Park Album "Minutes" to be Released May 15
Fans Counting the 'Minutes' as Linkin Park Reveal Album Name and
Release Date New Warner Bros. Album in Stores May 15, 2007
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) The anticipation and rumors
about multi-platinum Grammy® award-winning Linkin Park's third studio
album were finally answered today, with the announcement that the record,
titled "Minutes to Midnight," will hit stores May 15th on Warner
Bros. Records/Machine Shop Recordings. Co-produced by Mike Shinoda and
2007 Grammy Producer of The Year, Rick Rubin (U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Run DMC), "Minutes to Midnight" was recorded at the infamous
Mansion at Laurel Canyon and is already being touted by critics who have
heard it as the band's best and most important work to date.
The first single, "What I've Done," will be released
worldwide April 2, 2007.
"We have put more into the new album than anything we have ever
done before," says bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell. The band
spent over 14 months in the studio and wrote more than 100 song demos in
the making of "Minutes to Midnight," an album which vocalist
Mike Shinoda sees as "a breakthrough in the development of the band's
sound. We wrote in new ways, and used instruments and equipment we hadn't
experimented with before, from vintage guitars and amps to mellotron to
Rick's original 808 drum machine he used on the Beastie Boys' first
record. We tried to question every step in our songwriting process."
Producer Rick Rubin agrees: "They really are reinventing themselves,
it doesn't sound like rap-rock. There's very strong songwriting. It's very
melodic... a progressive record."
The coming weeks will see the launch of LPTV, a series of webisodes
that can be viewed on www.linkinpark.com. The series will focus on
"unseen footage of the history of Linkin Park, building up to an
inside look at the studio experience of the new album," says Farrell.
Linkin Park will headline the second day of this summer's Bamboozle music
festival on May 6 in New Jersey before embarking on a headlining European
tour in June. Next month, the band expects to announce plans for "a
summer tour with an unmissable lineup," says Shinoda. "I know
that's not a word, but this tour is worth making up words for."
Linkin Park is Chester Bennington (vocals), Rob Bourdon (drums), Brad
Delson (guitar), Joe Hahn (DJ), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass),
and Mike Shinoda (vocals). They have earned two Grammy Awards, the first
for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002 with their hit single
"Crawling" and the second for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with
Jay-Z in 2006 for the innovative "Numb/Encore." Linkin Park has
sold 40 million records worldwide since their debut in 2000. The
Diamond-Certified "Hybrid Theory" has alone sold more than 18
million copies. In addition, Linkin Park established Music For Relief with
the Red Cross in January 2005 to help aid victims of world catastrophes
and combat global warming. For more information on Linkin Park and Music
For Relief, please log on to www.linkinpark.com or www.musicforrelief.org.