Last month, Brad Delson, Linkin Park's guitarist, had an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about the band's upcoming Concert for the Philippines, where he talked about how the show came together, what made them choose The Offspring as co-performers and what other bands also contributed to the band's charity, Music for Relief. Additionally, Brad talked about their upcoming festival tours, including the UK's 2014 Download Festival, where they will perform the entire Hybrid Theory, and details on the band's sixth studio album.
In the interview, Brad explained that 100% of all proceeds will be given to Music for Relief's partner, International Medical Core, which he describes as "the best first responders". He also revealed that they also contacted other bands for the lineup, who were unable to attend for different reasons, such as tour schedules. The Offspring, who Linkin Park has shared festival bills with, was the first band to be announced to join the concert, and Brad talked about why they were chosen:
"When you see their show it’s incredible the depth of their catalog. They’re one of the few bands where when they play a show you truly know every song they play."He also confirmed that Thirty Seconds to Mars, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, and Rick Rubin, who co-produced Minutes to Midnight, A Thousand Suns, and Living Things, have contributed donations to Music for Relief.
Linkin Park will play several festival shows in 2014, among them the 2014 Rock Am Ring in Germany with Metallica, Kings of Leon and Iron Maiden, and the 2014 Download Festival in the UK, where they will perform the entire Hybrid Theory album and co-headline with Fall Out Boy. When asked if these festival dates signify that the new album will be done by then, Brad gave details on the follow-up to Living Things.
"We’re in the studio almost every day working on our album for next year, so it’s a very fun time for us and very creative. It’ll be out when it’s ready, we’re working very hard toward that end and it’s been a really fun process so far. Right now we’re still in the early phases of everything so everything’s really nebulous, we’re just trying to capture an initial inspiration and see where it leads us."You can read the full interview here. Here to an awesome LP-filled 2014! Happy new year guys!