Linkin Park And Incubus Survive Music Biz Changes

Incubus and Linkin Park have seen a significant upheaval in their chosen profession over the past few decades.

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Incubus and Linkin Park have seen a significant upheaval in their chosen profession over the past few decades.

Let's face it: When both bands first came up in the '90s and 2000s, the music industry looked nothing like it does today. As they often say, the Internet changed everything, and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd thinks the evolution of the music industry is far from over.

"Linkin Park and Incubus were two of the very few bands who kind of like got a gust of wind out of the old paradigm of the music industry, but survived out of it", Boyd said during a press conference for the two bands' current Honda Civic Tour.

"There are so many bands that, bands in a traditional sense, bands who write their own music, and perform their music, that didn't survive that transition", he added. "That fell by the wayside with the industry".

Boyd believes change is the only constant in music. But, Incubus are ready and raring to go.

"Our technologies are a living system just like we are and our communities as human beings, and for us to expect them to remain constant is really just quite foolish", Boyd said. "I mean, anybody that's going to come to rely on the way that our music consumption is looking now is going to have the same hard lesson in less time than you think".

"I think that the technology is going to shift probably sooner than any of us really realize. And that's a really cool thing, because it keeps everyone on their toes... I personally, when all is said and done, I really welcome these changes. And they excite me. And they scare me at the same time, but I'm choosing to focus on the excitement".

Incubus and Linkin Park's Honda Civic Tour runs through Sept. 10 in San Diego, Calif. A recent tour stop in Detroit turned out a nearly sold-out arena crowd, all there to see two bands that have somehow survived and thrived amid the industry upheaval.

Back when Linkin Park's 2000 debut "Hybrid Theory" was released, Linkin Park seemed dead set within the confines of rap-rock, along with contemporaries such as Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit. But at the Detroit gig, it was obvious Linkin Park have broken out of the clutches of rap-rock. The band's newer, electronic-tinged, alternative rock songs such as "Burn It Down" and "Waiting For The End" - off 2012's "Living Things" and 2010's "A Thousand Suns", respectively - garnered plenty of cheers and fist-pumps from the crowd. Of course, the biggest reaction still came from Linkin Park's early, angst-y anthems, such as "One Step Closer", "In The End" and "Crawling", comprising the material of their initial albums, 2000's "Hybrid Theory" and 2003's "Meteora".

Incubus offered up a psychedelic hour-long opening set, packed with hits spanning their entire career. For some at the show, it was 2003 all over again. But for a whole new crop of fans, Linkin Park and Incubus proved strong acts of today.

For more information on the Honda Civic Tour, head to the tour's official website.

What are your thoughts on how the music industry has changed over the past decade? What have you done to stay current? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Those two bands SHOULD NOT be touring together. Incubus is like 7,000 times more musically evolved than Linkin Park.
    In 2001, when I was 15, I loved both of these bands. As time went on, I kind of lost interest in Linkin Park, but Incubus has continued to grow and make awesome music. I might be judging unfairly since I haven't listened to Linkin Park's albums since Meteora (only hearing the singles from every album since), but it seems like LP has failed to grow musically like Incubus.
    I assure you, A Thousand Suns is definitely some people's idea of "musical growth". In fact, most of the people who hate it only want LP to do another Hybrid Theory or Meteora. They hate it cause it's different.
    yea that's true. Haven't met a single person that dislikes it for any other reason. It's good music. It's more electronic, but it's still thoughtful and intense like old LP so.. yea.
    Ok, so unless any of you have sold the same amount of albums as Linkin Park, I fail to see why you have to come to UG and slam them. Just read the article, laugh to yourself, and move on.
    People who say the new Linkin Park album is all electronic and without real guitars are the same people who have only listened to Burn It Down and Lies, Greed, Misery...
    I have a strong dislike for linkin park; that techno bullshit and rap just doesn't belong on my local hard rock radio station.
    And I guess you had to just waltz in here to let us all know that? Totally necessary.
    and I did fully understand that anyone who says something like I did, they would get down-voted like crazy; don't get me wrong, they did have some good songs before their transition to more techno stuff
    And what does that have to do with the topic of this article?
    Linkin Park is part of the topic of the article. obviously you're a Linkin Park fanboy
    Quite frankly, I don't care for them. I just find it unnecessary to log on, read an article, and post a comment just to piss on a band you don't like. It'd be like if I came in here saying how awful a car the Civic was and defending myself by saying they're mentioned in the article so they're related.
    All I got was a Honda Civic tour and a song called Hybrid Theory. Seems like LP is just a walking honda advert now.
    Well regardless of thoughts of the bands I commend them for not getting stuck in the past and moving on. They seem to be doing well in result too.
    Even though I really haven't given the new stuff an in-depth listen, I can't say that I'm really liking the change LP has gone through. I mean, I respect that they don't wanna stick to the same sound forever and I'm glad that they are willing to branch out, but the stuff I've heard so far doesn't catch my interest. Incubus on the other hand has progressed quite well. I love their new stuff just as much as the older stuff and despite it not being heavy enough for some people's standards, I think their new sound really works for them. So, I guess I really just need to give LP's new stuff a chance before I fully can judge it. I love LP, always have up until Minutes to Midnight, but I just haven't listened to the last two due to lack of interest. I need to get interested again
    I'd like to hear some of the old Incubus. Fungus Amongus, Enjoy Incubus and S.C.I.E.N.C.E.. Don't get me wrong, I still don't mind some stuff on Morning View, Make Yourself and A Crow Left Of The Murder and the like, but when I first heard S.C.I.E.N.C.E. and Enjoy Incubus, something just clicked in my mind. It came in my ear pussies, and although Brandon's vocals stand the test of time, I miss Dirk Lance... But I still respect them for their direction they've taken, and how I can still feel the Incubus I love in them, today.
    Both kinda suck anyway. But LP takes the cake when it comes to being REALLY shitty.
    Incubus' last superb album was 2001's Morning View...Hope they bring some of that flavour back into their new music.
    Linkin Park is not even a band anymore, there more of a group, there too techno and rap now. Honestly there old stuff was a lot better..
    It's big changes like this that scare me away from wanting to get into the industry. Though I do try to remain as current as I can be on industry trends, I find that they don't really apply to any of the music I like (which is very much trapped in one niche) and that it really is affecting smaller bands who don't have as much financial backing. Maybe I should go into one of my other hobbies instead, like meteorology. I dunno.