Linkin Park Prepares to Kick off National Tour at Jiffy Lube Live

Linkin Park kicks off their Honda Civic Tour in Bristow, Va. on Aug. 11. "Living Things" is the nu metal band's fifth album. Photo by James Minchi.

Linkin Park, the hard rock band which has more hits than any other on the alternative charts this millennium, is kicking off its Honda Civic tour in Bristow at Jiffy Lube Live on Aug 11.

Linkin Park led the Nu Metal movement, which is metal infused with rap, grunge, hip-hop, techno and other genres of modern music. Today the band that rose to national fame in the early 2000s with hits such as “Crawling,” “Breaking the Habit,” and “Numb,” is still going strong.

In recent years they have redefined themselves as more melodic, but their new album “Living Things,” blends their old and new sounds, a combination that both critics and fans have praised. Now they are touring to promote their new album, “Living Things,” and Jiffy Lube live is the first stop on what promises to be a lively tour.

Chester Bennington, the front man, singer and songwriter for the band, expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming concert tour.

“I think we’ve got a really great response from our fans and from critics on this record. All the songs have a lot of really great energy. And I think that’s going to lend itself really well to the live shows,” said Bennington in a phone interview.

Jiffy Lube Live is the first stop for the band, and despite Bennington’s bevy of gold and platinum albums, he admitted he still gets nervous at the beginning of a tour.

“You know, the first show is always the most nerve-wracking for me personally, just because, you know, my throat isn’t like a guitar that gets put away in a nice velvety case and hidden from the outside world until (it’s) needed again. It’s a muscle and it’s a living thing—no pun intended.”

To prepare, Bennington plans to stretch the muscle in his vocal cords everyday, because he believes his fans deserve the best possible performance.

“Performing—it is the most important thing for me— and, so, every show has to feel the same: the same intensity, the same level of technical skill. So that’s what the first show is going to be like. It’s not going to be any different than the fifteenth show on the tour.”

And although performing might be nerve-wracking for Bennington, perhaps nerves are just a prelude to the exhilaration he gets from performing in front of an audience.

Linkin Park is (L-R) Dave Farrell, Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, , Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Joe Hahn. Photo by James Minchin.

“When you go play a show, it’s like the best thing in the world, like you want to go out and play your hardest and put your heart into it. For me, that’s where I get all of my fulfillment as a musician. Writing the song and having people listen to it is great, but if I never got to perform the songs that people liked, I don’t even know if I would be in a band.”

Yet, the Bristow concert will be different from the rest of the tour in that it will not include Incubus, who will be joining the tour later . While, Bennington said it is, “awesome for everyone who gets to see both bands,” he knows his band will be giving it their all at Jiffy Lube Live.

Bennington is also excited to begin his tour on the East Coast, which he admits has a different flavor than West Coast and other parts of the country.

Brandon Boyd of Incubus commented that he thinks the East Coast is grittier, while the West Coast is more laid back.

But Bennington is looking forward to starting off the summer leg of his tour in the east. According to the musician, he typically plays the East Coast in the winter, which means he usually plays indoors. He remembers some atrocious weather in cities like Boston.

Perhaps it is the weather that gives gives the East Coast some of its grit, but Bennington can look forward to warm weather along with a warm reception in Northern Virginia, where fans will fill seats at Jiffy Lube Live’s pavilion.

Beyond its scenic rolling hills and valleys, Northern Virginia can be very political. With fans coming in from D.C., and the presidential campaign heating up, would Linkin Park use our Bristow venue to take a stance or promote a candidate?

Yes, and no.

“So we definitely don’t really kind of brag about who we’re going to vote for, but we do talk about the things that are important to us,” Bennington said.

What is important to Linkin Park is saving or protecting the environment through promoting energy efficiency and renewable resources.

“At this point, we are really making sure that our tours are as environmentally friendly as possible, and also giving back to our local community as well as the world community that has been so good to us,” Bennington said.

As for being the alternative band of the century with the most Billboard hits, it seem not to have gone to Bennington’s head.

“It’s cool, you know. It’s something that I never would have thought of. I’ve always felt that we just made the best record that we could make at the time. So for people, for our fans, it’s really more of a testament to our fans than to us. It really is a testament to how enthusiastic our fan base is about what we do in the studio.”

Linkin Park is eager to go on tour and promote their new album, “Living Things.” They are grateful to all the fans, and they say they hope to continue touring for a long time. If the Rolling Stones can put on an awesome show, then Bennington and Boyd agreed that neither of them are looking to retire anytime soon.

Tickets are still available for the Linkin Park show and can be purchased in advance at Live Nation. Tickets for the general admission pit (standing room only) are $105.20. Pavilion seats range from $25.25-$83, and lawn seats are $30-40. Additional fees and taxes may apply.


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