Steve Aoki performed at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois last night and the show was streamed live on Yahoo Music. During the performance Aoki played a portion of the new track Horizons which features Linkin Park and will be on his upcoming album Neon Future II which releases May 12th, 2015. Check out a video of the performance below and let us know what you think on the LPA forums.
Since the last two weeks of February, whispers of a reinvigoration of Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda's musical side-project, Fort Minor, have begun. Though based on speculation amongst fans, the signs are tangibly there. Fort Minor was the chosen pseudonym of Mike Shinoda's hip-hop side-project nearly a decade ago in late 2005 when The Rising Tied was released to critical acclaim. At the time, Mike Shinoda felt that his interest in hip-hop would not fit in with the musical style of Linkin Park and thus pursued an alternate musical outlet.
And now, ten years later, there have been sudden updates to Fort Minor's Facebook page and the creation of brand new Twitter and Instagram accounts under the Fort Minor name all within the last two weeks. In addition the official site, fortminor.com, has been renewed for the first time in six years although at the moment the site only redirects to Mike's blog. As of right now, the social networking sites currently only contain pure black photos, giving away little hints as to the new direction.
Creative fans are already editing the photos. Some believe that the blacked out photos actually contain hidden images. Is that a red dragon?
Now, this cannot be just a random coincidence or a sudden interest by Mike Shinoda to throw down fresh new paint on his old social networking sites, can it? The accounts have been followed by Mike Shinoda and by Lorenzo, Linkin Park's Marketing Assistant/Office Manager. So what does this all mean and is it possible that this has nothing to do with a new musical project? Yes, it is possible that this could all mean nothing. But all signs tell me it's not just a coincidence. Mike Shinoda has publicly stated in recent interviews that he is interested in pursuing a new Fort Minor album when time is right. And perhaps that time is now.
During Mike's Montreality interview (8:45), we know that Mike is interested in pursuing a new sound for Fort Minor if he ever decides to pursue a sophomore effort for the project.
Could it be another hip-hop album focusing more so on Mike's current interests in hard-rock or electronica? Or perhaps a new Fort Minor direction won't involve rapping at all? Mike has posted recent photos on his instagram page of himself with Machine Gun Kelly and Tallywood. As a reminder to fans, Machine Gun Kelly performed with Linkin Park during Bleed It Out in last year's Warped Tour.
For now, fans should keep an eye on these social networking sites as I am sure more signs will come...
Hot on the heels of a couple of other tour-related announcements, a post on linkinpark.com tells us that Linkin Park have added more European dates to their current 2015 schedule. The band will be performing a show in Minsk, Belarus on August 27, before heading to Rome, Italy to play a headlining slot as part of the 2015 Rock In Roma festival on September 6.
Rock In Roma has been an annual event in Rome for over a decade now; this year, it boasts a lineup which includes modern rock heavyweights Muse and Slipknot.
According to this linkinpark.com news post, it has just been announced that Linkin Park are set to be one of the headliners at the FM4 Frequency festival later this year. The festival, which is celebrating its fifteenth year in 2015, will take place in Green Park, St. Poelten, Austria from August 20 to August 22.
Alongside Linkin Park, electronic music juggernauts The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers will also be filling out headlining slots at FM4 Frequency this year. The exact time and date for Linkin Park's set has yet to be confirmed.
In the meantime, information regarding tickets can be found on the festival's official site.
A linkinpark.com news post announces that Linkin Park have scheduled a pair of shows in Russia and Finland, respectively, later this year in support of "The Hunting Party". The band will perform a date in Moscow, Russia on August 29, and another date in Jamsa, Finland on August 31.
In an act of kindness, and as a thank you for the support, Linkin Park has decided to upload and share a stripped down acoustic version of Final Masquerade for us fans to enjoy. Both Brad and Mike gave the quotes for the song. Check them out here below.
