Linkin Park, Snoop, Dave Matthews, and Ruben plan tours. Snoop joins Linkin Park and Korn, DMB plans big summer, and Studdard fleshes out winter auditorium tour

By Gary Susman
Updated February 20, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Here’s a new hybrid theory from Linkin Park: that the headbanging audience that loves them and Korn also loves Snoop Dogg. All three acts will be touring together this summer on the Linkin Park-headlined ”Projekt Revolution” tour, the musicians said at a joint Hollywood press conference on Thursday. ”This isn’t the kind of tour that is branded ‘This is a metal tour,”’ Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington said, noting that the band had toured with hip-hoppers Cypress Hill in the past. ”This is a tour where you get to see three headlining acts that know how to put on a great show and connect with the people and have the ability to connect with people who may not be there to see them.”

Snoop, who toured with Korn in the 1997 edition of Lollapalooza, said he was moving in a more rock direction anyway. ”I got me a band now, the Snoopadelics, who I’ve been rollin’ with for the past year, and it’s makin’ me feel like I need to be a little more in that direction,” he said. ”That’s why I jumped on this tour faster than any rap tour that was offered to me.” The tour will run from July 23 to Sept. 6, with dates, venues, and supporting acts to be named later.

Projekt Revolution was one of three tours that made news on Thursday. Dave Matthews Band announced its annual summer amphitheater tour, which will include more than 40 dates between the June 17 opener in Marilyn Heights, Mo. and the Sept. 5 closing in Seattle. As usual, members of the band’s Warehouse fan club will get first dibs on tickets.

Winter concertgoers can look forward to the first solo tour from Ruben Studdard. The ”American Idol” champ solidified his tour plans and announced on Thursday a new start date and some 10 additional dates in cities nationwide. The 21-show auditorium tour will now start on March 3 in San Diego and wrap in New York on April 13. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday.