Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Linkin Park's video for "Given Up" has made it through the SECOND round of Fuse's Best Video of 2008 competition! Help them win this round too by voting for "Given Up" at FUSE! Be sure to vote each day and tune in to "The Top 40 of 2008: The Good, The Bad, The Britney" airing December 13th and 14th on Fuse.


Friday, November 7, 2008

Linkin Park Working on New Album

“I didn’t stop writing since the last record,” Shinoda recently told Rolling Stone. “They’ve seen the stuff on my hard drives. I’ve got a lot of material, and I know the other guys have a good amount of stuff too. It’s going to be fun.”

Road to Revolution News

Watch the trailer for "Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes" now on Linkin Park's YouTube Channel! "Road to Revolution" hits stores November 25, and you can pre-order it now at the Linkin Park web store!


The video for "Breaking The Habit" from the upcoming live CD/DVD, Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes, is premiering now exclusively on MySpace. Check it out on Linkin Park's MySpace page and be sure to embed it on your site! "Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes" will be released on November 25.

Linkin Park Hit the Studio in L.A.: “We Have a Ton of Material”

Mike Shinoda will always make time for important business. Linkin Park’s rapper-songwriter-producer has already been sketching out new songs with the band, and last week they began recording the follow-up to the multiplatinum Minutes to Midnight in Los Angeles. “I didn’t stop writing since the last record,” says Shinoda. “They’ve seen the stuff on my hard drives. I’ve got a lot of material, and I know the other guys have a good amount of stuff too. It’s going to be fun.”

The next studio album will likely appear in 2009. But on November 25th, Linkin Park will release Road To Revolution, a live CD/DVD set recorded this year at the Milton Keynes National Bowl outside London. Shinoda confirms he recently produced a track for Cypress Hill, but is more coy about another project he’s been linked to: a mysterious online music video called “Barack Your World,” which is credited to the band White Pegacorn.

Sitting in a West Hollywood hotel suite with a full beard and a plate of fresh ahi tuna, Shinoda awaits the arrival of drummer Rob Bourdon and talks about the video, which is performed by hair-metal hand-puppets who sing a wacky heartland-rock ballad of politics and sexual innuendo worthy of Spinal Tap (”Baby if you were my Iraq, I would never pull out, if you know what I mean” and “Don’t tell me no lies, you got a weapon of mass destruction between your thighs!”).

Can you explain “Barack Your World”?
Mike Shinoda: [Laughs out loud] I can neither confirm nor deny any relationship to that, although I think it’s hilarious. I’ll say this: I have a friend named Mark [Wakefield, onetime singer for pre-Linkin Park group Xero], and we’ve been friends since we were 12. He and I started my band together. We used to make joke songs on the weekends in high school and college. It’s just fun for us to do. Whether or not that [”Barack Your World”] rumor is true, that’s definitely what we used to do.

Can you predict anything else coming from White Pegacorn?
I heard a rumor that there’s some interview footage with that band. Hopefully those will show up online. I don’t imagine that project will be an album. But what would I know? That band is so mysterious.

Minutes to Midnight’s “Hands Held High” is a very pointed song about the war, and you included it on the new live album.
We had put that song in the set and took it out because the chorus has 10 voices singing on it, and live it just never sounded right. But during the Milton Keynes show, there was a fan in front of the crowd who had a sign that said “Play ‘Hands Held High.’ ” Halfway through, I thought, we can’t play the song because we aren’t prepared — but I can give him the first half. So I just threw the verse in a cappella. In fact, we added that verse to the set, so that kid’s sign essentially changed the set for the rest of the year. It was really cool. As for the meaning of the song: We have a policy that we don’t want to give away too much when it comes to the meaning of a song. We want to respect everybody’s impression of what the lyrics are about. I don’t think there’s a ton of mystery over what it’s about.

Rob Bourdon: I think a lot of the lyrics on Minutes to Midnight are really thought provoking, and when you listen to a song like “Hands Held High,” you can’t help but start thinking. It’s good to encourage people to think for themselves and look at what’s going on around them.

You’re in the early stages of a new studio album?
Shinoda: Very early stages. I’m excited about it. I don’t know what it’s going to sound like. At this point we’re doing a lot of demos in small groups. Everybody is throwing some ideas together. At this point, I’m producing. I don’t imagine I’ll be the only producer on this record. I think we’re going to hire somebody else on.

Will it likely be someone you’ve ever worked with before, like Rick Rubin?
Shinoda: We haven’t talked about it at length. Rick was really great. I think we will work with Rick again in the future at some point, but I don’t know if this is the record. At this point, it’s a pretty self-sufficient process. We’re taking care of all our needs at this point.

This will be a faster turnaround for you?
Shinoda: Yeah. The stuff we’ve been writing is a little more challenging, a little more experimental in the way we’ve been writing and the sounds we’ve been making. But once we start getting our hands on it, some of it could straighten out and be a little more familiar. Some of the stuff we’re doing now is a little crazy.

Bourdon: If we get it out in ‘09, we’ll be doing pretty good.

Shinoda: This one will not take as long as the last one — from beginning to end, that one was about 18 months.

There was far less rapping from you on the last record. What about this time?
Shinoda: We wrote 150 demos for that record. If you’d picked a different 12 songs, there would have been a ton of rapping. It just depends on what we want to release at the end of the process. And the songs that we did in the last batch for Minutes to Midnight that did not end up on the record could end up on a record in the future. The good news is we have a ton of material.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Linkin Park News from Today

Linkin Park's video for "Given Up" has been nominated for Fuse's Best Video of 2008! Vote for "Given Up" at FUSE.TV and help them battle their way to number 1! Be sure to vote each week and tune in to "The Top 40 of 2008: The Good, The Bad, The Britney" airing December 13th and 14th on Fuse.


Pre-Order the new album now in the official Linkin Park web store! Get Linkin Park's "Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes" CD/DVD with an exclusive limited edition T-shirt not available anywhere else. Items are sold separately or you can bundle them together to maximize your value (while supplies last). Items ship on 11/25/08. While you're at the store, do some holiday gift shopping. More items arriving later this week.


"Leave Out All The Rest" on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Don't forget to watch CSI: Crime Scene Investigation this Thursday, November 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT on CBS! The episode is titled "Leave Out All The Rest," which is prominently featured throughout the show. Watch a preview of the show on CBS.com.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Halloween Memories

93X Rocks: LINKIN PARK usually spend their Halloween at a party at MIKE SHINODA's house. Unfortunately, this year the band are so busy working on a new record, Shinoda says he didn't have time to plan a party. But looking back on past years, his favorite memory was JOE HAHN and three friends dressing as North Korean dictator KIM JONG IL, U.S. President GEORGE W. BUSH, and a pair of nuclear missiles.

But Shinoda says Hahn didn't leave it at that -- quote, "As the night wore on, "we started finding like Kim [Jong Il] posters around the house. He was literally putting propaganda up in my house."

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes

Linkin Park will be releasing their new live CD/DVD, Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes, on November 25th. You can check out "Leave Out All The Rest" from the DVD now at youtube!

Linkin Park - "Leave Out All The Rest" (Live At Milton Keynes)