Linkin Park ushering in X Games MUSIC

Linkin Park will perform a show Friday night at X Games LA to celebrate the launch of X Games MUSIC. James Minchin

LOS ANGELES -- Chester Bennington, the lead singer of two-time Grammy Award-winning Linkin Park, said his band and style of music is a perfect fit for the X Games.

"I think our music has always been where you get up and jump around and you're just not standing there listening to the music. We're the kind of music you work out in the gym," said Bennington of the California group formed in 1996 that has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. "I think the energy of our shows is the same energy you see in action sports. Everyone is moving."

And that's why the six-member rock band, which includes Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn, is performing a private show Friday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live as part of a new initiative for the X Games brand -- X Games MUSIC.

Starting next year, X Games MUSIC will serve as a component of each Global X Games event, pairing unique action sports-influenced musical acts alongside X Games events in Aspen, Colo.; Tignes, France; Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; Munich, Germany; and Los Angeles.

And Linkin Park will kick things off tonight, performing songs from their fifth studio album, "Living Things," released this week and produced by Shinoda and legendary record producer Rick Rubin. The reviews have been great, and the album likely will hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts next week.

"I think the fans will love this album because it has the same energy as some of our earlier work," said Bennington, whose show Friday will be streamed live on MySpace. "And fans will still hear our unique style of songwriting and experimentation they are accustomed to."

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