Linkin Park thinks green on tour
07.05.2008Linkin Park has broken every rule in the book by mixing aggro-metal bombast with socially aware lyrics, looking like vid-game nerds who improbably appeal to girls, and selling more CDs than the badly hurting record industry has seen in years.
At the same time, the band's six members, half of whom hooked up as teens in Agoura Hills, meet weekly for a give-and-take on how to put their success to good use.
One decision was to ensure the fourth and latest edition of the band's annual Projekt Revolution be more eco-friendly than usual. The rock and hip-hop trek - which today brings Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, HIM, Placebo, Julien-K and other acts to the Shoreline Amphitheatre (show begins at 12:45 p.m.; $24.50-$70) - is the highest-profile "green" tour yet.
As Mike Shinoda, the rapper/musician who writes most of the lyrics for the blockbuster band, explains, Linkin Park's tour vehicles have been converted to eco-friendly biofuel, resulting in a pollution reduction equivalent of 400,000 miles' worth of driving.
"It's not about trying to save the world," Shinoda said. "Our goal is to do everything we can to clean up our world and make it a better place. We want to do something to help focus people on climate change and global warming, and we as a band want to help reduce and fight damage to the environment."
Despite informational booths on site and the band's proactive approach, the 27-date Projekt Revolution is still all about music. The idea for the two-stage, daylong event was hatched to bring together top rock and hip-hop acts in order to bridge the gap between the two styles (as Linkin Park does with its own music).
"There's less rap this year, but the lineup is still extremely diverse and strong," Shinoda said. "Nobody's going to be disappointed. It rocks."
Mercury News - July 30, 2007