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Linkin Park Unveil Video For “Good Goodbye” From Forthcoming Album, ‘One More Light’

Linkin Park Unveil Video For “Good Goodbye” From Forthcoming Album, ‘One More Light’

(L to R): Chester Bennington, Pusha T, Stormzy, Mike Shinoda (credit Mr. Antihype)

Linkin Park have released the official video for “Good Goodbye” from the forthcoming album, One More Light. The video was directed by Isaac Rentz and features American rap star, Pusha T, British grime sensation, Stormzy, and NBA legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. One More Light will be released May 19th. To pre-order the album go to http://linkinpark.com

The One More Light World Tour kicks off July 27th. The pre-sale for the highly anticipated tour begins on May 9th. Register now at http://presale.linkinpark.com and the general on-sale is set for May 12th.

For more information go to: www.linkinpark.com

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Linkin Park Announces ‘One More Light’ Album and Performs Single “Heavy” on Facebook Live

Linkin Park Announces ‘One More Light’ Album and Performs Single “Heavy” on Facebook Live

Linkin Park – Photo by James Minchin

Continuing the tradition of reinvention and innovation, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock outliers, LINKIN PARK enjoyed another career first today by announcing the May 19 release date of their seventh studio album, One More Light and debuting their new single Heavy” [feat. Kiiara] on Facebook Live.

As the biggest band on Facebook—with over 62 million followers—the Los Angeles band delivered a stripped-down live performance and Q&A via the platform. Linkin Park invited fans everywhere into the heart of their Hollywood rehearsal space as they performed the signature smash “Crawling” followed by the first-ever performance of “Heavy” accompanied by alternative pop songstress, Kiiara. Fittingly, the show concluded with one of the band’s biggest hits, “Burn It Down.

“Heavy” is available to stream and download on all digital partners.  A lyric video for the brand new single on YouTube can be viewed below:

Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’

Pre-order the album One More Light  on linkinpark.com and receive an instant grat of “Heavy” (feat. Kiiara)

Watch Facebook Live performance here: https://www.facebook.com/linkinpark/videos/10154919594961788/


Linkin Park is the biggest band on Facebook, and command a massive Youtube channel of over 3 billion plays and 7 million subscribers.  Their first album, Hybrid Theory is the best-selling debut of this century, certified diamond (10 million) in the US.  They have won 2 Grammy Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 4 MTV VMA Awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards and 3 World Music Awards. They have sold out stadiums around the world, headlining some of the biggest music festivals including Download, Reading and Leeds in the UK, Rock in Rio in Portugal and Summer Sonic in Japan, as well as the distinction of being the first and only western rock band to play a 5 stadium tour in China. Their most recent tour was the band’s most successful World Tour to date – playing to over 1.5 million fans in 16 countries. In 2005, the band founded Music For Relief, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Since it’s inception, MFR has raised over 7 million dollars for multiple victims across 4 continents, including Hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan in 2010, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Linkin Park Perform New Single on Facebook Live Today at 3:00 PM EST

Linkin Park Perform New Single on Facebook Live Today at 3:00 PM EST

Linkin Park – Photo by James Minchin

Linkin Park will be launching their new single “Heavy” featuring Kiiara, with a special performance on Facebook Live TODAY  February 16th at 12:00pm PST.  Click here to swing by their Facebook page > 

The band will be performing the new single, along with a couple other surprises.

New album ONE MORE LIGHT will be released May 19, 2017.

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Linkin Park Offers New Video Footage From Inside The Studio

Linkin Park Offers New Video Footage From Inside The Studio


Linkin Park has offered up a short video from the Los Angeles studio where the band is currently working on their highly anticipated seventh album. The new album will serve as a followup to 2014’s “The Hunting Party.” Check it out below.

Linkin Park will also have a song pairing them with The Lonely Island, “Things In My Jeep” and it be featured on the ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ soundtrack. Pre-order the album on iTunes: http://republicrec.co/POPSTAR

‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ hits theaters June 3rd.

