responses to comments 4

November 11, 2008

Some more responses to fans’ comments and questions here on

Posted by ritzifying (in response to Music Middle Class): Oh well. Opportunity isn’t easy to find in Pennsylvania anyway. I guess not having money and not being from CA or NY, YouTube and MySpace are still the best ways to go. :p

M: I’m happy to inform you that this is not true; you have access to the entire world online! I’m not going to promote any specific businesses that will partner with you in doing this, but there are a bunch of web-based services you can sign up for to sell your music online. Record your music at home, sell or give away the mp3s online, and promote.

Posted by ArielCahen (in response to Music Middle Class): I was going to post a comment when I saw this: “I guess this middle class of artists always existed, it didn’t evolve all of a sudden. They just needed a platform. and see? Globalization, Internet and social networks provided it (Wasn’t that the way LP started out, too?)”, by SaraLX. The only thing I do not agree with is that this middle class of artists always existed. They didn’t. I think it’s a new phenomenon that, yea, became possible thanks to the globalization and the technological revolution (internet and the new medias). Nowdays you can record a song on your notebook, upload it onto myspace and take it out with you on your ipod. It makes it simpler for you to reach people anywhere…

M: Correct. As few as fifteen years ago, when home recording software and the ease of internet promotion and distribution were not widely available, recording artists were either “signed” or “unsigned.” I think it’s safe to say those terms are outdated. Today, it’s all about creativity, technology, and rights when choosing from the myriads of methods of making and putting out your music.

Other notes:

  • Chester’s back is recovering well. He is still scheduled for regular visits to the doctor, but he’s able to go about most of his daily routine. He had a scare the other day when he was recording a vocal; in the middle of a take, his back seized up. he thought he might need to go back to the hospital, but after some rest and doctor’s advice, it relaxed again. Things are looking good. Thanks for your support!

  • Chi from Deftones is doing better. He still has a long way to go, but everyone seems optimistic. He’s in our thoughts…on a related note, please remember to wear a seat belt.


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  1. axrinekey on November 20, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Glad to hear Chester’s recovering!

    Thank goodness he didn’t injure his back again!

  2. linkingal007 on November 20, 2008 at 1:56 am

    .< Is it me or I can’t see whats the ^post^, I have to like “highlight” it to see what is it the fans are posting? But, before this page, I can see it but after I pressed “read more” than I can’t read the post. I think my computer is pissed at me or…?

  3. Eamer on November 16, 2008 at 5:45 am

    hey dude, me and my friends have been writing rap lyrics for a while and also rapping to one another whilst the others beat boxed and we have got pretty good at it so wanted to start recording some of our stuff. Wondered if u had any tips about starting up a home recording studio and what kinda software to use and things like that? also was wondering if Easy E is was one of ur rap influences because when i heard ur Fort Minor record i thought ur style was similar to his except all he ever rapped about was hoes and bitches, lol.

  4. thenewLinkinPete on November 15, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Oh man, all respect and love to Chaz, he has been through so much shit, he really is soo accident prone. It could be even funny if it wasnยดt so serious at times. But he gets through it all as always. Sure we all are looking forward to see him recover asap. Better to take it easy..

  5. tpbarbosa on November 14, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    I so hope Chester get well soon ๐Ÿ˜€
    I wish you all the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. ChesterDEAN on November 14, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Hi Mike. I have a question. I just read you’re releasing an album with 8 live songs but will be only found on Best Buy locations. Well, what about foreign fans? I’m from Mexico and I’ve never heard of a Best Buy store hehe but I do really want that album too. I wish we had more chances to get these things.

  7. Chazyana on November 14, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Hello Mike! I thank you the fact that you give information of Chester’s health, because I see he has an Internet phobia ๐Ÿ˜› …hehehehehehe…Tell him if you don’t forget that I write him something every day at LP network!! (you can check at his page of LP network and you can see it with your eyes xD) I don’t know if he read messages, and sometimes I stay for hours thinking about if he reads or not, reads or not..

    ohhhhhh where is my education? I’m glad to “meet” you, Mike, my name is Ana, I’m from Spain; I’m Chazyana at LP network (and here). Greetings!

  8. Janine1978 on November 14, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Thanks Mike for your infomations.
    Good to hear that Chester and Chi are doing better.
    Please send Chester our best wishes.
    Until soon, a German fan.
    LP Rocks

  9. psykobouliz on November 13, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    nice to know everyone feels better =)

    and nice to see you always read the comments ^__^

  10. Henna on November 13, 2008 at 11:44 am

    always nice to see you replying back to your fan’s comments Mike. Wow well, i’m glad that sudden back pain was just a false alarm for Chester. and hope Chi carrys on getting better. .x

  11. Madlen on November 13, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Good to hear that Chaz is geeting better:)A popular rock singer from our country called Dimi died in a accident a while ago.We was actually driving a motorcycle.I don’t get it…why are there so many car crashed out there?We had a campaign here,which was something like “Be responsible,go home safe”.One of the main supporters of this campaign was the reason for a major car crash which killed 2 people i think and left a 16 year old girl in a coma…and the guy who was telling people that they shouldn’t drink and drive was so drunk that he killed 2 people.I really hope Chi gets better…

  12. msgirl on November 12, 2008 at 6:45 pm


  13. Hawaii_LP_fan on November 12, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you for updating us on how Mr. Chester & Mr. Chen is doing. It’s great to hear & see that Mr. Chester is pretty much recovered. I guess he knows he’s no spring chicken or an Olympic gold gymnast anymore..haha. I’m sure he’ll slowly tone it down a tad bit more. :o) My sincere thoughts & prayers to Mr. Chen on a speedy recovery. Please get well soon.

  14. rockermeg on November 12, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I think we just hear about bands/artists from America more than other places…USA is a super-power & can pretty much get what it wants
    Even though I like a lot of American bands, I’m really big on Brit-rock and some of my favourite bands are just outside my front door like Bullet for my Valentine, Funeral for a Friend, Fightstar, Gallows, Enter Shikari & Pendulum…but they had to work really really hard to tour in US…for American bands its just easier,,but of course its harder to tour here [contradicting my own point]
    Well…I guess you guys are very very lucky that you’re so talented & have a super awesome fan base =D
    (NEW LPU?????)
    Hooray for Chester!

  15. Lvix on November 12, 2008 at 10:12 am

    LPU Headquarters ads a new package level, the LPU 8 Premier Pass. This membership package will come with all of the LPU 8 Pass package items (LPU8 CD, t-shirt and other exclusive items to be announced) PLUS a custom designed 8×10 LPU 8 Plaque, and a t-shirt and CD from previous LPU membership years all for $80 plus S/H …

    Mike why is this so expensive… And the old levels? online membership, only LPU8 package and bonus package still be excist?
    Please tell me! I get crazy about this!

    P.S.: Can you tell us what songs the LPU 8 cd includes?:p

  16. ArielCahen on November 12, 2008 at 8:31 am

    eey! Glad you agreed!
    Once again, thanks for spending part of your free time with us ๐Ÿ™‚

    Also: I hope Chester and Chi get well soon! Send Chester our best wishes!

  17. Lobby on November 12, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Is Chester doing a medicine routine or something? Cremes and stuff… Cause he should, I pulled my back a few weeks ago in soccer practice, I’ve been putting different gels and cremes on it, better now, but still hurts. Tho in a weird way I’m glad to have the same problem as he is. Haha. I surely hope he gets better sooner than I do, he is very needed, to record all the vocals. Ahh I can’t wait to hear the new stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. ms_shock on November 12, 2008 at 3:40 am

    YAAYY!!!! Chazz is going better! Great news! hahahah I was lurking here at school and this post made me smile and i wrote test very well!!! hahaha

  19. Mickey on November 12, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Good to hear that Chester and Chi are doing better.
    Chester really has to take care of himself because, and I hate to say this (especially because I’m a month older than him, lol), he’s not 20 anymore. Will I miss the ‘monkey-jump’, if he can’t do it anymore? Definitely! But on the other hand, his health is far more important than some signature jump.
    Take care of yourselves, guys 8)

  20. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on November 12, 2008 at 12:44 am

    uhm cool Mike, ty 4 the resnponse even thought they arent for my comments xD u’re the ebst dude ๐Ÿ˜› byeee x Gabry

  21. samira on November 12, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Hi, Good news about Chester. I know I said something shocking about his coke but he has one voice.
    If the band decided to make provocation you want to show you pant.
    No matter for us but in your next DVD choose ROBERT (your drummer) together we can scream OH YES!!!!GLORY TO GOD!!!!! I hope you sleep well Samira

  22. Kronah on November 11, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Sometime it’s just as easy as spending $15.00 a month for a web-site and putting up some paypal buttons and saying hey, “Buy my sh-bomb.” (just remember and read the instructions!) DO IT, DO IT NOW! Lol… I really need to start listen to myself one of these days.

