Video Interview: Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington Talk New Record

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 21st, 2014
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STP have finally shed some light on their upcoming record. Chester says the band is going to take its time and that they want to make a full length rock album and stay true to the original STP sound. Robert also broke his silence on what exactly STP is doing with Steven Tyler, saying that they are making an acoustic version of Aerosmith’s ‘Janie’s Got a Gun’ for a movie soundtrack!

Live & M&G Photos/Videos: Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington Live in The Woodlands, TX

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 20th, 2014
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The new version of STP played a one-off show for the 945 Buzz Weenie Roast in The Woodlands, TX. The band altered the setlist only a little bit by changing the order the songs were played and by adding ‘Crackerman’ which has never been played live (with Chester) before.

UPDATE: Fans in attendance have graced us with a few videos of the show inclusing ‘Crackerman’, click below to be transfered to each one!

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  • Meatplow
  • Piece of Pie
  • Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart

Check out 70 pro photos of the show:

UPDATE: More than 100 photos have been added:


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M&G / Interview photos now up:


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Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington To Play Show in Las Vegas?

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 19th, 2014
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I put the question mark in this sentence because the source is not 100% legit. STP w/ CB are rumored to open or close for Anthony Cools Experience at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 27th. Cools is a comedy hypnostist who plays regular shows at said hotel.

This event is not yet confirmed by the band.

Chester Bennington Talks Porsche Design and Upcoming New Collection

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 17th, 2014
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Chester talked to MTV UK – Style about his current line with Porsche Design and also revealed a bit more of what’s coming. When asked by Europa Plus earlier this year, Chester had explained that there would be a second line of clothing from him and PD coming in 2015. In this interview he’s interested in launching it sometime towards the end of this year! We can’t wait to see more clothes and promoshoots!

MTV Style: How did the collaboration with Porsche Design come about?Chester Bennington: Porsche Design were opening their store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and invited Linkin Park to come down to the opening and see the line and get to understand what they’re about. They got in contact with my manager who told them I was really interested in designing clothes. We sat down that day and everything seemed to click.

MTV Style: What was the inspiration behind your collection for Porsche Design?

Chester: I wanted to create a line that’s versatile, meaning I want to wake up in the morning, put on my trousers, my boots, my T-shirt, drive my kids to school, go to the PTA meeting, drive off to rehearsal, do a photo shoot, sit on a plane, play a show and walk on the red carpet all in one day and not have to change except for adding a couple of things, like a jacket or a different shirt.

MTV Style: Phew, that’s quite a feat! What was the design process like?

Chester: I met with the [Porsche Design] team and we went over who I was as a person, what I liked aesthetically, what kind of brands and clothes I liked. I showed them what I was all about and that’s how we started working on the first samples. A couple of months later I went out to Berlin and went over the final round of really honing in on what items we were going to put into the line and really dug into the creative process there.

MTV Style: When we heard you were doing a line for Porsche Design, we were expecting a few more racing jackets…Chester: I had preconceived notions about what Porsche Design would be and I think the band did too. And then when I started bringing clothes around and they started seeing the lines the guys were like, ‘We had no idea, this is not at all what we were expecting.’ They were expecting guys who live in a world that is not a part of what we can relate to: Formula 1 jackets and fast cars that are really expensive. And Porsche Design’s fashion line is something they take far more seriously than just trying to brand off the automobile.

MTV Style: Formula 1 jackets aside, how would you describe your style?

Chester: Growing up I was kind of all over the place, I was the kid with the Mohawk and the tight leather jacket with MC Hammer pants on and like, a bolo tie. I didn’t always have the greatest fashion co-ordination, but I definitely always had a flair for my own thing, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve refined it. My style is definitely a combination of contemporary, clean lines. I like a tighter fit, but I also want to make sure the cut is comfortable.

MTV Style: You were recently in the UK to headline Download Festival: what do you make of British style?Chester: British style is awesome! I love the colours, I love the patterns. There always seems to be a way to take something tasteful and make it a little sexy and I love that.

MTV Style: We couldn’t agree more! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us – before you go, can you tell us what to expect from your next Porsche Design collection and when it will be out?

Chester: I know we’re talking about trying to get it out before the end of the year. I really want to incorporate a couple of different T-shirts, a hoodie, a sports coat, some type of sweatpants, a new bag. So there’s a few things that are gonna be additional pieces as well as updated pants and jackets and all that kind of stuff.

