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The Story Behind Linkin Park’s Return To Transformers

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Linkin Park, Iridescent, Reprise Records

Rockers Linkin Park have teamed  up with director Michael Bay to make their third  contribution to the Transformers’ film franchise.  The band decided to work on the film’s third installment when the groups raper/producer Mike Shinoda received a call from Bay about continuing the tradition of having their sound in the film.  Bay used 2007’s “What I’ve Done” in Transformer’s first installment, and later asked them to compose “New Divide” specifically  for its 2009 sequel, Transformers Revenge of The Fallen.  After Shinoda and Bay discussed the possibility of Linkin Park’s involvement, it was determined that they would contribute their current single, “Iridescent.”

“Iridescent” is single number 4 from Linkin Park’s concept album,  A Thousand Suns, jointly produced by Shinoda and Rick Rubin.  It is a heavily themed   album that discusses”human fears, such as nuclear warfare.” Unlike “New Divide”, although “Iridescent” wasn’t written specifically for the film, everyone involved felt like the song’s unique theme fit the tone of the film, and was perfect to lead the soundtrack.

Other than Linkin Park, Transformers Dark Of The Moon the album Includes an array of other alternative rockers that complete the sound of the Film.  In addition to new comers like D.R.U.G.S, the album includes Alt Rock staples like Paramore, Theory Of A Dead Man, My Chemical Romance, Serj Tankian, Taking Back Sunday, Staind, and others .  Other rock industry vets to make an impact on the film’s sound include pop rockers Goo Goo Dolls, who are returning to scene with “All That You Are”.  This is important to note because Goo Goo Dolls were featured with the lead single to the first Transformers film with “Before It’s Too Late (Sam and Mikaela’s Theme)” Check out Transformers Dark of The Moon when it hits theaters on June 29th.

Linkin Park


Reprise Records

Goo Goo Dolls

“All That You Are”

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