Linkin Park’s ‘Iridescent’ Video: A Dog, A Throne And A Blind King

In the new video for their song from the upcoming 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' soundtrack, the rockers get 'abstract.'

Linkin Park lending their music to a “Transformers” movie isn’t exactly a new thing — the rockers are three-for-three at this point, having just shot a video for “Iridescent,”, the lead single off the soundtrack to the upcoming installment of the sci-fi/action franchise, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” What is new this time out is the concept of the video for the song, which, truth be told, is actually pretty confusing … even to the guys in LP themselves.

“All I know about the concept is that [Linkin Park turntablist/frequent director] Joe Hahn sent me an e-mail that said something about ‘In the valley of the blind, the one-eyed man is king,’ or something like that,” singer/rapper Mike Shinoda laughed.
“And the next thing I know, I’ve got horns growing out of my shoulders, and I’ve got one blind eye, and I’ve got a white dog and a snake on a throne made of antlers. I think you’d have to ask Joe what that all means.”

Sounds like Hahn’s been catching up on his H.G. Wells. And while the “Iridescent” clip is just the latest in a long string of Linkin Park videos to be directed by Hahn, it’s perhaps his most out-there work to date. And that’s fitting, considering that ever since the band released their 2010 A Thousand Suns album, they’ve been working very hard at pushing boundaries, too. Then again, to hear the Linkin Park guys tell it, all you need to know about Hahn’s videos is that they are 100 percent his, coming from a place that even his bandmates don’t totally comprehend.

“As we’ve gone on, the videos have gotten more abstract,” Shinoda said. “[And] I kind of like that, I’ve been encouraging it with Joe, because … the stuff that goes on in his head is really interesting and really fun, and I think it probably comes from the fact he grew up reading a lot of comics, watching anime, those things. Especially in a video like this, you can tell the influences are there.”

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