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Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Preview Projekt Revolution

July 16, 2008 1:20 PM ET

Linkin Park's annual Projekt Revolution Tour kicks off tonight outside of Boston, so Rock Daily sat down with LP's Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell to talk about this summer's jaunt. "What I like about doing a touring festival, especially Projekt Rev, is the fact these are bands that I can get really excited about since I'm part of the reason they're there. For me to be able to bring out Mindless Self Indulgence — a band that I've always liked and I've felt that they've never really gotten the love that they deserve — to see them show up and play with another band like Saosin and 5,000 kids are showing up at noon, just like, 'Yes, it's happening.'" Click below for more on Projekt Revolution (which also features the Bravery, Busta Rhymes, Ashes Divide, Hawthorne Heights and Atreyu) and check back in tomorrow for Rock Daily's full report on opening night.

Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell Preview Projekt Revolution

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Otis Redding | 1966

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