  23. BoC on November 11, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I have a “lyrics in print” thing. I wasn’t sure if you went back to the old posts to read the comments so that’s why I’m posting it here.

    The song is “Nobody” by Skindred. I always just kind of hummed along with the song because I didn’t know what he was saying, but I looked up the lyrics and I was like wtf?

    example: “Sting tile a scorpion buzz like an E/ Full force of fist it ago drop plenty” or “Some ah dem ah come an dem ah try flex with dis”

  24. pbizkit33 on November 11, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for keeping us updated on Chester and Chi, it is great that they are recuperating and on the mend. I believe that there was a middle class of musicians before the internet. Those were the artists that pressed their own music and were popular in regional areas.

  25. ShadowerLiltani on November 11, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    It’s not really my business about the particulars, but I am very relieved to hear both Chester and Chi are doing better. I don’t agree about there being a middle class before. People who promoted themselves without a label existed, because I’ve met such people, it was just never brought up. It was difficult to promote yourself back then, but it was not an impossibility if you had a bunch of good friends, family, and a lot of tenacity. And, as we remember folks, even though LP had the internet, those are six hard-working people, and they got signed because of it. I’m not saying you have to be signed, just look at where it got them.

  26. numbrocker02 on November 11, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I’m SO happy to hear that Chester’s on the mend. Slipped discs are serious, though from what you say, it seems that Chaz is listening to his doctors.
    Go to hear about Chi too. From the blog posts, there’s a lot of hope. I pray that he gets better.
    Really cool answers about the Music Middle Class.

  27. HMF on November 11, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    That’s great that Chaz is recovering well! Happy Veteran’s Day! Oh, one question: When will Chester release DBS? (Dead by sunrise)

  28. ThePrincess on November 11, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    FINALLY give us a responses..( read : i’m happy you still have time for us . ).Very interesting answers..but that music bussiness how about if we want to promote our ARTWORK or BOOK, cos i’m an AUTHOR, what kind a web-based services to promote that ? it seems like all the web based services..only for Music bussiness

    NOTES : Thanks God..Glad to hear that Chester and chi is going well..i hope the best for them..and please take care ur self for me ok..! anyway i read a comment from MS_INEEDYOU below..who is ANNA?????is that web based service music online too?? ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. MS_Ineedyou on November 11, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks for the update Mike ^^ …By the way… you always tell us how other people are doing….Why not you ? We care about you too, Mike ๐Ÿ™‚ So how are you ?? Meaning, like, anything new with ANNA?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    —Brooke ….:)

  30. raven_of_sorrow on November 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    i cant wate till 2009 new music(i hope lol) i was worndering when do u plan on the next US projekt rev?

  31. YourConscience on November 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Oh my Goodness, dude. I was [THIS] close to making fun of Chester: “How freakin’ old ARE you?! You really should stop getting so excited about cupholders, man!” And then, no kidding, as soon as I clicked the comment button, my own back tensed up. o.0 We’re definitely not as young as we were in the Hybrid Theory days, are we? Hehehe. Hope you guys are all doing well. Take care hun. ^_^

  32. murry on November 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Why post and then delete? Why not make a bold statement? Why not support your gay fanbase? I appreciate you raising the issue, but why be so cagey? Why not leave the post up and disable the comments, if you just wanted to prompt a discussion on the boards? I just don’t get it, that’s all.

  33. ritzifying on November 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I hope you didn’t think I was being bitter when I said that. I surely didn’t mean it to sound that way (hence the smiley @ the end).

    M: “I’m not going to promote any specific businesses that will partner with you in doing this”
    Come on. You can promote ONE more company, can’t you?!

    Promoting? There. I promoted for them. : )

    700 characters aren’t enough for me. lol Further discussion will continue on the LPMB.

  34. lxlatinangelxl on November 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    good thing chaz is doing good. Well Mike,I have a simple question for you.I was looking at my LPU4 CD and saw names like ”Mr. Hahn music,Nondisclosure agreement music,(LOL!)” and after reading all those names I saw ”Kenji Kobayashi Music”
    At first I thought it was you because it was between ”Rob Bourdon Music” and ”Pancakey Cakes Music”…and also because of the ”Kenji” but,what about the ”Kobayashi” part? Is it you,or just some guy who helped you guys make the CD????

