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Linkin Park's Minutes To Midnight set for NY world premiere

Linkin Park

Story by Jack Foley

LINKIN Park will be hosting a world premiere of Minutes To Midnight with host Stryker live from New York City on Monday, May 7 at 800 pm (EST) and 5pm (Pacific), eight days prior to the album in-store date (May 14, 2007).

Fans are therefore invited to turn on their radio on Monday evening to hear tracks from the long-player, including What I’ve Done, Given Up and four additional new songs.

For a list of stations broadcasting this event near you, visit

Linkin Park spent over 14 months in the studio and wrote more than 100 song demos leading up to Minutes To Midnight.

Vocalist/producer Mike Shinoda says the record is “a breakthrough in the development of the band’s sound” and producer Rick Rubin adds: “They really are reinventing themselves… it doesn’t sound like rap/rock. There’s very strong songwriting. It’s very melodic… a progressive record.”

Chester Bennington adds that the first single, What I’ve Done is “us saying goodbye to how we used to be”.

He continued: “The lyrics in the first verse are, “in this farewell, there is no blood, there is no alibi,” and right away you’ll notice that the band sounds different – the drums are much more raw, the guitars are more raw and the vocals aren’t tripled.

“It’s just us out there … and that’s how Rick wanted it. Basically, he told us: “If it sounds like it could’ve been on the first two records, then we’re not going to work on it.”

In addition to Monday’s listening event, Linkin Park will be announcing the full line-up and dates for the highly anticipated Project Revolution Tour 2007 the same day.

Watch the What I’ve Done video