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Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor Releases New Single & 360 VR Video, Announces LA Show

Mike Shinoda’s Fort Minor Releases New Single & 360 VR Video, Announces LA Show


It’s been nearly ten years since artist and producer Mike Shinoda – founder of Linkin Park – released “The Rising Tied,” the debut studio album from his solo project, Fort Minor.  Inspired by his unforgettable experiences over the past decade and the artist within, Mike has just released a brand new Fort Minor song and video titled, “Welcome.” Among the world’s first 360-degree virtual reality (VR) music videos, Shinoda and his collaborators at The Uprising Creative in LA joined forces to fully leverage the power of VR. The result is a unique experience set in Venice Beach where everyone is invited.

Fort Minor is a solo project. It was born out of my earliest experience as a music and visual art fan. My influences were always outsider influences, songs sung by underdogs. I related to them because they were like me. And although Linkin Park was eventually embraced by millions, I eventually felt drawn back to the ‘outside’ – to reconnect with my voice and aesthetic as an individual. It’s modern DIY, fueled by technology, inspiration and ambition. – Mike Shinoda

WELCOME will create a moment to bring together the underdogs, the outcasts, the shy, and the uninvited. To go against the overwhelming divisiveness in our world by inviting people in rather than pushing them away. Through a buoyant, tenacious, confident tone, WELCOME speaks from the outsider to the outsider.  It’s a hip hop song with a punk, DIY ethos.

Shot in VR/360, the video captures the local community vibe of Venice Beach, where Mike painted a giant canvas mural with original design right on the infamous boardwalk. Director Jeff Nicholas and his colleagues at The Uprising Creative, captured it all with a GoPro-based VR rig. The next day, the crew used a similar set up to photograph the finished 12×80 foot canvas in 360-degrees, with Shinoda playing drums, guitar and keyboards on the track. The mural was later broken apart into individual album sleeves signed by Mike, that will be used for the upcoming limited-edition release of the vinyl single.<

Linkin Park Underground members get first access to pre sale tickets starting at 10:00am PST today – June 22. For more info go to: http://linkinpark.com/presale
Public on sale 10:00am Friday June 26th 
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Linkin Park To Launch ‘LP RECHARGE’ Game On September 12th

Linkin Park To Launch ‘LP RECHARGE’ Game On September 12th

Check it out!

Check it out!

Welcome to LP RECHARGE, a Facebook-based game launching on September 12th powered by music megastars Linkin Park (the biggest band on Facebook with more than 55 million Likes and counting) and gaming giant Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment that boasts action-packed sequences, unlimited strategies and a musical score by Linkin Park.  LP RECHARGE is set in the not-too-distant future where humans have depleted all natural resources on the planet and what little energy stores remain have been seized by machines and an elite minority. Players join cooperatively to battle their captors and recharge the world with clean energy.

Sustainable energy has been a priority for Linkin Park, whose non-profit charity organization Music For Relief provides aid to people affected by natural disasters via environmental and clean energy projects.  Music for Relief’s environmental program, Power The World, was created to bring attention to the 1.5 billion people who lack electricity, which compromises their health, safety, education and livelihoods.  LP RECHARGE reflects these concerns through thrilling gameplay adventures.

In addition to saving the world, LP RECHARGE allows players to unlock the exhilarating new LINKIN PARK x STEVE AOKI song, “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES.”  Check out the song teaser at: http://bit.ly/16HWcZT and REGISTER FOR THE GAME at: http://bit.ly/LPRechargeSignup to hear more and get a head start on playing LP RECHARGE!



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Linkin Park Designs T-shirt To Support of Music for Relief’s Power The World

Linkin Park Designs T-shirt To Support of Music for Relief’s Power The World


Linkin Park and Hard Rock International today announced the launch of the limited-edition Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 T-shirts, benefiting Music for Relief and its Power the World initiative. The exclusive line, a partnership between the Grammy-Award winning band and world-renowned entertainment and lifestyle brand, includes a men’s and women’s t-shirt featuring artwork by band member Mike Shinoda. These special-edition products will be available for a limited time only in stores and online beginning in August 2013.

Music For Relief Rocks!

Music For Relief Rocks!

“The most exciting part of our partnership with Hard Rock is that it helps people,” says Mike Shinoda.  “There are people in the world who cook dinner over fires and people who have to perform emergency surgery at night via candlelight. The proceeds of this shirt will buy clean-energy cook stoves for families who only have access to dirty cooking materials which are bad for the environment and bad for their health. It will buy ‘solar suitcases’ to power things like hospital lights and medical devices in remote areas of the world without energy access. By dedicating funds to Music for Relief, this Hard Rock t-shirt project promotes sustainable energy awareness and helps people who need it.”

