Carnivores Tour Review: Linkin Park | 30 Seconds To Mars | AFI

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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington.

Co-headliners Linkin Park and 30 Seconds To Mars kicked off their Carnivores tour on August 8 in West Palm Beach.  I caught the 2nd show this past Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

The opportunity to see one of my favorite bands live, 30 Seconds To Mars, is always something I look forward to.  Add the legendary Linkin Park to the mix, and I felt doubly-ecstatic.  How can anyone not be excited for that kind of line-up with a repertoire of amazing songs?  I can’t leave AFI out of the mix.  Although, I’m not all that familiar with the band, AFI held their own on that stage last night.  I’ll be downloading plenty of their songs this weekend.

In a recent teleconference with Linkin Park, the band revealed the decision to tour with 30 Seconds To Mars was due mostly to fan requests!  “It’s been a long time the fans have wanted to see us tour together,” explained Chester Bennington, lead vocalist for Linkin Park.

Chester went on to say how great of a band he thinks 30 Seconds To Mars is.  One thing they have in common with Linkin Park, is that they love to throw themselves into their audience when playing live–both figuratively and literally!

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Does anyone else think Jared Leto looks like Randy “Macho Man” Savage in this picture? “Ohh yeaaah!”

Jared Leto, frontman of 30STM, hit the stage wearing all white with noticeable polka-dot socks and pastel painted finger nails.  My only guess for the fashion statement was to match the band’s latest album cover for Love Lust Faith + Dreams.  If you’ve been to a 30 Seconds To Mars show before, you know how interactive Jared is with the crowd.  You literally become part of his performance for each song!

The band played plenty of songs from their latest album, like “Do Or Die”, “City Of Angels” and “End Of All Days”.  Jared danced around with fans he brought on stage, as well as taking off into the crowd fairly often to hold hands with some unsuspecting folks.

The energy of the night never died down from band-to-band, which is rare and awesome.  Usually, there’s always one band in a line-up you could do without.  Not this show!

Once Linkin Park hit the stage, the crowd went crazy hearing so many groundbreaking songs from the band, like “Numb”, “Crawling” and “One Step Closer”.  We were just as eager to hear songs from their new album The Hunting Party.  At the start of each song, you could actually hear fans scream with recognition, whether it was a track from 2000 or from last month.

It was really interesting to see some of the computerized instrumentation that goes into Linkin Park’s music.  The jumbo-tron closed in on Mike Shinoda’s fingers as he played so many of the iconic electronic sounds for their hit songs.

If you need another good reason to check out the Carnivores tour this summer, well, consider it a charitable deed.  $1 of each ticket sale benefits, Linkin Park’s foundation to support and raise awareness for the environment and natural disaster relief.

At Half Full, we love celebrities who use their fame toward good and send a positive message.  Watching Linkin Park interact with their fans during, and especially at the end of the show, warmed my heart.  They have such love for their fans and people in general.  You don’t get to see that side with many rock stars.

Words just don’t do this show justice.  Hopefully photos will!  Check out the galleries from the Carnivores tour in Tampa!

Click the images to view the galleries for each band.

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This article was written by Sandy Lo. Follow her on Twitter: @AuthorSandyLo.



  • Sandy Lo

    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.