  35. Ezza on November 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    dude i have a bone to pick with the compertitions that the street team run. why are only US citizens able to compete? it’s really unfair to the rest of us outside the us! and extreamly annoying! please tell me if im interpreting the terms and conditions wrong but that’s what it seems like to me. cuz i’d really like to know if i’d be waisting my time promoting if im not elegible to win it because my address is outside the US.

  36. Jynxx on November 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Glad to hear that Chester is on the mend ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like it was paiiiiinful!!
    In something completely unrelated that I don’t know where else to put: The song that I’ve found on youtube called ‘Hardly Breathe’ that is, what I can gather, a remix of you and Chester with another rapper is really good!!
    I’m currently doing an art project at university about the relationship between art and music and you’re being a big influence in that.. but now I’ve come up with the idea of redoing this song myself and using it to create installion art.. any thoughts or ideas you can help me with?? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you are having a good day ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. durg on November 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    eeep chesterr ๐Ÿ˜ฆ that makes me sad to hear, er i guess read XD, but im glad hes getting better. ๐Ÿ™‚
    & speaking of people getting hurt, what about travis barker? i havent heard anything about how hes doing after his accident.

  38. Umi on November 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I’m quite relieved to hear that Chester’s better. Spinal disc herniation (I guess that’s the correct term for it instead of “slipped disc”? At least that’s what wikipedia says XD) is one of the main reasons why people have to quit their jobs and stuff, as far as I heard. Almost everyone I know knows someone who had it and for almost everyone, who didn’t pay attention to the doctor’s advice, it only got worse. It was just a few days ago, when there was a report on tv about the surgerys, some ppl have to go through… Relieved is almost an understatement, if I think about it o.O” It’s more like awesome, that he’s doing so well! Lots of greetings and ‘get well soon’s to him! ^^ Umi

  39. caleb_bozeman on November 11, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    mike, did sparkart tell you when the new features would be up? also instead of typing i typed in to see if it would redirect me to your website but it’s actually the website for Morgan Stanley.

  40. NoMoreSorrowGirl on November 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Yeah!good news these days Mike:) Nowadays,all you’ve seen and touch are related to high-tech what if is things didn’t invent?Will you be able to make music and have a millions of fans shouting your name!?Weird isn’t it?Hoping for recovery of Chi…and tell Chester to take care too:))and you…do you wear your seatbelt always?Love ya Mike:))Stay cute as always:)

  41. cuz on November 11, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I’m very happy Chester is doing better ๐Ÿ™‚ I hoped that when you posted a photo from your studio, but having a confirmation from you is always the best.

    Also, glad that Chi is recovering well.

    So much diseases around, please be careful. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Your seat belt appeal gave so much warmth to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice day.

  42. YuN_RoCks on November 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    so glad to hear that Chesta is recovering well and that Chi is getting nearer to the end of his pain, I really hope he’ll be ok soon. and YES, seat belt is not an option but a MUST. I really like the “related posts” thing, it’s usefull to know more about the topic – if you’re new to it – or to remember what you said in the past – if you already know about it. PS. tell brad that we miss his helmet!

  43. nemi on November 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    thanks for the update, mike ^^
    glad to hear that chester and chi is getting better ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. skindesbous on November 11, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I’m glad Chi and Chester are getting better ๐Ÿ™‚ I also think that the internet is a really good way to make people know your music ๐Ÿ˜€

  45. ninguem on November 11, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    mike if you were only a simple fan of lp, would you write in a band fansite? like lptimes, lpbr etc?

  46. Doomguy13 on November 11, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I was wondering if you could help me with something Mike. I just sent an EP I made to a record company… but I kind of regret doing it. I am doing a Nine Inch Nails type thing because I am the only one in the band, so I don’t want anyone throttling my music so it is what they want. Do you think that the record company will do this to me or is it a rare occasion when they do that?

  47. Angiepants on November 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Mike, you’re the best! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I’m so glad Chester is okay, and same with Chi.
    Wow, what’s up with Chester?
    He’s like the most vulnerable person on this earth, and yet he sings all these angry songs.
    Aha, anyway.
    I hope everyone feels better.
    Love you guys, Angie. โค

  48. bec on November 11, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Mike! we’re worried – has it been found yet?????

