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Say you want a Revolution ?

Linkin Park may have taken their name from a site in Chicago, and the group may call California home. But bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell says Texas has a place in their hearts, too.

That is, after all, why the enormously popular rap-rock outfit recorded their CD and DVD set Live in Texas during shows in the Lone Star State. It was taped in Dallas and Houston, during the group's 2003 stadium tour with Metallica.
"We didn't really know how well we'd be received, to be honest," Farrell says. "Anyone who opens for Metallica has got a tough job ahead of them, their fans are so devoted. But we were absolutely amazed at how well the shows were going, and we really wanted to capture it. And Texas, for us, has always been one of our strongest areas. We knew the crowds there would be great."

Linkin Park, obviously, has a thing for multiact festivals. After the Metallica tour wrapped up, the band announced they were again embarking on their own Projekt Revolution Tour. This'll be the second go-round for the festival, which comes to Dallas on Friday and features Korn, Snoop Dogg, the Used, Less Than Jake and others.

Farrell says he's especially happy to be on tour with Korn, one of Linkin Park's biggest influences. It'll be a little weird, Farrell admits, seeing one of his favorite bands open for his.

"It's just funny how that stuff works out," he says. "But they're a humble group of guys. They're nothing but excited. One thing about being on tour with them is that they're such a tremendous live band, it challenges you to raise your performance. They push everybody to be the best they can." After this tour, the group will take a breather from the road, then begin work on their third studio album and follow-up to last year's Meteora, which, after 71 weeks on Billboard 200 album chart, is still parked at 49.

"We're gonna be sitting at home for a little bit, resting," Farrell says. "We're infamously slow at putting out records, but we're a group that's always writing. Hopefully, we'll have some ideas by the end of the year. At least, that's the goal."

Star Telegram - August 19, 2004



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