The latest and final XVLP collaboration has now been made available. This time the band teamed with RVCA, a company based in Costa Mesa, California. Complex uploaded a video of Mike and Joe talking to one of the founders, Pat Tenore. In the video he talks to the guys about the meaning of the VA in the name, his theory of Linkin Parks music and how his company got started. You can watch the video below.
The result of this collaboration is another jacket. This time mixing a cool black and blue combination with a big "XVLP" on the back and some early day Linkin Park patches on the front.
The jacket are available in the XVLP Store for $95 and stocks is again limited to 150.
What do you think of the design? Will you be getting it? Join the discussion in the forums!
Source: Complex | XVLP
Complex has published a new article and video discussing the XVLP collaboration between Linkin Park and the LA based clothing company Brooklyn Projects. In the video, the band talks with Brooklyn Projects' Dom Deluca, a former label A&R, and the founder of the company. He mentions how before the band's debut album record labels were telling him Linkin Park were "a third rate Limp Bizkit, trying to be Korn, trying to be Deftones." Well, obviously that turned out to be false. He also talks about the beginning of Brooklyn Projects and how the company's development is similar to Linkin Park's. You can watch the video below.
There are two designs, a hoodie and a T-Shirt. Both are 100% cotton and unisex. The design features Brooklyn Projects’ exclusive reimagined street soldier in fighting form on the back, and at-ease on the front. Front pocket-style hit also includes Brooklyn Projects and Linkin Park logos with “15” in the center to mark the 15 year anniversary. Check them out below.
The designs are available in the XVLP Store.
After this, there is only one more XVLP collaboration to be revealed, on Thursday with Californian clothing company RVCA. Once these collaborations are over, we can look forward to the launch of LPU XV!
What do you think of the design? Will you be getting it? Join the discussion in the forums!
The final show of this album cycle has sadly reached us at last!
I think this is the only show I've written a post for that has an actual TRAILER
After touring the world for The Hunting Party, playing 91 shows (mostly with the same setlist, boo) we have at last reached the end of the cycle. We've had cancelled shows due to injuries and weather. This is the cycle where a band member had to sit out a whole leg of the tour and be replaced by his tech (Brad being replaced by Benjamin thanks to sickness and missing the Brazil shows). It's also the cycle where the band for the first time played a full Fort Minor song in their set.
If you've read any of our tour posts lately, this will be a bit different of what you're used to seeing. Instead of just doing the normal "talk about history in town/state, video, previous show talk, video, speculation about current show" formula, this will instead be a retrospective of all the Music For Relief concerts that Linkin Park have played. But to just quickly sum up their previous show at BlizzCon. They played the normal setlist, but Papercut had a new intro specifically for this show, mashed up with the World of Warcraft theme. They also dropped Numb, Waiting for the End and What I've Done due to time limitations. You can watch the whole show here below.
Chester was reportedly sick, which makes the quality of the screams so much more awesome!
This is not the first concert being hosted by Music For Relief, that was back in 2005 and was one of the only two shows that year. If you read the previous tour post, this will be a bit of a rehash, but hey, it's not my fault that there is such a limited experience to talk about. Linkin Park played seven songs to "warm up the crowd", one of which was "Frgt/10" with Chali 2na. That was the only time that song has performed live. After the first seven songs, the band brought out Jay-Z and performed the entirety of their 2004 collaborative EP Collision Course. The only recording we had of the show for YEARS was the clips that were used by Artistan News, all proshot and everything. That recording is still unsurfaced, and we'll leave it to the pros to find it. We do have a recording of the full show though, being shot from the audience, and was finally unearthed on Christmas (here in Sweden anyway, screw you with your December 25th crap) by LPLive. The full show was embedded last time, so let's just go selective and look at the only performance EVER of Frgt/10.
The whole song is great, but I just love that little piano piece Mike plays at the end
2007 brought on the second MFR show, playing a regular setlist... mostly. For the start of the Minutes to Midnight cycle the band pretty much ALWAYS played Given Up, What I've Done and No More Sorrow, but this show lacked Given Up in the setlist. As for the show itself, there isn't that much to say.. there were some gear problems and Mike talked about the XERO days. Moving on...
