X-clusive: Linkin Park Prepare The Revolution
June 17, 2004
Linkin Park have spoken exclusively to Xfm Online about their upcoming heavyweight touring extravaganza, Projekt Revolution. With a bill set to feature everyone from legends Snoop Dogg and Korn to rising Brit-metal stars Funeral For A Friend, Linkin Park look forward to a star-studded summer.
With the promotional treadmill for the band's second album 'Meteora' drawing to a close, the band have put together a promising line-up of both new bands and old masters from the world's of both rock and hip-hop for their touring mini-festival. Drummer Rob Bourdon explains the band's manifesto for Projekt Revolution 2004.
"The tour is about showcasing talent within each group's genre and music in general," Bourdon explains. "To my knowledge, [original Wu-Tang Clan member] Ghostface and M.O.P. don't usually do things like this with rock bands, so its great that you get to bring together a group of people who don't usually get to hang out or play together.
Clearly pleased with the assembled group of acts which includes skate-punks Less Than Jake, The Used, Downset and sole British representatives Funeral For A Friend, Bourdon went on to justify the band's choice of line-up.
"The main reason we wanted Korn and Snoop [on the bill] is that they have made such a big impact on music as a whole," he continued. "Ever since they came out people have been imitating them. They've changed the face of music today.
"I think there are a lot of fans who are interested in these two different styles and would enjoy the bill we've put together."
Following the summer tour, Linkin Park will be set to begin readying tracks for their third album. However, with talk of collaborations and "creative screwing around" afoot, don't expect the band to wait for studio time to start working on new material.
"We're planning on doing some writing soon, but we find we can write and demo stuff on the bus or wherever. Once you get started on a track and have ideas you need to preserve the spontaneity of them.
"As for collaborations, I'd love to do some stuff with a number of people. I've recently been working with [Gorillaz and Deltron 3030 member] Dan The Automator, and [Automator side project] Handsome Boy Modelling School have offered us the chance to do some stuff with them. I can't say exactly what I've contributed - you'll have to wait and see."
"All of those guys are so creative and versatile. They have a style, but at the same time they love to break rules and surprise people," Bourdon continues. "We're also hoping to do some stuff with Korn or Snoop or whoever on the Projekt Revolution tour."
With 8 million albums sold and a devoted legion of fans to please, the world of Linkin Park seems as though it must be a highly regimented military operation of gigs and promotion with little time to let the creative juices flow. Not so, concludes Bourdon.
"In what we do its all creative," he summarises. "Creative screwing around, that is. It may just be for fun and not work out, or it may be great and we'll release it. You'll just have to wait and see."
The current line-up for Projekt Revolution 2004 is as follows:
Main Stage: Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, The Used, Less Than Jake
Revolution Stage: Ghostface, Funeral For A Friend, M.O.P., Downset
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