Trump and other world leaders, who use people's fear to build more walls and segregation.

The song is both a personal letter and a clarion cry to the global situation, and in the same way, we've combined our psychedelic pop style with political imagery; shot entirely analogue, using paper cut and stop motion animation techniques”.

Editor: Adam Albo



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - Get Out Of Your Own Way

Get out of your own way, hey, hey
Get out of your own way, hey, hey

Love hurts
Now you're the girl who's left with no words
Your heart's a balloon, but then it bursts
It doesn't take a cannon, just a pin
Your skin's not covering
And resistance
Love has got to fight for its existence
The enemy has armies for assistance
The amorist, the glamorous, the kiss
A fist, listen to this, oh

Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I'd make it alright, alright
Nothing's stopping you except what's inside
I can help you, but it's your fight, your fight

Fight back
Don't take it lyin' down, you got to bite back
The face of liberty's starting to crack
She had a plan up until she got smacked in the mouth
And it all went south
Like freedom
The slaves are lookin' for someone to lead them
The master's lookin' for someone to need him
The promised land is there for those who need it most
And Lincoln's ghost said...

Get out of your own way, oh, I
Get out of your own way, oh, I

I could sing it to you all night, all night
If I could, I'd make it alright, alright
Nothing's stopping you except what's inside
I can help you, but it's your fight, your fight

Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way

Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way
Get out of your own way

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Kelly Clarkson & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: The amazing Kelly Clarkson.
Awesome Kelly Clarkson in the Carpool Karaoke video. The first American Idol Winner.

Kelly Clarkson Carpool Karaoke
Published on Nov 29, 2017
James asks Kelly Clarkson to help him carpool through Los Angeles traffic while singing her classics and new music, and arranges for Kelly and her husband Brandon to have some quality time together.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

P!nk & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: The amazing P!nk.
Awesome Pink in the Carpool Karaoke video.

P!nk Carpool Karaoke
Published on Nov 14, 2017
James enlists some commuting help from P!nk, driving around Los Angeles singing her classics, and the two end upside down to prove once and for all you can sing better inverted.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water

Here it is the new video of 30 Seconds To Mars.
"Walk On Water" shot completely on the 4th of July 2017.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Walk On Water

[Intro]
(Do you believe?) Walk on water

[Verse 1]
Can you even see what you're fighting for?
Blood lust in a holy war
Listen up, hear the patriot shout:
"Times are changing"
In the end, the choice was clear
Take a shot in the face of fear
Fist up in the firing line
Times are changing

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
(Do you believe?)

[Verse 2]
Look at the sky, see a dying star
White lies, it's a man on fire
Making love with the devil hurts
Times are changing
A thin line, the whole truth
The far right, the left view
Breaking all those promises made
Times are changing

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?

[Bridge]
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water

[Chorus]
Do you believe that you can walk on water?
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?
Do you believe? Walk on water
(Do you believe that you can walk on water?)
Do you believe that you can win this fight tonight?

[Outro]
Do you believe? Walk on water
Do you believe? Walk on water

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Linkin Park 2017-10-28 Mashable, 'F*ck depression': Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington's life

http://mashable.com/2017/10/28/linkin-park-and-friends-chester-bennington-concert-hollywood-bowl/?utm_cid=hp-h-2#YObU_kdDFmqM

'F*ck depression': Linkin Park tribute concert celebrates Chester Bennington's life


Musicians from Linkin Park; Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Brad Delsen, Rob Bourdon and Mike Shinoda perform during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California.


Musicians from Linkin Park; Dave Farrell, Joe Hahn, Brad Delsen, Rob Bourdon and Mike Shinoda perform during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California.



"I don't have the words and I don't think any of us do," Linkin Park's pianist and vocalist Mike Shinoda told the sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night.

He didn't need them. The band, joined by a laundry list of famous friends, orchestrated a truly beautiful and cathartic tribute concert that was much more powerful than words. They celebrated the life of the band's singer, Chester Bennington, who died by suicide in July.

Helping fill the stage were members of popular bands who had their heyday around the turn of the century like Blink182, Sum 41, Yellowcard, Bush, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, No Doubt, and many, many more. Limited by no specific genre or style, it felt like the entire industry came together to support the band and honor the life of their friend. The musicians helped sing some of Bennington's parts or filled in on guitar in Linkin Park's songs, while others performed their own tributes.

