Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park did not disappoint his fans during his first-ever solo show in Manila as he delivered performances full of energy and enthusiasm.
The 42-year-old singer-songwriter and record producer, who performed songs from Linkin Park, his self-formed band Fort Minor, and other solo efforts, proved his versatility as an artist through a showcase of his extensive musicality.
Meanwhile, Mike Shinoda couldn't be more thankful for the wild run of his Post Traumatic Tour. And for that, he could only utter words of gratitude to all the fans who made time to see him live.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been here. I’m glad so many of you showed up. One of the things that this tour has been all about, is just you showing up in person. I’m saying thank you guys so much for … I mean, me and the guys have always been grateful for your support over the years. Otherwise, we’ll just be making music for a hobby in our bedrooms,” he said.
Shinoda, who lost his co-lead vocalist and good friend Chester Bennington two years ago, went on to share how he almost decided to quit his career as an artist. But thanks to his fans, he chose to stay and share his music with the rest of the world.
“But not just for that because two years ago, I feel like I was just gonna stop doing music altogether. So to be able to be up here now at the end of an awesome tour cycle, I’ve been seeing a lot of wonderful faces like yours, I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart, thank you guys. It’s been an amazing feeling. This is actually the end of the cycle. It’s the end of this era and this moment. So I’m happy to be sharing it with you guys. And I don’t know what happens next,” he stated.
While Mike Shinoda’s Post Traumatic Tour repertoire was a mix of various songs he recorded over the years, fans did not miss out on seeing him perform two of Linkin Park’s timeless hits namely “Numb” and “In The End.”
Watch Mike Shinoda put a spin to the two songs with back-to-back stripped-down performances in the videos below:
Prior to his show in Manila fronted by British rock band Don Broco, the show first made stops in Jakarta and Taipei.
It was in 2018 when Mike Shinoda released his Post Traumatic album.