Linkin Park Release Never-Before-Seen Footage From the “One Step Closer” Video Shoot

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This weekend saw Linkin Park‘s debut album Hybrid Theory turn twenty years old. Besides acting as a firm reminder that many of us are now older than God, the anniversary acts as a powerful milestone for one of rock’s most influential bands, for whom that record — and its huge first single “One Step Closer” — vaulted them into superstardom. Now, to honor the album’s legacy, the band have released previously-unseen footage from the shoot of the “One Step Closer” video.

As you’ll see in the footage, the most interesting thing about this view behind the scenes of “One Step Closer” is how young and hungry the band are. This isn’t the Linkin Park of latter years, who know how the press cycle goes and are aware that anything they say can and will be used against them in the court of public opinion. Instead, you’ve got an incredibly fresh-faced band — look at ’em! Lil Chester! Lil Shinoda! — talking about their hopes and dreams, and how they even got here.

“When we were looking for a vocalist, we sent Chester an instrumental tape and asked him to sing to that and get it back to us,” recalls Mike. “He skipped his 23rd birthday party — left! — and records the stuff in the studio, and calls us up the same night we sent it to him, and says, ‘Okay, it’s done.’ And we’re like, ‘…well, can we hear it? Can you play it for us?’ He plays it over the phone, and we were like, ‘Okay, just get on a plane tomorrow. Just come on out.'”

Watch the guys from Linkin Park get ready for the moment that would change their lives forever in the video below:

Linkin Park’s 20th-anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory is out now via Warner Records, and is available for purchase at the band’s website. The new edition will be available in various formats, including CD and vinyl box sets, so check out your options below:

Super deluxe box set:

5 CDs

1. Hybrid Theory
2. Reanimation
3. B-Side Rarities
4. LPU Rarities
5. Forgotten Demos

3 DVDs

1. Frat Party At The Pankake Festival
2. Live Projekt Revolution 2002 (never-before-released)
3. Live At The Fillmore 2001 // Live At Rock Am Ring 2001

3 LPs

1. Hybrid Theory
2. Reanimation
3. Hybrid Theory EP


80-page book featuring contributions from the band and previously unseen photos
Cassette reproduction of original 2-track street team sampler
18×24 Poster of Chester Bennington
3 Lithographs featuring new art by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Frank Maddocks
Replica tour laminate

Super deluxe vinyl set:

3 LPs

1. Hybrid Theory
2. Reanimation
3. B-Side Rarities

Side A

1. One Step Closer (Rock Mix)
2. It’s Goin’ Down
3. Papercut (Live from the BBC)
4. In The End (Live BBC Radio One)
5. Points Of Authority (Live BBC Radio One)
6. High Voltage

Side B

7. Step Up (1999 Demo)
8. My December
9. A Place For My Head (Live at Docklands Arena, London)
10. Points Of Authority (Live at Docklands Arena, London)
11. Papercut (Live at Docklands Arena, London)
12. Buy Myself Remix (Marilyn Manson)

Deluxe CD:


1. Hybrid Theory
2. B-Side Rarities


All audio tracks on the album will be available to stream or download