Linkin Park doesn't have to be a legacy act if they don't want to - but they have to stop making music like The Hunting Party if that's the case. No disrespect to that album or to LIVING THINGS, but honestly unless the band is serious about trying to make different kinds of music with each album and with really trying to push the envelope each time, they're going to become this legacy act you're all talking about. Bands like Korn are stuck where they are because they make the same music all of the time and it gets worse with age, and so only nostalgia carries their concerts and fan base. Look at a band like Radiohead. I know they are a considerably more talented band who have done a lot more in music than Linkin Park has so it's a rough comparison, but think of it this way. That band is makes different albums each and every time, and it's not like these albums are high-energy hard rock albums. Their material ever since they came out with Kid A has been very experimental and has become more minimalistic over time. However, their shows sell out all of the time. Granted, this is partially because Radiohead has a huge fan base and because they don't perform a whole lot of shows. With that said, however, their fan base is as big as it is because they can grab fans from multiple genres. You'll have your Radiohead fans from the early days, who were much more into the rock that Radiohead was making. And you may have brand new fans from King of Limbs who were much more into the minimalistic material. Either way, your fan base is diverse but committed regardless. Linkin Park doesn't have a diverse fan base. They have a polarized one. You have people who largely fit into two camps - Pre-A Thousand Suns or Post-A Thousand Suns. Of course, there are those in between - but this is what I've largely observed. A lot of fans come to the shows to watch the band perform their Hybrid Theory and Meteora hits, and a lot of fans come to watch the band perform songs from A Thousand Suns, LIVING THINGS, and so forth. But these are two types of fans who will either be happy or sad depending on what happens with each album. If the band sticks to this mode where they really only make two kinds of music (hard rap-rock or electronic), they're not going to gain new fans. If you compile this with a changing music industry where people don't buy CDs and they look for songs instead off of the radio, where Linkin Park doesn't really have a great presence, how do you expect the band NOT to become a Legacy Act? There are going to be people who are going to argue that Linkin Park does change with each album, but let's be real. Minutes to Midnight was more different from its predecessors than The Hunting Party was from its predecessors. Does this not say something about how little the band has actually swayed from what they're known for? A Thousand Suns is as different as you'll get, and the band can't perform it live with any quality whatsoever it seems. Chester even said that some of those songs suck the energy out of crowds because they're mid-range songs. If the band is looking to perform high-energy shows, they're going to have a hard time innovating. I don't know - I think people need to accept that band's with staying power make considerable changes over the courses of their careers. Linkin Park has had staying power because the band grabbed a lot of people at a young age, and nostalgia has carried those fans through. Part of what has helped me stick with Linkin Park is that I feel I have matured as the band's music has, but now I'm starting to notice that they've stagnated. I was seriously not all that impressed with LIVING THINGS and The Hunting Party. Unless they really try something different the next time around, can I really stick to them the same way? Forgive me for the rant, but things have to change if the band doesn't want to become a legacy act.