A portion of the retail price from sales of Hard Rock’s Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 T-shirt will benefit Music for Relief, a non-profit organization founded by Linkin Park, and its Power the World campaign. Worldwide more than one billion people have no access to electricity; compromising health, education, safety and livelihoods. Linkin Park and Music for Relief launched Power the World to raise awareness about what it means to live without energy access and to highlight innovative clean energy solutions. Visit www.powertheworld.org for additional details.

Hard Rock’s Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 T-shirts will be available online at www.hardrock.com and at Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel and Casino locations worldwide beginning in August 2013.

  • Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 Men’s T-shirt features an updated version of the well-recognized LP logo accompanied by animated artist-created designs.  Signatures of each member of the band are printed on the center back neck along with a city-specific Hard Rock logo. This short sleeve, black t-shirt is available in men’s sizes S-XL.  15% of the retail price will benefit Music for Relief. ($ 26 USD).
  • Linkin Park Signature Series: Edition 31 Women’s T-shirt features an updated version of the well-recognized LP logo accompanied by animated artist-created designs.  Signatures of each member of the band are printed on the center back neck along with a city-specific Hard Rock logo. This fitted, short sleeve, purple t-shirt is available in women’s sizes S-XL.  15% of the retail price will benefit Music for Relief. ($ 26 USD).

“Since the inception of Hard Rock’s Signature Series lineup in 1990, it has been our honor to support deserving charitable organizations worldwide with the help influential artists like Linkin Park,” said Alex Merchan, Senior Director of Marketing, Hard Rock International. “We are deeply moved by Linkin Park’s efforts to raise awareness and relief for those in need through Music for Relief and the Power the World campaign. These initiatives align seamlessly with Hard Rock International’s mantras, “Save the Planet” and “Love All, Serve All,” and signify the start of a meaningful and enduring philanthropic relationship.”

Hard Rock’s Signature Series Lineup

Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are reproduced onto T-shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist’s preferred charity. Linkin Park joins a legendary roster of music icons – from U2, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, to Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.

For additional event details please visit www.hardrock.com.


About Music for Relief

Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters.  Since its inception in 2005, Music for Relief has brought musicians, music industry professionals, and fans together to help survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, hurricane Katrina, China’s Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake & tsunami in Japan. Music for Relief also supports environmental programs as a means of disaster risk mitigation including the planting of over 1 million trees to help reduce global warming.  In support of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, Music for Relief and Linkin Park launched Power the World to help bring clean energy solutions to the 1.3 Billion people worldwide who have no access to electricity. www.musicforrelief.orgwww.powertheworld.org.


About Linkin Park

LINKIN PARK is a Grammy-Award-winning, multi-platinum alternative rock band comprised of co-lead vocalist, Chester Bennington, drummer/percussionist, Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, DJ, programmer Joe Hahn and  Mike Shinoda – co-lead vocals, keyboards, guitar. The band has sold over 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook – with over 45 million fans and counting. In the span of time since 2000, when Linkin Park debuted on the Billboard 200 – no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative chart and, with the release of their latest album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings /Warner Bros), which reached #1 in over 20 countries, no other band has achieved more  #1 albums this century. In 2005, Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a 501 © (3) non-profit organization that has raised over 5 million dollars for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects. www.linkinpark.com


About LPU:

Each year the LP Underground offers members access to a community of dedicated Linkin Park fans from around the world. Membership to the LPU is the best way to get direct access to Linkin Park fans from around the world. Membership to the LPU is the best way to get direct access to Linkin Park and be part of the central meeting-place for the LP community. Fans receive membership perks online, at concerts and at special events, such as early entry into Linkin Park shows and access to pre-sale tickets. Membership to LPU allows fans into the Linkin Park family by providing them access to the band, merchandise, exclusive music and other offers. Linkin Park’s official fan club launches it’s 12th year on November 15. If you pre-order LPU12 between October 15 and October 31, you will automatically be entered to win a flyaway to a special Linkin Park performance in Los Angeles. 10 second place runner-ups will receive a limited edition prize pack. To pre-order your LPU membership today, visitwww.LPUngerground.com.


