Transformers 2

I had a particular interest in this as Linkin Park contributed to the soundtrack, primarily with the leading track, New Divide, which I thought fitted in well with the film.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the film itself, it was way to long, I was checking my watch throughout the film, and waiting for it to end. Also there was too much time where the transformers were just fighting for no apparent reason, the CGI is great and it looks great, but it was boring.

Im not in any rush to see this again.

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Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight

As a huge Linkin Park fan, I had high expectations for this album, which Minutes to Midnight has lived up too. Linkin Park have took a chance with this album, something I deeply respect and believe it has paid off for them. The album is more mature musically and lyrically than their past efforts as it deals with political and social issues skilfully and subtlely.

The album is a real mix of songs, heavier tracks such as Given Up and the heaviest they’ve ever written No More Sorrow, energise the album with fierce brutality. Whilst softer songs such as Leave Out All The Rest and Valentine’s Day complements them yet still hold power over the listener. The album begins with the instrumental track Wake, which allows Linkin Park to show the listener that they have broken the sound with a more organic and developed approach than they have used before, which is apparent in all tracks until the album is beautifully concluded with The Little Things Give you Away, one of the bands finest moment.

The melodies album is sincere and beautifully crafted, and has been a breath of fresh air amongst all other recent releases which often lack proper melodies, they really have took the time to make this album special and have used as many tools they can from oboes, violas and pianos to blazing guitars and samples to add layers and complexity to the music, without it being over the top. A perfect example is the beautiful but not flashy guitar solos present on In Pieces and The Little Things Give You Away, that have been absent on past releases from the band. The music is then perfectly graced with Chester Bennington’s vocals, which vary from beautiful melodic singing to vicious snarling and screaming. Listeners who are familiar with their past releases will notice the lack of vocals from Mike Shinoda who takes lead for only 3 tracks: Bleed It Out, Hands Held High, and In Between, which the band have been criticised for but on the other hand some listeners may prefer. But the music defiantly has his imprint on, he also provides Bennington with back up vocals on many of the tracks.

If you are going to buy the album, I strongly advise you to but this special edition, the package is just beautiful, the best I have ever seen. The cover is wrapped in linen, with an embossed LP logo underneath the slip case over the top. Inside there is beautiful art and photos from the studio alongside the lyrics. Also included is a DVD, which if you get the guys goofy sense of humour is both amusing and insightful into the making of the album and to the making of their first video from the album for What I’ve Done, its defiantly worth the extra money.

Minutes to Midnight is a huge achievement for the band, and I congratulate them for it.

Projekt Revolution UK 2008

Co Headerliners : Linkin Park, Jay-Z

Support: Pendulum, N*E*R*D*, Enter Shikari, The Bravery, Innerpartysystem

Milton Keynes Bowl

The crowd wasnt familiar with InnerPartySystem but they did well, they played a great set, I would have been fine with seeing them play for longer.

The Bravery were terrible, they looked so uninterested and mumbled, you could hardly hear them.

Enter Shikari, I guess if you liked them you would have liked the performance there was tonnes of energy on stage and in the crowd, but I dont like them at all, the singer just cant scream. Not too mention the bad dancing and the rediculously unfunny drummer.

I didnt think N*E*R*D would be any good, but they were fantastic, they were energetic and put on a great show.

Pendulum were dissapointing, they werent very lively, people who have seen them at other times have said they were better else where.

Jay Z again was fantastic, he can rap so fast!

Linkin Park as usual was incredible, is was great seeing them on a stage so big, being a 6 man band they can really take advantage of it. The set was great, although I dont think Chester was as energetic as he usually is at shows.

As expected Jay Z came out for an encore and they played a little Collision Course which was a nice treat!

Linkin Park

Support – Biffy Clyro

Nottingham Arena

I really enjoyed Biffy Clyro, they played a great little set.

Linkin Park have adopted a curtain around the stage similar to what the Foo Fighters had when I saw them, I started talking to one of the roadies who was holding the curtain in case it didnt drop on cue, I saw he was peaking behind it and he told me they were hiding behind the curtain for some time, the silouhettes looked great, however the openeing song was What Ive Done, and I think it would have been more epic with a different song.

Linkin Park as ever were awesome, and I FINALLY got to see My December played live, as well as Mike single The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” I was stood infront of him and seemed to be the only one who knew the lyrics afterwards he looked up and gave his little Shinoda grin.

Yet again during A Place For My Head Chester jumped into the crowd infront of me and my new friend I grabbed his arm and held on.

Joe seemed a little bored up there, and on many occassions I looked up to see him doing nothing, however, they were great Chester pulled off every song and they filled the stage well.

Fantastic.

"Stay Back or the Ginger Gets It"

Today I finally saw Hot Fuzz, I must say, it was absolutely brilliant! I laughed so much, and I think its one of those when you notice something more every time you watch it so I can’t wait to see it again, I’m going to wait to buy it though until it gets reduced from the current £13.99 price tag. Not to say it isn’t worth £13.99 but I can’t afford that for just one movie. Simon Pegg was just so good, especially when he decided he wasnt going to take it and brought the sun glasses, the cameos from Steve Coogan, Martin Freeman, Stephen Merchant and Bill Bailey, were also fantastic, I’m not sure how well the film will translate to non-UK watchers though, but still its a must see.

I’ve brought a travel bag for my Wii, its really cool, and it’ll keep it all safe, I’m going town next week I think to try to sell my Xbox to Game, it says in store that theyll give £20 for them, Im not sure if they will but its worth a try then I can buy the Godfather game for the Wii. I’m currently addicted to playing tetris online, I need to buy it for the DS.

Also my Mum brought a CD from the Virgin Mega website, i was quite impressed by the service, it arrived no sooner, or later than items for HMV or play.com do, but it was wrapped in cellophane – which HMV lacks, and unlike HMV they dont annoyingly put a sticker on the thing they have a invoice sheet, like play.com, but theirs is better, because it includes a returns form, should you need to return it. Speaking of my Mum the crazy fool has already brought her first Christmas present for me.

Im really disappointed by the new Linkin Park (who are up for best group, best director, and best editor at this years VMAs) video for Bleed It Out. I think it was a great idea but the video didn’t match the energy in the song, so it kind of felt flat, plus half the band are ignored.

I cannot wait until Sweeney Todd comes out, Johnny Depp looks so creepy in the movie poster, and it looks so dark, I think its going to be amazing, his hair reminds me of Edward Scissorhands.

Sweeney Todd

I’m On LPTV!

I can’t believe I haven’t noticed this before, I watched it loads of times, but I was watching it and thought: “hold on, isn’t that what I look like?” so I rewinded it and it is, ITS ME! ME ON LPTV! We’re outside the Astoria waiting for the Linkin Park show in May, we look really grumpy though, but we had been queueing for 6 hours with another hour to go, so we weren’t in the best of moods.

at about 3:55

haha brilliant

Linkin Park

London Astoria

No support because again this was a club promo show, while we were queuing I saw Mark, who films LP while they were on tour, and starting shouting and waving to him like a fool. In return he made sure we were in LPTV.

The band were great, they didnt play as much new material as they did when I saw them at the Meteora promotional show, but it was still great. And Chester bent over and showed us his Superman pants.

video of us queueing: