Linkin Park’s massive debut Hybrid Theory celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and Mike Shinoda says the milestone will be honored in a special way.
Shinoda recently took part in a video chat with Kerrang! (embedded below) and said, “I don’t know what I should say about it. We’re planning some fun stuff. All I’ll say is that we’ve put some work in — not just the band. In fact, I’d say the label and management and the folks who have been with us for a long time and worked on our stuff along the way…We’ve done our best to kind of go to a lot of people who are family, in a sense, and say, ‘What do you think we should do? What would be a good kind of celebration of ‘Hybrid Theory’?’ and try to do our best to actually do a bunch of those ideas.
Shinoda adds, “The Linkin Park fanbase is one of the most creative and active fanbases out there…They come up with their own great ideas, and then once in a while, those great ideas are better than our ideas. So, I would urge the fanbase to just let it happen. And don’t come up with ideas of what we ought to do, because your ideas might be better than ours. But we do have something coming that I think is very cool.”
In early March, the band put the call out to fans asking them for help with the 20th anniversary of Hybrid Theory.
In a statement via their social media channels, Linkin Park wrote, “This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Hybrid Theory.’ We have some special things planned throughout the year and want you to be part of it. We’re looking for photos, videos, ticket stubs, merch, flyers, souvenirs and anything else you collected from the early days of the band in the late ’90s through the ‘Hybrid Theory’ era of 2000-2002. Some great examples include (but are not limited to ) live concert footage and photos, pictures of band members and signed goodies from LPU meet and greets.”
Fans interested in sharing their various artifacts with the band can do so through LinkinPark.com/FanSubmission.