Funko To Release “Pop! Albums” Figure Based On Cover Art For Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory”

Funko will be releasing a “Pop! Albums” figure based on the cover art for Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” in honor of the record’s 20th anniversary. The figure is expected to be released in late January and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Fever 333 And Grandson Release New Linkin Park Covers

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Hybrid Theory,” Fever 333 and Grandson have released some new Linkin Park covers as part of Spotify‘s “Spotify Singles” series. Fever 333 chose to take on “In The End,” while Grandson chose to take on “One Step Closer.“

Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler commented:

“I will never forget that overcast morning in Los Angeles walking from my locker in the F building down the now infamous 11 stair handrail at Westchester High (now of numerous skate vids fame) toward the bungalows that housed my algebra 2 education and being stopped by my only website building homie to tell me of this ‘awesome new band he found called Linkin Park.’ ‘In The End’ was the song that made me believe that rap and rock still belonged together.

I studied their tasteful marriage of the two styles from that moment on and created my own music with that in mind. I wish I could tell my 14-year-old self that one day I’d receive a DM from Mike Shinoda about him liking my music. I wish even more that I could tell my younger self he’d offer to share his talents and energy with me to make more music. I don’t think 14-year-old me would believe it, though. 35-year-old me still doesn’t.”

Grandson added:

“I first heard ‘In The End‘ when I was just a kid, illegally downloaded it off Kazaa when I was like ten and learned all of Mike’s verses. Then 10 years later I played the Forum with Mike in front of thousands of people. Chester is an all-time great, and I could never try and sing like he does. We had to pitch the song down just so I could come close to hitting the notes in this song. I just wanted to try and pay homage and do this incredible song justice.”

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda: “Hair Metal Felt Like Very White Music And I Was Growing Up In A Very Diverse City So I Didn’t Gravitate To It”

While discussing the 20th anniversary of “Hybrid Theory” with Metal Hammer, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said that he felt like there was a lack of diversity within rock music until nü-metal came onto the scene. He also added that this was especially true of hair metal, which “felt like very white music.”

Shinoda said the following:

“At the time, if you asked somebody what they were listening to they’d say… ‘Rock. I listen to hip hop. I listen to jazz.’ It wasn’t until five years later they’d say, ‘Everything’. ‘Hybrid Theory‘ did some of that work. It was part of the progression towards breaking down boundaries between styles of music.

I listened to 90% rap music, then I’d look at a lot of rock bands and I’d be like, ‘There’s something too white’ [about it]. That was one of the things that turned me off, especially hair metal. Hair metal felt like very white music and I was growing up in a very diverse city so I didn’t gravitate to it. That didn’t resonate with me. And it wasn’t just about race. I don’t mean the color of skin. I just mean the culture of it. When nü-metal started at the very beginning, it was a very diverse place.’

“There was a moment when that term, nü-metal and what it meant, was actually pretty cool. It’s almost impossible to imagine! I remember when Korn first came out and when Deftones’ first couple of albums came out, and whatever you think about a group like Limp Bizkit, their first album was really raw. There were all these groups like Snot and (hed)p.e., and it wasn’t smart music, but there was something really visceral and culture blending that was important.”

Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” Re-Enters Billboard’s “Album Sales” Chart

Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” has re-entered Billboard’s “Album Sales” chart at No. 3. According to Billboard, the album sold 17,000 copies in the U.S. in the week ending on October 15. This news comes after the group released a 20th anniversary edition of the record on October 9.

Listen To Rare Linkin Park Demo Track “Pictureboard”

A rare Linkin Park demo track titled “Pictureboard” was released today (October 9) as part of the 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory.” The song was one of the band’s first to feature the late Chester Bennington and it can be streamed below:

Brad Delson told Kerrang! the following about the track:

“We had made a bunch of demos and at that moment we were looking for a vocalist, and someone… a friend of a friend, had worked with Chester in Arizona. Chester’s story – which I’m certain is true – is that he left his own birthday party to go to the studio and record his vocals on the tracks he had sent. That’s how excited he was.

He’d been in bands for years in Arizona and had basically hit the point where it was harder to get noticed out there, which was frustrating, and by that point he’d got a 9-5 job. And then he got this demo, left the party, recorded the vocals, and the rest is history.”

