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Band to take break from studio for January 11th show in Los Angeles

Linkin Park will headline a benefit January 11th at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia to raise money for victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. LP, who’ve become leading philanthropists in the music world with their Music for Relief organization, will be joined by the Offspring and Bad Religion, as well as special guests, guitarist Brad Delson tells us.

Tickets for the intimate show are being given to those who raise funds for the victims, with 500 tickets earmarked for those who raise a minimun of $250 (with all proceeds going to the charity). VIP packages are also available for those that raise more.

Linkin Park are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2012’s Living Things. But as Delson explained, having just been to the Philippines to play a show a few months ago, the sextet had to find a way to help. Delson talked to us about his experience there, playing with both Offspring and Bad Religion and the group’s festival plans in 2014, including playing their breakthrough debut, Hybrid Theory, in its entirety.

What made you put this show together?
For starters, we were just in the Philippines. I extended my stay there and it was one of the highlights of my trip to Asia mainly because the people of the Philippines are so warm and generous of spirit and I just loved it. And when the guys saw what happened, we just felt such a need to want to help and certainly Music for Relief’s mission is to raise awareness and resources to respond on behalf of victims of natural disasters.

How will the proceeds from this show be distributed?
We’re so pleased that all of the money raised from the show, all of it, will be going to Music for Relief’s partner in this case, International Medical Core. We vetted all the potential partners and determined they were the best first responders if you will, they are already there on the ground delivering emergency medical response and they do long-term disease prevention.

How did you put together the lineup?
Our band responded immediately and we just started making phone calls. We got a lot of responses from groups that couldn’t do it for a lot of reasons, like someone might be on tour. A lot of those groups have donated items and experiences to an auction we’re gonna do, so beyond the Offspring and special guests we have committed for the show there are a lot of groups, like Dave Grohl was super generous in donating something, Thirty Seconds To Mars as well, Green Day, Chili Peppers were really helpful, Rick Rubin was helpful, there are a ton of people to make this thing work. That’s why it’s called Music for Relief, because it’s really a response for the entire music community for this important cause.

Have you ever played a show with the Offspring before?
We’ve been on festival bills with them and Mike [Shinoda] and I were just talking about it yesterday. When you see their show it’s incredible the depth of their catalog. They’re one of the few bands where when they play a show you truly know every song they play. We’ve always enjoyed watching them and listening to their shows on festivals, but I don’t believe we’ve ever organized a show with them and for them to step up and want to lead the charge on this speaks to their character and how sweet those guys are. We’re really grateful to them for being an integral part of this and we just got a confirmation from Bad Religion, so they’re gonna be on the bill as well. I’m really excited to have those guys on the bill.

Have you ever played with them before?
We played like festival-style shows, I believe we’ve been on an Acoustic Xmas or something and again we haven’t really had the opportunity to organize something together as bands and as friends. So to have them on this is just incredible. Both of these bands are bands that we have looked up to growing up and love their music and respect them as men.

You guys are also doing the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany with Metallica, Kings of Leon and Iron Maiden.
I grew up listening to mostly heavy music for a long amount of my formative years and to be able to share the stage with some of these bands it’s just epic. And we always appreciate the opportunity.

You are playing Hybrid Theory in its entirety at the Download Festival. Will you be doing that anyplace else?
Right now that’s the only place we’ve announced we’re gonna do that. Since 2000 we’ve never played Hybrid Theory in its entirety. And even then I don’t know if we played the whole album as an album and this is gonna be quite a special experience for fans who are in the U.K. for the Download Festival.

Are there songs from the album you are excited to play again after a long absence?
It’s funny, we were joking, because there are a few songs we do incorporate in our set so we probably have half the boxes checked and the other half will definitely require some revisiting in rehearsal to sharpen the tools. There are a couple in there that are like, “I think I remember how to play that, but I shouldn’t be overconfident about it.”

With all these tour dates announced in summer does this mean the album will be done by then?
We’re in the studio almost every day working on our album for next year, so it’s a very fun time for us and very creative. It’ll be out when it’s ready, we’re working very hard toward that end and it’s been a really fun process so far. Right now we’re still in the early phases of everything so everything’s really nebulous, we’re just trying to capture an initial inspiration and see where it leads us.

