Linkin Park Live - 1998.12.10 West Hollywood, California
Sugarcoat, HotRod Gang, Comic Strip, Corey Glover, Loose Angels
- According to Jeff Blue's "One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park" book, this show was a public showcase with over 30 industry scouts in the audience. This included Danny Goodwin from Virgin, Matt Aberle from Warner/Reprise, Clive Davis and Michelle Ozbourn from Arista, Tommy Mottola from Sony, Guy Oseary (who worked with Madonna) and Polly Anthony from Epic (who signed Macy Gray) as well as staff from Columbia, Capitol, Atlantic, Dreamworks and RCA. Both Jeff Blue and Danny Hayes thought this show was a bad idea because if it went bad the entire industry could decide the band wasn't worth signing, but the band insisted on playing. David Simoné from Geffen, the person who was interested in Xero, couldn't make it.
- Before the show, Brad bribed the sound guy with $150 to make them sound good. The band was 15 minutes late and had to stop and restart the first song so Brad could re-tune his guitar. Mark Wakefield was described as being horribly off key. The band played for 30 minutes and when the lights came up only Jeff Blue, Danny Hayes, Scott Harrington and a few of the band's friends were still in the venue. They received 7 official rejections in the next 36 hours, the two executives from Geffen who wanted to hire Jeff Blue were fired, Danny Goodwin (who had shown interest in the band after listening to a demo) was fired from Virgin and Mark Wakefield was fired from Xero. Most of the rejections centered on how bad the vocals were.
- This show was the reason the band decided to change their name to Hybrid Theory.
- Rick Rubin, the producer of Minutes To Midnight, A Thousand Suns and Living Things, was in the audience.
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