May News 2005
May 31, 2005
Linkin Park to play at the Live 8
Bob Geldof and Midge Ure today confirmed much rumored plans for Live 8 — a series of free music festivals designed to put pressure on the world's richest nations to eliminate third world debt. The men behind Live Aid 20 years ago revealed that this event, in just six weeks' time, is set to coincide with the July 6-8 meeting of G8 nations at Gleneagles in Scotland. But rather than just a twin transatlantic concert as it was in July 1985, this time around there will be five massive rallies in Europe and the U.S.
Speaking at a press conference in London, Geldof said: "We arrived here today because I was very reluctant to do this again, I couldn't see how anything could possibly be better than that glorious day 20 years ago, almost perfect in what it achieved and the day itself." Noting that the concerts would be for "political justice" rather than charity, he added: "The continent [of Africa] in those 20 years has gone into economic decline by a factor of 25%. The result of that is we see people dying on TV screens every night. This is to finally, as much as we can, put a stop to that."
The line-up is still being confirmed, but some of the world's biggest acts will appear on the bill at London's Hyde Park on July 2, while details of the other concerts at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, the Circus Maximus in Rome and at an as yet unnamed venue in the original Live Aid city of Philadelphia, are expected to be announced within days.
Some of the acts already named for the global event are Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Queen, Dido, Keane, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Scissor Sisters, Robbie Williams, U2, Sting, Oasis, OutKast, Mary J. Blige, Linkin Park, The Killers, Duran Duran, Razorlight, Annie Lennox, Joss Stone, Pink Floyd, Usher, Destiny's Child, the Rolling Stones, Snoop, R.E.M. Will Smith, Dave Matthews Band, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Puff Daddy, Jay-Z, A-Ha, Crosby Stills and Nash, Lauryn Hill, Brian Wilson, Faith Hill, Jamiroquai, Craig David, Youssou N'Dour, Yannick Noah and Alicia Keys, among others.
No tickets are being sold for the London event. Rather, the organizers are making use of technology to offer the estimated 150,000 tickets by way of a mobile phone text message lottery. Every entry for that lottery will cost £1.50 ($2.75) and millions of music fans are predicted to take part in the lottery on June 6. It is understood similar lotteries will take place for the other venues.
The concerts will be shown on giant screens in cities across Britain, and broadcast live on TV and radio. Globally two billion people are expected to tune in. And upping the ante, organizers have reportedly recruited some of the world's most influential leaders, including the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, to address crowds at the events in person or via satellite.
Joe at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan
How Much Is Music Worth?
May 30, 2005
Joe at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan
Celebrity Parade at Indianapolis 500 report
Trying to satisfy a crowd of 250,000 with a busload of celebrities is never easy, but Oscar winner Russell Crowe registered close to a 10 on the VIP Richter scale Sunday. If Crowe was recognized by most of the crowd, other celebs were ho-hummed or went without recognition. Some young folks wondered why Carol Burnett got a celebrity lap around the track. Some older folks with cameras poised wondered why Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, was being interviewed. It's like that in celebrity land. Full report
May 29, 2005
Celebrity Parade at Indianapolis 500
Linkin Park won MTV Video Music Awards Japan
LP to play at Live 8
I've managed to get my hands on the secret line-up for the American Live 8 concert – and it's shaping up to be a classic. Sir Bob Geldof has been busy contacting acts to play in Washington DC on July 2. So far Outkast, Destiny's Child, Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys and Mary J Blige have agreed to perform.
May 28, 2005
Shifting Gears review
Trip's guest list is one of the more eclectic collaborations in recent memory. From an angry tirade from Public Enemy activist Chuck D to "Walking Dead" - a disturbingly dark set of vocals from Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington - the album twists and turns more than a carnival ride. -- Full review
Fort Minor's Brazil and German sites
May 27, 2005
Club Tattoo video #1
Mr. Hahn to attend MTV Video Music Awards Japan
The Show Premiere
Making of VMAJ 2005
Special report on the winners' music video
"Rising Tied" delayed
Originally Posted by mshinoda
May 24, 2005
Official Fort Minor Dutch site
May 22, 2005
Stars help Linkin Park's Chester Bennington celebrate anniversary
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his Tempe, AZ, tattoo parlor, Club Tattoo, with an invitation-only concert featuring an all-star jam session and performances by Skindred, Eighteen Visions and Alien Ant Farm. According to Linkin Park's spokeswoman, members of Korn and Orgy have been invited, as has have Bennington's bandmates. There will also be guest appearances by the SOBE pro-skater team, members of the Phoenix Cardinals football team and Jamie from Hatebreed. Bennington and friend Sean Dowdell, who once played together in a Phoenix-based band dubbed Grey Daze, founded Club Tattoo in 1995. The parlor, whose window stickers are commonplace around the Phoenix area, has three locations.
