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LPLive Interview with Kyle Christner

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Following Xero's failed public showcase at the Whisky a Go Go on December 10, 1998, the band decided it was time to part ways with their original singer and founding member Mark Wakefield and their bass player, Dave Farrell, left soon after to tour in support of the recently recorded Tasty Snax debut album Run Joseph Run.


Kyle Christner came into the picture at a time when Xero was still auditioning singers. He was there when they first met Chester Bennington, when they recorded the first songs together and is listed as a band member on the first release with Chester, the Hybrid Theory EP, from which his name has been removed in subsequent issues. The "Forgotten Demos" disc on the anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory is the first release since the original issue of Hybrid Theory EP to have his name. As far as we know, Linkin Park has never publicly discussed his period in the band -- at least not more than "we tried other bass players" -- and his name is also absent from every 1999 demo released to the LP Underground over the years.


In the spirit of the Hybrid Theory 20th anniversary celebrations, we caught up with Kyle last year and discussed his contributions to the band, his thoughts on their music, their first impressions of Chester, Jeff Blue, playing showcases, being fired right when Hybrid Theory secured a deal with Warner and other bands he has played in.


Hybrid Origins: A Look Back At The Early Days


In the Hybrid Origins page you'll find a summary (with our usual commentaries) and a transcription of the interview. You can listen to the full audio below.



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On 7/5/2021 at 9:13 AM, vinifeijo said:

LP has some shady things in its forming years, we have to accept that.

They really had a vision on how they wanted te band to be, to look and to behave.


His weird ass bass solo was awful now we know why they cut his parts


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