Also- LP is going to begin their worldwide touring in Europe- hitting up such cities as Paris, Milan, Manchester, London, and Hamburg!!
After that tour- they will take off on a second annual US tour- PROJEKT: REVOLUTION !!
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01.15.2003 : Brad Talks About Meteora - Interview by Jessica (www.linkinpark.com)
BRAD- WHAT DOES METEORA MEAN TO LINKIN PARK AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT NAME? WHAT IS THE PRONOUNCIATION OF THE NAME?
(Mee-tee-ora is the pronunciation)
Actually we were touring in Europe and inside the bus the bus driver had set down a travel magazine that was actually featuring this place called Meteora, and just looking at the pictures of this larger than life place- we were inspired to try to write sonically what those pictures conveyed visually. That was before we had even written the body of the album, so it actually inspired us to create on tape what we were seeing visually.
Meteora is a chain of monasteries in Greece that sit on top of incredible rock formations- itís a really unbelievable place. The title does not have to do with the music in a literal sense- but can be used as a metaphor Ė the grandeur of it, and the timelessness of it, are all conveyed quite well on our album.
Actually some of the guys hadnít even seen the pictures of this place yet- they had just heard the name, but they were all drawn to it just by the energy of the name.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE SOUND OF METEORA ALBUM AS COMPARED TO PAST ALBUMS YOU HAVE RECORDED?
I think there is definitely a threat that links Hybrid Theory with Reanimation with Meteora. Lyrically I think Chester and Mike are dealing with same kinds of emotions as they were in the past- but the difference is they are confronting them with the new perspectives in their lives. There are a lot of the same themes as Hybrid Theory, but the perspective is different and the album shows our growth.
Musically it has a lot of the heaviness and darkness as our recordings in the past- but I believe itís more dynamic then Hybrid Theory. We explored different tempos and time signatures to create a really unique body of work but at the same time a cohesive record. We took 80-90 concepts for songs and streamlined them down to 12, which not only were the strongest songs, but all made the most sense together musically.
When we write an album we want it all to make sense and not just write a single and songs to fill in. I think when someone puts on their headphones and listens t o this album it taked you on a journey beginning to end. We wanted to may a cinematic record.
One thing that is unique lyrically on Meteora itís has a unique sense of optimism in the first single which isnít necessarily present on the other sings. Most of the rest of the songs are quite dark.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO TOURING AGAIN AFTER THIS LONG BREAK?
We are really excited to tour and play a lot of places we havenít been before and even hit some new placesĖ we will definitely be touring extensively. Another great thing is weíll have a lot more material in which to choose from when playing our live show. Last time we tried to fill out an hour with 37 min of material but in actuality it will be fun to play songs from Hybrid Theory, Meteora, possibly Reanimation.
Besides, I think it will just elevate our live show to have a greater selection and more variety. Plus Iíve been working out really long guitar solos Iím really excited to play on this next tour- 10-15 minutes long of just guitar solos. We might just have a second stage just for my guitar solos.
WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE, IF ANY, TO THE RELEASE DATE YOU CHOSE?
It was the soonest possible date that we could get it out.
CAN YOU TELL US ANYTHING ABOUT THE VIDEO FOR THE FIRST SINGLE?
Joe is directing the new video by himself and we are really very proud of what heís done in the past. Heís definitely going to be special effects and CGI intensive. Joeís background is in creating larger than life visual environments.
The song is really about escape and trying to find a place where you belong- but in this case Chester basically falls into a dream, which is the place where he is most comfortable, and Joe is trying to bring to life Chesters subconscious, which is where the majority of the video takes place.
WILL THE ALBUM HAVE ANY DVD OR ENHANCED CD EXTRAS?
We are trying to do as much special stuff with the CD packaging and content as possible.
WILL YOU BE DOING CHATS ON LINKIN PARK.COM AND LPU.COM TO GIVE US MORE INFO ON THE UPCOMING ALBUM?
are the 2 only 100% reliable sources of information.
And also- the internet has always provided us for the best means for communicating directly with our fans.
WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR SINGLE AND WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE?
Somewhere I Belong- itís the 3rd track and first single off the record. Definitely I think it represents musically what weíve been able to accomplish. Itís a dope song. I think that from the very beginning of the song you know its something special. It definitely showcases the ability for Mike and Chester to merge into one unstoppable force.
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WELL GUYS, THANKS FOR READING THIS LITTLE INTERVIEW JESSICA DID WITH BRAD. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WONDERING, YES, BRAD WAS KIDDING ABOUT THE GUITAR SOLOS...LOL
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