The revolution had nothing to do with the Beatles. It had everything to do, however, with rock and roll. OH MY GOD did it have to do with rock and roll.
I just got home from Projekt Revolution at Nissan Pavilion. Now, we didn't stay for all of Linkin Park's set, because I'm a wuss and have to go to work in the morning, but still. I have some new favorite bands.
Of all the bands we caught on the Revolution Stage, only one impressed me, and they were the last to play. Mindless Self Indulgence. Wow. They were incredible. Witty, and energetic, and interesting, and not just the same emo-punk as everyone else.
The Main Stage opened with Julien-K, which apparently used to be Orgy, who I remember having a really awesome video for "Blue Monday" back in the day. They were awesome! And they played their song "Technical Difficulties," which is on the Transformers soundtrack :D But really we were waiting for two very special bands...
First off, Placebo. Now, I haven't listed to much Placebo, but what I've heard I've liked, and plus, part of the band was in Velvet Goldmine, which is one of my favorite movies ever. My best friend has listed to way more Placebo, and I will be doing so in the future. Cos damn. And yes, they put on a good show. Very energetic, which is extremely important but surprisingly not necessarily a given. And Brian Molko is just adorable.
The band my best friend and I were really there to see was next: HIM!!!!!!! Yes, the extra exclamation points are necessary. HIM is the greatest band since sliced bread. And, notably, Ville Valo was the first singer to hit the stage wearing something other than skinny jeans*. That's because he's made of awesome. They played wonderfully, it was actually better than either of the small concerts I've seen them in, because *gasp* it wasn't a crappy venue, thus Ville was happy, which made for much better on-stage banter. So wonderful. Jaime and I were melting all over each other. So good.
I missed most of Taking Back Sunday, but they opened with their song from the Transformers soundtrack, "What's it Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" They sounded pretty good from the merch tent...
Then the impressive one. I never knew I'd become a fan of My Chemical Romance. But DAMN do they put on an awesome stage show. They had pyrotechnics and everything. Also, the lead singer had on a black cavalry jacket with a sherriff's badge. He proclaimed between songs: "I'm the sherriff of fuckin' emo-town!" Oh yes. Very much the sherriff of emo-town. And yet, their music is really not emo. Not really much at all. Just their look, and their stupid stupid fans. But yeah, WOW. Amazing. Such energy, such a good rapport with the crowd, and hey, any lead singer that "collapses" to the stage and starts up with the bridge from Queen's Flash Gordon theme song is awesome in my book. Meanwhile, I need a cavalry jacket...
So okay, I know you want to know about Linkin Park. Yes, they were fantastic. It would've been nice to stay for the whole set, but not getting home til 3 AM just was not an option. But wow. Chester is a maniac. And I love it. I really need to see them again sometime. Really freaking awesome. Overall, the concert was definitely worth the money and the travel. Definitely.
*A note on skinny jeans: GET OVER THEM, PEOPLE!!! I mean, they're not even jeans! At that point, they're spandex! It's just not right. And we definitely saw more skinny jeans today than I care to count. And not all on people that ought to be wearing skinny anything. Mostly on girls who are oh-so-tragically-'80s even though they weren't even ALIVE in the '80s. Man, I can't wait til Grunge comes back as a backlash against the '80s revival. 'S all I'm sayin.