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article imageLinkin Park talks 'The Carnivores' tour with 30 Seconds to Mars Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 8, 2014 in Music
Wantagh - On August 4, rock band Linkin Park participated in a teleconference about their latest studio album and "The Carnivores" tour, where they will play shows with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI.
Their latest studio album The Hunting Party was released on June 17, 2014, and it has garnered rave reviews from critics. "I think probably more so than any other record, maybe other than possibly A Thousand Sons, I feel like critically the record's been overwhelmingly positive. Like, I have yet to read anything negative about the record on a critical level that has been written, which is pretty amazing, and so for that we're very grateful," lead singer Chester Bennington said.
The Hunting Party features their latest single is "Final Masquerade," whose video was filmed by award-winning director Mark Pellington, who has collaborated with such rock acts as Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and U2.
In addition, Linkin Park has partnered with Iraq Afghanistan Veterans America (IAVA), in an effort to raise awareness and funding to help veterans get the benefits they need. A video featuring photos submitted by veterans will be set to the Linkin Park song "Wastelands" from their latest studio effort, and it will be shown on their upcoming tour to help inspire action, and subsequently drive fans to support the IAVA.
"The Carnivores" tour commenced on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it wraps up on September 19, in Concord, California. One dollar for every ticket sold will benefit Music For Relief, an organization Linkin Park founded in 2005, to support disaster relief and programs to protect and restore the environment.
They are on tour with acclaimed rock group 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI, and they shared that they have a good relationship with their fellow touring acts."I think, for the most part, I think the relationship is more of a professional relationship. I mean, I've been friends with Jared for a few years and way more than a few years now, but so we're pretty friendly, but overall, I mean, it's not, like, we're all having birthday parties together and things like that," Bennington said.
He elaborated, "This is a closeness; whereas, like, perhaps it might happen with Jared and I on the fact that there are six people in our band, six people. There's four people in their band and obviously they have five. Our respect comes from a professional between each other and, for me, I know that we've been very close to our fan-base for a very long asking questions and seeing who they want us to tour with and it's been really interesting."
Bennington continued, "We decide to poll our fans to see who they want us to tour with, and for like, what, five or six times in a row, I think, 30 Seconds to Mars has either been the most popular band that they want to see us tour with or No. 2. I've never seen them out of the top three. So, it's been a long time the fans have wanted to see us tour together. So, for that, I think not only has 30 Seconds to Mars, like, grown tremendously over the last several years into not only a great studio band, writing great songs, but they're amazing live. At this point, our fans are really excited to see us play with 30 Seconds to Mars. Also, if I can say this, they have released their fourth record in November last year, so that's pretty impressive. I don't know if you guys are listening to their most recent record, but it's amazing. They keep making amazing record after amazing record and are also known for their live shows. So, that's kind of a simple kind of no-brainer. Luckily, this is one of those times where we were, like, 'Hey, let's ask 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI if they want to tour with us,' and they both said, 'Yes,' at the same time. So, it all worked out really well."
On August 19, Linkin Park will be playing a concert at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York. For more information about this show, visit the venue's website.
To learn more about Linkin Park and their tour dates, visit their official website.
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