Mike - from MikeShinoda.com
We made something cool the other day, and we wanted you to have it. Here’s a special unreleased acoustic version of Final Masquerade. Stripping it down to bare bones brought the sentiment of the song right to the surface. Thanks for all your support over the past couple months – we hope you enjoy the song.
What do you think of this version of Final Masquerade? Come and discuss in our forums
The splash page at stonetemplepilots.com has been updated with the announcement of an U.S. tour which Stone Temple Pilots will embark upon later this year. The band have planned a string of fourteen shows throughout the month of April and, in a brief video announcement, they also mention that new Stone Temple Pilots music is in the works.
Presale tickets for every show are available now via Ticketmaster; links can be found on stonetemplepilots.com. The presale code can be obtained by RSVP'ing via a link on Stone Temple Pilots' Facebook page. For further information about tickets, there is a news post on stonetemplepilots.com:
Tickets go on-sale to the general public this Friday, 2/20 at 11 am local time. VIP packages will be available through Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
$1 per ticket will be donated to Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief and environmental protection. Funds raised will support long term Hurricane Sandy recovery in New Jersey including housing assistance and home repairs, mental health and social services as well as tree planting.
Apr. 08 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Apr. 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Apr. 12 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 15 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore
Apr. 17 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Apr. 19 - San Antonio, TX @ House of Blues
Apr. 20 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
Apr. 22 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Apr. 24 - Silver Springs, MD @ Fillmore
Apr. 25 - Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Apr. 27 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr. 28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Apr. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA Center
This news post on linkinpark.com informs us that Linkin Park are scheduled to headline 2015's Amnesia Rockfest. Amnesia Rockfest is said to be "the largest rock festival in Canada" and is now in its tenth year. The festival will run from Thursday, June 18 through to Sunday, June 21 in Montebello, Quebec, at Marina de Montebello.
Linkin Park will play their headlining slot on Friday, June 19 as part of an eclectic lineup of over 100 acts including System Of A Down, The Offspring, Deftones, Slayer, Thrice and Snoop Dogg.
General sale for the festival tickets have now begun via the festival's official website.
Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda has collaborated with the world-famous watchmakers Bamford Watch Department to produce a unique high-end timepiece. The collaboration was first hinted at last month in an Instagram post.
The limited-edition M.SHINODA x BWD Daytona is a Super Matte black Rolex Daytona which features Bamford's unique titanium coating. Shinoda's personal contribution includes custom artwork on the clock face - specifically, a skull image which eagle-eyed fans of his work may remember from his 2009 art show "Glorious Excess (Dies)". Shinoda has written about the collaboration, and its place among other official Linkin Park apparel, in a new blog entry:
It has been announced via this news post on linkinpark.com that Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda will pay a visit to the Linkin Park Underground chatroom on Wednesday, February 4 at 11:30 AM, PST.
Members of the Linkin Park Underground community will be able to drop in and ask Shinoda questions regarding Linkin Park's upcoming festival dates, Shinoda's holiday plans, new Linkin Park material that could be in the works and, of course, Chester Bennington's mysterious ankle injury which caused the cancellation of so many tour dates!
Are you looking forward to this LPU chat session? What would you ask Mike Shinoda? Let us know on our message board!
EDIT: here are some of the tidbits gleamed from the chat session:
- the story behind Chester's recent ankle injury was that he slipped on a plastic bottle and fell
- the band considered re-scheduling the cancelled shows but doing so would displace their existing schedule too much to be worthwhile for anyone
- Chester is expected to be able to play the summer festivals that the band have lined up
- no standard music video will be shot for "Rebellion" but live footage was shot during the recent shows and there is the possibility that said footage may be edited into a live video
- Shinoda came up with the main guitar line in "Devil's Drop" in the midst of a band meeting and recorded himself playing it on his iPhone so that he would remember it. That very recording, complete with other band members talking over the guitar-playing, formed the backbone of the eventual song
- the song that Linkin Park have worked on with Steve Aoki, tenatively called "Horizons", was recently "wrapped up". The song is expected to appear on Aoki's upcoming album "Neon Future II"