Loudwire Music Festival Announce First Headliner

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As the years pass, more and more music festivals are being created and now we can add another one to that ever-expanding list.

Loudwire, an online music publication, recently announced plans for a festival of their own rock-centric festival in Colorado. The first ever Loudwire Music Festival will take place at Jam Ranch near Grand Junction, CO.

But if that wasn’t enough, the festival organizers have unveiled the first headliner of the inaugural event; Linkin Park.

“We’re really excited to play the first ever Loudwire Music Festival” said Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington. “This will be one epic rock show.”

The festival will feature rock musicians on all three of their stages from different sub-genres of the rock world. Most sub-genres will be represented such as hard rock, classic rock, alternative, metal and indie.

“We are very excited to launch the Loudwire Music Festival at Jam Ranch,” said Dhruv Prasad, Executive Vice President of Live Events for Townsquare Media

“Loudwire is one of our flagship brands–spanning broadcast radio, syndicated radio and a national website–so the addition of a live festival seemed a natural way to evolve the brand and deliver a great experience to rock music fans.”

Like many previously created music festivals, Loudwire will offer on-site camping for concert-goers. There will be three different options for camping including the standard, premier, and VIP.

As for tickets, there are several options beginning with General Admission which will start at $79. Reserved Seating will begin at $225 while VIP Seating and Experience will set you back $400.

The Loudwire Music Festival is set to take place during the weekend of June 26-28, 2015 while more performers who will join Linkin Park on the bill will be announced as the weekend gets closer.

For more information about the festival and everything that comes with it, check out the official Loudwire Festival webpage to keep up to date with everything.

Linkin Park Bring the ‘Hunting Party’ to North America

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What is a band to do after they complete two back to back tour?

Easy. Go on another tour.

And that’s exactly what Linkin Park are doing. The California band announced that they will be bringing their “Hunting Party” tour to North America beginning in January.

Joining them for the month-long trek will once again be Of Mice & Men, who played supporting act on the European version of the tour, and Rise Against.

Full tour dates can be seen below.

THE HUNTING PARTY NORTH AMERICAN 2015 TOUR:

Jan.15 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

Jan. 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Jan. 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Jan. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

Jan. 21 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center

Jan. 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall

Jan. 24 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center

Jan. 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Jan. 27 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center

Jan. 28 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

Jan. 30 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

Jan. 31 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless

Feb. 3 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

Feb. 4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

Feb. 6 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

Feb. 7 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*+

Feb. 11 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre

Feb. 12 – Calgary, AB – Scotia Bank Saddledome

Feb. 14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

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Linkin Park recently wrapped up their huge “Carnivores Tour” with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI to support their new album, The Hunting Party making this the third tour to support the record.

Of Mice & Men recently released the music video for the song “Feels Like Forever” and revealed they were heading back into the studio when they posted a photo of them with producer David Bendeth in the studio. No official announcement about a new record has been made yet.

As for Rise Against, the politically charged band released their seventh studio album, The Black Market back in July and wrapped up a tour of their own in support of the record.

Rock in Rio USA Announce First Performers for Inaugural Show

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Earlier this week, Rock in Rio, Rio’s biggest music festival announced plans to bring their huge musical party stateside. At the time of the reveal, they had promised to unveiled the list of performers within the upcoming days.

Now, some of the performers have been revealed. The inaugural Rock in Rio which will be held in Las Vegas next May, will include performances by Metallica, No Doubt, Deftones, Linkin Park, John Legend, and Taylor Swift.

The mega-fest will be making its debut the only way a festival with such a reputation could; with two weekends of music and party. The first weekend will take place May 8-9, while the second weekend will take place May 15-16 at the City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.

Weekend-long tickets are currently priced at $298.00 GA and $498.00 VIP and are available on Ticketmaster. Considering the reputation, tickets might go fast.

