Linkin Park - New Zealand Concert Announced
Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 7, September through Ticketmaster.
The band’s New Zealand concert precedes their headline performance at this year’s Soundwave Festival in Australia.
Since their 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory Linkin Park have spent the last decade blending rap and rock, resulting in some of the most commercially successful radio hits this side of the millennium.
Now, as they celebrate their fifth studio album LIVING THINGS Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and crew are bringing their Grammy-award winning cache of songs to New Zealand for one of the biggest international performances of next summer.
Living Things debuted at # 1 on the RIANZ album chart, remaining in the Top 5 for four consecutive weeks and is now certified gold. The band’s previous album A Thousand Suns also achieved gold status, with Meteora now 5 x Platinum and their Hybrid Theory long player now 7 x Platinum.
The band was vital to the evolution of rock meeting electronica in the early 2000’s. Genre-bending be damned – Linkin Park doesn’t just bend genres, they create them. Having won over 40 international awards and receiving over 130 nominations for their efforts across the plains of critique the hardcore ensemble are still delivering commercial and critical hit after hit.
Whether it’s the hardcore harmonies on ‘One Step Closer’, the antagonistic anthem ‘Somewhere I Belong’ or the collaborative mashup hits from their team-up with Jay-Z on Collision Course, Linkin Park has been at the forefront of trial and trailblazing across the musical spectrum.
Two months into its release, Living Things is reminding audiences and critics alike why Linkin Park is one of the most powerful post-hardcore groups ever to grace the charts.
“… tracks like ‘Castle of Glass’ and ‘Victimized’ are among some of the band's most successful experiments, while ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Powerless’ are classic examples of why Linkin Park remains vital while its nu-metal compatriots have more or less fallen by the wayside” - Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
“… they've traded turntable scratches for dub-step flourishes, but still lean on Bennington's harrowing hooks, including the one on ‘Burn It Down’, one of their best singles yet.” - Nick Catucci, Rolling Stone
Linkin Park last rocked New Zealand in 2007 in front of a sold-out, capacity crowd at Vector Arena, so be there this February as Linkin Park raise the roof once again!