Fans' countless crying faces were projected onto screens surrounding the stage, but the event didn't feel like a funeral — this was a celebration. Linkin Park's songs are dark and emotionally driven, adding a deep layer of intimacy between the band and its fans. It was hard not to choke up hearing the crowd sing powerful lyrics like "In the end, it doesn't even matter," and "Who cares if one more light goes out in the sky of a million stars?"

Every song, in some way, felt related to Bennington's tragic death and that much more meaningful.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn perform with Steve Aoki during the "Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington" concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Shinoda had once shared the role of band frontman with Bennington — on this night the responsibility was his alone. He proved he was up to the task, acting with professionalism and genuine love for both the music and Linkin Park's fans. A band performing without a lead singer may sound impossible — Shinoda called the concert one of the "hardest things I think we've ever decided to do." In honor of Bennington, though, Linkin Park made it work.

After a few songs to kick things off, the stage went dark and a single microphone stand covered in greenery was illuminated at the center of the stage. No one sang into the mic as the band performed "Numb," one of Linkin Park's most popular songs off the band's 2003 album Meteora.

After a few bars, the crowd came to the realization that nobody was going to step out from the back of the stage to sing this one for Bennington. It was on the fans to fill the void. The audience became a little closer with that knowledge, tension eased. Those who knew the words sang a little bit louder. The emotional moment appears in the video below, complete with chants of "Chester! Chester! Chester!" to close out the song.



While the music alone spoke volumes, musicians also used the stage to advocate for mental health awareness, which received praise and cheers from the crowd of over 18,000.

"There's been a lot of vilification of people with depression, and addiction, and being troubled, and being in the public eye, and being made fun of for the challenges that we as a huge community of people with notoriety have gone through. And it's an extremely, isolating, challenging journey to go through," Alanis Morissette said to the crowd as she introduced the song "Rest" off her upcoming album. "And so, for me, I just want to offer empathy to all people in the public eye. To all of you here tonight, to everyone around the planet who's grieving."

The crowd roared for Morissette, who's probably one of the last people you'd expect to perform at a Linkin Park concert. There was no ego that night. Nobody scoffed at the mix of genres or musical backgrounds the diverse lineup presented. The crowd may have been filled with rockers, but none of that seemed to matter.

Later in the evening, Bennington's microphone made another appearance as Talinda Ann Bentley, Chester's wife, took the stage to thank the Linkin Park family, the performers, and crowd. She introduced a new mental health resource, called 320 in collaboration with Change Direction, in honor of her husband.


Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.


Talinda Ann Bentley speaks during the Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California.

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"It is time to recognize that mental health is as important as our physical health," Bentley said to the crowd. "It is my mission to make it easier to have access to mental health resources ... Together we will build a recourse, not only for those suffering emotionally, but also for friends, and family members, and medical practitioners, who are seeking answers to questions about mental health, illness, and addiction, so they can best support people in their lives."

Bentley announced there were mental health professionals from Change Direction available at the show for anyone seeking help.

"Fuck depression, let's make Chester proud," Bentley said before exiting the stage.

While the show could have been somber, it was packed with energetic and uplifting performances, including one from Bennington himself. Using footage and audio from a performance from Linkin Park at the Hollywood Bowl in September 2014, the band played "New Divide" with Bennington at the helm. If I closed my eyes, it felt like Bennington was on stage, singing along with the crowd packed with devoted fans. The song, for a brief moment, brought Bennington back to life to perform one last time.

As the masses exited the venue they were greeted with a memorial wall, where they wrote tributes and messages to Bennington. The vibe was positive and people were in good spirits despite being stuck in an endless line of people slowly trying to exit the massive venue.


Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.


Fans write messages on memorial wall for Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, located outside the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.

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"I thought it was wonderful. I thought it was beautiful," longtime fan Angela Schippers, 35, of Moreno Valley, California, said about the concert after signing the wall.

"I just thanked Chester for all the beautiful music that inspired everyone," she said.


Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.


Longtime Linkin Park fan Angela Schippers signs a memorial for Chester Bennington.
 
