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Linkin Park debut interactive new promo via video game

March 26th, 2014 4:00am EDT
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Rockers Linkin Park have broken new boundaries by debuting their new music promo on Tuesday (25Mar14) via an unlikely outlet - Xbox video game Project Spark.

The Numb hitmakers joined forces with the game's programmers at Team Dakota to create the first fully-interactive music video within a computer game for Guilty All the Same, after keyboardist Joe Hahn came up with the idea while attending last year's (13) E3 games conference in Los Angeles.

The new technology allows users to customise the video themselves, which revolves around a main character who is dogged by guilt as they make the...

Linkin Park And The Offspring To Play Philippines Benefit Concert

December 12th, 2013 10:05am EST
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Linkin Park are teaming up with The Offspring to play a benefit performance for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

The two bands will come together for a special show in L.A. in January to raise funds for Linkin Park's charity Music For Relief, an organization which provides aid to disaster areas.

The Concert for the Philippines event at the Club Nokia venue will bring in money to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Asian country in November and left more than 5,000 dead.

More acts will be added to the line-up in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the ...

Stone Temple Pilots add Bennington to their name

August 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Stone Temple Pilots
The new-look Stone Temple Pilots have slightly changed their moniker as Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington joins the band for upcoming tour dates and record releases.

Bennington joined the group three months ago after his new bandmates fired former frontman Scott Weiland and now the rockers have announced plans to release a new EP as Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington.

High Rise will be released on the band's own label, Play Pen/ADA, on 5 October (13), and will include the group's first single, Out of Time.

Bennington made his STP debut in May (13) at the KROQ Weenie Roast ...

Scott Weiland: 'I have no hard feelings towards Stone Temple Pilots replacement Bennington'

August 1st, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Rocker Scott Weiland insists there are no hard feelings between him and his Stone Temple Pilots replacement Chester Bennington, because he's convinced the Linkin Park star did not act spitefully when he stepped up to front the band.

Bennington stunned fans when he hit the stage with STP for a radio concert in California in May (13) and now he has become a semi-permanent member of the group and plans to tour with the DeLeo brothers later this year (13), while honouring his Linkin Park commitments at the same time.

Weiland, whose firing left a vacancy for his rock peer, is at war with his f...

Stone Temple Pilots plan first tour with Bennington

July 15th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Temple Pilots have announced their first tour with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as frontman.

Bennington replaced Scott Weiland in the band earlier this year (13) and made his debut as frontman in May (13) at KROQ's Weenie Roast festival - and now it looks as if his position will be permanent.

Just days after STP and Bennington confirmed a headlining spot at the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers, Florida on 21 September (13), the group has released details of a new tour, which kicks off in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on 4 September (13).

Brothers Dean and Robert DeLe...

Stone Temple Pilots secure festival slot with Bennington

July 8th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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The new-look Stone Temple Pilots, featuring Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, have scheduled another festival slot in Florida.

The group will co-headline the first annual Rockwave Festival in Fort Myers on 21 September (13) alongside Jane's Addiction.

Bennington was the surprise replacement for Scott Weiland when he was kicked out of the band earlier this year (13), and he has already played a couple of shows with the rock act.

In May (13), he told Rolling Stone magazine his side project looks set to become a semi-permanent thing.

The singer, who surprised fans when he stepped up...

Andrew W.K. smashes drumming record at O Music Awards

June 20th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Rocker Andrew W.K. brought MTV's O Music Awards to a close with a bang on Thursday (20Jun13) when he set a new world record by drumming for 24 hours straight.

The She Is Beautiful hitmaker set up his kit in the Oakley store in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday (19Jun13) with the aim to smash the current record for Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store.

During his exhausting stint the rocker was joined by guest drummers including Questlove, Chad Smith and Zac Hanson.

The challenge coincided with the O Music Awards, which celebrates the best in digital music, and the determined dr...

Chester Bennington Has No Plans To Leave Stone Temple Pilots

June 2nd, 2013 5:37pm EDT
Chester Bennington
Linkin Park star Chester Bennington's side project with Stone Temple Pilots looks set to become a semi-permanent thing - he's keen to perform as Scott Weiland's replacement and his new bandmates are very happy to have him.

Bennington surprised fans when he stepped up to perform with Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles radio station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast in May (13) and he fronted the band again at the annual MAP/MusicCares Fund Benefit Concert on Thursday night (30May13).

