Honda Civic Tour: Linkin Park & Incubus Put the Pedal to the Metal
The 2012 Honda Civic Tour rolled into Camden, NJ last night for a killer night of music at the Susquehanna Bank Center. This year’s line-up featured opening act Mutemath as well as co-headliners Incubus and Linkin Park.
It was a pleasant evening when Mutemath got the evening started at 630pm but there was a storm rolling in from the West.
While hot and cold air masses were aligning in the upper atmosphere, the crowd’s attention was focused on the stage where two massive forces of rock had also rolled in from the West coast to form the perfect tour.
As lead singers Brandon Boyd (Incubus) and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) had mentioned in our interview with them earlier this week, there is a lot of cross over between fans of both bands. This was the first time the two had toured together and the feeling in the Susquehanna Bank Center was electric.
Incubus took the stage around 720pm to a roar of cheers from the audience. We weren’t fully sure what to expect from Incubus after not seeing them perform live in years but Boyd and his band-mates haven’t lost anything since they first hit the music scene well over a decade ago. They rolled out a slew of their hits as fans applauded and sang along (many at the top of their lungs).
After a short break between bands, the lights dimmed at 920pm and Linkin Park hit the stage. Once again, fans erupted with cheers and chants of “Linkin Park! Linkin Park!” Bennington, Mike Shinoda, and company wasted no time diving into their extensive catalog of songs. Set against a large digital backdrop, they moved around the stage singing their hearts out.
It seemed that the stage crew and Mother Nature had collaborated on the visuals for the night because just before 10pm, fire balls shot up from the stage as the sky opened up. Lightning flashes accentuated the high voltage sound of Linkin Park as the rain poured down, soaking fans on the lawn. While some of them ran for cover, most were troopers and stayed on the lawn, rocking out the entire time.
Linkin Park wrapped up their set with “Bleed it Out”, interjected with the Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage” in the middle as showers of sparks rained down behind them. After leaving the stage, they returned for a brief encore.
This show was everything we thought it would be, amazing from start to finish.
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