MFR was supposed to host a whole tour of performances for Linkin Park back in 2008, that was supposed a whole five date Asia tour, but due to Chester injuring his back, the whole tour had to be cancelled. Well damn. 2011 finally saw a return for the Music For Relief benefit shows. Much like with the 2007 show though, it didn't really have anything noteworthy happen. They dropped Empty Spaces and When They Come for Me. And while that is generally unacceptable... I mean why would you drop one of the best songs?! Anyway...
Hey! Here we have something... like a lot of something! For the 2012 show, we have some first timers and some returns from this show. This was the return for With You, Runaway, Points of Authority and Somewhere I Belong to the live shows. With You was the song that had been missing the longest, ever since 2006! As for debuts, we had the now famous Wall of Noise outro on Waiting for the End, the shortened Tinfoil version that plays as the show intro as the band walks on stage, Bleed It Out had the awesome Sabotage bridge for the first time and finally the big one.. this was the the first time that The Ballad Medley was played. Funny thing about that is when the setlist from the show was leaked a few hours early, there was talk that The Ballad Medley was fake and would never be played. Well, people were wrong... as now two touring cycles can prove. Thankfully the whole show was recorded and available for your viewing pleasure here below.
I don't know if this is the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S source, it's just in 360p! Still awesome though.
For the 2014 version of the seemingly now annual MFR show (well, there was none in 2013, but almost annual), the band brought it back to the beginning and had other bands perform at the show as well. The Offspring and Heart are some of the bands that joined Linkin Park for the show. As for the band itself, they were joined on stage by Ann and Nancy from Heart on Castle of Glass, Mike Eizenger from Incubus joined on In The End and What I've Done, The Filharmonic jumped in on The Ballad Medley, and then Travis Barker joined them on Bleed It Out, he even had a dueling drum solo with Rob. Rob won, BTW, and that's a fact, not an opinion. But, insanely enough, even though the show was streamed online there is no FULL recording of it. There is a more complete recording out there somewhere, but since that wasn't on the first page of my YouTube search, you can watch the Music For Relief version, featuring other bands and just a few of the Linkin Park songs here below.
If the embed doesn't work correctly, the Linkin Park portion starts at 32:40
This show has been marketed and named "Relief Live" so strangely enough... there's no livestream! WHAT?! Anyway... The show has also been noted to especially honor Steve Aoki and the charitable effort he has made. So with Aoki there, the question on everyone's mind is "are they gonna play A Light That Never Comes and Darker Than Blood?!!1!" While that is a fairly good question, I think we all would be EXTREMELY surprised if they didn't play those songs in some form. As for the rest of the set, that's all up to speculation. The band didn't change the setlist THAT much during this whole cycle, so if they brought out some rare and special songs for this one show.. life would truly be unfair. That is a joke, don't take that seriously. There is more to life than what Linkin Park plays at their shows.
So even after this whole retrospective thing, enough can't be said about the work that Music For Relief is doing, and they have a presence at most live shows. See over at MusicForRelief.org if you can help out and volunteer at a show when that becomes topical or in general to help them out. Also consider donating to help them. You don't have to have a reason to donate, it's for charity and the wellbeing of people in need.
After this... there's nothing! No Linkin Park shows, no Fort Minor shows, no Stone Temple Pilots shows... well Chester isn't with them anymore so who cares. It has been fun to write these things for close to two years and thank you for reading. For what comes next... did you know that we announced LPA5? That will come sometime in 2016, hopefully in the first quarter of the year.
Did you enjoy this Music For Relief live retrospective? What will we now write unnecessarily long posts about for a while? Any suggestions? Come and discuss in our forums.
