Guest Blogger WINNER: Andrea Pepper

April 8, 2010

We’ve been running an LPUnderground contest for a few weeks; we asked you to write a review of a Linkin Park concert. We’ve reviewed the pieces, and we have a winner! But before we get there, I wanted to note: reading the submissions was an incredible reminder of how devoted and enthusiastic you guys can be. Thank you.

LPpepper wrote the winning piece below. In addition to LPpepper, prize packages will go out to our runners-up: ReflectionistBaz, Shadowluz07, MarcusArelius, and VickyLP. Congratulations to all.


In an age where generic sounds and over produced artists dominate the music charts, finding a band of authentic quality and musicianship with live talent is a near impossible task. This was my mission.

When I set out on a late summer day, battling through spastic rain and heat, I wanted to see if the band of my dreams, Linkin Park, would take the stage and guide me on a journey. Would they deliver through live stage mics just as they did when I listened to their music through iPod speakers? They did. They went beyond, transcending and challenging my ears in one mind blowing experience.

August 21, 2008, I saw Linkin Park play for the first time in my life at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, MO. This concert was held during their summer Projekt Revolution tour, featuring bands from 10 Years, to Chris Cornell, to drum rock trio Street Drum Corps. The real reason I was there, though, was to watch LP put on an astounding show. I remember it pouring rain all day as my best friend and I stood outside the revolution stage, counting down the minutes till the main stage was accessible.

The warm night air was filled with stars and anticipation as we awaited the start of the show. All of the sudden, glowing drummers and some mastered beats laid out by Mr. Hahn led into the most unforgettable performance of Linkin Park’s opening song “No More Sorrow” I screamed and yelled and danced and sang through the next few songs, giving absolutely no acknowledgment that anyone else existed. It was just me and the band. Fresh rain lingered in the air and I remember wondering, surrounded by sound waves, if nights could be any more perfect than this one.

I remember going crazy to songs like Breaking the Habit, Numb, and In the End, all crowd pleasers that united us common fans. Notably though, my heart dropped when I heard the intro from Reanimation play through the on stage speakers and Mike begin to rap ‘Hands Held High” over the cello track.

Chester wailed and thrashed beautifully across the stage, igniting the rawest passions in all of us as we sang along with him during ‘Crawling’ and ‘What I’ve Done.’ Phoenix and Brad skillfully accompanied him with equal parts showy stage presence and stoic bass stance.

Rob Bourdon had his time to shine when the entire show came to a halt to give the drummer a much deserved spotlight as he finally offered up a drum solo his followers had anticipated for years.

Mike Shinoda peppered the performance with random rap snippets from his side album, ‘Fort Minor,’ that got the crowd jumping and throbbing to every word; and when finished, stating to a very happy crowd: “I like you guys.”

Arguably the best part of the show was, of course, the closing number. They saved the best for last, turning ‘Bleed it Out’ into a long high energy performance involving a lot of crowd participation and help from the guys in SDC. Through it all, Chester shouted “Thanks everyone for coming out! I know it’s been a while since we’ve been here. 2004 was the last time we’ve been in St. Louis,” this was met with a cacophony of excited screams letting them know that yes, it has been far past due for us as well.

As the lights faded and the stage went black, my entire body cried for an encore. All my mind and all my energy was all driven towards one goal, it was as if the music was the only thing sustaining me… keeping me alive. And I was suffocating. All I had in me was expended just to get them back. Nothing was important, only an encore. With fist to the heavens and foot stomping concrete, my plea was answered.

Originally, I had forgotten more about this show than I liked, but because of the recent release of LP concert bootlegs, I downloaded my concert the minute it was available and since then have been audibly reliving the greatest night of my life over, and over, and over. It brings me back to that late August night, where my perception of live music was changed forever and I would discover my love for the concert experience. Once in a life time was where it all began.

