Monday, March 3rd 2003 was one of the best days of my life, and I don't say that lightly. It was the first time I saw Linkin Park play a live show at Rock City in Nottingham, England and to this day, after about 7-8 more, it still sticks in my mind as the best live show I've ever been to, Linkin Park and otherwise. It's hard to sum up the energy of that show in words and describe why it's my favourite show of all time, it wasn't the intimacy Nottingham Rock City provided with its holding capacity of less than 2000, it wasn't even that the band were playing Meteora material for the first time as part of the LPU Tour, this is my favourite LP show because the chemistry between the fans and Linkin Park was unmatched and it's impossible to get a sense of that through writing words or even listening to the shortened BBC Radio 1 recording of the show. AUDIO - Nottingham Rock City March 3rd 2003 There are so many memorable factors to this show that span beyond the unique date of 03/03/03. I queued outside the venue for 8 hours to be the first guy at the barrier, front and centre. I looked like the biggest nerd ever with my glasses on and dodgy haircut but I felt proud and awesome to be rocking my Reanimation shirt, spending my time talking to other LP fans and resorting to I-Spy to pass the time. The wait became worth it as soon as Linkin Park stepped on the stage, the first time in over a year in the UK since their last show at the Docklands Arena in London, England on September 16th, 2001. It was brave of Linkin Park to start their set with songs nobody had even heard yet, but that didn't stop the crowd from immediately launching in to overdrive as soon as the opener Don't Stay kicked in; crowd surfers, head-banging and singing along to the chorus which fans picked up as the songs went on. The atmosphere was intense. What I recall most about the show is the band's genuine appreciation of the fans. It really felt like the crowd were connecting with the band like no other and lifting Chester out of the "shit hole" he was in that day, which he shared in a number of exchanges between the songs. The "KKKK" Kerrang! review of the show summed it up pretty nicely when they wrote: When Emma Johnston wrote that review, she wasn't lying about the sweaty part. One memorable moment from this show was when Chester jumped over the barrier to sing with the fans... right on top of my head. So there I am, sandwiched between both of Chester's legs and a security guy who charges in to pull him back. This couldn't get any worse, right? What's that? Oh, the security guard is now pulling on Chester's jeans and exposing his sweaty ass crack that is rubbing all over the back of my head. Awesome! The show definitely had its highlights but one of my favourites is right after the band play A Place for My Head and Mike addresses the crowd saying "Thank you, Nottingham, you have been a great crowd!", which is quickly followed by a "Fuck yeah!" from Chester. It's a small detail but that right there just summed up the whole show. Because today is the tenth anniversary, I thought I'd share my memories of my first and best Linkin Park show, but I'd love to know yours too! Feel free to comment in the forums and share your memories, that would be awesome. In commemoration of today I'm going to tweet some images from this show that I have never shown anyone else, much like the one above of Chester grabbing my hand. I literally scanned a few in from my collection this morning, so I hope you like a few cool shots from my perspective. Check our Twitter throughout today to see them! I've had the opportunity to see Linkin Park live many times; London, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham and even last year in the US after the LPU Summit in Camden, NJ. That show came pretty close to topping this one but I'm not sure if another Linkin Park show will ever be as special as 03/03/03, or if Linkin Park will ever best it in my mind, but I hope they keep trying to for as long as possible.