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Carnivores Tour heading to DTE

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A couple of weekends ago, the Carnivores Tour kicked off in Florida. The blockbuster tour features co-headliners Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds To Mars, who are joined by opening act AFI. The tour wraps up September 19 in California.

One dollar for every ticket sold will benefit Music For Relief, an organization Linkin Park founded in 2005 to support disaster relief.

At the time of the tour announcement, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda explained the tour name, "'Carnivores' is a metaphor that is meant to convey an appetite for something visceral and substantive. I feel that's exactly the hunger this tour will feed."

The Carnivores Tour will be making a stop in Michigan next Saturday when it rolls into Clarkston at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Prior to the tour kickoff Shinoda and Linkin Park's other vocalist, Chester Bennington, sat down for a media conference call to preview the tour and talk about their latest album, The Hunting Party.

When asked about what to expect from the tour Shinoda shared, "It's going to be a little different from the last - if anybody caught any of the European tour online. We started there and we put some more work into it and kind of smoothed out some of the rough edges and added a couple songs. So, it's coming along. I feel it's a solid set. It's got a mix of the old and basically stuff from every record."

Bennington elaborated, "We're playing five songs off the new album, so there's a healthy dose of the new record in there. I think we're playing "Final Masquerade"and "Rebellion". Those are two that we haven't played yet. And we're thinking of playing "Until It's Gone" and "Guilty All the Same" as well as "Wastelands", so there's a lot of the new record in this upcoming tour for sure."

Shinoda also said that the tour's production will be much more video-based and will adapt with the show, "It's as much a piece of art as the music is, so we want it to be compelling and fit with the overall kind of aesthetic of what the band is up to right at this moment."

As for how the tour came about, the band has been friendly with both Thirty Seconds To Mars and AFI for a number of years and Bennington says that they had polled their fans a number of times to see who they would like to see them tour with and Thirty Seconds To Mars kept coming up over and over again.

As for The Hunting Party, both Shinoda and Bennington seem to be happy with the finished product and unconcerned with any negativity they may have seen along the way, "It's a statement album. It's a live album; an album that should be taken to the stage, and that's exactly what we're planning to do right now," explained Shinoda.

Doors for Saturday's show at DTE open at 5 pm and tickets are available at http://www.palacenet.com/events/detail/linkin-park-and-thirty-seconds-to....

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