The intro music for Linkin Park's winter tour probably won't be the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," but maybe it should be, because the positive, nice-guy rockers are hooking up with the equally optimistic P.O.D. for about six weeks of North American dates.
The tour will start in early January and end in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the end of February, P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval said. Linkin Park will headline the shows, for which exact dates have not yet been confirmed.
"Their success is huge. You can't knock Linkin Park's sales," Sandoval said about playing second on the bill. "There's no pride here. They're gonna go out, so what better package for the fans than for us to go with them? And they're awesome dudes. It's important that you go out with a band you can get along with."
It won't be the first time Linkin Park have played with P.O.D. "Those guys opened for us on our Fundamental Elements of Southtown [tour]," recalled drummer Wuv. "Then they blew up. We've always had respect for each other, and everybody seems to be on the same page as far as [being on] the positive tip."
Before the tour, P.O.D. will play Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 16; a Spike TV event in Las Vegas on December 2; and New York on December 6, their publicist said.
While Linkin Park will play the Cypress Hill Smoke Out on November 15 in San Bernardino, California, with Papa Roach, DMX, Obie Trice and others, the dates with P.O.D. mark Linkin Park's first U.S. tour since Summer Sanitarium, which also featured Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Deftones and Mudvayne (see "Metallica, Limp Bizkit Set Off Musical Fireworks At Summer Sanitarium"). Live in Texas, a CD/DVD combo from the tour, will be released November 18 (see "Linkin Park Sweat To The Hits On Live CD And DVD").
The night before the package comes out, there will be screenings of the DVD at 42 movie theaters across the country (see "Coming Soon To A Theater Near You: Your Favorite Band"). On Monday the members of Linkin Park will attend an exclusive screening in Los Angeles at the Regent Showcase Theater. Select tickets are available to members of the band's fan club, the group's publicist said.
November 17 Screenings of Linkin Park's DVD "Live In Texas," according to Warner Bros.:
- Atlanta, GA @ Perimeter Pointe
- Baltimore, MD @ UA Snowden Square Stadium 14
- Boston, MA @ Solomon Pond 15
- Buffalo, NY @ Transit Center Stadium 18 Plus Imax
- Charlotte, NC @ Stonecrest at Piper Glen Stadium 22
- Chicago, IL @ Lincolnshire Stadium 20 Plus Imax
- Cleveland, IL @ Solon Commons Cinema
- Dallas, TX @ Galaxy Theatre Stadium 10
- Dallas, TX @ UA Eastchase Market Stadium 9
- Dayton, OH @ Hollywood Stadium 20
- Denver, CO @ Pavilions 15
- Detroit, MI @ Commerce Township Stadium 14
- Fairfax, VA @ Towne Center 10
- Houston, TX @ Houston Marq*E Stadium 23
- Indianapolis, IN @ Galaxy Stadium 14
- Irvine, CA @ Irving Spectrum 21
- Jacksonville, FL @ Avenues Stadium 20
- Kansas, City, MO @ Kansas City Stadium 18
- Knoxville, TN @ West Town Mall Stadium 9
- Las Vegas, NV @ Showcase Theatre 8
- Las Vegas, NV @ Village Square Stadium
- Lexington, KY @ Hamburg Pavilion Stadium 16
- Miami, FL @ Movies at The Falls 12
- Minneapolis, MN @ Brooklyn Center Stadium 20
- New York, NY @ Union Square Stadium 14
- Oklahoma City, OK @ Crossroads Mall Stadium 16
- Orlando, FL @ Winter Park Village Stadium 20
- Pasadena, CA @ UA Pasadena 6
- Philadelphia, PA @ Riverview Plaza 17
- Phoenix, AZ @ Pavilions 11
- Pittsburgh, PA @ Moraine Pointe Cinema 10
- Portland, OR @ Lloyd Center Stadium 10 Cinema
- Portland, OR @ Division Street Stadium 13
- Sacramento, CA @ Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16
- San Diego, CA @ UA Horton Plaza 14
- San Francisco, CA @ Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 Plus
- San Francisco, CA @ Galaxy 4
- Seattle, WA @ Auburn Stadium 17 Theatres
- Tampa, FL @ Citrus Park Stadium 20
- Taunton, MA @ Silver City Mall 10
- West Palm Beach, FL @ Royal Palm Beach Stadium 18
- Washington, DC @ Ballston Common Stadium 12