When I was 18, my friend Nick told me, “Linkin Park… Remember that name. They’re gonna be HUGE someday.” I downloaded a few of their demos off Napster (yes, I was 18 that long ago), and I’ve been a solid Linkin Park fan ever since.
They released their first album and had a small show at Canes a year after that, and anyone who knew me back then knows what a sobby mccryface I was when it sold out before I could get tickets. They haven’t played a small venue since, but I was able to see them on their Meteora tour in 2004 from the nosebleed section.
Tonight, though, I got to see Mike Shinoda’s handsome face from ten feet away in the pit. My favorite performance was of One Step Closer, the first Linkin Park song I ever heard. Definitely takes me back!