On Saturday May 26th Linkin Park are heading to Europe for their first European summer festival, Rock in Rio in Lisbon, Portugal. According to Rock in Rio the show will be streamed live on Rock in Rio’s YouTube channel, the entire show it seems. The streaming will begin at 2PM ET / 11AM PT on Saturday May 26th!
Also here’s an article about Linkin Park that KROQ have posted on their site, we’ve posted the other one earlier and realized we missed the FULL one, so read THIS one and you won’t need to read the other ones that KROQ post, this is the part we were missing before, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington and Joe Hahn are all included in this interview. Shinoda talks about The Raid: Redemption and Joe also talks about Mall which is new:
The band calls the new record a “developing journey” and one where they had a discussion about “getting real with who they are.” For Shinoda, that meant co-producing the album with Rubin, although he deems the word co-production a “technicality.”
“Rick comes in about once a week and he does a few hours with us where he hears it with fresh ears and gives us the Rick Rubin take,” Shinoda explains.
“There are a couple misconceptions with a band writing a song,” Shinoda continues. “One is that you think of a song, you like dream it up, and then you make it. And that’s not how it works for us. Another thing is people think maybe a band jams and then they write a song and then they go into a studio and then they record it and then when they’re done recorded they go mix and master and then the put it out.”
“Our process is weird because it doesn’t work linearly like that at all,” says Shinoda. “Like from the very first demo, which could be on a laptop, home studio, big recording studio…everyone of those places we’re just writing. And the demos, from the very first idea, we’re already trying to get a handle on it, the engineering of it, the mix, the sound. We’re doing all steps of it at once at all times.”
This also gets alluded to later as their “automatic writing” technique which Bennington admits can sometimes sound like “gibberish.” “There’s no words, just things that sound like words,” he says.
They did say they like to put a positive spin on their music, even some of the “doom and gloom” songs of Hybrid Theory, and when asked how age has played into their writing process, Bennington says that “age comes with a different perspective on life.”
“You know, when you’re young, everything’s about you. It’s not like your fault when you’re young and everything’s about you and you’re trying to find your place,” he explains. “And you view the world, in a way, at least I did, as things happening to me, and so, I think now my perspective is much different. I’m kind of excited about even the sh*t that’s bad because there’s always some good that comes out of it and I kind of wonder what that will be.”
“When Bennninton was young, one of his first rock and roll experiences, one which Shinoda dubbed as “fate,” was when he found a split record on the bus. One side was the Misfits’ Walk Among Us and the other side was the Descendents’ Milo Goes To College.
“And it changed my life,” says Bennington who admitted to spinning Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Mothers Milk continuously before that find. Shinoda says that the first album he ever bought with his own money was the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill.
Now Shinoda is working on what critics have dubbed one of the best action movies of the year, The Raid: Redemption. Shinoda says that he’s wanted to score a film for a long time
“Getting a call from Sony on that movie; those kind of things don’t come around that often,” says Shinoda.”People are saying it’s one of the best action movies of the last decade. And I’m not that versed in what’s been going on in action films, so for me I just think this film is cool. It’s an indie film; I can probably make mistakes and the whole world won’t be watching me screw it up. But it turned out good. If I have time, I’d love to keep doing it [scoring films].”
Linkin Park’s DJ Joe Hahn is also having “fun” directing a “low budget indie movie” called Mall. One which he said Linkin Park is doing the music for.
“It’s a great script adapted from an Eric Bogosian novel and it’s kind of dark and twisted,” explains Hahn. “Rated R. And we’re doing the music for it. It’s going to be cool. Probably going to take it to the festivals at the end of the year and you’ll see it sometime next year. Or maybe sooner.
Here’s another picture of the poster that contained the promotional picture we posted about earlier this week:
If anyone has this poster, please scan it for us!
Thanks to Audrey for posting this!
Sources: Rock in Rio YouTube Channel via LPA | KROQ | Audrey