On Tuesday, Linkin Park unearthed never-before-seen footage from a 2001 gig at a club in San Diego as a livestream on YouTube — but with a twist.
In addition to the archival footage of early-era Linkin Park, a time when “One Step Closer” was gaining momentum as the group‘s breakout single on rock radio and “Crawling” — another single from the band’s 2000 debut record Hybrid Theory — the entire video replayed with live commentary from band members Mike Shinoda, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell and DJ Joe Hahn.
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If you need an escape for an hour, head over to @YouTube to watch @m_shinoda, @mrjoehahn and @phoenixlp react to a never before seen live show from 2001 in 30mins. 🔗 in bio #HybridTheory20 Grab your snacks and break out your baggy pants as we start the celebration for Hybrid Theory’s 20th anniversary.
Throughout the video, they laugh at the fashion sense of the early 2000s (specifically Shinoda’s blue/silver hair and everybody’s baggy pants), the lack of cell phones in the audience and more. In terms of the band’s trajectory, this show came during a time shortly before Linkin Park’s popularity skyrocketed from “upstart rock band” to global phenomenon.
It’s all really entertaining, and was a great way to revisit the band’s early days as a means of commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hybrid Theory, which hits that milestone in 2020.
The YouTube page included this message:
Thank you to everyone for tuning in. As many of you know, the touring industry has been greatly affected by COVID-19. The professionals in this business have played a large part in our ability to perform for you guys. Many of these professionals are freelancers, who are facing an indefinite future without income. Join us in helping to raise money for these individuals: https://www.roadierescue.com
Overall, this was a pretty entertaining thing to put out there while coronavirus pandemic keeps everybody at home these days, as well as a way to continue the band’s commemoration of Hybrid Theory‘s anniversary while also remembering vocalist Chester Bennington — but no matter the direct cause, it was a treat.
Here’s hoping for more!