Linkin Park Promises Tour Surprises

When Linkin Park hits the road next month for a North American tour with P.O.D., Hoobastank and Story Of The Year, singer Mike Shinoda tells Billboard.com the act has plenty of surprises in store for

When Linkin Park hits the road next month for a North American tour with P.O.D., Hoobastank and Story Of The Year, singer Mike Shinoda tells Billboard.com the act has plenty of surprises in store for loyal fans.

"I'm really excited about the tour," says Shinoda. "We're playing an all-new set and we've added some songs that people haven't heard us play live before and some songs we haven't played live in a long time. So, even though I know a lot of our fans are going to check out [the new CD/DVD] 'Live in Texas,' the set that we will be playing in January and February is longer, has more songs and it has a lot of stuff that people haven't heard."

As for the unexpected set list additions, stalwarts will be happy to learn the rarely played "Breaking the Habit" will receive plenty of attention. Shinoda hasn't completely ruled out the band playing new, unreleased material, but considering the tracks are still in their infancy, it is unlikely.

Linkin Park will go overseas for a European jaunt in late winter/early spring and plans on staging its third Projekt Revolution tour in the U.S. later this year. In the past, diverse acts such as Cypress Hill and Xzibit have joined the Los Angeles band on the road, but participating groups have not been announced.

At this point, the rest of 2004 remains uncertain. "People have been asking if we are going to do a remix album the way we did [2002's] 'Reanimation,'" discloses Shinoda. "Are we possibly going to do a DVD? I don't know yet. I know that we're not going to do another full-length remix album for sure because it was just too much work on me, to be honest. It is crazy to do that and all of these other things that we are hoping to do. But we will probably be able to throw together some remixes [in some other form]. At this point, we are just throwing around ideas."

Considering it took Linkin Park 18 months to write and record its latest Warner Bros. studio album, "Meteora," Shinoda says he doesn't expect a new studio set to hit the streets until early 2005 at the soonest.

"We're already starting to work on songs but you can never tell," says Shinoda. "When we are writing songs, it is really organic, it is just kind of go with the flow and you can never really tell exactly what the timeline will be. Whatever sounds good, we'll keep pushing with that."