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Friday, February 11, 2005

Projekt Revolution Tour Aims to Keep its Premise

July 2008

When Linkin Park organized the initial Projekt Revolution tour in 2002, the post grunge rap-rockers was all about producing a show that featured a groundbreaking, diverse musical caravan.

“Back when we started this tour, our idea was to showcase groups that were doing something revolutionary,” Linkin Park rapper/keyboardist/guitarist Mike Shinoda says. “That's something we've always tried to do.”

Linkin Park will headline the event, which returns Saturday to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. The event also features Chris Cornell, one of rock's most distinctive sets of pipes.

“He's got one of the most original voices in rock and original style,” says Shinoda.

Charismatic rapper/provocateur Busta Rhymes, pop-rockers The Bravery and quasi supergroup Ashes Divide, which includes A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel, former Guns 'N' Roses drummer Josh Freese and cellist Devo Keenan, the son of A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, will also perform on the main stage.

Atreyu, 10 Years, Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep and Street Drum Corps will play the Revolution Stage.

“From the beginning to the end of the show, you get a lot of different sounds, Shinoda says. “You get a lot of different experiences. That's what makes it fun.”
Linkin Park is as meticulous selecting bands as it is crafting tunes. Shinoda is a longtime admirer of Cornell.

“Just from a fan's perspective, it's really enjoyable to watch him (Cornell) play all of these songs,” Shinoda says. “And that's whether it's a Soundgarden song, an Audioslave song or a solo song. It's almost like a greatest hits set, which is great. It's a lot of fun to watch.”

On the other side of Cornell is the relatively unknown Street Drum Corps, which is slated to perform after show opener Armor For Sleep.

“Street Drum Corps is improvisational rhythm,” Shinoda says. “When (Linkin Park vocalist) Chester (Bennington) and I saw them, they had to be on the tour. When we described them to the rest of the band, we told them they are a punk rock Blue Man Group. It's almost like Stomp. But it's way more street and less Broadway. These guys are little punks. I love their attitude.”

Medina Lake opened Projekt Revolution in 2007 and many fans arrived early to catch the straightforward rockers. Since crowds are gathering as early as 11 a.m., odds are that folks are a bit drained by the time Linkin Park and Cornell hit the stage.

“It makes it a little trickier for the people who play later because all the fans have been there since 11 a.m.,” Shinoda says. “We have to work extra-hard to get them into the set and excited, which we are happy to do.”

Shinoda is already looking forward to next year's Projekt Revolution since there are always bands that he hopes to lure to the tour but can't due to forces beyond his control.

“Chester and I talk about touring with Pennywise and Rise Against,” Shinoda says. “I don't know how many times it's come up, but it's something we always want to do but the time doesn't work out. At some point, we know we're going to get it done. It's a matter of when. There's always the next time. Each time we do this, we just want to make it as great as possible and as much fun for the fans.”

thanks to lptimes.com