Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda hosted a listening party on Monday night (June 18th) for fans, friends and members of the media to check out the band's new album, Living Things, which arrives next Tuesday (June 26th). According to Loudwire, the event took place at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles and the playback was accompanied by a presentation of visual imagery that was edited in time to the music.
Shinoda participated in a question-and-answer session after the album was finished playing, restating his recent plea to fans to buy and listen to the disc together rather than download and experience it alone. He explained, "I remember everything specifically from Wu-Tang's first record to Alice In Chains, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest, I remember sitting in the car with my friends and going and listening to those records. It was not what we do today."
Shinoda was joined for the session by producer Rick Rubin, who worked with the band once again on Living Things. Shinoda told us how he feels about working with the legendary producer: "I love working with Rick. The first time I worked with him, I was like kind of terrified, because all of my favorite records growing up were his records. I mean, you know, my Top 10, I'd probably say like six of them are records he produced. What works so well for us with Rick is that there's no ego with it. When he comes in, he doesn't treat it that way, and he's able to just kind of like let the record be whatever we want it to be in most respects."
Linkin Park will co-headline the Honda Civic Tour this summer with Incubus, beginning in Bristow, Virginia on August 11th.