May 20, 2005
Kanye West not on "Rising Tied"
Originally Posted by Soliloquy
Cheapshot: Yeah, I got that off some article I read...I could be wrong, probably am. Sorry if i misquoted. I'll change that once my lazy bastard of a webmaster gets off his ass! Don't wanna spread false rumors
Speaking of rumours, Mike confirmed on the board, in his own words, FM is in no way an indicator that LP is breaking up. LP is fine, in fact we have been talking recently about new music.
May 18, 2005
Club Tattoo 10th Anniversary Celebration
Rolling Stone and MTV News are giving his tattoo studio some ink. But Sean Dowdell knows the Club Tattoo 10th Anniversary Celebration likely wouldn't be national news without its star-studded guest list, which includes Chester Bennington from Linkin Park, Alien Ant Farm, Orgy's Ryan Shuck, the Phunk Junkeez, and DJ Switch. "Sure, [the coverage] is because of those guys," says Dowdell, who played drums for Bennington's former Phoenix band, Grey Daze, before opening up Club Tattoo. "But that's the point. That's why I got them out here. I want the media to cover the [positive] stuff that's going on in this community." Okay, we'll bite.
And so will 4,000 others, the nice round number expected at Acme Roadhouse, 855 South Rural Road in Tempe, on Saturday, May 21. The Sobe Skateboard Team is bringing a half-pipe and eight of its own riders, and Dowdell will perform with Bennington, Shuck and "Cheez" Brown from TSOL. The party starts at 7 p.m., with "red carpet" arrivals at 9:30. Tickets are free, but must be presented at the door for admission. Call 480-221-8164 or see www.clubtattoo.com
LP won BMI Awards
May 17, 2005
Video Download: Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and House of Blues
Video Download: Summer Sanitarium, Minneapolis 2003 - Faint
Mr. Hahns Art Figure Proceeds Go to Music For Relief
'State of the Art' in Xbox game soundtrack
'Time To Waste' video
May 14, 2005
From Punk to Rap, the Varied Guises of the Hard-Rock Sound
Contract disputes usually aren't much fun to eavesdrop on, but an exception must be made for Linkin Park, the deceptively mild-mannered rap-rock band that's feuding with its record company, the Warner Music Group.
Last week the Firm, Linkin Park's management company, issued an entertaining press release. Among other things, the statement said that Warner Music Group's stock offering might weaken the company's ability to "market and promote Linkin Park." This was a neat reversal, since the usual complaint about major labels is the exact opposite: they spend too much money marketing and promoting bands like Linkin Park.
Even more startling was the group's casual claim that they were Warner Music Group's "biggest act," a claim that echoes one made by the Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr., who has described the group as "the biggest rock band in the world." Really? Linkin Park? Those rather anonymous-looking guys who recently did time as Jay-Z's backup band? How did that happen?
The answer is that Linkin Park triumphed mainly by not messing up. Less flamboyant and less mediagenic than their rap-rock contemporaries, the members surpassed the competition by working hard and keeping relatively low profiles. The band's second and most recent full-length album, "Meteora," has sold more than 10 million copies, even though Chester Bennington (the lead singer) and Mike Shinoda (the lead rapper) are hardly household names. Full article
Chester's Club Tattoo performance
May 13, 2005
Linkin Park rests.. but not Shinoda
Speaking of video, RapidShare now allows people to upload a split-archive file! yippee!!! this means I can now upload the offline videos on the Media Page, all those live concert videos. Give me a few days to split the files and upload them, I will post an update when they are up. Now, this is important, you need to download the WinRar program in order to unzip the files so download now before the files are up.
