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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington recently did an interview with NME in which he dismissed the value of outdoor music, particularly the festival circuit that’s spreading across the country. Bennington said “rock n roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face” and “the outdoor festivals kind of killed the live experience a little bit. The whole idea of seeing a rock band is to be in a dark place, with the lights, the stage -- to be part of the show. When you’re sitting on the grass and the sun’s shining, y’know, the lights are on? It doesn’t f***ing matter.”
Part of this could be that Linkin Park’s music is designed dark. Personally, I think the festival experience is colossally overrated in all but a few instances. The gold standard for the festival is Woodstock, which had some amazing performances, but if you watch the super extended version DVDs today, you can see tons of garbage acts swamping great stuff like The Who, Sly and the Family Stone, and Jimi Hendrix. Festivals are more enjoyable in retrospect. So, go Chester Bennington!
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