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Interview:
Linkin Park Strives To Keep Things Fresh On The Road
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Linkin Park tends to hit the road hard, and frequently, whenever it releases an album.

But after already criss-crossing North America on last summer’s Projekt Revolution tour, singer Chester Bennington says his band is conscious of the need to freshen the show for its current concert trek.

“We’re going to add some different production elements,” Bennington, 31, explains. “We’re working with some artists to develop some really cool video content — the same ideas and elements from Projekt Revolution and kind of evolving those into a little bit bigger of a stage show.

“We don’t like to do super crazy (stuff) onstage; we just try to take very simple production elements and take them to their full potential. We like to have the focus of the show on the band rather than distract you with explosions and clowns and stuff jumping around onstage — which is awesome, but I’d be afraid I would accidentally tackle somebody or something.”

Linkin Park is still pushing its third album, 2007’s double platinum “Minutes to Midnight.” Bennington says there are two more singles left to be released from the set — “Giving Up” and “Leaving Out All the Rest” — as well as another Projekt Revolution tour this summer, but after a four-year gap between albums he also anticipates a quick turnaround into Linkin Park’s next venture.

“There was a long period of time between the release of (2003’s) ‘Meteora’ and ‘Minutes to Midnight’,” Bennington says. “It seemed like a really, really long time to our fans and it seemed like a really, really long time to us.

“I don’t see that happening again. We sparked a new kind of life into what we do during the writing of (‘Minutes to Midnight’). We kinda want to keep that going. I think we’re in the mode, and I have a good feeling we’re going to put another record out really quickly.”



Linkin Park, Coheed & Cambria and Chiodos perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 26) at Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit. Tickets are $48.50 and $35. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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