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Projekt Revolution Rocks On In Fourth Incarnation

Of the Oakland Press

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Linkin Park has taken four of its Project Revolution tours on the road since 2002. But singer Chester Bennington, who oversees the selection of the bands for the show, says putting together the 2007 edition was “a lot easier” than previous incarnations.

“All the bands seemed really excited about doing the tour,” Bennington says of the 11-band, 10-hour-plus bill that’s been on the road since July 25. “My Chemical Romance was on my list from the very beginning. Taking Back Sunday was on the list from the very beginning, and we just went through (the list) and it was great because, like, literally 90 percent of the bands would do it.

“Every band on the bill is known for touring, for putting on good shows, for drawing good crowds. If you take Linkin Park off this bill, it’s still going to be the biggest tour of the summer.”

Fat chance, of course, because Linkin Park — supporting its third album, the chart-topping “Minutes to Midnight” — is the reason the tour exists and why MCR frontman Gerard Way says it’s “a real honor” to be part of the package.

“We usually try to pick tours that are extremely different for us and ... atypical (for) our band to do,” Way says.

But that doesn’t mean that MCR, which has become “addicted to pyro” while touring to promote its latest album, “The Black Parade,” is playing the deferential opening act the tour.

“We’re ... focusing heavily on performance,” Way notes, “and it would be nice to get back to playing some more aggressive sets.”

Bennington says that’s OK with Linkin Park, which is rolling out an extensive production of its own.

“We’re allowing the other bands to put on whatever show they want to put on,” he says. “There’s no restrictions. We’re all rock bands; we want to put on cool light shows and blow (stuff) up and have as much going on visually as we can.

“If everyone on the tour has the freedom to shine at their best and there’s no limitations, I think fans will walk away completely satisfied.”

TBS’ Matt Rubano, however, says his group has opted to show its “simple side” this time.

“We’re focusing more on the performance and just trying to bring as much energy to the stage as we possibly can,” he explains.

“My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park have certainly established themselves with a nuclear level of production, something we’re going to try to balance out by performing as hard as we can.”

Fans have noticed that this year’s Projekt Revolution is light on rap acts that populated the bills in 2002, 2003 and 2004, but Bennington says that reflects lessons learned from previous tours.

“Mixing genres is what we do, but I don’t think it’s what we have to do all the time,” he explains. “There was enthusiasm from the fans of the hiphop artists, but there wasn’t a lot of overall excitement. I personally felt like the show went into a lull in some cases. I want the bands to be able to feed off the crowd; I don’t want to have to warm them up after a (rap) show).”

The Projekt Revolution Tour, featuring Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K, takes place at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. The second stage features Mindless Self Indulgence, Saosin, the Bled, Styles of Beyond and Madina Lake. Tickets are $76 pavilion, $36 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet. com.

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