Rock hard 

Linkin Park is back, and so is Projekt Revolution minus the hip-hop element

click to enlarge Luckily, the guys from Linkin Park have until Labor Day - to get out of the desert and over to Englewood.
  • Luckily, the guys from Linkin Park have until Labor Day to get out of the desert and over to Englewood.

W hen touring behind their 2003 CD, Meteora, wrapped up, Linkin Park basically went missing. And when the chart-topping, Grammy-winning band disappeared, so did its ambitious festival tour, Projekt Revolution.

Now that Linkin Park is back with a new CD, Minutes to Midnight, so is Projekt Revolution. And while the tour's lineup is impressive as usual, Projekt Revolution has a notably different musical mix than in its first three incarnations.

In previous outings, the tour was as notable for its hip-hop flavor as its rock inclinations, featuring prominent acts like Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Xzibit. This year, though, rock rules the tour, with Linkin Park joined on the main stage by My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo and Julien-K.

In a late June conference call with reporters, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington suggested that mixing hard rock and hip-hop on a tour like Projekt Revolution might no longer be the best approach to building the festival bill.

"We kind of just decided that these were the bands we wanted to go out with," Bennington said. "Genres have always been kind of what we do, but I don't think it's absolutely what we have to do all the time. ...

"I personally noticed in the past with the exception of maybe Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg there was enthusiasm for the hip-hop artists, but there really wasn't a lot of overall excitement [in the crowds]. I personally felt like the show kind of went into a lull in some cases.

"It's tough to have a really kicking rock band come out and then have [hip-hop group] The Roots come out on stage afterwards," he added. "It can flow if they're the right mix, but I think, through trial and error, we've realized that we want to put on a really energetic show, and sometimes people don't really want to have to think too much when they go to a concert."

Taking Back Sunday bassist Matt Rubano, who, along with drummer Bob Bryar and guitarist Roy Toro of My Chemical Romance, also participated in the conference call, said signing on for Projekt Revolution was an easy decision.

"We've always tried to take tours based on either touring with bands that we are either fans of or friends with, and new opportunities," Rubano said. "This is pretty much a cross-section of all of those."

Neither My Chemical Romance nor Taking Back Sunday had toured with Linkin Park before, but members of both groups expressed admiration for the California-based band's mentality.

"I've always respected not only the music, but just the work ethic and how much effort each of those guys puts in to every aspect of the band," said Toro. "To me, it's really inspiring and encouraging that people care so much about their art."


Projekt Revolution featuring Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday and others
Coors Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Englewood
Monday, Sept. 3, 12:45 p.m.
Tickets: $24.50-$70; visit ticketmaster.com.


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