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Linkin Park does it all: Live, on DVD, in a theater

Linkin Park is following its success on the music charts and concert circuit last summer with a trip to the big screen.
At least for a day.

The rap-metal band, which has sold 13 million albums since debuting three years ago, is unveiling a live DVD with a screening of the concert video Linkin Park Live in Texas at movie theaters in 40 cities. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. Monday in each city, with the Valley preview at UA Pavilions 11 on the Salt River Reservation.

The next day, the band will release a CD/DVD set, looking to score its second-straight No. 1 album on Billboard's Top 200.

Chester Bennington, a Phoenix native who is Linkin Park's lead singer, says the idea grew out of the overwhelming response the band received during its summer tour with Metallica as well as casual conversation about its creative future.
"I kind of sparked the idea because I wanted to do something animated in the future and release it in the theater," he says. "We went from that conversation to someone coming back and saying, 'Let's do it with the DVD.' "

Bennington, a hyperkinetic performer who spends much of the shows sprinting and leaping, crowd-wading and wailing, is eager to see the piece on large screens, especially since even he marvels at how well all of that energy was captured.
"Obviously, I'm biased but I think it's really one of the coolest-looking concert films I've ever seen. I don't think I've seen a live DVD shot like this. We used real film (instead of video) and a lot of different cameras.
"We gave them full run to shoot whatever they wanted . . . it really captures what we try to do onstage, the amazing things we were seeing and feeling during that tour."

Bennington hopes the concert film and accompanying backstage footage serves as a snapshot of a band at the top of its game but continuing to push to new heights.

"Our goals are to be writing good records and bringing our live shows to higher theatrical and more entertaining levels," he says.

The Arizona Republic - November 13, 2003



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