Linkin Park and Incubus Survive Music Biz Changes
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Incubus and Linkin Park have seen a significant upheaval in their chosen profession over the past few decades.
Let’s face it: When both bands first came up in the ‘90s and 2000s, the music industry looked nothing like it does today. As they often say, the Internet changed everything, and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd thinks the evolution of the music industry is far from over.
“Linkin Park and Incubus were two of the very few bands who kind of like got a gust of wind out of the old paradigm of the music industry, but survived out of it,” Boyd said during a press conference for the two bands’ current Honda Civic Tour.
“There are so many bands that, bands in a traditional sense, bands who write their own music, and perform their music, that didn’t survive that transition,” he added. “That fell by the wayside with the industry.”
Boyd believes change is the only constant in music. But, Incubus are ready and raring to go.
“Our technologies are a living system just like we are and our communities as human beings, and for us to expect them to remain constant is really just quite foolish,” Boyd said. “I mean, anybody that’s going to come to rely on the way that our music consumption is looking now is going to have the same hard lesson in less time than you think.
“I think that the technology is going to shift probably sooner than any of us really realize. And that’s a really cool thing, because it keeps everyone on their toes… I personally, when all is said and done, I really welcome these changes. And they excite me. And they scare me at the same time, but I’m choosing to focus on the excitement.”
Incubus and Linkin Park’s Honda Civic Tour runs through Sept. 10 in San Diego, Calif. A recent tour stop in Detroit turned out a nearly sold-out arena crowd, all there to see two bands that have somehow survived and thrived amid the industry upheaval.
Back when Linkin Park’s 2000 debut Hybrid Theory was released, Linkin Park seemed dead set within the confines of rap-rock, along with contemporaries such as Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit. But at the Detroit gig, it was obvious Linkin Park have broken out of the clutches of rap-rock. The band’s newer, electronic-tinged, alternative rock songs such as “Burn It Down” and “Waiting for the End” -- off 2012’s Living Things and 2010’s A Thousand Suns, respectively -- garnered plenty of cheers and fist-pumps from the crowd. Of course, the biggest reaction still came from Linkin Park’s early, angst-y anthems, such as “One Step Closer,” “In the End” and “Crawling,” comprising the material of their initial albums, 2000’s Hybrid Theory and 2003’s Meteora.
Incubus offered up a psychedelic hour-long opening set, packed with hits spanning their entire career. For some at the show, it was 2003 all over again. But for a whole new crop of fans, Linkin Park and Incubus proved strong acts of today.
For more information on the Honda Civic Tour, head to the tour’s official website.
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Photo credit: Anne Erickson.