About Hard Rock International

With a total of 174 venues in 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 hotels and 7 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Johannesburg, San José, Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Ibiza, Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, Aruba, Riviera Maya, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

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Chester Bennington and Brandon Boyd Talk The 2012 Honda Civic Tour

Chester Bennington and Brandon Boyd Talk The 2012 Honda Civic Tour

The Honda Civic Tour is set to launch it’s 11th run, which will kick off on August 11th in Bristow, Virginia at the Jiffy Lube Live amphitheatre. This year’s co-headliners are platinum alternative rock bands Linkin Park and Incubus. When two of the world’s biggest bands team up, it is sure to be one of the hottest tickets around! To help spread the word on the tour, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd recently participated in a teleconference with journalists to discuss the upcoming tour, what the future holds for both bands and much more. Get the scoop below!

A can’t miss tour!

On what can fans expect from this year’s Honda Civic Tour:

Chester Bennington: I think that for us, I mean, really, I think the most special thing about this tour is the fact that you have two headlining bands singing together on one bill, which typically can be kind of hard to do, specifically, because usually when you’re in a position to headline a tour of this kind, you know, there’s only room for one headlining band usually. So the fact that Incubus gets to come out and perform a full headlining set and Soul Production and Linkin Park gets to come out and perform our full headlining set with personal production and everything is kind of special. But also, we kind of don’t really look at what the other artists have done on these tours and kind of go, OK, what do we think we should do. You know, we’re just going to go out and do what our fans want from us which is, you know, play songs that they’re familiar with and catch up on some on the new music and become familiar with that. So really I think from Linkin Park’s standpoint, we’re just going to come out and put on the highest-energy show we can. And incorporate as much of the new music as possible. And I’m expecting that Incubus will probably do the same.

Brandon Boyd: I think that, I just think it’s a good moment and a great opportunity to have kind of just a, you know, two big giant rock & roll bands sharing a stage, I just think that’s going to be better than either of us would do in our own show, it’s like there’s, it’s two headlining sets, including Mute Mass [Sounds Like] which is going to be a good time as well. So it’s almost like a minifestival, which is amazing. And Incubus has done a Honda Civic-sponsored tour before. It may have been one of Honda Civic’s first ones, I’m not sure, but that was like, over 10 years ago. And I remember it being really really great. And I think the listeners and friends and fans and family who came out to those shows had a really great experience, too. So I know that we as a band are really looking forward to doing it again this year. And personally, this will be the end of our touring cycle for our newest record, and so we’re looking forward to just making some music and I’m very much looking forward to seeing Linkin Park with my own eyes for the first time since… in over 10 years ago as well. So I think it’s going to be fun to be able to see you guys every night.

On Linkin Park and Incubus finally teaming up for a tour:

Brandon Boyd: I personally think it’s an occasion that’s kind of long overdue. We have a lot of mutual listeners, our bands, and I think that it’s one of those things that once the idea was floated, and we really kind of caught onto it, that it seemed like, Why haven’t we done this yet, type of a thing. Linkin Park has a considerably larger reach than Incubus has had, and I think it’s going to be wonderful for us as a band to play in front of more people. [laughs] So we definitely appreciate the opportunity there. But I personally think that it’s just going to be great because of that sort of, because of the carryover between the listeners, you know there are a lot of Linkin Park listeners who are also Incubus listeners and vice versa. But we’ve never done something like this before. So as far as the feedback is concerned from people around the world-—Incubus has been on tour for the past year—once this tour was announced it’s been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. So I’m really excited for it to get started.

Chester Bennington: Thank you, Brandon. I agree. I think that, um, it’s funny because in Linkin Park we all have the things that we do better than other guys do, so for example I’m really bad at reading long-form legal documents [laughter].

Brandon Boyd: You are?! [laughing]

