Linkin Park are no strangers to selling a butt-load of albums. But they recently changed their sound (goodbye rap-rock, hello passion ballads) and some pundits wondered what the future would hold. Well, the future is now and the arrival of Minutes To Midnight brought some clarity to the question. The group had the biggest first week sales of 2007 (625,000 — Norah Jones had previously held the record at 418,000). We caught up with guitarist Brad Delson on the day he found out his band rocked the charts.
"My manager emailed me and it just didn’t seem possible. I’ve accepted that it’s true, but I’m still shocked and humbled. I’m ecstatic about the fact that this amount of people are going to hear it." In addition to the band’s monster sales, Delson also let us in on some surprises to expect from the Linkin Park curated Projekt Revolution tour…
Of Projekt Revolution, Delson said: ?I think this is the strongest line-up we’ve ever had. It was a huge coup to get so much talent on one bill. We have this infusion of new material in our sets, and more material to choose from. We’ve even gone back and readdressed some of the old material to make sure it makes sense in the new context. We rediscovered this song called ?Pushing Me Away? (last song on Hybrid Theory). We paired it down to just vocals and piano, one of the most powerful elements that we’ve integrated into our set.? As for other surprises, Delson was tight-lipped, but did say onstage collaborations are definitely a possibility.
?There’s going to be a lot of surprises for Projekt Revolution because we?re all fans of each other, and with a show of this size, you never know what’s going to happen. Whether different musicians come out and play with other bands, or what. So I?m looking forward to those moments.?