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Linkin Park Settle Lawsuit With Ex-Bassist Kyle Christner


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Nü-metal/alternative metal stars Linkin Park have reached a settlement with their former bassist Kyle Christner. In November of 2023, Christner, who played bass for the band from 1998-1999, filed suit against the group and several related labels, disputing the distribution of royalties for numerous songs he claimed to have been involved with.

It was the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of the band’s 12x multi-platinum 2000 debut album “Hybrid Theory” that kicked off the suit, due its inclusion of an abundance of bonus tracks from the band’s early days. Christner claimed he was improperly credited and compensated for a number of those songs.

Christner would allege in his suit that some 24 tracks included on that set featured his involvement, and that the band’s camp had only acknowledged his contributions to roughly nine of those songs. The tracks Christner disputed included:

Hybrid Theory” EP:

  • Carousel
  • Technique
  • Step Up
  • And One
  • High Voltage
  • Part Of Me

Forgotten Demos“:

  • Pictureboard
  • She Couldn’t
  • Could Have Been
  • Rhinestone” (Xero demo)
  • Esaul” (Xero demo)
  • Stick N’ Move” (demo)
  • Carousel” (demo)
  • Point Of Authority” (demo)
  • Crawling” (demo)
  • SuperXero” (“By Myself” demo)

LPU Rarities:

  • In the End” (demo)
  • Dedicated” (1999 demo)
  • Esaul” (“A Place for My Head” demo)
  • Forgotten” (demo)
  • Sad” (“By Myself” demo 1999)
  • Blue” (unreleased demo 1998)
  • Chair” (1999 “Part of Me” demo)

B-Side Rarities“:

  • Step Up” (1999 demo)

Christner was seeking to have the courts establish exact songwriting credits for each of the disputed works. He was also seeking payment of any potential missed royalties for the songs should the have been improperly uncredited.

Earlier this month, Linkin Park filed a motion to have the suit dismissed, alleging at the the time, “Defendants repudiated Plaintiff’s purported ownership in any and all of the works mentioned in the [lawsuit] more than three years before Plaintiff filed this lawsuit — and indeed for over two decades.”

They also argued that the case be tossed for exceeding the statue of limitations in place for copyright disputes (generally 3 years), while further calling into question the nature of Christner‘s claims regarding his involvement.

In a statement newly issued on behalf of Linkin Park‘s camp on this resolution of the matter, the following was offered:

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached an amicable resolution with bass guitarist Kyle Christner. Kyle is a very talented musician who made valuable contributions to Linkin Park at a pivotal time in 1999. He performed with the band in several shows and many record label showcases. Kyle helped write and performed on many songs from that era, including some of the songs on the Hybrid Theory EP.”

[via Metal Injection]

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