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Linkin Park - One More Light Album Review


Having shed their nu-metal skin long ago, Linkin Park have released their seventh album of new material and first since 2013. Their reported sales figures of over 70 million albums is testament to an outfit who have outstayed their new millennium peers, while their standing as a live draw sees them play three UK arena shows in July.

Linkin Park - One More Light Album Review

If you have heard the songs that have preceded this album's release, then you have already sampled the best of what is Linkin Park's most commercially pop collection. 'Battle Symphony' is their signature stomping anthem, but without the guitars cranked up, while 'Invisible' is an apologetic sing-a-long which fits snugly to daytime radio. The collaborations offer the greatest results with Pusha T and Stormzy joining co-vocalist Mike Shinoda on 'Good Goodbye' which help make up for the weak chorus, while Chester Bennington makes amends for this when joined by Kiara on the R&B flavoured 'Heavy'.

The remaining album tracks are at best filler; with the title track in particular a weak attempt at tender balladry that simply doesn't suit. 'Nobody Can Save Me' is a nice opener when you expect something with more attitude and energy, while they fall into by-numbers territory on 'Halfway Right'. There's nothing wrong with trying something different and in many ways it is to be admired, but ultimately the results here fall short of a band who not long ago could legitimately claim to be amongst the global elite of rock acts. 

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Linkin Park Don't Care About Sell Out Gripes


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Linkin Park ''don't care'' if people think they've sold out.

The US rockers - who will release their seventh studio album, 'One More Light', later this month following a three-year absence - are not interested in critics of their current, more poppy, sound and don't think people should read too much into it.

Frontman Chester Bennington said: ''We were asked, 'What do you think of people who say you sold out?' I don't care.

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Linkin Park Return With New Single 'Heavy' Featuring Kiiara


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Noughties nu metal band Linkin Park return with a brand new album entitled 'One More Light' this Spring, with the first single announced as 'Heavy' featuring Kiiara. You can catch them live in South America and doing the Europe festival rounds from May 2017.

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After two weeks of teasers, Linkin Park finally unveiled their latest single 'Heavy' yesterday (February 16th 2017), the lead track from their forthcoming self-produced seventh studio album. The song features Illinois electropop singer Kiiara, who released her debut album 'Low Kii Savage' in March last year and went Platinum with the 2015 single 'Gold'. 

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Linkin Park Forced To Cancel 'Hunting Party' Tour Following Frontman Chester Bennington's Injury


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Linkin Park have been forced to cancel the rest of their 'Hunting Party' tour after the band's frontman Chester Bennington suffered a leg injury which is required to undergo "immediate medical attention."

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Linkin Park cancels the rest of their tour due to Chester Bennington's leg injury

Linkin Park fans were told the bad news via a statement on their website, which read, "Linkin Park regret to inform their fans they must cancel the remaining dates of The Hunting Party tour through February 14th, due to a leg injury of lead vocalist Chester Bennington."

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Mike Shinoda - Photographs of American Nu metal band Linkin Park as they performed live in concert at the O2 arena in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 23rd November 2014

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Linkin Park and Mike Shinoda
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Linkin Park and Chester Bennington
Linkin Park, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
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Chester Bennington and Linkin Park - American rock band Linkin Park perform at the Ziggo Dome on their 'The Hunting Party Tour' - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Friday 7th November 2014

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Chester Bennington and Linkin Park
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park
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Rock In Rio Festival Expanding To America, Taylor Swift To Headline


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Good news for American music fans! The organisers of the massive Rock in Rio music festival have announced plans to hold an event in Las Vegas.

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Taylor Swift will be headlining the brand new festival

According to Nation, the concert will take place in May next year over two weekends, with Metallica and Taylor Swift the top names on the bill. Also performing will be Linkin Park, No Doubt, and John Legend. There aren't many other festivals where you would catch all those acts on the same bill! Roberta Medino, daughter of the festival's founder Roberto Medino, also announced they will spend $25 million on a publicity campaign to drive ticket sales, but with such a star-studded bill, they might not have to push too hard!

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Linkin Park - Linkin Park performs at the Carnivours Tour - Wantagh, New York, United States - Tuesday 19th August 2014

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Download Festival 2014 Review


Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.

Download Festival 2014 Review

In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.

The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.

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Our 10 Favourite Download Festival 2014 Moments


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Download Festival 2014 has come and gone in a dizzying blast of metal riffage, moshpits frenzies and surprisingly kind weather. The weekend was packed with memorable moments and stand-out performances but we decided to pick our ten favourite moments that truly epitomised the spirit of rock 'n' roll and getting dirty in that legendary Donington field.

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Download Festival 2014: Awash With Rock, Not Mud.

1) Black Stone Cherry's Secret Set

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Linkin Park and Mike Shinoda - Rock in Rio Lisboa held at Parque da Bela Vista - Day 3 - Performances - Lisbon, Portugal - Friday 30th May 2014

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Linkin Park, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda

Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo!


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Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!

We've partnered with one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Zippo, in a new competition where winners can bag two weekend guests tickets for the 2014 event which this year sees Aerosmith and Linkin Park among headliners. Winners can enjoy a weekend of guest camping and exclusive access to the guest area.

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Download Festival In Touching Tribute: The Stephen Sutton Stage


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Stephen Sutton’s story touched the hearts of many, raising not just money, but awareness for cancer. Although the £4 million he did manage was truly staggering. And in an act of remembrance for Sutton, the main stage at this year’s Download Festival will be named the Stephen Sutton stage.

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One of the things on Sutton’s ‘bucket list’ was to visit the renown metal and rock festival. Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park will be gracing it this year while last year Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein headlined. 

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Jared Leto: Got My Oscar, Now I'm Going On Tour With Linkin Park - Thanks


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Jared Leto isn’t like most Oscar winners. He’s been criticised for his role as the transgender character Rayon, and not 48 hours after his Best Supporting Actor win for the role, it has been announced that he and his band – 30 Seconds to Mars – are off on a massive tour with Linkin Park.

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He and his 16-year-old rock band, will perform in San Diego Sept. 16 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre. They have middle-billing between the headlining Linkin Park and AFI to kick off the Carnivore Tour. Explaining the title of the tour, Linkin Park's Sinoda said: "Carnivores is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive, and I feel that’s exactly the hunger this tour will feed."

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Download 2014 Lineup Taking Shape: Linkin Park To Headline, 'Hybrid Theory' Played In Full


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It won’t kick off until June 13th next year, but metal rock fans heading to 2014’s Download already have an idea how their weekend will sound: Linkin Park will be headlining, and will play their seminal ‘2000’ album, Hybrid Theory in full.

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"We have been kicking around the idea of playing 'Hybrid Theory' for some time and the perfect opportunity is Download 2014. The legendary energy of the Download crowd is the apex of the rock experience, and we are very excited to share this special night with them," Metal Hammer quotes Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as saying.

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Joan Jett, Linkin Park And Other Surprises Made Sunset Strip 2013 One Of The Best


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The sixth edition of Hollywood's Sunset Strip Music Festival was a memorable affair with some amazing surprise features and a great show from this year's honouree Joan Jett with her band The Blackhearts.

The event took place last weekend (August 1st - 3rd) with an astounding 15,000 fans showing up to soak in the rock vibes. It kicked off on the Thursday as veteran rock chick Joan Jett was landed with the Elmer Valentine Award celebrating her influence on the Sunset Strip music scene. Following a stunning performance, the star told Rolling Stone how good it felt to be once again playing on the Strip. 'It felt really fulfilling in a lot of ways. When I left LA, it was with a hangdog vibe', she explained. 'I had the impression. of people laughing at me, saying. 'We told you girls couldn't play rock and roll'. It's very humbling. People are very sincere in their praise and you can't take it lightly.'

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10 Million Milestone For Adele's 21


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Just in case you were in any doubt over just how successful, talented, adored and, indeed, rich Adele was, the news broke today that the British singer has now sold 10 million copies of her second album, 21. Cue lots of pictures of her clutching her Brits statuettes and an armful of Grammy gongs...

She’s reached this incredible milestone less than two years since the album was released and 21 now has the honour of being the UK’s fifth biggest-selling album of all time, meaning that the album is now officially more popular than Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits as well as the Michael Jackson albums Bad and Thriller. That’s no mean feat for the singer, who’s now 24 and has just recently given birth to her first child. This news means that Adele is the third artist to have clocked up sales of 10 million from one album this year. Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory (2000) and Usher’s Confessions (2004) have also crossed that milestone though obviously Adele’s ascent was a far swifter one and all the more impressive for that.

Adding to this impressive list of accolades, 21 is also the most downloaded album in history. Since she gathered up that armful of Grammy awards at the start of the year, it has seemed that Adele’s second album shows no signs of abating, its associated success stories just keep on rolling in. Congratulations once more, Adele!

Rob Bourdon and Linkin Park - Rob Bourdon of 'Linkin Park' Sunday 18th November 2012 he 40th Anniversary American Music Awards 2012, held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live - Pressroom

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Musicians Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon and Linkin Park
Joe Hahn and Linkin Park

One Dead And 19 Injured Outside Linkin Park Gig In South Africa


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A woman had died and 19 other people have been injured at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa, according to the BBC. The band were unaware that temporary scaffolding outside the Green Point stadium, where they were playing, had collapsed and so played their set. However it was confirmed by a spokesperson to the BBC that "One person passed away last night as a result of injuries. It was a female individual. She passed away after she was taken to hospital.”

Finding out about the news after playing their show, Linkin Park quickly wrote a statement on their website, which read: “Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue.”

They added: “We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries. Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy.”

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Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington and Linkin Park - Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington (right) of Linkin Park, Saturday 22nd September 2012 at the iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012 - Day 2 - held at The Grand Garden Arena at MGM Grand Resort and Casino - Arrivals.

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Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park

Linkin Park, Living Things Album Review


As part of the post-Millennium nu-metal movement, the sextet that comprise Linkin Park found huge success with their debut 'Hybrid Theory', but have retained their popularity after seeing peers like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach fall into obscurity. Now on their fifth studio album, they see out the latter part of the summer on a tour of North America.

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Linkin Park Sunday 20th May 2012 2012 Billboard Music Awards, held at MGM Grand Garden Arena - Arrivals

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Various Artists, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon Soundtrack Album Review


It seems apt that for the latest instalment of a franchise based on metal objects hitting other metal objects that the soundtrack reads like a who's who of Alt-Rock/Metal acts. The third album for the Transformers series continues in the tradition of the first three with Linkin Park, Goo Goo Dolls, and Taking Back Sunday being just a few of the acts to feature time and again, it's just a shame that as the films have lost the plot the music has too.

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park and Talinda - Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and his wife Talinda Los Angeles, California - Celebrities arriving at the Staples Center for the Lakers game Tuesday 12th April 2011

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park and Talinda
Chester Bennington, Linkin Park and Talinda

Phoenix, Las Vegas, Linkin Park and Tattoo - Dave Phoenix Farrell Saturday 19th February 2011 at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, Nevada

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Linkin Park and Chester Bennington Tuesday 21st July 2009 Linkin Park member Chester Bennington and his family leaving the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Berlin, Germany

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Linkin Park and Chester Bennington

Linkin Park, Manchester M.E.N. Arena, Live Review


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Manchester M.E.N. Arena
Sunday January 27, 2008
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