NEW YORK – JULY 24: Musicians Mike Shinoda and David Farrell of the band Linkin Park speak onstage at the MLB donates $25,000 to Linkin Park’s Music for Relief Program event at Champs Sports on July 24, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Currently on his headlining solo tour, the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, Mike Shinoda is playing to packed houses every night on his first tour supporting Post Traumatic, his cathartic debut solo record. Shinoda’s solo shows have been less like a concert and more like special events, with conversations about the late Chester Bennington, mashups of Linkin Park, Fort Minor, and Shinoda songs, as well as a great support band in Don Broco. In other words, it’s not a tour you’ll want to miss.
While on the Las Vegas stop of the Outbreak Tour, Shinoda was joined on stage by Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, where they dressed up as the iconic rap group Run-DMC, for a special Halloween performance. In addition to opening the show with that band’s iconic “It’s Tricky”, multiple other songs were performed, including Fort Minor’s “Remember The Name”, Linkin Park’s “Iridescent”, and lots more. Check out photos and video of the show below. While it’s still unknown if or when Linkin Park will perform together again, it’s important to realize that Shinoda’s Post Traumatic is a brilliant work of art – and for that, it should be celebrated.
With the one-year anniversary of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington recently passing, it’s a reminder that the world lost a beloved musical icon. Chester won’t soon be forgotten, though. His one of a kind voice left an impact on anyone who would listen, and Mike Shinoda is carrying on his memory in the best of ways – by never forgetting his friend when he plays a solo show.
Embarking on his Post Traumatic tour, Mike Shinoda is performing a mix of tracks he’s taken part in during his various projects (Linkin Park, Fort Minor, and his new solo record). During a sold-out show at New York’s Gramercy Theatre, Shinoda’s set include a mix of these staples, many songs off the Post Traumatic album, and a special performance of “In The End” – where the fans rang out in unison during the late Chester Bennington’s vocals.
For anyone that grew up listening to Linkin Park, this was certainly a cathartic experience. It serves to elevate Post Traumatic as a work of genuine art that comes from the heart – and that’s all fans can ask for.
After months of anticipation, Mike Shinoda fans can now stream his solo LP, Post Traumatic, in its entirety. Featuring on the Linkin Park and Fort Minor frontman’s new album include grandson, K-Flay, Chino Moreno, and many more. The record clocks in at 16 tracks and 53 minutes long, and is a must-listen for any Linkin Park or forward-thinking music fan – Post Traumatic blurs the lines between rock, rap, electronic, and more, and really displays Shinoda’s superior talents as a vocalist, musician, and songwriter. These talents are on full display on tracks like “Lift Off” and “Running From My Shadow”.
Give the record a spin below – it’s sure to be high on our AOTY list later this year. It’s the musical embodiment of catharsis.