For those of us that had our childhoods soundtracked by Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory, its hard to believe that the record is turning 20 years old this year. And yet, here we stand in this god forsaken year of 2020 celebrating its anniversary, after two decades of co-existing with one of the greatest rock albums of the 21st century.
Linkin Park have announced today that they’ll issue an anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory in commemoration of the event, which will officially release on October 9, 2020. The new edition will feature never-before-heard demos, one of which has been shared today in the form of 1999 cut ‘She Couldn’t’, which you can stream below. Hybrid Theory sold over 25 million copies worldwide, 11 million alone in the United States, and achieved the must-coveted Diamond status for its success stateside and internationally.
Alongside archived demos, the reissue will also offer rarities, B-sides, DVDs, 95+ minutes of never-before-seen footage and other extras. The band have asked fans worldwide to contribute art, photos and more, piecing together memories from the community of the Hybrid Theory days. Several packages are available, from a Super Deluxe Box and Vinyl Box Set to Deluxe CD and Digital configurations. You can cop yours here.
The news comes after Linkin Park teased a commemoration on their website last week, transforming it into a retro computer desktop of folders and files that revealed clues about the announcement. Following on from the tragic death of vocalist Chester Bennington in 2017, his bandmates and friends have come together to continue to celebrate his life and work. In the form of Grey Daze, Bennington’s first ever band reunited this year to re-record some of his early songs, in “the way they deserved to have been treated back in the ’90s.”
Listen to the previously unreleased ‘She Couldn’t’ demo below.