Source: Rolling Stone

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Yesterday Chester and his bandmates from Stone Temple Pilots, Dean and Robert DeLeo, visited the Cardon Children’s Hospital. Chester also said that this event is a highlight for him – every year. Bennington has been performing on three of the four events that have been taken place so far. He and his wife Talinda are great and passionate supporters of the Cardon Children’s Hospital ever since it’s opening.

The 5th Annual Stars of the Season, on which Chester & Stone Temple Pilots, headlined took place last night. Check our Ted Stryker’s twitter page – he hosted the even’t and posted some great pictures. As well as Chester’s bandmate Mike Shinoda and his wife Anna.

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The rock band Stone Temple Pilots visited with kids at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa. That included the band’s new lead singer Chester Bennington, a Phoenix native formerly of the rock/rap band Linkin Park. Band members toured the facility, and hung out with patients and their families. “My wife and I have been involved with the children’s hospital since its opening,” said Bennington in a media briefing. The 90′s hard rock band is headlining the hospital’s “Stars of the Season” event Oct. 26 at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley. “I’ve had the pleasure of performing at three of the four Stars of the Season events,” said Bennington, “and it’s one of the highlights of my year every year.”
Proceeds from the event will benefit the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. For more information, visit the Banner Health website.

Chester said to AZCentral:

“It’s a beautiful place,” the singer said during a press conference. “The parents we met today were great and they’ve had a great experience here today. We saw a baby that was a little over a pound all the way to another baby that was born here with the same weight and now a full eight pounds and is ready to go home soon hopefully.”

Bennington, a father of six, was especially interested in the neonatal intensive care unit because he and wife Talinda have twin babies that were born premature. During his visit, he met children who were also born before full-term pregnancies and spoke with parents and staff members who were clearly touched by his dedication to the community and hospital.

“We live a very blessed kind of life and we get to do things that require very little effort in a lot of ways, so giving back for me has always been an obligation to give my thanks to the communities that supported what I do in my bands,” Bennington said. “I feel that when you reach a certain level of success, I think that it becomes imperative that you do things for the community. Bennington’s positive attitude and desire to help others may have impacted the DeLeo brothers to bring him on board as STP’s new singer.

“We spent some time together back around 2000 and I had a pretty good inkling of as to what was ticking inside of him,” said guitarist Dean DeLeo.

Bassist Robert DeLeo added, “That was really one of the main reasons we wanted him in the band because we knew what kind of human being he was and that means a lot to Dean, Eric, and myself.”

Bennington has been involved in the Stars of the Season from the beginning, performing with his other side project, Dead By Sunrise, and members of the Los Angeles all-star cover band Camp Freddy.

Although previous years have found him going easy on the volume, Bennington reported, with a laugh, “This year with STP, we decided that we are not going to play acoustically and that we are going to play full volume.”

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Chester Bennington is featured in the latest issue of Kerrang! magazine. He discusses the new Linkin Park album and the musical direction it has taken so far (You probably will be surprised ;) ). But he also speaks  to the haters who haven’t even gave the new STP lineup a chance – but chose to judge them anyways.

 

“I don’t personally know what Scott thinks of me fronting STP. Let’s put it this way: when my wife met me, she didn’t call my ex-wife and ask if it was okay. I care about Scott and I want nothing but the best for him, but at the same time I know that if I want my favorite band to be productive, then I’m the only guy who can do it.”

 

“I know that people may initially be sceptical because I’m not Scott. That’s natural. But for those who have seen us play together with their own eyes and heard our EP with their own ears – they believe it. For people who haven’t, and who don’t go to shows or listen to new material but still have opinions on us..well, [raises middle finger] they can kiss my ass. Listen to the EP; come see a show. This is a permanent arrangement, and I promise that you will believe that this is the future of STP.”

 

K!: So, Chester, what’s happening with Linkin Park?

 

Chester: We’ve written a lot of music for the new Linkin Park album; Mike’s written tons. When I got back from tour with STP, there was a lot for me to catch up with. They were playing me things, and I was like, ‘Dude, this is fucking awesome!’ The music has tons of energy – we basically want people to listen to it and go, ‘Really? They did that?!’ People will either love it or hate it. They’re the two preferred responses, and we have a real vision set out for this album.

