Mike Shinoda has done everything from playing multiple instruments to producing to singing to rapping, songwriting, and even graphic design. 22 years ago Shinoda formed a band called Xero with high school friends Brad Delson and Rob Bourdon. This band went on to become Linkin Park one of the biggest-selling rock bands of the last two decades. Linkin Park released seven studio albums, six of which were ranked between platinum and diamond. In 2005 Shinoda started Fort Minor, a side project, which released just one album that year. Nearly a year after Linkin Park front-man Chester Bennington tragically passed from suicide, Shinoda released his first solo album Post Traumatic. Shinoda began writing songs for the album after Bennington’s sudden passing July 20th, 2017 and on June 15th the album was released. Post Traumatic has guest musicians including Linkin Park drummer Rob Bourdon, Deftones singer Chino Moreno, and rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
On Nov. 2 Shinoda played the Hollywood Palladium with opening acts British rockers Don Broco and rapper Grandson. I was lucky enough to see Linkin Park twice. It was wonderful to see how many Linkin Park fans came out to support Shinoda as a solo artist and knew his new songs, Fort Minor's hits, in addition to Linkin Park songs. Outside the venue was a small shrine to Bennington and it was certainly emotional hearing Linkin Park songs performed live again by Shinoda with the audience singing Bennington’s parts. Shinoda started his performance with a “Welcome,” a Fort Minor song. From Post Traumatic Shinoda performed “Ghosts,” “I.O.U.” “Hold It Together,” “Crossing a Line,” “About You,” “Over Again,” “Make It Up As I Go,” and the final song of the show was “Running From My Shadow,” which included Grandson since he had recorded it on the album.
Of the 22 songs Shinoda performed nine were Linkin Park songs. For “In the End,” and “Numb,” Shinoda performed solo keyboard and let the audience sing Bennington’s parts. Shinoda’s tour ends November 17th at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Maryland with his final show of the year being Dec. 8 in San Jose at Alt 105.3’s “Not So Silent Night.”