Linkin Park Performance at iHeartRadio Theater Recap
The iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles rocked last night for the "iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Linkin Park" celebrating their new album "The Hunting Party." The event broadcasted live on-air as a 60-minute special on Clear Channel Alternative, Active Rock, and Mainstream Rock Stations, as well as streamed online across CHR, Hot-AC, Alt, Active Rock, Mainstream Rock, and Sports station websites and iHeartRadio.com.
The band performed two songs off their new album including: "Wastelands" and "Until It's Gone." For the full set list see below.
At the end of their set they recorded three additional songs that will air tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Tune-in to see Linkin Park, live from the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles tonight at 11:35 p.m./10:35 p.m. CT on ABC.
Jenn Marino co-host of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx opened the show talking about how it's been 15 years since Linkin Park crashed through the doors at the Roxy. She opened the Q&A discussing the release of their sixth studio album, The Hunting Party.
Chester told the audience that the album is raw, edgy, and dirty.
He said "If you don't like the heavy side of Linkin Park don't listen to this record. If you don't like guitar solos that shed then don't listen to this record. If you don't like kick ass drum solos then don't listen to this record. If you don't want songs that will make you punch things, don't listen to this record."
Jenn asked the band if anyone had ever walked up to them and told them a story about how their music inspired them?
They told the audience we want our music to inspire. Want to inspire people to make music and be in band. They want to bring different people together through their music. Mike said that recently they had heard from some bands like Bring Me the Horizon. First time we played in England he was actually there watching the show. We played with him and now he's on the main stage.
Jenn asked the band if anyone helped them develop as artists?
Chester talked about the effect Janes Addiction had on him as a musician. He said, "The second I heard Ritual de lo Habitual, I didn't even know music could sound like that. I knew right away that this was the greatest song." He also listed off a number of other bands including: Radio Head, Misfits, Exploited, NWA, Public Enemy, and Rage Against the Machine.
They talked about Steve Aoki and working with him. Mike said they started talking on twitter. He followed Mike and Mike followed him. Eventually they began direct messaging each other, but it was months before they ever talked about making a song together.
Jenn asked if there was going to be more from their collaboration. Mike said "We are just going to plunge as far and as deep into the Steve hole."
In this album we got the chance to work with some of the peoples. Got To work with Raqim.
In the middle of the Q&A their guitar player, Brad Nelson, had to take a quick bathroom break so he asked Jenn to keep talking while he ran off stage. This led to a number of jokes about what they do on stage during their concerts, wearing adult diapers, and how Chester's vocabulary has changed now that he has babies.
Once things got back on track, Jenn asked the band how do you keep reinventing yourself and winning the way you do?
Mike said that this is one of the blessings of being in the band. They are able to play with Metallica one night and then turn around and do a set with Jay-Z the next.
He said "When we were out trying to prove ourselves to the world, we knew our fans had our backs, but we'd get a Review of a record and I'd feel like we need our own section of a music store."
They discussed their collaboration with Jay-Z. Mike said "the Grey Album kicked off this whole mash up. We all listened to different genres of music. When I first got into programming for keyboards this is what I started out making. They contacted us and said Jay is interested in doing a song. We sent them three songs and they got back to us and they're like oh shit, let's do a whole show."
Chester elaborated "I took Jay-Z's song and matched them up with our songs and put them at the same beats per minute. All the songs were in the same key and this lead to our MTV special."
Linkin Park closed the show by airing a video for their charity, "music for relief", which helps raise money for people in need from natural disasters around the world. The organization was founded in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Since 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $6 million for million for survivors of multiple disasters across four continents including Hurricane Katrina, China's Wenchuan earthquake, a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, earthquakes in Haiti and Japan in 2010 and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. To learn more please visit: http://musicforrelief.org/
1. Burn It Down
2. Waiting for the End
3. Wastelands - The Hunting Party
5. In The End
6. I Won't Be Ignored
7. Until It's Gone - The Hunting Party
8. New Divide
9. What I've Done
10. Bleed It Out