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"It was so good, so fun. I go to a lot of concerts [and this was] one of the best concerts I've ever been to. And the thing is, I don't know all their music," Jason Wisch, a Los Angeles native, admitted. "It was poetic."

Before ending the show, Shinoda touched on a topic that was on every fan's mind: What will happen to the beloved band now that its lead singer is gone?

"You guys, we don't know where we're going from here, we certainly appreciate your support as we get there ... most importantly, keep Chester in your hearts and make Chester proud," he said.

This was so much more than a concert, or a memorial for a dear friend — it was proof that music can heal and bring people together for good. There's no doubt: Bennington would have been proud of what he saw on stage on Friday. Proud of his friends, proud of his bandmates, proud of his family, and most importantly, proud of his fans.

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Linkin Park Make Chester Bennington Proud With Heartfelt And Powerful Tribute



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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: Musicians from Linkin Park; Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn and Dave Farrell perform during the 'Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington' event at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Early in the three-hour tribute Linkin Park paid to late lead singer Chester Bennington, Friday night, October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl, the band showed a video clip that made the rounds recently. Part of the group’s effort to showcase the lighter, fun side of Bennington, the clip saw him singing a song called “Lollipops And Unicorns,” an absurd, if catchy little ditty.

After the clip LP producer/emcee Mike Shinoda quipped, “Did you really just sing along to a You Tube clip? If that’s the case you don’t even need us here tonight.” Yes, they did sing along to the clip, as they did to everything during the epic show. And the 18,000 fans needed the band there as much the band needed the fans there.

Back in 2004, I received a call from a publicist explaining that Linkin Park were on the road in support of their second album, Meteora, and they had been traveling with a great rock photographer Greg Watermann. It was near the end of the tour that they realized they might have a coffee table book, but they needed someone to write the copy to go with the photos. Would I be interested?

Other than the fact the band’s debut, Hybrid Theory, had been a monster success I really did not know much about them. But they were, at the time, the biggest-selling rock band in the world and to be asked was a tremendous honor. So I said I was interested, I got the gig to my surprise, and two days later I was on a plane to somewhere in Florida to meet them for the end of the tour.

Because they wanted to tell the true story of the band and in particular Meteora, the album that followed Hybrid Theory, I was given unparalleled access, including even sleeping on their tour bus.

One of the things I was also given was a bag of fan art and letters. This was intended to show me the relationship between the band, who did meet and greets after every show, and their diehard fans. Thirteen years later, Shinoda mentioned that connection numerous times at the Hollywood Bowl, saying that in the trying times since Bennington’s shocking suicide this past July the fans had lifted them up time and again.

That connection is deep and profound. Reading through the art and letters at the time I saw fans who said time and again LP had saved their lives or helped them through dark times. After the massive commercial breakthrough of Hybrid Theory, a rap/rock record, I had numerous music industry friends ask me if I really liked Linkin Park. The answer was yes and I cited the relationship they had with their fans as proof the band was much more than the novelty of rap/rock detractors wanted to label them.

So this Hollywood Bowl tribute to Chester Bennington was necessary for both fans and band. The fans needed the chance to celebrate a musical hero and the band needed to see if they could get back on stage as a five-piece and to say goodbye through music.

The night promised to be intense and emotional, which it was. At one point Shinoda called it a roller coaster of emotions and added no one was sure what would come next. It proved true throughout the incredibly powerful 31-song set.

When a mike was placed under the spotlight during the front of “Numb” at the beginning of the show and the 18,000 strong sang the entire song it was spine-tingling, moving and heartbreaking, words that came up again and again.

I considered Bennington a friend and as such I was dreading this show for the emotional toll. I spoke to another friend after the show who had also worked with LP and she used the words, “Angry, sad and joyous.” We both concurred that during the epic singalong of “In The End,” which Shinoda introduced by saying, “You are our favorite guests,” to the crowd, it was impossible to get through singing the song without sobbing.

In spite of the tremendous heaviness of the occasion, Linkin Park accomplished wondrous things in making this an often joyous celebration. The presence of artists like Blink-182, Alanis Morissette, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Machine Gun Kelly, Steve Aoki, Avenged Sevenfold, members of System Of A Down and more, as well as video tributes from Paul McCartney and Metallica, among others, added an incredible amount of star power and lifted the crowd every time.