    Will this affect the recording of the new album????


  49. p_lane on November 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I’m glad to hear that Chester is getting better and I can’t wait for the new album to be done and you guys go on another touring cycle. Do you think there will be a PR ’09 or is it too soon to tell?
    My ten year old nephew became a big fan of Linkin Park recently and I told him that I would take him to a concert whenever you’re near. Needless to say, I’m the cool aunt now and he’s looking forward to his first concert experience and I can’t wait to take him.
    But I told him no mosh pits ’til he is thirteen! Haha

  50. NeneLP88 on November 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Chester is one of the most fragile person on earth!

    You definitely should turn LP into a classical music band, so that he wont have problems in performing next shows. =P

    Thank you for posting!

  51. Hybr1d_7h3ory on November 11, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the update. I’ve got a little story for you that would make you proud. I was driving and saw that a local nursery was having a sale on Japanese Maples, but on their sign it said “Jap Maple Sale”. I was reading the FM cd booklet the other day and saw where you had noted that “Jap” is a derogatory term, so I went in and informed them of this and they fixed their sign right there on the spot. Just another reminder of how your commitment and music is changing the world one rhyme at a time.

    I am glad to see Chester and Chi are doing better. I hope and wish for things to only get better with the both of them.


  52. Ann on November 11, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Mike, i dont know if you’ve seen this video, but i think that it’s pretty cool. here’s the link

    Im glad to hear chaz is doing well!

  53. sasummsumm on November 11, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    puh i’m so glad they both are quite well…
    yeah seatbelts… they are there …and that is not just because they look so good… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ …i could scream at those ppl on the street that drive around with them not belted and theyr kids not belted too sitting on them… i could just explode…it is the simplest thing in the world and can save your live…

  54. Philliphera on November 11, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Hi Mike
    I’m glad to hear Chester is recovering well and my thoughts are with Chi. And the news about your new CD made my day.
    Bye-bye Kimi

  55. I_B_Long on November 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    seatbelts are important. if my friend Mathew had worn one 3 years ago, he’d still be alive. as for the rest, i have nothing to add, you are very right as always. and im happy chester is doing better, must have been some injury if its still not healed up. on another note, i think LP really should go to the middle east and play for the troops. remeber, without them, none of us would be free to do what we do. sorry if im being annoying, its just something thats important to me. as i always say: dont just say you support the troops. do it.
    PS: to all who serve, happy veterans day!

  56. EpilepticChickenScratch on November 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Not that I would ever WANT this to be the case, but could he have Degenerative Disk Disorder? My mom has that. It sucks because she went through about 4 or 5 years of them misdiagnosing her. It was shit. First, they told her it was just arthritis. Then it was muscle spasms. Then we all got a HUGE scare and they told us she had Multiple Sclerosis. Do you know how awful it is to think you’re going to lose someone that important to you?? They finally decided she had DDD and she’s getting the proper treatment now. Not that it’s any less painful for her. She has to get pain shots into her spine every few months. It makes me feel awful for her. I don’t know what I would do if I lost her. =(

  57. Jaclyn on November 11, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Hi! Mike! Very interesting answers, i’m glad to read it. Thanx for telling us about Chester’s health, I pray and hope everything will be all right, not so much time has passed since his back was hurt, let him take it slow, it’s good you not gonna go on tour within coming 6 months. All that Chester needs is to relax his mind for the first. I’m sure he’ll make it with the help from you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Nice to hear good news about Chi, wish him get well soon, maybe sometime he will use this experience for something awesome.

  58. miKer0cks on November 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    OMLP!!! i’m glad chaz is doing ok ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’m happy Chi is doing better ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great day Mike….cant wait for the new album ๐Ÿ˜€

    Seatbelts is must…welldone Mike for doing it and for telling people to do so too ๐Ÿ™‚

  59. lp_fm_fan on November 11, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    OMG! Please tell Chester to take care of himself from us, we’re very concerned. Being his fans and all! Relaxing is key to everything. Well, most. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Deftones: I hope he gets better! and I hope more people listen to you Mike, wearing seat belts and all. Because people need to listening. And perhaps…maybe you can tell kids NOT to text while driving? Watch where kids go? My cousin texts all the time when he drives. He scares the hell out of me! One time we almost got in this huge accident because of him. Luckily the other car moved too…

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