The festival was made possible by the organizers’ desire to expand to the United States as well as a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, MGM Resorts International, and developer Ron Burkle of The Yucaipa Companies. According to Billboard, this newly signed deal is currently in place to hold the event once every two years between now and 2019,

But this won’t be like any other festival. According to a virtual tour released by the festival organizers, attendees will be able to walk through “streetscapes” designed to feel like the UK, Brazil, and the USA, complete with geographically appropriate food, shopping, and street art. There are also plans to get amusement park rides which will include a 400-foot zip-line which will take attendees right in front of the main stage.

Linkin Park-“Papercut” Live on The Carnivores Tour

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Linkin Park in West Palm Beach (08/01/14) on the first day of The Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI.

Full tour dates can be seen here:

AUG 08 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
AUG 09 – Stenbrenner Field – Tampa, FL
AUG 12 – PNC Music Pavilion – Charlotte, NC
AUG 13 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
AUG 15 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
AUG 16 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA
AUG 18 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
AUG 19 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
AUG 21 – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Buffalo, NY
AUG 23 – Parc Jean Drapeau – Montreal, QC
AUG 24 – Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON
AUG 26 – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN
AUG 27 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, SK
AUG 29 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
AUG 30 – DTE – Detroit, MI**
SEP 05 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
SEP 06 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
SEP 08 – Fiddler’s Green – Denver, CO
SEP 10 – US Airways Arena – Phoenix, AZ
SEP 13 – The Gorge – Quincy, WA
SEP 16 – Sleep Train Amphitheater – San Diego, CA
SEP 18 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre – Sacramento, CA
SEP 19 – Concord Pavilion – Concord, CA

Mike Shinoda and CHVRCHES Respond to Alleged Diss

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We didn’t know that there was any bad blood between Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and upcoming synth-band CHVRCHES, but it sounds like something that was taken out of context has ignited a small fire.

Back in April, Shinoda did an interview with Noisey where he expressed his opinion about the state of music at the present time and what we assume to be one of the inspirations behind the Linkin Park’s new album, The Hunting Party.

“There’s so much music out there.” he begins. “There’s so much stuff that sounds like HAIM or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full. The thing is, I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music.”

Now, CHVRCHES have spoken out about the comparison to artists belonging to the Mouse House and to say they were not pleased is an understatement. The response, which comes in video form, has vocalist Lauren Mayberry saying, “I call bullshit a little bit on that one because it’s not a coincidence that his band has a record to sell and he mentioned several bands that people are writing about. It’s not an opinion I worry about hugely because it’s not our kind of music.”

Of course, she doesn’t end there; she adds a slight diss of her own by saying, “I don’t really like being called a corporate sellout by the man  that wrote the music for the MTV VMAs.”

The “talk” happens around the nine minute marker.

Shinoda has now responded by taking things to his official website where he claims that the journalist had done the old “click and bait” with the headline.

Part of his post can be read below or you can head on over to the site and read the full thing here.

“I learned a new term this year: “click bait.”  Click bait is when someone titles a piece in a sensationalized way in order to get more clicks.  It’s what I did with the title of this post. There’s a lot I could pick apart about the CHVRCHES interview; after all, the group’s singer criticized me for “saying something that would become a tagline”…by saying something that became a tagline.  (Also notable: the journalist printed the title “pointless dick” but the actual words were “pointless dig”). 

But really, my criticism is not with them or any of those bands.  I said their names because I was telling the story of how our album began: not because I hate that style music, but because I hate the volume of it.  In contrast, one way of looking at it is: the bands I named are the only ones I singled out as being on my “awesome” list (albeit, there are others who are awesome, and there are yet others who are “not awesome”, but that’s neither here nor there).

Lazy journalists will simplify words and start conflicts they don’t have to fight in.  Cowardly bloggers will take sides based on what other blogs think is cool.  In contrast, THE HUNTING PARTY is a statement about who we are and what inspires us right now.  It’s a stab out into an unknown.  Our fight is with conformity, stagnation, inspiration, and even our own band’s complex history. 

