British rock band Don Broco brought a vibe much different than tonight’s main act. With a singer that I can only describe as being a caricature of Napoleon Dynamite and a guitarist that had
more energy than his body could handle, with kicks that would make a can-can dancer jealous, and two other band members that seemed more comfortable in the background, Don Broco was not only fun to listen to, but quite entertaining to look at.
The songs were catchy and as the singer was throwing his hand back and forth towards to the crowd it looked like the crowd was trying to high five him all at the same time. I can guarantee you put the singer and the guitarist on stage, take away the music, and let them do their thing and it would have been just as entertaining. It was a great way to start what was going to be an emotional evening with Mike Shinoda. With a very short setlist of less than ten songs, they closed with what they called “the sweater song” where they prompted everyone to take off their shirts and swing them around. Only a few seconds in the song and all you could see were sweaters being waved around everyone’s heads.
Linkin Park fans remember where they were and what they were doing the moment news broke out about Chester Bennington. The band was on tour and three weeks shy of their stop in Montreal. Everyone, including Mike Shinoda, probably didn’t know what was going to happen to the band, or even how they were going to move on with their own projects. I have to admit it wasn’t until the lights turned off over the crowd and the lights on stage turned on that I started to get emotional. I could feel my heartbeat and I didn’t know how to react, but as soon as Mike got on stage the excitement took over and I was living the moment.
We got to experience Mike Shinoda as himself, as Fort Minor, and as Linkin Park tonight. A man of many talents as a singer, rapper, keyboardist, guitarist, and mastermind behind the music. Having a drummer and guitarist in the backdrop of the stage, Mike was still up front and center. Between the songs, there were conversations going on between Mike and the fans, including us in the process of choosing which songs we wanted to hear. He mentioned having learned a few words in French like “super bien” and asking the crowd “How do you say WTF in French?” which I guess is the first thing we always ask when learning a new language.
When I set out to come to see this show I didn’t know what to expect, but it definitely wasn’t this. It was different than most shows in a way that is hard to explain if you weren’t there to experience it. Was it the connection we had to the music through Mike? Was it the connection we had when we sang together? Or was it every little moment throughout the show that made it what it is. Singing along to songs like “Where’d You Go?” by Fort Minor, or “In The End” by Linkin Park, we were all together living the moment but living it in a different way.
It’s easy to always bring up Chester when talking about Linkin Park, but we can’t forget that Mike is still here, he’s still fighting, and fighting for all of us, not giving up, and not disappearing.
This show wasn’t just about the music, it was about the moment we lived together during those 2 hours. I didn’t know exactly what to expect from the Post-Traumatic tour, but it wasn’t this. I have to admit that music brings out a very emotional side of me, especially live. As soon as the first notes of “Heavy” were played I broke down. The tears came running down my face and there was no way to stop it. I’m glad I got to live that moment surrounded by other Linkin Park fans, although I was too busy with my own emotions to notice if anyone else was crying.
With the show coming to an end and a few more encore songs, I felt like I wanted more. It felt like going to a party and seeing an old friend and not wanting the night to be over because you don’t know when you will see them again.
As he put it so well…this show was “super bien”.
Review – Jenny Watson
Photos – Kieron Yates