But Shinoda was not wrong in calling the crowd their favorite guests. This show was about the bond between Linkin Park and their fans, all of whom were mourning the loss of someone they considered a family member, whether they knew him or not.

After Bennington’s death I read countless comments from people who said they’d never felt this way over the death of a celebrity. I read those comments in part to help me understand my grief. I knew Bennington, when we saw each other we were friends, we would talk, catch up, point out how good it was to see each other. But he wasn’t an everyday presence in my life so I wasn’t sure why the pain was so strong.

I’m still not, but I do know this show was something I needed as both a fan and a friend. And it was something that was necessary for the LP community. At the end of the night Bennington’s widow Talinda came out and spoke about how happy Chester would have been to see everybody brought together like this and lifting each other up.

She referenced, as Shinoda did numerous times as well, the hashtag that had emerged, “Make Chester Proud.” And that this night would have done so. Both Linkin Park and their fans have every right to be proud of what they did tonight. It wasn’t about a night of great music, though there were countless highlights and memorable moments, especially a devastating new song, “Looking For An Answer,” Shinoda played.

They billed this night as a celebration of Bennington’s life. But it was clearly as much about figuring out how to go on in the face of tragedy and coming to grips with the fact there will never be answers. Tonight, more than 18,000 people who loved Chester Bennington gathered to celebrate his life and legacy. It wasn’t a perfect night. One song the band flubbed the beginning and Shinoda said, “F**k that, we’re starting over. Chester wouldn’t take that s**t.” But it was a night of beauty, of power, of love, of incredible sorrow and of joy. So yeah, Linkin Park definitely made both Chester and their fans proud.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Linkin Park & Ken Jeong - Carpool Karaoke

A special Apple Music Carpool Karaoke video.
Today: Linkin Park time.
Funny stuff like always in the Carpool Karaoke videos.

Linkin Park - Carpool Karaoke ft. Ken Jeong FULL HD
Published on Oct 12, 2017
With the blessing of Chester's family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Miley Cyrus & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden.
Today: Miley Cyrus time.
Funny stuff like always in the Carpool Karaoke videos.

Miley Cyrus Carpool Karaoke
Published on Oct 10, 2017
James and Miley Cyrus drive to work while singing her biggest hits, playing High or Not High, and trying to make themselves cry.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

U2 - You're The Best Thing About Me

The amazing new video from U2 is here (6 PM). Today just a special day, also the birth (9:40 PM) of my 4th niece Sara from my brother and her wife.

So I dedicate this song and this amazing video to Sara and to my brother and his wife.

U2 - You’re The Best Thing About Me (Official Video)



Hope you will love this awesome lyric.

U2 - You're The Best Thing About Me

When you look so good, the pain in your face doesn't show
When you look so good and baby, you don't even know
When the world is ours but the world is not your kind of thing
Full of shooting stars, brighter as they're vanishing
Oh you've seen enough to know it's children who teach
You're still free enough to wake up on a bed or a beach

You're the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You're the best thing about me
I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me
The best thing about me

I been crying out, "How bad can a good time be?"
Shooting off my mouth, that's another great thing about me
I have everything but I feel like nothing at all
There's no risky thing for a man who's determined to fall

You're the best thing about me
The best thing that ever happened a boy
You're the best thing about me
I'm the kind of trouble that you enjoy
You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me

Why am I
Why am I walking away?
Walking away
Why am I walking away?

I can see it all so clearly
I can see what you can't see
I can see you love her loudly
When she needs you quietly

You're the best thing about me
The best things are easy to destroy
You're the best thing about me

Why am I
Why am I walking away?
Walking away
Why am I walking away?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Foo Fighters & James Corden - Carpool Karaoke

New Carpool Karaoke video by James Corden. Today: Foo Fighters time.
One of my favourite rock crazy bands.
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley. SO GOOD.

Foo Fighters Carpool Karaoke
Published on Sep 20, 2017
James and the Foo Fighters take a drive through Los Angeles singing the band's classics before dropping into a music store for a quick drumming session with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins.