Country superstar Morgan Wallen knows how to entertain a crowd, as demonstrated in last night’s (August 13) headlining show at the three-day Tidalwave music festival in Atlantic City, NJ. Although his set includes many expected fan favorites – like a few from 2021 Dangerous: the double albumwhich he currently supports – he also surprised everyone by incorporating Linkin Park’s beloved “In the End” into a bigger medley.
In particular, the mix of several songs eventually featured several other non-Wallen tracks (for example, Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”, Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down”, and “Pour Some Sugar “Def Leppard’s On Me”). However, Wallen’s decision to cast it with the Hybrid theory the hit was probably the most unexpected part of it all.
Or, so you might think. According to setlist.fm, Wallen has performed this exact same medley nearly 40 times to date, the first occasion being a concert in Rushville, Illinois in early July 2017. Over the next two years, he released it. fairly regularly, but as of last night he hadn’t done so since March 2019 (in Phoenix, Arizona).
Either way — and as you can see in the brief Country Cast YouTube clip below — Wallen and his band do an admirable job of making it their own. Obviously, the crowd agreed, as many of them sang along while waving their hands in the air.
Morgan Wallen performing Linkin Park’s “In The End” at Tidalwave Music Festival 2022
What do you think? Did Wallen do the iconic Linkin Park track justice? Did he create the country/nü-metal hybrid we didn’t know we needed?
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