01. From the Inside (Extended Intro)
02. Runaway [Shortened] (Wastelands Transition)
04. CASTLE OF GLASS (Experience Version; Martin Luther King Jr Speech, Piano Transition Outro; w/ Oppenheimer Speech)
05. Leave Out All The Rest / Shadow Of The Day / Iridescent (Ballad Medley)
06. Waiting for the End (Apaches Intro w/ 'Until It Breaks' Verse 2; Wall Of Noise Outro)
07. What I've Done (Ext. Guitar Solo Bridge)
08. Bleed It Out (Ext. Intro; Ext. Bridge w/ Sing-along; Ext. Ending)
09. BURN IT DOWN
11. In the End
12. Faint (Extended Outro)
Linkin Park has just uploaded the third LPTV episode covering the bands August and September European Tour to their YouTube channel. In the new episode, we get to hear Mike talk about the few Fort Minor shows he did while the band was on tour, Joe's DJ tech Warren fills in for Joe for the last three shows of the tour and Brad's guitar tech Ben talks about his experience of performing with the band. We also get some nice footage from a Meet and Greet and some lovely live footage set to "Wastelands". Watch the video for yourself below.
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The fourth item in Linkin Park's XVLP project celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album has just been revealed. The newest offering is a long sleeve shirt made in collaboration with Los Angeles based company The Seventh Letter. As always, Complex has prepared a short write-up and video about the collaboration. The shirt is possibly the most interesting one yet, with a big soldier on the front, symbols from the "Hybrid Theory" era on the sleeves, and lyrics from "In The End" on the back. The shirt will be available today at 3 p.m. PST. The black version will be available exclusively on The Seventh Letter Store, while the white one will be available only in the XVLP Store. As with the previous collaborations, there will only be 150 made of each, so if you want one, get it immediately. You can view the design below and watch a video of the band discussing the collaboration with Casey Zoltan below.
What do you think of this shirt? Will you be getting it? Join the discussion in the forums!
The next collaboration to come out for Linkin Park's Project XVLP is a collaboration with The Hundreds and it is a jacket. The jacket was unveiled in a video discussion between Mike, Joe and The Hundred's Bobby Hundred on Complex.
The jacket joins the designs from A Bathing Ape and CLOT and is going to be joined by The Seventh Letter, Brooklyn Projects and RCVA soon.
The jacket is available for $120 on the XVLP store and there are only 150 available to purchase.
Let us know what you think in the forums!
As most of you know by now, a few days ago Scott Weiland, the former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots stated he heard Chester Bennington left the band. A lot of speculation rose around his statement, and although it was just a rumor, it was picked up by several bigger news outlets. Today, it has been officially confirmed by a post on Stone Temple Pilots' official website. You can read the post in its entirety below.
What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives.
Tonight the band will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Joss Stone as "Joss Stone Temple Pilots", as part of his Monday mash-ups, however, Joss Stone is most likely not going to be the permanent replacement for Chester.
So, how do you feel about this? Were you excited to hear more Stone Temple Pilots music or are you glad Chester will be fully devoted to Linkin Park from now on? Join the discussion in the forums!
After last week's scary performance at Monster Mash Festival, Linkin Park closes out BlizzCon tonight, November 7!
Linkin Park has played in Anaheim twice before, both times at the Arrowhead Pond. The first show was in November 2001, when they played almost all songs off their debut album "Hybrid Theory", and the fan favorite track "Step Up". The band also played their cover of Guns N' Roses classic "Sweet Child o' Mine". The show is also interesting because Aaron Lewis of Staind came out and performed the final track of the set, "One Step Closer" with the band. Not even a year later, he was featured on the Reanimation closing track "Krwlng". The second show, however, is even more interesting. It was the first of only two shows the band played in 2005. It's special as it was a benefit show for the then newly founded Music For Relief. Linkin Park played seven songs to "warm up the crowd", one of which was "Frgt/10" with Chali 2na. That was the song's live debut and the only time to date the song has been performed live. After the first seven songs, the band brought out Jay-Z and performed the entirety of their 2004 collaborative EP "Collision Course". Needless to say, the crowd went wild. Thanks to the great people over at Linkin Park Live, the show is available on YouTube. It's a really good and fun watch with great quality, highly recommended.
