For Linkin Park‘s video for “Burn It Down,” the first single from their forthcoming Living Things album, the band returned the directorial duties to one of their own, DJ Joe Hahn.

Chester Bennington describes the Hahn-directed video shoot to MTV News, “For whatever reason, I usually get it the worst. I’ve almost drowned, I had all this powder thrown in my face… and on this new one, I was sweating like crazy. It was intense.”

In Hahn’s latest visual feast, the band find themselves inside a swirling mass of energy.

The video camera captures a few jokes behind the scenes in the making of “Burn It Down.”

As if the video premiere isn’t enough, recently, the band hid a USB thumb drive and provided fans with clues about its location. The drive, hidden in the UK, was located and quickly made its way to the airwaves of Britain’s BBC Radio 1. Titled “Lies, Greed Misery,” the song is wildly different from “Burn It Down” heavier hip hop feel. It’s now available as a free download from the Linkin Park Living Things 2012 fan site.

Linkin Park hits the road with fellow Southern Californian’s Incubus. The two alt-rock heavyweights have teamed for the Honda Civic Tour, kicking off August 11th in Virginia.

In an interview, Frontman Chester Bennington and Incubus’ Brandon Boyd discussed how the bands will come together for the first time this summer for the Honda Civic Tour.

Chester Bennington explains, “It’s about bringing two established acts who have been, up until this point, headlining our own tours, together under one roof, and to bring our full headlining sets and the full experience of each band to our fans.”

“We’ve run the gamut,” explains Brandon Boyd. “We’ve had our big giant, blown out production on our big U.S. tour all the way down to a stripped down ‘We can’t afford to bring any production cause it’s too far away from home’ tour… which were just as enjoyable, just in different ways.” Boyd continues, “We’ve been floating around in our own little bubbles floating around the rock and roll universe– It seems strange that our band haven’t toured together already. So it’s like, Eh, it’s time, let’s do this!”

-Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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