Linkin Park’s summer tour Projekt Revolution is about to come to a close. I had a chance to stop in and check out their West Palm Beach leg of the tour recently and these guys rocked. And to tell you the truth, I probably enjoyed My Chemical Romance even more. Gerard Way was born to perform. But was the concert green?
Most of the green concepts that Projekt Revolution was planning on using were behind the scenes. Our friends over at Reverb set up biodiesel where ever possible along their route, and we were pleased to hook up our South Florida biodiesel buddies up with them! South Florida isn’t know for it’s “greenness”; that makes it particularly difficult for organizations like Reverb to find a supplier for biodiesel in our area. Sol Atlantic Biodiesel to the rescue! Our friends Lisa & Chris headed up to West Palm Beach to fill up 16 semi’s and 5 tour buses with B20 biodiesel.
First of all – wow – it takes a lot of trucks and buses to get this number of bands around the country. If you’re upset to see B20 (20% biodiesel), instead of B99, let me explain. The bus & truck companies haven’t completely come around on the biodiesel front yet. That’s all they’ll allow. However, each journey starts with a single step, right? Little by little, I think they’ll get there. It takes tours like this to get them accustomed to the idea of it.
As for the “visible” greening of the event, it was non-existent. Garbage cans everywhere. Recycling bins no where. Garbage cans didn’t even seem available on the lawn, where the general admission seating was located. And then, miraculously, as we were walking out the gates at the end of the concert, there they stood, a line of concert-workers armed with recycling bins. I doubt they worked, however…there were no trash cans to be found. That means that probably everything went into the bin, rendering the recycling function absolutely worthless.
Oh well. Though there could have been more “visible” green aspects, we’re happy to see Linkin Park and the rest of the bands touring with them try out different pieces of eco-friendly touring like biodiesel. And we’re very happy that when bands come down to South Florida, they now have an option to fill up with that liquid goodness.