The band's coming off a strong show in Arizona at the Monster Mash Festival. To fit their 90 minute set time, the band kicked out the "Ballad Medley", "Breaking The Habit" and "Darker Than Blood" out of their regular set. It makes sense the band wanted to perform a more energetic set, as they were all wearing zombie makeup in the true spirit of Halloween. To add to the scary mood of the show, the band performed "What I've Done" with a new intro, John Carpenter's Halloween Theme. Also, quite nice to see the band is continuing to let Mike perform the Fort Minor portion of the set. This gives some hope that we'll be seeing more of Fort Minor once Linkin Park is back on the road next year with their new studio album. Check out the band's performance of "Burn It Down" from the show below.
Is that Corey Taylor guy singing with Linkin Park now?
Tonight, the band will perform at BlizzCon, a video game convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote their major franchises. It's a two day event, which the band will be closing out. The closing ceremony is scheduled on the BlizzCon website from 3:30-6:00 a.m. CET, so starting at 6:30 p.m. in Anaheim local time. But converting times to your local time zone is complicated, so use this handy little countdown instead. However, it's important to note that that's probably not the time the band will be starting. The band is going to start only when the final tournament is over and the winners are interviewed, and it's impossible to know when exactly that will be.
This is going to be the band's first live streamed show since Beijing back in July, however, it's far from free. The only way to watch the show is to buy the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which includes 720p streaming of the entire two day event. Those who buy it will also get the possibility of replaying the event in the two weeks following it. The Virtual Ticket costs $39.99, so for those uninterested in the convention itself, it may be best to wait for the show to pop up on YouTube.
But what can we expect from tonight's show? Well, just like last time, we can't say for sure. Last year's headliners Metallica got to perform a 100 minute set, which is around the length of Linkin Park's full headlining set. However, we can't say for sure how much time the band will get, and because of that, we don't know how or if they will change their setlist. What we can say for sure is that there's a special surprise waiting for us at the show. Joe's DJ tech Warren Wills tweeted this out on Wednesday. What could it be? Join the discussion in the forums and tell us what you think will happen!
After this, the band has one more show for the remainder of the year, and most likely for the entire The Hunting Party touring cycle - November 14 at Music For Relief's "Relief Live!" event in Los Angeles. The band will play in front of a smaller audience, and tickets cost about $250, but all proceeds from the event go to Music For Relief's Power The World program and Disaster Relief fund. But, more on that next week.
Will you be getting the virtual ticket? What do you expect from tonight's show? Do you think the band will get to play their full headlining set? Tell us in the forums!
Remaining tour dates:
November 14 - Los Angeles, CA - Relief Live!
Tuesday saw the start of the XVLP collaborations, with the release of the Linkin Park and BAPE T-Shirt. Today, the second item in the collaboration was released, this time with CLOT - a streetwear brand started in Hong Kong in 2003. The design itself was revealed a few days ago on CLOT's website, but it wasn't available for purchase until today.
The shirt is available for $60 and can be purchased over at the official XVLP store.
Linkin Park band member Mike Shinoda recently posted a cryptic Instagram photo showing himself and the world-famous Dutch house music producer Martin Garrix together in a recording studio.
Garrix has matched this with an Instagram post of his own:
Whether the two are collaborating on something for Linkin Park's upcoming seventh album, Garrix's anticipated debut studio effort, or something else entirely, is sure to send LP fans into a wild frenzy of speculation.
Garrix is, of course, best known for his signature big room smash "Animals" which dropped in 2013, and is now one of dance music's brightest young stars. Throughout 2015, he has worked with a number of high-profile acts inside and outside of the dance realm, including Tiësto, Avicii, Usher and The Weeknd. Most recently, he released a brand-new track called "Poison" for free download.
Shinoda is no stranger to electronic dance music, having done multiple exciting collaborations (alongside Linkin Park) with electro-house kingpin Steve Aoki, and taking on a couple of different dance music subgenres in his productions for Linkin Park's 2013 remix effort "Recharged". Prior to this, he was said to have provided assistance for Avicii on the latter's 2013 album "True".
What results do you think a Mike Shinoda/Martin Garrix collaboration will produce? Let us know on our message board!