Screencaps of Joe
May 12, 2005
An invitation to party with Chester
Chester Bennington and his Club Tattoo partners will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Club Tattoo in Tempe, AZ on Saturday, May 21 and wanted to extend a special invite to LPU Members within the area. Chester wanted to show his appreciation for all your support by giving you the exclusive opportunity to come party with him and his friends at this huge event. You must be 21 or older to attend this event and ID'S WILL BE CHECKED.
The event will take place Saturday, May 21 at 7pm at Acme Roadhouse in Tempe, AZ. The evening will feature live performances by Chester Bennington, Ryan Shuck (Orgy), Mike "Cheez" Brown (Tsol), Sean Dowdell (Grey Daze), Dirty Heads, Phunk Junkeez, Signal to Noise, Steve Hayworths' – Life Suspended, and DJ Switch. Plus full live sets from Eithteen Visions and Skindred!
If you would like the chance to attend and are 100 % sure you can make it, please send an email by Friday, May 13th to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, date of birth (must be over 21), LPU username, phone number and mailing address (this is where we will send your ticket if you are selected to attend) and email address.
The first 20 respondents who have verified they are 21 or older will be sent a FREE pair of tickets (2) to the event and additional information. This event is strictly INVITE ONLY and only those confirmed with tickets will be admitted.
Shalit warns Linkin Park: "You'll end up with nothing"
Music mogul Jonathan Shalit has warned American rockers Linkin Park they may lose everything by attempting to end their contract with record company Warner Music Group. The metal stars announced their shock decision on 2 May (05), claiming new deals the company are planning are geared towards making investors rich and not benefitting the artists. But Shalit, who once managed Charlotte Church, insists the band are being naive, and could end up losing out. He says, "I think Linkin Park are being opportunistic. If I was their manager I would quietly be giving them a health warning. "I'd be saying, 'Don't be too clever - this marketplace moves very fast these days and you can fall off pretty quickly.' "Linkin Park run the risk of being martyrs and martyrs often end up with nothing." Linkin Park still owe Warner four more albums under the terms of their contract.
May 9, 2005
Chester to attend Indinapolis 500
Attention Linkin Park fans: Lead singer Chester Bennington will be in town for the Indianapolis 500 later this month. Bennington's manager, Mike Brown -- better known in the music industry as Cheez -- was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday's opening day with his wife, Jennifer Pagan, scoping the place out. Cheez lives in Los Angeles but maintains a home in Kokomo. He said Bennington is a frequent visitor to Indiana.
"He also loves open-wheel racing," Cheez said. The idea of getting tickets to see the race blossomed into something more as the IMS invited Bennington as a VIP guest. Bennington's pre-race schedule is still being finalized, but he's expected to ride a float in the 500 Festival Parade, take a ride in a two-seater at the track and attend the Snakepit Ball, in addition to going to the race itself. Cheez also manages Dirty Heads, a band under contract with Warner Bros., and is marketing manager for the band Korn.
A Band Makes Its Case Against Record Label
The invitation to play at the stock exchange "just exemplifies how out of touch the ownership of the Warner Music Group is with our band," said Brad Delson, the group's guitarist and primary spokesman, in his first interview since the Grammy-winning band issued its demand in a written statement that criticized the company. "It doesn't make any sense to us why we would play a show at the New York Stock Exchange. I don't know what was going through their minds."
Mr. Delson, in a telephone interview on Friday, characterized Linkin Park's stand as one of principle, not profit. The soon-to-be publicly traded company "is bad news and that's why we don't want to stick around and see what happens," Mr. Delson said. "There is no negotiation taking place," he added. "We want off the Warner Music Group." Asked if a large advance from the company might diminish his concerns, Mr. Delson said, "unfortunately, we're past that point."
"Listen, Warner Music Group obviously doesn't want anyone to focus on the fact that they've cut and they've cut," Mr. Delson said. He added that he believes the company has tried to "disparage" the band as greedy stars, even as the investors are "sucking out the cash and putting it into their own pockets."
