Feature: Linkin Park Stories from Musicians and Actors
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:55:59
It's easy to feel the imprint of Linkin Park across the modern rock landscape. Whether it's in the metallic melody of Bring Me The Horizon and Of Mice & Men or the hip-hop rock hybrid theory of Hollywood Undead, you can hear the California outfit's influence. Linkin Park has rightfully become one of the 21st century's most important acts through tireless touring and consistently releasing one powerful piece of work after another. 2014's The Hunting Party might just be the most powerful—it's certainly the heaviest. It captures Linkin Park at their most raw and unrestrained, and it's as brilliant as it is blunt. It's also one of the year's best albums…
Given Linkin Park's impact, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino spoke to everybody from movie stars Channing Tatum and Ashley Greene to MGK and Korn about the band. Check it out in the exclusive feature below!
What can you say about Linkin Park?
Channing Tatum [White House Down, 22 Jump Street, G.I. Joe: Retaliation]
Channing Tatum: I love Linkin Park. I'll listen to them to get pumped up. I remember I was actually listening to them on G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra.
Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men
Austin Carlile: I heard Hybrid Theory, and I just lost my mind. That was it for me. It was so angry, and the music was different, new, and refreshing. I listened to Poison The Well and other metalcore bands beforehand, and it was such a separate vibe. When I heard Linkin Park, it was refreshing and crisp. There was something about it. That's why I got so stoked on it. Back then, it was super heavy.
MGK: I first Linkin Park—Hybrid Theory—in my friend's headphones on the school bus in the sixth grade. I was such an angry little fucker, so when I heard songs like "Papercut" and "A Place For My Head" I connected with them immediately. I just wanted to scream and, finally, someone came along and screamed for me.
Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon
Oli Sykes: I got into them on Hybrid Theory. It's the perfect music for when you're a pissed off 15-year-old kid. They were really good at what they did. They defined a genre with songs that still stand the test of time in every sense of what they did even when you listen back to them today. They're a great band.
Ashley Greene [Twilight, The Apparition]
Ashley Greene: Linkin Park totally amps you up. I love that first album, Hybrid Theory! I thought it was so cool they were on the first Twilight soundtrack too [Laughs]. I got excited when I found that out.
J-Dog of Hollywood Undead
J-Dog: I first heard of Linkin Park back when they were called Hybrid Theory. I had a cassette of their demo. They rehearsed on Hollywood Boulevard, and I kicked it at the building to the rehearsal spot. This lady gave me their tape. She told me they needed support because people weren't into the rap rock thing. They proved those people wrong, huh? Sometimes, I wonder if they made it possible for my band to exist, or if they never existed would my band be bigger? [Laughs] What? Don Gilmore did their first two records. He did a great job so that definitely swayed us to work with him. I can't think even of another band that has progressed as well as Linkin Park has. It's one of the hardest things for a band to do. They've grown in size and not alienated their sound. They pulled it off. They have some songs I'm jealous I didn't write. "New Divide" is one of my favorite songs of all-time. I've listened to it thousands of times, and I still love it. I'll listen to it twice in a row sometimes. And then there's the way the guitar player [Brad Delson] rocks those headphones, who wouldn't love that?!?! Does he still do that?
A$AP Ferg: I've rocked a Linkin Park shirt on stage. I'm into all kinds of music, and I try to be open to everything. They're a dope band, and I really like what they're doing.
Jonathan Davis aka "J Devil" of Korn & KILLBOT
Jonathan Davis: They're our fucking homies bro. We had a great time touring together, and they're an awesome band. Chester Bennington always fucking kills it.
Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots
Dean DeLeo: I really got to take a closer listen when we were touring with Linkin Park on Family Values 2001. I always loved Chester Bennington's voice. He's got an incredible range and his own thing. It's a style that belongs to him. It's really amazing to have him in the band now. It brings things full circle for him and us.
Fronz of Attila
Fronz: I remember I first got Hybrid Theory when I was about 12-years-old. That record changed my life. It brought together rap, rock, and electronics in such a cool and unique way. They're an amazing band and definitely were a big influence.
Maxim of The Prodigy
Maxim: We had a great time touring the states with Linkin Park. We were on some huge stages in great venues. They put on a fantastic show, and they treated us very well.
Dylan Kongos of KONGOS
Dylan Kongos: They were awesome to us on tour, and they put on a fantastic larger-than-life show. It was a great experience playing with them.
What's your favorite Linkin Park song?
See our First Reaction piece to The Hunting Party here!