And he tells Rolling Stone magazine that he's more than happy to front two major U.S. rock bands at the same time....

Slash: 'Chester Bennington is the perfect replacement for Scott Weiland'

May 30th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Rocker SLASH has given the new Stone Temple Pilots line-up a big boost by insisting the band sounds great with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as frontman.

Bennington stepped in to replace fired singer Scott Weiland and made his live debut with Stone Temple Pilots at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on 18 May (13).

He will join the band again at the 2013 MusiCares Map Fund Benefit gig in L.A. on Thursday (30May13), when Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan will also step up onstage.

The guitarist now has nothing but praise for Weiland's replacem...

Linkin Park offering up unique studio prize for Oklahoma relief fund

May 23rd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Rockers Linkin Park are raising funds for the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort by offering to fly one lucky fan to Los Angeles to join the band in the studio for a live recording session.

The Numb hitmakers have been moved to do their bit for charity after at least 24 people were killed on Monday (20May13) when the natural disaster ripped through the city of Moore, levelling buildings across the area, including two elementary schools.

The stars have invited devotees to take part in the unique competition by purchasing as many entries as they like in a bid to win the grand prize, which inc...

Chester Bennington replaces Scott Weiland for Pilots surprise festival set

May 20th, 2013 3:00am EDT
Scott Weiland
The Stone Temple Pilots made a surprise appearance at the KROQ Weenie Roast concert in Los Angeles on Saturday (18May13) with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington acting as temporary frontman.

Bandmembers Dean and Rob DeLeo axed the Pilots' original lead singer Scott Weiland back in February (13) and have yet to find a permanent replacement - so they opted for Bennington for the night after recently working with him on a new track, Out of Time.

The rocker performed a series of the band's classics, including Vasoline, Sex Type Thang and Wicked Garden during the unannounced set, which came betw...

Linkin Park to headline 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival

May 15th, 2013 8:50pm EDT
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Rockers Linkin Park will headline the sixth annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles this summer (13).

The group will close down the fabled West Hollywood stretch of Sunset Boulevard on 3 August (13) and raise money for the band's disaster relief charity.

A significant portion of ticket sales will benefit Music For Relief, the non-profit organisation Linkin Park founded.

The Sunset Strip Music Festival gig will be the band's only North American performance for the remainder of 2013.

Previous SSMF headliners have included Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, The Smashing Pumpkins and Ma...

Justin Bieber Named Artist Of The Year At AMAs - Check Out Pics Of Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera & More!

November 19th, 2012 8:55am EST
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber took home the coveted "Artist of the Year" prize at last night's American Music Awards (AMAs) in Los Angeles. The pop star also won "Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist" and "Favorite Pop/Rock Album" trophies.

Bieber, who attended the event with his mother Pattie Mallette, dragged her on stage when he recieved the night's most anticipated award. "This is my mom, she's little but she's beautiful...I wanna thank you for just always believing in me...This is amazing," he told the crowd.

Skirting around rumors that he and Selena Gomez broke up, he told fans, "As long as you guys keep ...

Linkin Park Fan Dies In Scaffolding Collapse Outside Concert Stadium In South Africa

November 8th, 2012 8:28am EST
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Linkin Park have offered their condolences after a fan died before their show in Cape Town, South Africa on Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed.

As well as the fatality, 20 others were injured outside the Cape Town Stadium when an advertising structure fell. Reports suggest the majority of those hurt were women carrying out promotional work.

The rockers were unaware of the incident when they took to the stage, and have now spoken of their sadness over the tragedy.

A statement on the band's page reads, "Following our performance tonight at Cape Town Stadium, we were advis...

Concert Review: Linkin Park and Incubus, 2012 Honda Civic Tour

September 9th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Honda Civic Tour
The 2012 Honda Civic Tour arrived in Carson, CA on Saturday night with co-headliners Linkin Park and Incubus. The two bands and opener MuteMath packed the Home Depot Center on their next-to-last tour stop, and did not disappoint legions of both bands' devoted fans.

Incubus opened their set with "Privilege" from their 1999 breakout album Make Yourself, then segued into "Wish You Were Here," the first single from 2001's Morning View. Other songs included "Megalomaniac" from 2004's A Crow Left of the Murder, "Adolescents" from their most recent album If Not Now, When? (2011), and "Anna Moll...

