Linkin Park fans show their love - and expertise

03.05.2008
"It's good you guys know the songs better than we do," he told the crowd after the song was finished.
Whether they were exhausted from the day's muggy conditions or not paying too much attention, the fans didn't mind the minor slip-up. Linkin Park used that forgiveness to fuel an electric 19-song set that was the highlight of Friday's diverse Projekt Revolution bill at Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

Opening with the smooth crunch of "Don't Stay," Linkin Park commanded a massive crowd that seemed a bit weary before the headliners took the stage. Co-vocalist and MC Mike Shinoda's rhymes had more bite, and his supplementary guitar work on "Somewhere I Belong" added sharp accents to an already potent rock single.

Die-hard Linkin Park fans seemed pleased at the inclusion of melodic gem "Step Up," a track from well before the group was selling millions of records and playing to packed amphitheaters.
Bert McCracken, vocalist for The Used, who played earlier in the day, made an appearance during Linkin Park's final blitz of "Faint" and supplemented Bennington's screams with some edgy growling of his own.
The oddest inclusion on Linkin Park's set list was a cover of "Wish" by Nine Inch Nails. The track, pulled from NIN's brilliant "Broken" EP, came off more electronic and a bit less desperate than the NIN recording but worked nonetheless.

Earlier in the day, Snoop Dogg proved that he's still one of the best in the game. With a Brett Favre jersey on his rail-thin frame, Snoop and his live band, the Snoopadelics, got the crowd bouncing. It appears Snoop's early-'90s swagger has returned.

The rapper got one of the biggest reactions of the day with his hits "Gin and Juice" and "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)." He also led the crowd through several takes of "Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey, hey, hey, Snoop Dogg."

Korn got back to basics with a sparse stage and brooding set list, but something was lost in translation. Bizarre, encore-length pauses followed several songs, and at ground level, the bass-heavy mix was awful. Nevertheless, old favorites "Twist," "A.D.I.D.A.S." and the bagpipe melee of "Shootsand Ladders" threw the mosh pit into a frenzy.

Lead singer Jonathan Davis, dressed in his standard black kilt and sleeveless T-shirt, did his best to whip up the crowd, but the energy wasn't always there. He re-emerged during Linkin Park's finale, "One Step Closer," and offered his melody line from the remix featured on Linkin Park's "Reanimation" album.
Despite its flaws and over-$50 ticket price, Linkin Park delivered a package tour worth the price of admission.

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