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Meteora wasn’t just a milestone for Linkin Park. It was a milestone for modern rock. The band’s second full-length illuminated the fact that they were here to stay, and it also evinced just how incredible their songwriting is. Tracks like “Don’t Stay”, “Somewhere I Belong”, and “Numb” remain classics in the Linkin Park catalog, and the record exudes a unique sense of urgency that’s still magnetic ten years later. Meteora is a classic…

In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park looks back on Meteoraand looks ahead for Linkin Park.

Given the album has celebrated its ten-year anniversary, what’s the first thing you think of when you think ofMeteora?

I think Meteora was a really good step for us in terms of our ability to write the kinds of songs we were going to be capable of writing. I look at Hybrid Theory and Meteora in a really strange way. We knew what we wanted, and we knew how to execute to a certain degree. However, we were also just going for it. We didn’t really care about what anybody else was doing. We also didn’t care whether or not the songs fit together stylistically as a whole or a collection of songs.

How so?

It was more like, “This riff is sick!” Then, we’d just scream over it, and the next song would be a mid-tempo ballad and you’d sing the way that song needed to be sang. We were testing. We were students in college. We were in the lab, and we happened to stumble across something everybody liked and it worked. I think Meteora was an extension of that.

Do you feel a connection between the two albums?

Absolutely, it’s like Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the same process. The only thing is we got better at writing songs onMeteora. We got better at creating sounds. We got better at arranging the songs.

What was Don Gilmore‘s role in all of this?

I think Don had respect for us at that point. It wasn’t just about making a commercial record for the record company. We were allowed to make whatever we wanted. There were no fights. There was no power struggle coming from the label at that time. It was our first taste of being free to a certain degree. At the same time, we were still searching for respect. I feel like we were coming out on that record. It was like, “Now people know what we sound like. We’ve been around. Check this shit out!” We got heavier. We got more cinematic with our songs.

It’s like a bridge into the Linkin Park of today.

I feel like those were two great stepping stones into catapulting us into really believing we could do whatever we wanted in the studio.

What’s next for you?

Linkin Park is making a new record now. We’re writing some great music, and I’m really excited about it! Next year is going to be a busy year.

Rick Florino
10.17.13

Source: Artist Direct

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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!

 

It seems like there’s a video for “A light that never comes” in the making. Joe Hahn posted a few images, as well as an video, on his Instagram account, as well as a little video. It also seems like they’re teaming up with Ghost Town Media once again, who also worked, alongside LP, on Video’s like “BURN IT DOWN”, “Iridescent” or “Waiting for the End” and others.

 

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According to news from Hong Kong Records & @linkinparkhk the video was supposed to come out on Oct 8, but so far nothing has surfaced.

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”!

 

“Black Heart”