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

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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

 
Posted on June 28, 2017 by Kevin
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Linkin Park finally returns to Sweden!

It has been six years since the last time Linkin Park played a show in Sweden. With only two shows in the country, and both of them being played in the Ericsson Globe, this makes it the first festival show that the band will play. I hope. The band has a bit of a bad history with playing festivals in Sweden, having been scheduled for the Hultsfred festival in both 2003 and 2008. Both shows had to be cancelled, the one in 2003 had long notice due to the band cancelling their entire Europe tour due to Chester injuring his back, In Flames stepped in and took the bands place. The show in 2008 was cancelled with 3 hours notice, Brad couldn't fly from Finland due to an ear infection. The show afterwards in Bern, Switzerland had to be cancelled as well.

But let's talk about when Linkin Park actually DID play in the country instead. Their first successful show came in 2007, just a few days after the release of Minutes to Midnight. This was the second show of that European tour so it brought with it the second performances of Leave Out All the Rest and The little Things Give You Away, both songs having been debuted live the show before in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is also the historic show where, before playing No More Sorrow, Mike had a bra thrown in his face. You can see that below.


In 2011 the band came back, not playing anything new, but delivering a hell of a performance.


The last show the band performed was their live debut in Hungary at the 2017 Volt Festival. The band brought with them A Place For My Head in the rotation spot, Mike rapped It's Goin Down over the Castle of Glass outro and then rapped Reading My Eyes on the Bleed It Out bridge. The band also dropped the Battle Symphony/Nobody Can Save Me rotation spot, presumably due to limited performance time.


So, this show ... let's hope that it breaks the routine of Festival = Cancel, Headlining = Play (except in 2001, cancelled there too), that has been going on with the scheduled Linkin Park performances in Sweden all this time. Let's speculate about what will be played instead. The band has a scheduled 105 minutes set so that should mean that all songs should be able to be played, and if they are, I'm personally hoping for Nobody Can Save Me instead of Battle Symphony, and A Place For My Head in the rotation spot towards the end of the set. But since that was played at the previous show, I'm guessing it will be ... Points of Authority. A Place For My Head could go over the outro of Castle of Glass.


Not A Place For My Head, but still awesome!
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. I will be attending this show so if you see me during the day, come up and say hi. I will also be documenting the day over on our Instagram Story, so make sure you watch that!

So, are you going to this show? What do you think the band will play? Come and discuss in our forums.

Remaining shows on the European Tour:
Jul 01, 2017 - Werchter, Belgium, Rock Werchter 2017
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

 
Posted on June 26, 2017 by Louis
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Today it was announced on Facebook that Chester Bennington will be reuniting with his former band, Grey Daze to perform at the Club Tattoo Anniversary Party on September 23rd, 2017 at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona. The reunion will feature the band's original members, including Chester, Sean Dowdell, Mace Beyers, and Jason Barnes. The show will also feature opening band Katastro.

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It is unclear whether or not the band will only perform older material, or if they are coming together to perform and release new material. However, posts on the Grey Daze Facebook page suggest that some of the members have been recording in the studio - making it possible that there may remastered or new material from the group.

Grey Daze assembled and released three albums in the early 1990s, including Demo (1993), Wake Me (1994), and ...no sun today (1997). Chester left the group in 1998 before joining Linkin Park (then known as Xero).

Tickets for the performance go on sale this Friday, June 30 on luckymanonline.com, and will also be available at all Club Tattoo locations.

Source: Grey Daze Facebook Page