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Linkin Park to headline Sunset Strip Music Festival 2013

May 15, 2013|By August Brown
  • Chester Bennington and Linkin Park will headline this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival on Aug. 3.
Chester Bennington and Linkin Park will headline this year's Sunset… (Getty Images )

The rap-rock leviathan Linkin Park hasn't played in its L.A. hometown since a small May 2012 benefit show at the House of Blues. Today, the group announced that it will end that absence with a headlining turn at this year's Sunset Strip Music Festival.

"We started our career playing clubs on the Strip. It's a thrill to be back where it all began," lead singer Chester Bennington said in a statement.

The band's fifth and most recent album, "Living Things," topped album charts when it was released last summer, and it was generally praised for its more thoughtful mix of electronics and emotive hard rock.

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No other major artists have yet been announced for the festival, which takes place Aug. 3.

The popular festival, which has featured headliners ranging from Ozzy Osbourne and Smashing Pumpkins to EDM magnate Steve Aoki and electro-rap yuksters LMFAO, will again shut down Sunset Boulevard from Doheny Drive to San Vicente Boulevard for outdoor performances and many sets inside the Strip's rock clubs, though without the now-shuttered Key Club. The $79-$145 tickets are currently on sale.

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