With Soundwave fast approaching, more than thirty world class rock and metal bands are gearing up for a tour of Australia. Many are playing sideshows: concerts with a single support band to allow fans who missed out on a Soundwave ticket to take part in the fun. Linkin Park are one such band, selling out Rod Laver Arena in what is days before the big event. Their last Australian tour was in late 2010, signalling a love of not only the country, but of Melbourne in particular.
Living Things', the bands seventh studio album, was released in June 2012 and received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. The experiment involved combining old and new sounds, basing lyrics on relationships and elemental distinctions. 'Burn it Down' is the title track, earning plenty of radio play and of a similar nature to hits such as 'What I've Done' and 'New Divide', while 'Lost in the Echo' and 'Castle of Glass' also featured prominently.
Renowned for their cohesion and impressive energy on stage, Linkin Park remain to be one of the best bands in the world, blending melody, rap and screams to create a sound that cannot be replicated. Dedication and accessibility to fans has always been a top priority for Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, forever praising their Australian fan base and promising to play here on every tour.