Mr. Delson would not discuss details of the band's contract talks with Warner, and he denied any connection between his band's protest and the management company's relationships. "Warner Music Group's problem isn't with the Firm, it's with Linkin Park," he said. "These concerns are ours."
"We're 100 percent committed to making sure that Linkin Park continues to be successful and we continue to have the relationship that we have with our fans," he said. "We have a voice and we intend to use it." Full report
May 7, 2005
Merchandise firm thinking 'outside the t-shirt'
Linkin Park contract threat bad timing for label
Linkin Park's demand to be released from its Warner Music Group contract on the eve of the major label's planned $750 million initial public offering is drawing mixed responses from the artist management community. Artist managers interviewed by Billboard say that while the band's stated concerns may have merit, the move is as much a contract bargaining chip as anything.
Linkin Park is said to be seeking a new contract with an advance of $60 million; Warner Bros. is offering $15 million in advance for a five-album deal, sources say. Linkin Park previously renegotiated its deal with Warner in 2000.
"It's 'Show me the money,"' one manager speaking on condition of anonymity says of the band's position. "There could be validity to Linkin Park's claims," the manager adds, "but none of us really know. Have all labels gone from trimming fat to trimming muscle? Yes. Have they all cut so deeply that they can't do the job anymore? Probably yes." Full report
MTV Presents: Next Generation Xbox Revealed
May 6, 2005
New LPU video
Linkin Park has a bootleg to stand on
Bootleggers might not have to sneak tape recorders into Linkin Park concerts anymore. The multimillion-selling rap-rock band, led by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, made veiled threats yesterday that it might allow fans to tape concerts for free as a way of forcing Warner Music Group to let the band out of its contract. In a press release issued yesterday through its management company, Linkin Park says it is unhappy with Warner's recent layoffs and is worried that Warner can't effectively market and promote albums.
"The band now wants off WMG and is weighing all of their options on how to best get new music to their fans," the release states. How Linkin Park plans to wriggle out of its contract with Warner isn't exactly clear, but the release notes that "bands like The Grateful Dead and Phish have performed material live and let fans tape for free."
The band's announcement comes as Warner is preparing to make a $750-million initial public offering. Linkin Park is a popular touring band and one of Warner's biggest artists. Its latest album, "Meteora," has sold more than 4 million copies in the United States. -- Full story
May 4, 2005
Video Download: Linkin Park vs Warner Music
News in pictures: Brad, Mike, Joe and Chester
May 3, 2005
Video Download: Summer Sanitarium, Minneapolis 2003 - Runaway
Linkin Park threatens label exit
Upset that no money from the Warner Music Group IPO will go to artists, Linkin Park wants to sever ties with the label. But Warner Music sees the threat to bolt as strictly a negotiating tactic.
"We feel a responsibility to get great music to our fans," the band said. "Unfortunately, we believe that we can't accomplish that effectively with the current Warner Music." Warner Music responded by saying: "The band's management is using fictitious numbers and making baseless charges and inflammatory threats in what is clearly a negotiating tactic. Warner Bros. Records has made significant investments in Linkin Park, and they have always been compensated generously for their outstanding worldwide success."
The band, led by singer Chester Bennington, was about to start work on its next album, which was slated for a spring 2006 release. That has been stopped. Act owes Warner Music four more albums, but said it is weighing options on how best to get new music to fans, including Internet-only releases. Possible avenues include relying more on touring, merchandising and endorsements. Band members contend that WMG's reduction of its workforce and cuts in marketing and promotion expenditures will result in Linkin Park's next record not receiving sufficient support.
Insiders said Linkin Park and its management sent the diskerydiskery several letters last month asking that the band be compensated in a manner similar to investors. After Warner execs rejected Linkin Park's request, the band asked for $60 million and a 50/50 split of profits. After that was rejected, the band released the statement that it wanted out of the current contract.
Two weeks ago, Warner Music Group said it planned to sell 32.6 million shares at an estimated price of $22-$24 a share. A significant chunk of the cash would go to owners Edgar Bronfman Jr., Bain Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Providence Equity. Only about $7 million will be put toward the company's operations, which stuck in the band's craw. The band is negotiating to tour the U.S. this summer.
May 2, 2005
Linkin Park seeks release from Warner contract