And a big thank you goes out to CHVRCHES and all the bands whose names I’ve mentioned, for helping us find direction with this album.  Because sometimes, knowing where you don’t want to go is all the direction you need.”

Watch Linkin Park Perform at Ventura’s Warped Tour Stop

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Over the weekend, rumors had grown that the Ventura, CA stop of the Vans Warped Tour would have a special guest in the form of Linkin Park.

Warped Tour’s official Twitter was hinting at special guests for the day in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the traveling rock show, while Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has tweeted a simple message reading “Ventura, CA.”
Being better than detectives when need be, some made the instant connection, but it would take until the day of the show for Warped organizers to confirm that the band would be performing on the main stage.

During the set, which stuck to its normal half-an-hour time, the band performed some of their hits and had some members from Yellowcard, Issues, MGK, the Devil Wears Prada, Finch, Breathe Carolina, and A Day to Remember. In case you didn’t know, A Dat to Remember aren’t even on Warped Tour so that mean that this “secret” performance was big.

“What I’ve Done” feat. Ryan Key of Yellowcard:

“A Place for My Head” feat. Jeremy McKinnon of A Day to Remember:

“Bleed it Out” feat. MGK:

“Faint” feat. Tyler Carter and Michael Bohn of Issues:

“Guilty All the Same” feat. Mike Hrancia and Jeremy DePoyster from The Devil Wears Prada:

“One Step Closer” feat. Nate Barcalow from Finch:

“New Divide” feat. David Schmitt from Breathe Carolina:

Linkin Park Release “Until It’s Gone” Video

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With Linkin Park’s new album on the cusp of being released, it comes as no surprise that the band have already debuted several tracks from the new album to their fans.

As of now, “Guilty All the Same,” “Wastelands,” “Rebellion,” “Final Masquerade” have already debuted, and today, the band released the music video for the newest addition to that list, the video for “Until It’s Gone.”
Unlike many artists, the band have decided to forgo premiering the video on YouTube and Vevo and decided to give it straight to the fans through their Facebook page.

As Mashable pointed out, this mode of releasing videos has been catching on with Ed Sheeran doing the same for his “Sing” video, Jay-Z with “Holy Grail,” Bruno Mars with “Gorilla” and Mariah Carey with her new track, “The Art of Letting Go.”

“The visuals have an aggressive edge to it that is the representation of the band as The Hunting Party,” Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn describe the music video to Mashable during an interview.

“We are the same guys you always knew but, a little older, weathered and experienced. The video has an undertone of the world is going to shit. There is black ooze that crystallizes the world. It is an infection. The black ooze is representing other music out there. We are merely here to fill in that sliver with the music that we bring. I guess you can say that we are filling a void.”

Watch the video below.

Don’t forget Linkin Park will be heading out on their “Carnivores Tour” with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI in August while The Hunting Party hits stores next Tuesday (June 17). Hope we see you there.

Linkin Park Call Cops on Sublime with Rome? Not So Fast.

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UPDATE:

Police report time.

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It’s starting to sound like there might be some bad blood between Linkin Park and Sublime. Rome Ramirez, the current singer of the punk band has accused Linkin Park of calling the cops on the band while they were smoking marijuana.

The bands recently shared the stage at KFMA DAY in Tucson, AZ, but according to Ramirez, the band called the cops on them because they were “allergic to weed” and that the police came and confiscated the weed while Sublime were on stage, though no arrest had been made.

Ramirez went on to dub Linkin Park by a new name, Linkin Nark. It’s would not be so surprising if this did occur because LP frontman, Chester Bennington has had a long history with drug addiction, but Mike Shinoda has now come out to defend the band.

Like Ramirez, Shinoda took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter claiming that his band were not the ones who called the cops on Sublime. He also goes on to give an alibi for the band saying that they were in the middle of a meet and greet when cops were called; nowhere near where the alleged smoking was going on.

And here we all thought smoking weed brought people together with mellow moods and munchies.