Fall Out Boy, Lonely The Brave and Bury Tomorrow also play Saturday night of the festival in Donington Park
Linkin Park performed their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ in full as they closed out the second day (June 14) of Download Festival.
Before the band made their fourth appearance as headliners of the festival, a video played explaining why they had decided to honour the album, something that co-frontman Mike Shinoda made clear onstage would be a rarity. Shinoda – who started the set sporting a red Mohawk wig, in tribute to the hairstyle co-frontman Chester Bennington had when the album was first released in 2000 – told the crowd “This is a special night for us, we’ve never done this before.”
After the band worked through ‘Hybrid Theory’, they then played a second set that drew from across their career and included three tracks from new album ‘The Hunting Party’, including new single ‘Guilty All The Same’. Shinoda paused before the second set to joke with the crowd, saying “If this was 2001 we’d be done now!” He then showed the large crowd a finished copy of their new album and proceeded to throw it into the crowd. The second set also saw the first UK live airings of tracks from the band’s 2012 album ‘Living Things’, an album the band did not tour in this country. The show lasted for almost two hours and included 25 songs.
Linkin Park played:
‘One Step Closer’
‘Points Of Authority’
‘In The End’
‘A Place For My Head’
‘Cure For The Itch’
‘Pushing Me Away’
‘Guilty All the Same’
‘Burn It Down’
‘Waiting For The End’
‘Until It’s Gone’
‘Lost In The Echo
‘What I’ve Done’
‘Bleed It Out’
Two of the festival’s acts were forced to pulled out overnight, with Upon A Burning Body – who were due to play the Pepsi Max Stage – withdrawing due to illness, while King 810 cancelled their set when two of the band were arrested on assault charges and detained in the US. However, rising metalcore act Bury Tomorrow drew a huge crowd as they made their debut on the Main Stage. They played a fierce set that included a number of cuts from their new album ‘Runes’.
They were followed by euphoric rockers Lonely The Brave, who previewed their debut album ‘The Day’s War’, including airings of recent single ‘Victory Line’ and ‘Trick Of The Light’. Sheffield noiseniks Bring Me The Horizon also made one of their handful of UK appearances this year. The fivesome played for an hour and focused their set on material from their 2013 fourth album ‘Sempiternal’, with the likes of ‘Can You Feel My Heart?’, ‘The House Of Wolves’ and opener ‘Shadow Moses’, as well as older cuts ‘It Never Ends’ and ‘Chelsea Smile’.
Right before headliners Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy brought their ‘Save Rock And Roll Tour’ to Donington Park. Airing six songs from their last album, including opener ‘The Phoenix’, the band then played a set that drew from across their career, with ‘Sugar, We’re Going Down’, ‘Dance Dance’ and their cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ also played.
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Download Festival concludes today (June 15) with sets from with sets from Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Trivium, Steel Panther and a headline show from legendary rockers Aerosmith.