Chester Bennington: Like I just don’t, like, get, and most of it doesn’t make any sense to me anyways. You know, there are guys in the band who are much better and more qualified to kind of go through that process than me. So one of the places that I actually can contribute some skill or input that matters is on touring. Typically I’ve been pretty, even in my loosest form, I’ve been involved in figuring out who we tour with for a long time. And so, I swear, it feels like I’ve probably tried to figure out a way to get Linkin Park and Incubus on the road together at least once per cycle since probably Meteora [Sounds Like]. It just goes to show how difficult it can be to actually get two headlining groups together. Kind of going back to that first question, you know, it was surprising to me that we haven’t actually done more touring with Incubus than we have in the last 15 years. Fourteen years. So for the fact that like we do share such a big, I think, group of fans that kind of listen to both bands, I still feel like there’s a large number of people that, um, are Incubus fans that never really got into Linkin Park, or kind of vice versa. But I think that there’s a common interest there. And so I feel like that’s one of the things that’s been so positive, overwhelmingly positive, about everyone’s response to our bands going on tour together is that I think it gives both of our fans something that they’ve wanted for a long time, which is to see Incubus and go see Linkin Park, because I think they’ve had to choose a lot of times on which band they’re going to go see because we’ve both been on tour. Or when we’re on tour in the U.S., Incubus is off in the Pacific Rim, hopping all over Asia or somewhere in Europe and we’re down in Asia. It just never works out. So I think the fact that they’re ending their cycle and we’re kind of beginning ours and this is a very specific time in our career that things have lined up for us to be able to do a tour like this together. We get to go out and just fully express ourselves as artists and really do whatever we want to do this energy we feel our fans are going to want. I think that that’s something that’s really special. And so I’m very appreciative to the people on the Civic tour. You know, having the vision to kind of understand, that this is something that is rare and is something that, um, you know, people are going to be excited to go see. You know you never get to go see Bon Jovi and Kiss at the same time.

Chester Bennington: Yeah, this to me feels as exciting as a lot of the concerts that I would be excited to go to when I was a kid. That was I think one of the reasons why Lollapalooza when I was young became so important so quickly. It was because it was the only place that you could go see, you know, the Chili Peppers and Ministry and, you know, Pearl Jam and all these bands play together. And Ice Cube. But there’s no way you were going to see all these bands together, you know? And that’s been the inspiration for modern festivals and I think that the fact that this does kind of feel like a little minifestival even though there are only three bands [laughs]. It does have that feeling of something that’s going to be a show that you wanna go see. Cuz it’s got something special. I’m excited. Honestly I think that, I also hope that our bands can walk away inspired from each other. You know? I’ve always appreciated Incubus for their music. And they’re also very good live. I’ve had the chance to pop over and watch them play a couple songs onstage here and there at some festivals throughout our career and they’re a great live band. So I think the energy is going to be really amazing out in the crowd. So I would actually like to be down there to watch the show but I don’t know if that’s going to be possible. [chuckles]

Brandon Boyd: It’s time to start training an understudy and then, uh, do some plastic surgery on him, and then sneak into the crowd.

Chester Bennington: Exactly. I think that would actually be cheaper than a hologram.

Brandon Boyd: That’s right, get a hologram of yourself and then you can, uh… [laughing]

Chester Bennington: That would be great, though. I’m just putting it out there. If anyone does have the hologram technology, and it looks real, I would be open to taking the hologram out on the road.

Brandon Boyd: Right.

Brandon Boyd on what is next for Incubus following the Honda Civic tour:

Brandon Boyd: As far as that’s concerned, we have no plans, to tell you the truth at the moment. We are, for the first time since 1996, we are free agents again. We’re without a record label. So what we’re kind of doing is trying to get our bearings as to what we should do next, just as a band but also as a band that is kind of off in new territory again. So I have been tinkering around potentially with a second solo record. That’s probably the most likely scenario. But as far as Incubus right now, we’ll probably take another break. Hopefully it won’t be as long. But what we like to do is arrive with the best of intentions and try and create music from a sense of urgency as well as purity and not necessarily based on a schedule. I know that that can be a little bit frustrating for our listeners and stuff. But I think that we’ll make better music as a result. So the plan is to have no plan.

On a potential new record deal for Incubus:

