Linkin Park is set to return with the September 14th release of the band’s new studio album ‘A Thousand Suns’ – which features lead single “The Catalyst.”
The album is co-produced by Rick Rubin (U2, Johnny Cash) and Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda - who last joined forces to produce Linkin Park's 2007 release, ‘Minutes To Midnight.’
The band (Shinoda, vocalist Chester Bennington, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell) also recently announced that they'll be touring Europe this fall, beginning Wednesday, October 20th at the O2 World, Berlin and wrapping Wednesday, November 11th at the 02 Arena, London.
"The Catalyst" will hit radio on August 2nd and will also be featured on the band's MySpace Music profile. Prior to the song's release, the band and MySpace are teaming up for "Linkin Park, Featuring You," a unique promotion that gives fans a first-of-its-kind opportunity to collaborate with Linkin Park to produce their own song based on some of the tracks from the forthcoming single.
A winner will be chosen by Linkin Park and their submission will either be included on the band's new album or the winner will be invited to perform with the band on a song on the upcoming record.
Fans can go to myspace.com/linkinpark to download audio stems from "The Catalyst." Fans will be encouraged to adjust the stems and also record and produce their own additional tracks. Fans can use their own music production software to create their song and then upload it to the band via their MySpace page.
Once each new version is submitted, the track will be shared in an embeddable player, which anyone can access to rate and comment, as well as click through to record their own tracks. The contest is live as of tomorrow.
The "Linkin Park, Featuring You" promotion is the start of a multi-phase global partnership between the band and MySpace Music. Throughout the next four months, Linkin Park fans worldwide will have access to live shows, exclusive content and special chances to interact with the band like never before through the MySpace Music platform.
European tour dates for Linkin Park are as follows (additional shows to be announced):
9-Oct Maquinaria Festival Santiago, Chile
11-Oct SWY Music & Arts Festival Sao Paulo, Brazil
20-Oct O2 Arena Berlin, Germany
22-Oct Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany
23-Oct Tips Arena Linz, Austria
25-Oct Bercy Paris, France
27-Oct Lanxess Arena Koln, Germany
29-Oct O2 Arena Hamburg, Germany
30-Oct MCH Arena Herning, Denmark
1-Nov Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
2-Nov Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
4-Nov MEN Arena Manchester, UK
9-Nov LG Arena Birmingham, UK
10-Nov O2 Arena London, UK
11-Nov O2 Arena London, UK