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'Projekt Revolution Tour' w/ Linkin Park

(DTE Energy Theatre, Clarkston, MI - July 26th, 2004)

A tour this summer that finally lives up to its name was Linkin Park's 'Projekt Revolution 2004'. The whole idea of such a "revolutionary" tour was to bleed together hip-hop and hard rock and today they did just that. On Monday July 26, 2004, Clarkston, Michigan saw the revolution at the DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The Doors opened at 2:00 pm and there was much to do. The parking lot was filled with activities including a batting cage and the second "revolution" stage for the underground kids. The mainstage got under way at 4:30 pm when the energetic and enthusiastic Less Then Jake staked their claim. With their ska-punker songs, the crowd towered to their feet feeding off of their energy. Aside from starting the show with a sparking performance there were two memorable moments in Less Than Jakes set. The first one being when the guitarist leapt into the crowd from the stage and sat and even sang with the lucky ones in the front row. The second moment was when singer/ guitarist Chris explained with wittiness in his tone how the band landed the tour. "Guess whose place we took on this tour? Here's a hint: 'He did it all for the nookie, so here's a lil' cookie'." Yeah, Limp Bizkit didn't want to go first." Chris said. Less Than Jakes performance in the early hours of the festival was definitely the most stylish and made the expectations for The Used very high.

When the Used took the stage next the audience was ready for more high energy and enthusiasm. However the hard-rock quartet whipped through a 25 minute set which luckily still included their anthems 'Blue and Yellow' and 'The Taste of Ink.'

In keeping with the hybrid nature of 'Projekt Revolution,' Snoop Dogg took the stage next where he emerged from a giant doghouse. Snoop was backed by a full band which included a three-piece horn section. With the band onstage Snoops delivery of old favorites like 'Murder was the Case' and 'Gin and Juice' seemed to be pumped up for the occasion.

Korn was the show stopper that night and led by kilt wearing Jonathan Davis - who also displayed his bagpipe skills - their cover of all three parts of Pink Floyds 'Another Brick in the Wall' was the highlight of the night. Trust me, it had everyone - and I mean EVERYONE - in the crowd singing along. It gave me the chills. With ten years of Korn behind us, they are still going strong and I can't wait for the next ten!

'Projekt Revolution' is Linkin Park's baby, and it was now their turn to close the show. They were 30 minutes late on stage but once you saw it you understood. The stage had a giant video screen and a ramp that covered the width of the stage. Mr. Hahn, was of course on his perch above the rest of the band. LP opened with 'Don't Stay' from their current CD Meteora and ended with the pounding 'One Step Closer and, of course, Mr. Jonathan Davis from Korn joined in for that one. Along with a great stage show and their never ending devotion to their fans LP included anime done by Mr. Hahn and Mike Shinoda that appeared on the giant screen in the background.

Reviewed By Cori Sheldon





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