Brandon Boyd: We definitely got a taste of what it’s going to be like without a record label on this latest album cycle with” If Not Now, When?”. Though we were still signed to Epic Records there was a lot of sort of changing of the guards going on with LA Reid being the new president and he wasn’t quite there yet, even though he was technically the guy on the TV show and there was a real lack of direction and leadership when we kind of needed it the most. [laughs] So it was hard and it was frustrating but it was also very telling for us and perhaps educational. Because what we were forced to do was we were forced into ingenuity. And so we came up with this idea to set up shop in this art gallery in Los Angeles and do the Incubus HQ and fly listeners in from different corners of the world and do these live broadcasts on the Internet. And so we started getting these ideas about subscription-based live concerts online and it ended up being a really scary and stressful project, but the fruits of it are still kind of revealing themselves. We have this HQ box set that we’re putting out and the DVD set comes out I think August 14 is the release date. There’s like the superfan all six nights on DVD mixed in 5.1 with the CDs and pieces of canvases that people were drawing on in the room while we were playing music. Like I said, it’s forced us to think outside of that normal music industry paradigm that we had gotten so accustomed to. And so in that sense the lack of attention from our record label and the end days of our record label relationship were really good and very beneficial for us as a band because it gave us a sense of what we might be doing in the coming years. So I’m personally very excited about being in complete control, of being able to be a total control freak. It doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t sign with another record label at some point but it would definitely have to be very, very specific. [laughs] Not get into just a good old-fashioned record deal again, if they even exist.

Chester Bennington on what is next for Linkin Park following the Honda Civic tour:

Usually in the beginning of the touring cycle we kind of focus on what we’re going to be doing with the new music. You know, touring at this point, for us, is pretty awesome because, you know, and at the same time it works against you to a certain degree. Because I realized the other day, I was thinking about it, why is it more difficult to get, um, casual fans into new music? I think it’s because when we started touring it was just Hybrid Theory and Hybrid Theory was like 36 minutes long. So basically you know when you’re headlining a tour, we started out opening shows which was great because we played for 15 minutes and then leave, 25 minutes and leave. So when we got to the point where people fell in love with what we were doing and were listening to us and we were the headlining band, we were forced to play our entire record. Like, every single night. And so people were I think falling in love with the record in a different way. And even with Meteora, like, um, once we had that record it was like, OK, we basically have enough music to fill a proper headlining set. And so we’ve essentially played both records all the way through for our entire first five years, six years of touring. And so once you get to that point where you have a bunch of songs that people have heard on the radio, and it becomes more, you know, less about playing everything you have and more about playing the songs that people are familiar with. We’re at that point now where it’s like, we’ve been around for over a decade, that makes it sound more important, I think. [laughter]

We’ve been around for over 10 years and we’ve been, this is our fifth record, we’ve been fortunate to have a lot of songs that do really well off of our records and so, you know, a lot of people come there to hear the songs that they know. And adding in new material becomes something that is a little bit more difficult for us over the last few records because most of the songs that are really great are like, midtempo songs. And Linkin Park isn’t the band that you go to see, you know, chairs on the floor in the arena. That’s, no one wants to come to a Linkin Park show and stand there and look at the band and listen to beautiful music. People want that but they also want to be kicked in the face and they want to, you know, run into each other and they want to jump up and down and sing and have a really great, high-energy time. And so being able to incorporate a lot of new material into our set just felt like it was bringing too much of the energy down. So I think what we’re doing on this tour is like with the new record, the new record has so much energy that we feel like we could add a bunch of new music to the set and people will be stoked about it. Casual fans are there to hear the three songs that they love, and go “Oh yeah, I didn’t know they did this song too!” Those fans will actually enjoy hearing the new music at these shows.

Chester Bennington

Right now at this point we’re focused on making sure the new material is up to speed and that we’re familiar with it enough to go and play it live. And then at that point, you know, once that kind of calms down that’s usually when the creative process starts to kick in. Because now we’re not creating a show and we’re working on learning new music. Cuz that’s something we don’t do, we don’t sit and jam, we don’t hang out as a band and write music together. That’s just not what we do. So a lot of our connection time and what you would think would be stereotypical band moment time really comes from when we’re learning these new songs and rehearsing and going out and playing these new songs as a set for the first time. And then everything’s new and fresh and I think because we’re adding so much of the new record over the next few months to our live set, that’s what we’re focused on. But once that calms down, that creative hunger is going to turn itself on and we’re going to start writing new music. So I would imagine by the time we’re done touring this record, we’ll be in a similar position to what we were with 1,000 Suns. Going into Living Things. We’ll be able to just kind of go right into the studio, make another record and put it out and kind of keep that cycle going. We’ve really got ourselves in a position now where we kind of feel like we’re touring less as an idea of “Let’s go tour really hard for nine months and then come home” and tour really hard for nine months and then come home, and hopefully have enough energy to want to do anything. It’s like touring for a few weeks and coming home for a month and going out and touring for a few weeks and coming home for a month. So we’re really spending as much time home as we are on the road and I think that also caters to, encourages a creative process because we kind of feel energized more, more often. So I think that kind of answers all of your questions into one ginormous ongoing answer.

