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One Step Closer – 03.02.2023 – Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg

On Friday the 3rd february, germany’s most successful Linkin Park Tribute Band played in the Colos-Saal in Aschaffenburg. We’re talking about One Step Closer. Actually, I’m not a fan of covers or tribute bands, I prefer the original, but I wanted to give the supposedly most successful band on the subject of Linkin Park a chance. I can uncover that much, I was not disappointed. But one by one.

Admission was at 7 p.m. and the hall of the Colos-Saal filled up more and more until it was packed just before the start. After I knew that I could take pictures during the whole concert and that there was no photo pit anyway, I decided to start from the back. It started punctually at 8 p.m. and due to my decision, I was able to see and enjoy a really cool intro as a whole. They started with one of my favorite songs, Papercut, which they really rocked. One hit after the other followed, but also some songs that I didn’t know at all. I realized that there was obviously still a lot of gaps in my Linkin Park knowledge. But that doesn’t change the fact that a 55-minute long and intense celebration took place here, which you could only enjoy.

Setlist Part 1:

  1. Papercut (Intro)
  2. Given up
  3. Bleed it out
  4. What I’ve done
  5. By myself
  6. Somewhere I belong
  7. Leave out all the rest/tridescent
  8. Lost in the Echo
  9. Talking to myself
  10. When they come for me
  11. Wretches + Kings
  12. Remember the Name
  13. Numb/Encore
  14. Numb

The break lasted exactly 15 minutes, but it also surprised the spectators a bit when it suddenly continued. What followed was a great show similar to that of the first 55 minutes. The only thing I missed was a real moshpit, but when they played Breaking the habit, it suddenly started. A little late, but better late than never. Before that tho, there was something special. Singer Lukas went in the middle of the audience to sing One More Light from there. I was able to capture the whole thing from the stage, take a look for yourself in the pictures. Great moment. Lukas then wanted to treat himself to his crowdsurfing moment of the evening during Crawling and let the audience carry him from the stage to the back of the mixing desk while he sang, only to then continue singing while walking from the back to the front again. After that, the band left the stage, just to come back to the typical “encore” shouts. They closed the evening with three songs and finished it with the song that gave the band its name, One Step Closer. After a little more than two hours, the evening was over and I was thrilled. The band can be recommended for hard core Linkin Park fans. I’ll gladly go and see them again.

Setlist Part 2:

  1. No more sorrow
  2. A place for my head
  3. With you
  4. 99 Problems
  5. Forgotten
  6. Lying from you
  7. New divide
  8. Shadow of the day
  9. One More Light
  10. Breaking the habit
  11. Burn it down
  12. Crawling
  13. Faint
  14. In the end
  15. One Step Closer

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