He also added the following when asked how he reacted to Bennington’s vocals:

“It just blew my mind. He sounds like two different people on the same song; the verses sound very, very, vulnerable. That song shows you all of his range: it’s got the tiny, tiny, vulnerable verse, which we were able to channel on songs like ‘Leave Out All The Rest‘ or ‘Breaking The Habit‘ or ‘One More Light‘… and then it’s got the big, melodic, almost screamy but still melodic chorus that you’d hear on ‘Crawling‘. It had all those elements there and it was like fireworks.”

Linkin Park, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, My Chemical Romance, Etc. Releases Set For 2020 Black Friday Record Store Day Event

The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 27) has been posted. You can find a list of various rock/metal releases below. The full list can also be viewed HERE.

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Rock/Metal Releases:

  • Alice In Chains – “Sap” (Legacy) (12″ vinyl) (limited to 8,500)
  • Anthrax – “Soldiers Of Metal” (Megaforce) (black in orange vinyl) (limited to 1,000)
  • Baroness – “Live At Maida Vale BBC Vol. II” (Abraxan Hymns) (limited to 3,500)
  • Beastie Boys – “Some Old Bullshit” (Capitol/UME) (limited to 1,000)
  • Blue Öyster Cult – “Live In Pasadena July ’83” (Real Gone Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,300)
  • Buckcherry – “Buckcherry” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 1,500)
  • The Chariot – “Long Live” (Good Fight Music) (limited to 2,000)
  • Chris Cornell – “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover) (IGA) (7″) (limited to 6,000) [Features his cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” live at SiriusXM as the b-side]
  • Crown The Empire – “7102010” (Rise Records) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
  • Dio – “Dream Evil Live ’87” (Niji/BMG) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,500)
  • Ace Frehley – “Space Truckin’” (Deep Purple cover) (eOne Music) (12″) (limited to 2,100)
  • Linkin Park – “Meteora” (Warner Records) (2xLP on aqua blue vinyl) (limited to 3,000)
  • Motörhead – “Ace Of Spades” (Sanctuary/BMG) (12″) (limited to 2,500)
  • Motörhead – “On Parole (Expanded And Remastered)” (Parlophone) (2xLP/CD) (limited to 3,000/limited to 4,200)
  • My Chemical Romance – “Life On The Murder Scene” (Reprise) (limited to 7,500 copies)
  • Norma Jean – “Meridional” (Concord/Craft Recordings) (2xLP) limited to 2,500)
  • Puscifer – “Apocalyptical“/“Rocketman” (BMG/Alchemy) (7″) (limited to 2,000)
  • Shadows Fall – “Of One Blood” (M-Theory Audio) (blood red vinyl) (limited to 1,350)
  • Sunn O))) – “Flight Of The Behemoth” (Southern Lord) (2xLP) (limited to 800)
  • Corey Taylor/Dead Boys – “All This And More” (side by side) (Elektra) (12″ red vinyl) (limited to 4,000)
  • Tesla – “The Great Radio Controversy” (LMLR) (limited to 1,000)
  • Volbeat – “Hokus Bonus” (Republic) (grey limited edition vinyl) (limited to 3,000) [Featuring numerous bonus tracks from past albums]
  • Walking Papers – “The Light Below” (Carry On Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,000)

[via The PRP]

Linkin Park To Stream 2002 Live Set Next Week

Linkin Park will be streaming a live show from their 2002 “Projekt Revolution” tour on October 9. There will be two screenings and tickets can be purchased HERE. A fan-submitted Q&A will also take place during the event. As previously reported, the 20th anniversary edition of the band’s debut album “Hybrid Theory” will be released on October 9 as well.

Watch Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Unbox The 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Of “Hybrid Theory”

Linkin Park have shared a video of Mike Shinoda unboxing the 20th anniversary super deluxe box set edition of “Hybrid Theory.“ That version of the effort will be released on October 9 and more details on it can be found HERE.

Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” Goes 12x Platinum In The U.S.

Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” has officially been certified 12x platinum by the RIAA. The band received the honor after moving 12 million units of the album. This news comes as the group are preparing to release a 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory” on October 9.