Linkin Park, Incubus Arrive on West Coast to Conclude 2012 Honda Civic Tour

September 5th, 2012 9:30am EDT
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Linkin Park and Incubus are the co-headliners of this year's Honda Civic Tour, and tonight they start their final segment of concert dates on the West Coast. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Incubus front man Brandon Boyd recently gave some insight into the high-demand tour.

"I think the most special thing about this tour is the fact that you have two headlining bands singing together on one bill, which typically can be kind of hard to do," said Bennington. "Usually when you’re in a position to headline a tour of this kind, there’s only room for one headlining band usually. S...

Linkin Park Launch Charity Drive To Light Up Haiti For Christmas

December 5th, 2011 3:59pm EST
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Rockers Linkin Park have teamed up with officials at charity Music For Relief to light up Haiti.

The group has urged fans to help them provide solar powered light bulbs to the families without power in Haiti this Christmas. A $10 donation to Music For Relief will provide one solar powered light bulb.

Linkin Park star Mike Shinoda says, "We chose Haiti for this project because the country faces severe energy poverty. There are 34 million people in the Western Hemisphere who have no access to modern energy; 8 million of them are in Haiti."

"By helping Haiti we can make a huge impact, so...

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington To Undergo Surgery

October 5th, 2011 2:59pm EDT
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Linkin Park have been forced to cancel the final performance of their world tour so frontman Chester Bennington can undergo surgery.

The In The End hit-makers were scheduled to stage the last show of their A Thousand Suns tour at Florida music festival DeLuna Fest on October 16th, but they've axed the gig so rocker Bennington can get medical treatment on his shoulder.

The band posted the news on its official website with a memo that reads, "As much as we were looking forward to rocking our final date of the year with our Florida fans, Chester has been advised to have immediate shoulder ...

Linkin Park Make Charity Visit To Japan

September 28th, 2011 8:29am EDT
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Rockers Linkin Park have visited schools in Japan to raise awareness of the ongoing recovery efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

The band has been enthusiastic supporters of the relief drive and helped raise funds earlier this year by designing a T-shirt for its Music For Relief organization. They've teamed up with officials at Save the Children to carry on their good work, and they recently jetted to Japan to meet children affected by the double disaster.

Bandmembers Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell visited Taizen Elementary School and tried on prote...

Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington: 'I Was A Raging Alcoholic'

July 14th, 2011 10:58pm EDT
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Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has become the latest star to come clean about his booze problems, revealing he was once "a raging alcoholic."

Just a week after Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe opened up about his secret battle with alcohol, Bennington has spoken out about his own problems.

He tells rock magazine Kerrang!, "I don't drink. I choose to be sober now. I have drunk over the last six years, but I just don't want to be that person anymore."

In the candid interview, the singer also speaks about being molested as a seven-year-old child, adding, "If I think back to when ...

CD Review: Transformers: Dark of the Moon Movie Soundtrack

July 13th, 2011 4:12pm EDT
The Transformers movie soundtrack has become as ballyhooed as its big screen counterpart through the years, and the latest, and perhaps final, installment of said sonic accompaniment is no different, living up to the hype with each passing track. This time around on the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, some of the faces are the same, but as with its two predecessors, this compilation does not disappoint at any turn.

Speaking of familiar faces, Linkin Park returns to the Transformers soundtrack, anchoring the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack with “Iridescent,” off their 2...

Linkin Park Bassist Goes To Haiti

April 16th, 2011 8:27am EDT
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Linkin Park bassist Dave Farrell has met with high-ranking Haitian officials in a bid to find ways for his charity organization Music for Relief to help the ongoing relief effort following last year's devastating earthquake.

The rocker, travelled to the troubled nation earlier this week in an effort to help support a campaign against crime and shed light on the problems facing Haiti.

In a statement released to WENN, Farrell says, "Haiti may have fallen from the headlines, but the country still needs our help. We can't forget about the suffering that is still going on in Haiti.

"After mee...

Ne-Yo Designs T-Shirt For Japanese Disaster Relief

March 30th, 2011 3:30pm EDT
R&B star Ne-Yo has become the latest celebrity to offer his services to the relief effort in Japan - he has created a line of charity T-shirts to raise funds for the survivors of this month's earthquake and tsunami disasters.

The So Sick hit-maker is following in the footsteps of his music peers Snoop Dogg, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, and Solange Knowles by designing a special shirt to benefit relief organizations helping the Japanese clean up after the natural disasters.

