P.O.D. and Linkin Park are hitting the road together in January for more than a month's worth of co-headlining dates. "They got a hold of us," P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval says. "They said, 'Hey, we really want to take you guys out and just do something big.'"
The two bands have toured together before, but that was before Linkin Park's 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, which went on to be the biggest-selling album of 2001. Sandoval saw Linkin Park's success coming. "Before their album was even out," he says, "we took them out, knowing that they would be huge someday."
When the invitation was extended in the other direction, it was an easy decision to accept. "We always connected with those guys more on the human side of things rather than music," Sandoval says. "We know they're good people, and they know we're good people. It's important to tour with bands that you get along with."
The tour marks the first U.S. outing for P.O.D. with new guitarist Jason Truby, who appears on the band's new Payable on Death CD. "It feels brand new with Jason up there," Sandoval says. "At the end of the night it's all about giving these kids what they came to see. You got these two great bands and it just makes for a good night. I can't wait for people to see it."
P.O.D. and Linkin Park tour dates:
1/16: Washington, DC
1/18: New York
1/25: Columbus, OH
1/30: Madison, WI
Confirmed cities, dates to come:
Colorado Springs, CO
Salt Lake City
San Jose, CA
Little Rock, AR
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL