Incubus and Linkin Park, two of alternative rocks biggest acts are rocking across the country on the 2012 Honda Civic Tour along with opening act Mutemath. The tour started August 10th in Virginia, and will end September 10th in the co-headlining bands’ home state of California.
The not-quite from Los Angeles-based bands are from the neighboring cities of Calabasas (Incubus) and Agoura Hills (Linkin Park), and come from the same generation of alternative music to come out of the hilly area. But the similarities don’t end there. Both groups incorporate the same mix of electronic, rap rock, and alternative rock to their music.
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Linkin Park released their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, which met with commercial success worldwide and critical acclaim from less-than mainstream music media. In an era where Limp Bizkit was head of the late-1990s, early-2000 alternative music scene, Linkin Park was a much needed breath of fresh air with the dynamic voice of vocalist Chad Bennington, and rapping abilities of Mike Shinoda, accompanied by their heavy guitar and electronic sound.
Hybrid Theory was so popular and success it became the most successful debut album of the 21st Century with over 24 million copies sold worldwide and inclusion into several music critics’ must-have lists.
The song “Crawling” from the album was the song that actually got me into the alternative rock scene when I was 10 years old.
Although they weren’t able to recreate the same magic they did from the first album, that didn’t stop the group from trying. Their 2003 album Meteora enjoyed strong sales and reviews, but the album was not without its faults. The top critique of the album was that it sounded too much like their last album. If you were to play the both albums in a continuous loop without a distinct stop in between each album, you would struggle to know which songs belonged to which album.
Their next few albums were vastly different from their nu-metal sound, and ventured into the growing electronic movement occurring around the late 2000s with albums like Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and their latest Living Things. These three albums had the help of legendary producer and Hagrid look-alike Rick Rubin, who joined Mike Shinoda in the booth to work on the albums’ production.
Minutes to Midnight, I believe was their most mediocre and commercial album. The only purpose that album served was to make a cool background sound to Optimus Prime’s voice over at the end of the first Transformers movie. The album saw a transition from the deep personal themes of depression and self-conflict to more political themes, including war.
Not surprisingly the group used their fame and talents to become socially conscious. They have held benefits to raise funds for disaster stricken areas like Haiti and Japan.
Even if they all but abandoned the nu-metal sound, they’ve also added eastern instruments into their sound to give the band a worldly sound.
Their 2012 album tried to undo all the criticism of the previous album, and displayed a more evolved rap-rock sound to complement the synth-filled melodies. The album was not as guitar heavy as their original works, but the group instead focused more on the electronic side of the music.
The group’s latest album Living Things continues the trend of the evolving electronic rap-rock sound of the group. Their lead single “Burn It Down” is notable for its synth-filled, other worldly sound with the familiar vocals of Bennington and Shinoda. The reviews are still mixed, and fans should get over the fact that this band isn’t the same band from 10 years ago. At least it’s not Minutes to Midnight.
Luckily, the group doesn’t stop performing their classic hits. Fans who go to the Honda Civic Tour should expect a mix of the old and new Linkin Park, when the tour reaches their area.
Below are my fave-five Linkin Park songs and their latest single “Burn it Down,” along with the Honda Civic Tour schedule:
Burn it Down (2012)
Breaking the Habit (2004)
Waiting for the End (2010)
Honda Civic Tour Schedule
|Honda Civic Tour||Dates||Venue||City||State||Avg Price||Tickets|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/21/12||Palace of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills||MI||$93|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/22/12||Riverbend Amphitheatre-OH||Cincinnati||OH||$50|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/24/12||First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre||Tinley Park||IL||$101|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/25/12||Klipsch Music Center||Noblesville||IN||$62|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/27/12||Gexa Energy Pavilion||Dallas||TX||$102|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/28/12||Woodlands Pavilion||Houston||TX||$102|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||8/30/12||Comfort Dental Amphitheater||Englewood||CO||$95|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/2/12||Northlands Agricom||Edmonton||AB||$146|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/4/12||Rogers Arena||Vancouver||BC||$127|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/5/12||Tacoma Dome||Tacoma||WA||$86|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/7/12||Shoreline Amphitheatre||Mountain View||CA||$144|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/8/12||Home Depot Center||Carson||CA||$183|
|Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus||9/10/12||Cricket Wireless Amphitheater||Chula Vista||CA||$90|