I think we’ll be touring more or less through next summer for sure. Maybe even into next fall, depending on what the schedule looks like. I know that we’re planning on going to South Africa for the first time, which I’m very excited about. We’re planning on going to South America, going back to Europe, going to Asia, and doing another U.S. tour, I believe. Probably to end it all. Next year. And then go straight back again into the studio and make another record.

On the longevity of the band and surviving in the new age of digital music:

Brandon Boyd: That’s a really interesting notion actually. It’s something that I talk about with friends and people in different industries and everything, but it’s been really interesting to be, I’m sure it’s been interesting from Linkin Park’s perspective as well, because they as well were kind of, Linkin Park and Incubus were two of the very few bands who kind of like got a gust of wind out of the old paradigm of the music industry. But like survived out of it. There are so many bands that, bands in a traditional sense, bands who write their own music, and perform their music, that didn’t survive that transition. That fell by the wayside with the industry. So it’s been frightening to watch something that you for a very brief moment almost learned to rely on, because we learned the ins and outs of how the industry worked, you know you poured your heart out into making an album and then the label puts the record out and you go out on tour in support of the album, and we even started doing it in the van and trailer. We’d make a record and get in the van with our gear and the trailer and we’d drive ourselves around the country and sell albums and T-shirts out of the back of the trailer. That was sort of our education and then once things started going really well, thankfully, we got a sense of what it looks like when all of the, when the engine is nicely greased and things are working the way they’re supposed to. And then it’s like the millennium turns and the technology changed. And all of that became old. It became an antiquated model. And it was frightening at first but I actually have come to appreciate it. I’m going to actually use the pun, a living thing. It’s a living system. Our technologies are a living system just like we are and our communities as human beings, and for us to expect them to remain constant is really just quite foolish. I mean anybody that’s going to come to rely on the way that our music consumption is looking now is going to have the same hard lesson in less time than you think. I think that the technology is going to shift probably sooner than any of us really realize. And that’s a really cool thing, because it keeps everyone on their toes. It levels the playing field, too. It’s allowing for a really wonderful democratization of the music writing process and the music presenting and performing process. So what it’s doing is it’s making us try harder and it’s making us expect the best of ourselves and the people that we work with. You know, do more with less. I was talking to my friend this morning about the notion of the music video. Incubus has made a music video. We’ve paid like $500,000 to make a music video that MTV just didn’t play. And that was considered like, “Oh, OK. That’s a bummer, but, you know, next.” But now? Are you kidding me? It’s like if we can get a fraction, a spittle of that amount of money to make a music video, that’s amazing. But the cool thing is, is that the intention is exactly the same. And in fact it’s even better, because now we have to think even further out of the box. We still have to make a music video but we don’t have any money. So we have to have a better idea than we did before. You know what I mean? I personally, when all is said and done, I really welcome these changes. And they excite me. And they scare me at the same time, but I’m choosing to focus on the excitement.

Honda Civic Tour Dates:
8/11 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live*
8/12 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
8/14 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/17 Camden, NJ @ Susquehana Bank Center
8/19 Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/21 Detroit, MI @ The Palace
8/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/24 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank
8/25 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/27 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Center
8/28 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavillion
8/30 Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
9/5   Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
9/7   Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/10 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
*Incubus will not appear at this event

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Linkin Park Continue To Lend Voice To Environment, Join Rio+Social

Linkin Park Continue To Lend Voice To Environment, Join Rio+Social

Linkin Park have announced their participation in Rio+Social on June 19th, a global conversation being organized by the United Nations Foundation, Mashable, 92nd Street Y, Ericsson, Energias de Portugal (EDP) and LiveAD that will explore the intersection of social media, technology and sustainable development. Linkin Park’s session during Rio+Social is in support of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, with the entire event lending a voice to the world on the eve ofRio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Band members will join Rio+Social from Los Angeles to engage in a dynamic discussion about the power of music, gaming and social media to address some of the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. The group will also give a special performance, dedicated to their ‘Power the World’ movement, which will include new material from their forthcoming album ‘LIVING THINGS’. The Linkin Park portion of Rio+Social will be live-streamed, presented by Honda Civic Tour, powered by VSee, and available at The Warner Sound, Warner Music Group’s original YouTube channel that offers an eclectic mix of specially-produced programs.