Video: Linkin Park – ‘Until It’s Gone’ Live in Milan

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 16th, 2014
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Linkin Park, LP Italy and Fan Footage had asked Italian fans to record and share their videos of ‘Until It’s Gone’ live in Milan over at fan footage. These guys created a badass interactive video in which you can switch to different camera angles and watch the performance. The band also uploaded their version on YouTube which consists of both fan footage and professional footage.

Interactive video here.

 

Linkin Park Featured on the Cover of Revolver August/September Issue

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 16th, 2014
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Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda will be featured on the newest Revolver Magazine coming out on the 29th of July. The mag has an excerpt from their interview and the sneak peek of the cover as well! The guys look back in 2001′s Ozzfest and getting booed, why rock music sucks and their heaviest record to date ‘The Hunting Party’.

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It’s a blisteringly hot afternoon in the summer of 2001, and the thousands of drunk and sunburnt headbangers in attendance at the Toronto stop of this year’s North American Ozzfest tour are in a deeply foul mood.

Already enraged to the boiling point by Crazy Town’s flaccid set of sub-Chili Peppers rap rock, they are considerably less than stoked to see fellow Southern California nu-metallers Linkin Park take the stage; before Chester Bennington can even grab the microphone for the first song of their set, the band is already being pelted with a rain of cans, CDs, and other detritus so torrential that Revolver—initially observing the show from just off to the side of the stage—is forced to take cover behind guitarist Brad Delson’s wall of guitar amps.

And yet the band plays on, feeding off the crowd’s energy and blasting it right back. Though Linkin Park’s songs, drawn entirely from their 2000 debut ‘Hybrid Theory,’ are more pop- and rap-oriented than many of the metalheads in attendance would prefer, the band’s high-energy performance—which includes Bennington whirling about the stage while wrapped in a Canadian flag—eventually wins over most of the once-antagonistic audience. Even the angry fat kid in the front row who doggedly chants “Fuck you! Fuck you!” throughout most of the set proves no match for Linkin Park’s steady assault; by the time the band leaves the stage, he’s slumped exhaustedly over the stage barrier like a doughy rag doll…

“I think a lot of those Ozzfest shows were like that,” laughs Linkin Park co-frontman Mike Shinoda, as he and Bennington relax and reminisce with Revolver outside their North Hollywood rehearsal space in May 2014. “We’d have the stage for maybe 30 minutes, and we spent the entire time trying to get them on our side.”

“Even if they didn’t like our music,” adds Bennington, “we wanted them to go away saying, ‘Man, that was a kickass show!’”

Thirteen years after being steeled in the crucible of Ozzfest, and millions of record sales later, Linkin Park have grown into one of America’s biggest rock bands. But now they’re ratcheting the kick-ass up another notch: Their new album, ‘The Hunting Party,’ is not only the hardest and heaviest thing they’ve ever released, but it’s also their first album to pack the sort of guitar firepower that would actually appeal to your average headbanger. If they’d released this album back in 2001, perhaps Linkin Park—who head out on the Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI on August 8—wouldn’t have had to work so hard to win over the Ozzfest crowds that summer.

“This isn’t the heaviest record in the world,” Bennington says, “but this is the heaviest Linkin Park record. You have to put it in the context of Linkin Park, not in the context of heavy music, because then it makes sense.”

“We know that Slayer exists,” seconds Shinoda. “We know that Exodus exists, right? So we’re not going to say we wrote a ‘heavy’ record, in comparison.”

But while it’s true that ‘The Hunting Party’ isn’t going to make anyone forget ‘South of Heaven’ or ‘Bonded by Blood,’ its potent mixture of punk, thrash and hard rock—as heard on such bracing tracks as “Keys to the Kingdom,” “Guilty All the Same,” “Mark the Graves,” and “A Line in the Sand”—is a pretty a ballsy move from a band that’s drifted deep into experimental/electronic territory on their two most recent albums, 2010’s ‘A Thousand Suns’ and 2012’s ‘Living Things.’