 

K!: How will it sound then?

 

Chester: Before I left on tour with STP, everything that Mike had written was really dance-y and sounded kind of like electro. I loved it, and I said, ‘How about we start with this stuff and make it darker?’ and then I come back from tour…and it’s like death metal!(laughs). I just sat there listening, like, ‘Oh shit, this is awesome! So this is where we’re going with it? Cool, I’m down with that!’ Things will keep changing as we write – they always do!

 

K!: Are you really going to death metal?

 

Chester: That’s the most amazing thing about writing music in Linkin Park; we take such a massive variety of influences into demo sessions. It could be in any form, from Mike beatboxing into his phone to a completely finished song, complete with words. We take it all into the studio and work on it there, kinda stick to what they already do. I don’t imagine that Pantera ever took any pop-style beats into a recording session and said, ‘Let’s do this! We could pull this off!’ We’ve taken all sort of ideas into the studio this time, from acoustic folk songs to dupsteppy, crazy stuff with insane guitars…oh, and death metal complete with super-intricate drumming. In Linkin Park, we don’t give a shit what we’re doing, as long as it makes our ears perk up!

 

Source: CBNAlternativeNation and agathasophy.tumblr.com

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October is bullying prevention month and Hard Drive XL has a special campaign going on in which Rockstars get a spotlight to speak out to Bullying victims and offer advice, give hope and offer support.

 

Here’s Chester’s PSA. Heard on Hard Drive XL yesterday, October 16th. You can listen to what Chester has to say down below. For more information, please visit

http://www.stopbullying.gov/

and spread the word about this. Bullying is EVERYWHERE and it’s taking lives everyday. Make a difference and help! Thank you!

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USA Today uploaded a video in which Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn talk about how they had to switch from their Apple Mac’s to Windows8 for their most recent Music Video “A light that never comes”. They also talk about their online game “Recharged” on Facebook.

 

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Artisan News uploaded a full video of all Interviews they did with Dean DeLeo and Chester – so if you missed one, you can re-watch the whole thing.

 

 

 

Also, on November 1st EVNTLIVE is live-streaming the Stone Temple Pilots concert in Biloxi, MS (Hard Rock Live) . The stream will start at 8PM CDT / 6PM PDT under the following link: www.evntlive.com.

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Some of you might have seen it already, but FINALLY the music video for “A light that never comes” has dropped, and of course, we have it for you.

Watch it here

If you can’t watch the video there, make sure to check out Mike Shinoda Clan’s post about the video, they have a full list for several countries with links.

 

There’s also a small “Making Of”. Enjoy!

 

New LPTV – Making of   “A light that never comes”  part 3

 

 
 
 
Also Mike and Steve did two interviews in which they talked about the whole process of coming together for “A light that never comes”, but also about Mike’s experiences for “Reanimation” and the difference to the working process for the the new Linkin Park album “Recharged”. Just listen to it.

 

Listen to the Interview for 97X 

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Earlier this week STP and Chester stopped by at KROQ’s Kevin and Bean show for an interview and a live acoustic performance.

Listen (and download if you want) to the complete show here.

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For their acoustic performance, they played “Pretty Penny” as well as “Black Heart” from their new EP “High Rise”!

 

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In the past few days a lot of news, interviews and video’s have surfaced. I’m gonna put it all together for you ;)

 

Chester & Rober DeLeo talked to 106.9  THE BEAR

An audio interview in which Chester talked about the writing process for STP and how he approached writing lyrics in a “What Mike would say” kind-of-way. They also talked about their upcoming fundraiser for Cardon Children’s Medical Center “Stars Of The Season” 2013 which will take place on October 26th.

 

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Chester and Robert DeLeo spoke to 91x

Chester and Robert talked to 91X about making sure that everyone was okay with Chester becoming the frontman of another band, as well about how the whole process of coming together started in general. Robert also spoke about Scott Weiland and his tour, as well as Scott playing old STP songs on his own.

 

Listen here.

Another, funny, audio interview with Chester and Robert DeLeo with KISW you can hear HERE. Make sure to tune in, it’s super hilarious ;)