People around the world will be able to watch the entire Rio+Social event and join the conversation at www.rioplussocial.com starting at 9:30am BRT, with Linkin Park live from 5:30pm BRT.

“We believe today’s youth are global citizens and are better connected and informed than any previous generation.” said Linkin Park bassist, Dave “Phoenix” Farrell , “Rio+Social is an historic opportunity allowing youth to participate in the global discussion about critical issues like sustainability in a way that has not been possible before.”

At the end of last year, in support of Sustainable Energy for All, Linkin Park launched Power the World, a movement to provide energy access to 1 million families in 2012 through the band’s non-profit organization Music for Relief.  Linkin Park is urging people to sign a pledge supporting sustainable energy for all, while helping to raise critical public awareness and funds. To sign the pledge, go to powertheworld.org.

Since November 2011 – after the U.N. Secretary-General asked Linkin Park to join his initiative, due to their humanitarian efforts in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake – the band has engaged in a solar light distribution program in Haiti and has recently partnered with We Care Solar to secure solar lighting systems for health clinics in Uganda. Throughout the Honda Civic Tour this summer, Linkin Park will have the ‘Solar Suitcase‘ on display for fans to learn more and contribute to distribution efforts.

At Rio+Social, Linkin Park joins previously announced speakers representing digital media, technology, the private sector, philanthropy, the United Nations and civil society, who will speak in innovative conversations about the new role of social media and technology in sustainable development.  Digital advancements have contributed to increased awareness and more effective calls-to-action worldwide.  Rio+Social invites everyone to participate in the Rio+20 conversations and, more importantly, encourages a discussion about solutions and how people everywhere can get involved.  Registration is now open at www.rioplussocial.com.

For more information on Rio+Social, including how to get involved in the global community that has already come together to discuss technology, social media and how to solve global problems, visit www.rioplussocial.com.

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Linkin Park Offer Free Download of Live Shows On North American Tour

Linkin Park Offer Free Download of Live Shows On North American Tour

Linkin Park and Warner Bros. Records are reinventing the official concert bootleg, by offering every Linkin Park concertgoer on the band’s 2011 North American tour a complimentary download of the live recording of the show they attend. Fans will simply send a text to a short code that will be displayed at each venue, and a link to the download will be emailed to them following the concert. Basecamp Productions, a pioneer in the development of the official concert bootleg, will be handling the distribution of the live recordings.

“The energy we get from our fans is what makes a great show,” says Linkin Park bassist, Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell. “We wanted to show our appreciation by giving that experience back to them.”

To ensure that every concertgoer has an opportunity to download their show, in venue media will be used to provide fans with a mobile short code. Fans that text to that short code will be connected to the bootleg download. “Our goal is to create the most seamless connection between Linkin Park and their biggest fans, and to ensure that their passion for this great live band is rewarded,” said David Marcus, Warner Music Group’s SVP of Worldwide Artist Services. “Working with Basecamp we’re able to capture a magical performance and deliver that performance straight into the fan’s email inbox.”

Basecamp co-founder and CEO Joshua James says, “We have worked with Linkin Park to make their live recordings available for fans to purchase since 2007, but the band’s decision to make these concerts easily available to everybody in the building truly transforms the idea of a bootleg from a hard to find, lo-fi, collector-only piece, into a treasured memento of a great night out.”

Through their partnership with Basecamp Productions, Linkin Park has made nearly every performance since 2007 available to their fans via download from their websitehttp://downloads.linkinpark.com. All recordings are professionally mixed, and include exclusive photos from the performance.


Jan 20 Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center
Jan 22 Tampa, FL @ St Pete Times Forum
Jan 23 Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
Jan 25 Detroit, MI @ Joe Luis Arena
Jan 26 Chicago, IL @ United Center
Jan 28 Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Jan 29 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Jan 31 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Feb 1 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Feb 4 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Feb 7 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Feb 8 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Feb 10 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Feb 11 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Feb 13 Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena
Feb 15 Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb 17 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb 19 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand – Garden Arena
Feb 20 San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Feb 22 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavillion
Feb 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
Feb 25 Salt Lake City, UT @ Energy Solutions Arena
Feb 26 Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Feb 28 Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center

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