Although they don't come with a stale stick of bubble gum, Linkin Park trading cards give fans plenty to chew on.
Six Linkin Park "trading cards," one for each member of the band, have been strewn across the Internet. Each card allows users to see the video for "Faint," the second single off their latest album, Meteora, as well as view behind-the-scenes footage taken from the featured bandmember's perspective. An AIM buddy icon is also available for download.
Beginning Monday and continuing each week, links to the cards' whereabouts will appear on the Linkin Park Web site as well as radio station sites and select fan sites. Guitarist Brad Delson is the first bandmember to be featured.
"My favorite moment on the 'Faint' shoot was when the director, Mark Romanek (Audioslave, Red Hot Chili Peppers), surprised [drummer] Rob [Bourdon] by running up behind him and dumping an entire bottle of water on his head," Delson wrote on the back of his card. "Being the true professional that Rob is, he finished the take without missing a beat."
Those who collect all six cards will receive a special undisclosed bonus and will also be entered into a random drawing to win a limited-edition collectible of all six cards matted and framed.
Having recovered from intense back and stomach pains, singer Chester Bennington is back at full strength to perform on the Summer Sanitarium Tour, which began Friday in Pontiac, Michigan (see "Metallica, Limp Bizkit Set Off Musical Fireworks At Summer Sanitarium").