"When I was 20 years old, I would have told you 'I hate the Beatles. There is no way I will listen to that,'" added Bennington, whose personal model then was the roaring creep show punk-rock of the Misfits. "Now, I would tell you that I love the Beatles, and I didn't figure it out until I was 27: 'Oh. This is what everybody … talks about.' It was weird. It was like all of a sudden I like broccoli. Now I love broccoli."
Last week, Linkin Park faced some of its most devoted fans at a Hollywood listening party at the Henry Fonda Theatre, previewing the album for 1,200 listeners as a Laserium show conjured up images of raging suns and nuclear explosions, soaring spaceships and a robot DJ at the turntables.