The abrupt change in musical course, says Shinoda, happened last August, when he happened upon a lengthy post on ‘Pigeons and Planes,’ one of his favorite blogs. A lament for the current state of rock, which came with the self-explanatory title “Rock Music Sucks Now and It’s Depressing,” the essay struck a deep chord with Shinoda. “I totally connected with what this guy was saying,” he says. “He was a rock fan, and he was a little bit bummed out that rock didn’t have the pull that it used to have, and that the rock genre has so many bands in it that you wouldn’t really classify as ‘rock’—people like Mumford and Sons, and Lorde. And I totally understood where he was coming from, because I feel like I’m listening to a lot of stuff on rock radio that sits somewhere between a car commercial and Nick Jr. It’s so safe, so OK to listen to with mommy and daddy…”

Shinoda had already submitted multiple demos to the band for their follow-up to ‘Living Things’ when he came across the post. His first reaction was to pen a thoughtful response that was published by the blog, one which concluded, “At the end of the day, a movement will never be about one song, one album, or one band. A movement requires leaders who are restless, brave, and fucking disruptive.” And then, as if to underline his own words, he proceeded to toss his demos out and start over in a more aggressive direction.

“It all finally clicked one day,” he says. “I was listening to the stuff I was writing, and I realized it was so derivative. It wasn’t cutting edge, it wasn’t ahead of the curve, and it wasn’t doing the things that I wanted to listen to. I’d already played the stuff to the guys, and they were like, ‘Yeah, we like that, let’s do that!’ And then, the next time I saw them, I was like, “You know those songs I already played you, that you liked? I want to throw them in the trash…and I want to do this.”

Bennington was immediately on board with Shinoda’s new direction. “Chester, to his credit, he got where I was coming from right away,” says Shinoda, “but that’s not surprising, because that’s totally in his wheelhouse. He was like, ‘I want to do that all day!’”

“The bands I was listening to when I was growing up were all doing really innovative shit—Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Nirvana,” Bennington explains. “And I listened to a lot of punk music like Subhumans, Exploited, the Descendants, the Misfits… I even got into Napalm Death when I was about 13. And I would have killed anyone who put on any kind of pop in my presence. Bands like the Refreshments and the Rembrandts, that music fucking angers me to this day. And the same thing is happening now, where there’s all this stuff that feels like the soundtrack to ‘Friends’ or ‘The Wizards of Waverly Place.’”

The other members of the band—Delson, bassist Dave Farrell, drummer Rob Bourdon, and DJ/keyboardist Joe Hahn—took a little longer to come around, however. Though Shinoda has emerged over the years as Linkin Park’s main songwriter (“Everyone in the band writes songs, but mine mostly seem to be the ones that everyone votes for,” he shrugs), Delson has been his main musical foil throughout. “In the studio, Brad and I are the ones really pushing stuff forward,” he says. “We could only do what Chester and I wanted to do if Brad got on board. But in the beginning, he was humoring me. He was just doing it because I wanted him to do it.”

This is an excerpt from the all-new August/September 2014 issue of Revolver, which is available online nowright here.

MALL Screening at Nerd HQ / New LPTV – 2014 Europe Tour

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 16th, 2014
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Joe Hahn’s directorial debut MALL will have an exclusive screening at Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine’s 5th annual Nerd HQ event on July 24th at Petco Park in San Diego immediately after LINKIN PARK’s performance at the mtvU Fandom Awards. For more information go here.

A new LPTV episode was uploaded a few hours ago featuring the first two stops of Linkin Park’s small European run, Lisbon, Portugal and St. Petersburg, Russia. Bard’s incident with his back is also featured in the video:

Stone Temple Pilots w/ Chester Bennington Add Show in Mobile, AL

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 12th, 2014
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STP w/ Chester have added a show in Mobile, Alabama. The band will be playing the Bayfest on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale here.

Scans: Chester Bennington in This Week’s Kerrang “I Don’t Have The Same Anger I Once Did”

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 11th, 2014
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Thanks to our UK based little miss sunshine Christina we were able to obtain this week’s Kerrang! scans featuring Chester Bennington.

“Good news and bad news. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is pissed. Seriously pissed. Pissed at inequality, pissed at technology alienating social power. Pissed at disease, poverty and the lack of basic human rights that scream out at him whenever he turns on the TV set. He’s even pissed at himself sometimes.

But that’s the bad news. The good is that Chester has channelled his angst-ridden frustration into a seriously heavy rock record.”

 


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Photos: Mike Shinoda Attends “The Distortion Of Sound” Documentary Premiere / Full Film Now Available

Posted by: ♥ Pinky
on July 11th, 2014
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Mike Shinoda attended ‘The Distortion Of Sound’ documentary premiere last night in LA at the Grammy Museum:


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Earlier today the full length film premiered on YouTube check it out below: