Posted on August 22, 2017 by Kevin
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It has been slightly more than a month since all of our hearts were broken with the horrible news of the passing of Chester Bennington. We all are still going through the pain of loss and putting into words what we in the fanbase are feeling is impossible. But in some uplifting and hopeful news, the band just released a statement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, mentioning the future of the band and that a special Los Angeles event will be held soon. You can read the full statement below.

Just wanted to say thank you to all our fans around the world for the tremendous outpouring of love, which has strengthened our spirit during this incredibly difficult time.

The five of us are so grateful for all of your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park.

We are working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honor Chester's memory, and look forward to sharing details with you soon.

Peace and love,

Phoenix and Linkin Park

As you can see, no details about the event are mentioned, so we don't know what it will entail. But it's safe to say it will be emotional.

We haven't posted much in the time since Chesters passing, so we want to take this opportunity to say to all the fans and other fansites, Thank You. Thank you for being there for each other and helping in whatever way you can. If it's attending a memorial, talking to someone feeling down, doing charity auctions or cataloguing all the memorial events and putting them into an interactive map ... Thank You. The Linkin Park fanbase has truly shown it has the best fans.

Come discuss this in our forums.

Source: Linkin Park Facebook via Decay

 
Posted on July 28, 2017 by Supreme Overlord
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Talinda Bennington, wife of Chester Bennington released a statement today to the public on the loss of her incredible husband through the band's publicist. You can read the statement below:

One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero-their
Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick
Shakespearean tragedy. How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered
soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of
love I have left. I want to let my community and the fans worldwide know
that we feel your love. We feel your loss as well. My babies are so young
to have lost their daddy. And I know that all of you will help keep his
memory alive. He was a bright, loving soul with an angel's voice. And now
he is pain free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God Bless us
all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would've
wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.

Always,

Mrs.Talinda Bennington


To Talinda, Chester's children, the band and the family: Words cannot adequately express how sorry we are for your tragic loss. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

 
Posted on July 24, 2017 by Louis
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Following the absolutely devastating news regarding Chester Bennington's passing on the 20th of July, the band posted this heartfelt message on their website and Facebook account today:

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

Visit Chester.LinkinPark.com
We will keep you posted should any other statement come from the band in the coming days.

We miss you, Chester. Hard to believe you're gone.

 
Posted on July 21, 2017 by Mark
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In a decision that should come as no shock to anyone, various media outlets are reporting that Linkin Park have cancelled their One More Light North American Tour, which was set to begin next week in Boston, Massachusetts. Live Nation has confirmed that tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. No word yet on when that process will kick off.


Linkin Park are expected to release a statement soon, when ready.

 
Posted on July 20, 2017 by Joe
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This is the hardest post I've ever had to make and I'm writing it through tears, but after initial reports from TMZ earlier today it has been confirmed that tragically Chester Bennington has passed away. Reports suggest Chester committed suicide by hanging, with his body being discovered around 9AM PST today on July 20 2017. Associated Press confirmed the reports via a Los Angeles coroner today as they continue to investigate the details. Mike Shinoda followed this up with a confirmation on Twitter.


Our hearts break for Chester's family, friends and Linkin Park. We can't imagine what they must be going through. We love you, Chester. RIP.

 
Posted on July 20, 2017 by Kevin
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In a surprise move, Linkin Park has just uploaded the music video for Talking To Myself to their YouTube channel.


The video is directed by Mark Fiore, consisting of live and behind the scenes footage.
With the release of this video, the rumors about Talking To Myself being the follow up single to Heavy becomes stronger.

What do you think of the video? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on July 5, 2017 by Kevin
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The final show of the tour!

Birmingham, welcome Linkin Park back! Birmingham is a city that has a limited experience with the band, having only hosted two earlier performances for the band throughout the years. The first time came in 2003 when they played a November show. The setlist was pretty standard for 2003, however also including songs like Nobody’s Listening and It’s Goin Down. Nobody’s Listening was also extended and Mike rapped a verse from the LPU released song Standing In the Middle. After a seven year long break from the city, the band returned in 2010 for another November show, promoting A Thousand Suns at the time. The setlist featured some special surprises that might sound familiar… Mike rapped Reading My Eyes” over Bleed It Out, and during the bridge he rapped A Place For My Head. It also featured a fan going on stage to play guitar during Crawling.


Man... what a tour it’s been! The band started the tour of on June 9th but it sure doesn’t feel like it. This tour has had no shows that were identical to the previous one, with changes being made to the set list on a nightly basis. Whether it was minor or major changes, something always changed. We got a permanent rotating spot, switching between Somewhere I Belong, From the Inside, Points of Authority, and A Place for My Head. In the longer festival shows we got a rotating spot consisting of Battle Symphony or Nobody Can Save Me. Mike rapped some different verses over the outro of Castle of Glass, switching between A Light That Never Comes, A Place for My Head, It's Goin Down, and Petrified. On random they would just switch Faint and Bleed It Out as the closing song. These changes has been very welcome, so to not make the setlist stale and same-y. During headlining shows they would also do exclusive performances of a stripped down version of Sharp Edges, consisting only of Chester and Brad, both playing guitar with Chester singing the song.


The latest performance the band did was in Brixton, and holy crap was it crazy. Stormzy came out and killed it on Good Goodbye. Points of Authority and A Place for My Head in the now TWO “nu-metal” rotating spots, Jon Green playing guitar on Nobody Can Save Me, crowd rapping the first verse acapella of In the End. Bleed It Out moved up in the set and closing the main set. Reading My Eyes rapped over the bridge of Bleed It Out, balloons dropped during Faint... kinda pissed I had to miss it!


What will the band do tonight then? Will they keep with the super extended set? Will they go back to the “normal” headlining set? Honestly, at this point we don’t know. For Birmingham’s sake I hope that they get the same long set as the two previous shows. Considering that they don’t have an opener, it would make the most sense. But then the question is, what will be in the rotating spots?! We learned earlier in the tour that you can’t properly predict that the band will switch the songs like A-B-C, they do what they feel like in the day, so it’s more like A-Q-H for them. But I’m guessing It's Goin Down for the Castle of Glass outro, Battle Symphony for that spot, From the Inside for the first “nu-metal” spot, A Place for My Head for the second one, and Bleed It Out closing the show. Even if I’m wrong, it’s sure to be a fantastic show. Let’s also hope that Stormzy once again comes out on Good Goodbye, MAYBE even Jon Green on Nobody Can Save Me.


After this... nothing. The band takes 21 well deserved days off from tour before kicking off the US leg of the tour on July 27.

Are you going to the show? Well... In an initiative to connect the fans of Linkin Park, we here on LPA made a meet up schedule, so if you want to meet some fellow LPA users before the show, the page for all the information and names of who are attending the show is right here. So make it known that you are attending the show, so you can meet some other awesome fans. Remember to tweet/facebook/instagram pictures to us (we're "LPAssociation" on all those sites) if you meet some other members.

Are you going to the show? What do you think will happen? Come and discuss in our forums.

 
Posted on July 4, 2017 by Louis
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Another one! Linkin Park comes back for the second half of their doubleheader in London tonight. This time, the band will be performing at the Brixton Academy. This will actually be the band's first performance at the Brixton Academy venue since 2003!

The band performed a 26-track set last night at the O2 Arena, not deviating much from what we had seen for earlier performances of this European Tour. However, the show did happened to be the longest of the band's career. The biggest surprise of the night, which some had speculated might happen, was when UK-based rap artist Stormzy joined the band on stage to perform "Good Goodbye" off of One More Light. As you know, Stormzy was featured on the track alongside Pusha T, and this will be the first time that either artist participated in a live performance of the song. Brief clips of the performance were shared on Mike Shinoda's and Linkin Park's Instagram accounts (see below).




The other surprise and new addition of the night was the band's performance of "Invisible," which for the first time featured a brief acapella of "Hands Held High."

Chances are that we might see Stormzy show up again tonight for Linkin Park's show at the Brixton Academy, but we don't know that for sure. We don't know what we'll see yet from the band tonight, but Mike has since posted on Instagram today that fans can look forward to a more intimate show and a different setlist. There may be some surprises in store!


As mentioned before, the band will conclude their tour on July 6 in Birmingham at the Barclaycard Arena. The band would have otherwise closed their tour in Manchester, but have since cancelled the performance since Manchester Arena will not re-open until September, following the recent and horrid terrorist attack that took place there on May 22nd after an Ariana Grande concert.

If you have any thoughts on what the band might throw at fans tonight, let us know in our forums!

And of course, if you're going to the show in London tonight, you can meet up with other fans through the official meet up thread.

Remaining show on the European tour:
Jul 06, 2017 - Birmingham, UK, One More Light World Tour​

 
Posted on July 2, 2017 by Louis
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How quickly a tour goes by! As Linkin Park nears the end of this European Tour, which has seen the band perform in 11 countries since June 9th, they will now conclude with a trio of performances in the United Kingdom. Tonight's performance at the O2 Arena is the first of two consecutive performances in London, to be followed by a performance tomorrow night (July 4th) at the Brixton Academy. The band will conclude their tour on July 6 in Birmingham at the Barclaycard Arena.

The band would have otherwise closed their tour in Manchester, but have since cancelled the performance since Manchester Arena will not re-open until September. The venue remains closed following the recent and horrid terrorist attack that took place there on May 22nd, following an Ariana Grande concert.

So much to say about London - the city remains a special place for this band! The last time the full band performed in London was in November 2014 when promoting The Hunting Party. I actually went to one of these performances at the O2 Arena and managed to position myself at the very front of the pit - and as you might expect, it was memorable! One attendee managed to snag a video of the entire encore set from one of these performances (see below):


Much like this time, the band performed two consecutive shows at the O2 Arena back then. However, we've seen a bit of Linkin Park in London since then. Fort Minor actually performed at the Scala back in September 2015, which featured Mike performing a small and intimate set of Fort Minor tracks and Linkin Park B-sides. A lot of videos can be found on YouTube from this performance, but one of the most special moments of a show can be when the performing act first makes their way onto the stage. So here's a video of just that: Mike entering the stage and opening the show with "Petrified."


The performance featured a number of special tracks that haven't otherwise been performed (at least, for a long time) - including notable Hybrid Theory EP favorite "High Voltage," as well as "Devil's Drop" from the MALL Soundtrack.

Most recently, Mike and Chester came by London and performed in the YouTube Space back on March 30th, as part of a brief promotional stint for One More Light. The band performed a few tracks from the album, including a stripped down version of "Heavy" with special guest Sofia Karlberg (see below).


These few recent performances are simply some of the many times that both Linkin Park and Fort Minor have come around London and wowed us. And par for the course, we may be bound to see more of that tonight. Recent tweets from O2 Arena's official Twitter account suggest that the band "are keen to do a longer set for their UK fans," since there are no support acts listed for the show.


This could mean any number of things, but we may see some more surprises from this show (of which there have a been a few so far on this tour). The band has played anywhere between 21 and 26 tracks on this tour, so we're all certainly curious as to how many more tracks the band might throw in there. It's unlikely that we'll see the addition of any of the remaining One More Light tracks, but the band has found ways to throw in some fan favorites - including It's Goin' Down and Reading My Eyes over a couple of tracks. It's likely we'll see more of that this time around - and knowing this city's history with special Fort Minor performances, perhaps we'll see a performance of "Welcome" - or perhaps others!

Either way, fans based in the UK - and around the world alike - have a lot to be excited about leading up into these UK performances. Of course, we will keep you posted on any exciting developments for these shows. If you have any thoughts on what the band might throw at fans tonight, let us know in our forums!

And of course, if you're going to the show in London tonight, you can meet up with other fans through the official meet up thread.

Remaining shows on the European tour:
Jul 04, 2017 - London, UK, One More Light World Tour
Jul 06, 2017 - Birmingham, UK, One More Light World Tour​

 
Posted on June 30, 2017 by Zane
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Linkin Park continues through the Europe portion of the One More Light World Tour. As we reach the final four dates, Belgium's Rock Werchter is the last date before the band's consecutive two day shows in London, and then their final European date in Birmingham, UK. The band's previous performance in Norrköping, Sweden at the Bråvalla Festival saw some unexpected drops and a shorter overall setlist. Waiting For The End and the Nobody Can Save-Battle Symphony rotation were both dropped. The concert did yield a breathtaking performance of Breaking The Habit besides a golden a sunset. See the photo courtesy of Jim Digby on Twitter:

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Linkin Park last performed in Werchter, Belgium in 2011 during the A Thousand Suns World Tour and this performance will only mark the band's third appearance in the country ever. Fans, are you excited to see the band make a return to Werchter after 6 years! Let us know in the LPA Forums.

Will you be seeing the band at the Rock Werchter? If you are headed to the show, meet up with other fans through the official meet up thread.

Remaining shows on the European tour:
Jul 03, 2017 - London, UK, One More Light World Tour
Jul 04, 2017 - London, UK, One More Light World Tour
Jul 06, 2017 - Birmingham, UK, One More Light World Tour​

Source: Jim Digby Twitter