Ne-Yo's T-shirts feature the message 'Spread love with music', with a big heart and music notes drawn in marker pen...

Keith Richards Designs T-Shirt For Japanese Disaster Relief Fund

March 24th, 2011 8:23am EDT
Keith Richards
Rolling Stones star Keith Richards has followed in the footsteps of fellow rockers Iron Maiden by designing a T-shirt to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan.

The musician is using a special snap taken in Japan during the band's 1990 world tour for the front of the $29.99 garment, and he's urging his fans to dig deep and support his fundraiser.

A message posted on his website reads, "For decades, Japanese fans have been some of the most passionate supporters of rock and roll. Now they need our help. The Japan Relief t-shirt is based on a photo taken by Claude Gassian on the Japan...

Iron Maiden Selling T-Shirts To Help Japanese Red Cross

March 18th, 2011 9:57am EDT
Iron Maiden
British rockers Iron Maiden are selling off limited-edition t-shirts to raise funds for the relief effort in Japan, following last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The band was travelling to Tokyo for two shows when the massive 9.0-magnitude tremor struck on Friday and they were forced to divert their jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster.

Both of their gigs were cancelled - but the stars are offering up t-shirts intended for sale at the concerts to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, which is working hard to provide aid for victims of the quake.

The garment features their m...

Drowning Pool 'Devastated' By Tucson Gunman's Use Of Song

January 13th, 2011 10:05pm EST
Drowning Pool
Rockers Drowning Pool have distanced themselves from a deranged gunman who opened fire in a Tucson, Arizona car park - killing six people and injuring 14 others - after he used their music as the soundtrack to a video he posted online.

The band has released a statement after learning Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is a fan of their music - and used it to inspire his violence.

The group states, "We were devastated to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted, again."

Drowning Pool insist "Bodies," the song Loughner used in his vide...

Kanye West Deems Coldplay To Be 'More Talented Than The Beatles'

November 10th, 2010 9:47am EST
Kanye West
Kanye West dreams of recording an album with Chris Martin - because he's convinced the British rocker and his Coldplay band mates are "more talented than The Beatles."

Martin lent his vocals to the rapper's 2008 track Homecoming and West was so impressed, he's now begging the Yellow hit-maker to join him in the studio again - because he believes a collaboration with Coldplay could make "one of the greatest albums ever."

West says, "America has, and probably always will, dominate music across the globe but it's always been the British who pull out that very special band. We have had amaz...

Katy Perry & Lady Gaga Are Big Winners At MTV Europe Music Awards

November 8th, 2010 8:36am EST
Lady Gaga
Newlywed Katy Perry extended her October wedding celebrations at the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday after winning the night's top prize.

With new husband Russell Brand cheering her on, Perry turned the air blue thanking the "best f**king crowd in Europe" while picking up the Best Video trophy for "California Gurls," beating the likes of Lady Gaga, 30 Seconds to Mars and Eminem.

The singer, who joined her new husband for their first public appearance since becoming man and wife, shared her joy with pal Rihanna, who was forced to miss the pop star's wedding in India last month.

The "Umb...

Linkin Park Singer Chester Bennington Loved His 'Saw' Movie Role

October 28th, 2010 1:49pm EDT
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Rocker Chester Bennington is delighted with his latest role - he's been immortalized as a victim of twisted serial killer Jigsaw in the new Saw movie.

The Linkin Park frontman is a huge fan of the bloodthirsty film franchise, and he jumped at the chance to play a man held in a gruesome "do or die" trap in Saw 3D, which hits cinemas on Friday. And the What I've Done hit-maker found it easy to slip into the role - he has suffered so many injuries in his life, he knows how it feels to be paralyzed by pain.

Bennington tells Kerrang! magazine, "What I love about the Saw films is the incredib...

Lady Gaga And Katy Perry Lead MTV EMAs

September 20th, 2010 9:13am EDT
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are set to go head-to-head at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) with five nominations apiece.

The pop stars are leading the field ahead of the awards show in November with nods in categories including Best Pop, Best Female and Best Song - and they will compete against Rihanna in all three categories. Miley Cyrus and Usher join the trio in the Best Pop category, while Shakira and Cyrus are also up for Best Female.

The Best Song prize will be a competition between Gaga's Bad Romance, Perry's California Gurls and Usher's OMG, while Rihanna features twice w...

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