January 16, 2008|
For Linkin Park fans who attended the Projekt Revolution dates last summer, the rock band is promising a potpourri of changes throughout its next tour, which begins Feb. 12. "It's a pleasure to be able to get on stage and switch up the set every night," Linkin Park rapper/musician Mike Shinoda said during a recent teleconference. "This kind of goes out to the people who have come and seen us play on Projekt Revolution: the production will be different. The set will look different."
The opening bands have changed as well. While bands like Saosin, My Chemical Romance and Taking Back Sunday opened the summer jaunt, this time around post-hardcore band Chiodos and prog-rock act Coheed and Cambria will support Linkin Park, which is touring to push its album "Minutes to Midnight."
"When we choose groups to tour with, we really look at a lot of different things, but mostly we look at the quality of the band," lead singer Chester Bennington said during the same teleconference. "We feel that good music speaks for itself, and I don't know about you guys, but if I go to a concert and every band sounds the same, it kind of makes for a really long day. So we do like to keep things fresh and keep things moving, and play with acts we haven't played with before.
As a remembrance of this "fresh" show, fans who purchased tickets online have the opportunity to purchase MP3s of the show they attended.
"You can basically opt-in when you buy your tickets online for the digital souvenir package," Bennington said. "What will happen after that is, you go to the show, you watch your show, enjoy that, come home, and in your e-mail inbox you'll have a link to the show, to the MP3s of our set from the show you went to. In other words, you get to take home the, hopefully, memorable concert that you went to.
"And the best part about it, to me, is that our live mixer, our official mixer who mixes our show every night at the front-of-the-house position, he finishes his night with us and then goes back to his hotel or bus or backstage and mixes the show for you."
Shinoda explained the MP3s could become collectibles because Linkin Park plans to change up the set list every night.
"We play songs maybe one night that we don't play the next, and so if you want to get those songs, we encourage our fans to go on and trade them and kind of get to know each other," Shinoda said. "We really like the fact that, in the digital world, people who like the same things and want to be part of something can communicate and share and exchange things with each other. This is one of those things that we would really like our fans to kind of do that with."