By: Andrea Pepper



  1. Alexis Perez on May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi, I’m one of the runner-ups and I never got my prize pack thing and I’m wondering as to what i should do about it.(I’m Shadowluz07 by the way)

  2. Guillermo Navarro Muñoz on April 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    hey mike, the game of 8-BIT REVELLION is incredible is ¡¡WOW!!, step for to say what the “Prissioners Of The Music Unreal” the have requested recording one track with linkin park.
    Searching in Ecatepec, Nueva Aragon

    Atte: Memo(Linkin)

  3. MarcusArelius on April 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Hey Mike….just a quick note to say thanks for choosing me as a runner up for the blogger contest! I think this is the first thing I have one from Linkin Park. Been in the LPU 9 years now so this is great! Thanks again!

  4. Cintya on April 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    hey Mike
    Do you and the rest of the guys have control over what venues you play in ? I beg you, when you play in L.A, please don’t play at the Verizon Amp in Irvine. I LOVE going to LP concerts, especially when I have a chance to score pit tickets. At the Verizon Amp in Irvine, the pit is pretty much non-existent, and I hate sitting in the stands. Jumping to my hearts content with hundreds of other LP fans in the pit is so much more glorious than in the stands. I went to see you guys at Staples Center a few years back, and that by far was the best concert I’ve been to in my life. I hope you get to read this, and hear my plea.

  5. derekoswald on April 11, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hey Mike? Have you checked out 8-Bit Theory yet? I think you’d enjoy it.

    Hear it now at:

  6. ammy aybar on April 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    This really is inspiring! woooooow congratulations ANDREA!

  7. TheGlueLpFan on April 11, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Congrats to the winners and especially to LPpepper:)She did a great job,it’s very…real:)It’s an honour anyway that you guys spent time reading the entries so thanks for that.

  8. elissa on April 11, 2010 at 10:32 am

    you say soulja boy- i say linkin park
    you say rihanna - i say metallica
    you say hip-hop – i say three days grace
    you say lady gaga – i say bullet for my valentine
    you say emenem – i say iron maiden
    you say hanna montana – i scream heavy metal
    92% of teenagers have turned to hip-hop and pop, if ur part of the 8%, copy this message and past it to an other video. DONT LET THE SPIRIT OF ROCK DIE!!!!

  9. Jean Carlos on April 11, 2010 at 9:10 am

    so espero, voces fazerem uma turno pelo brasil…
    vai ser d+…

    boa sorte para o novo cd..!

  10. Ola on April 11, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Greeting from Poland 😉 Congrats pepper

  11. Brian on April 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

    hey mike,

    are LP playing in ireland anytime soon? i couldnt make it to your only concert last time so im wondering if we irish will get a gig when the new album is finished and the band decide to go on tour.
    if anyone knows please reply

    love the band btwm 😛

  12. Morinoajin on April 11, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I have to see an LP concert before I graduate!!!!!! OMG so jealous 😛 Congrats Pepper 🙂

  13. Mr. Linkin Park on April 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hey, Linkin Park’s number 1 fan here…
    Just wanted to drop in on my favorite rapper’s page and see how things are goin, i hope everything is real Mike. I know we only get to see you on the stage, and in the studio, so i hope everything else in your (and everyone else’s) life is going well.
    Btw, just heard Chester on Home Sweet Home, that guy is a living legend in my book, and so is everyone else in Linkin Park.

  14. Wayne on April 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm



  15. Heich-Ess on April 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    OMG I read the review and i almost feel that i was there!! It’s amazing!!

    Muchísimas Felicidades!!! Andrea!!

  16. Nhami on April 10, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Hey Mike,

    just wanted to show you this:
    It’s a pretty old drawing of mine which I would have shown you earlier, but I just got told you have a blog (like a few minutes ago)…so yeah…hope you like. 🙂


  17. connie on April 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

    congrats andrea,cant wait to have a live in concert lp experience as great as yours!!:) my mom wouldn’t let me go that year,she’s the overprotective type.

  18. komornik10 on April 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Yep, this is the biggest tragedy of Polish nation since the 2WW I think 😦

    też jestem z Polski 🙂

  19. Bibi on April 10, 2010 at 6:56 am

    It really is very well written and describes the feelings of a true fan.

    And I guess it was your right to pick one that was completely over the top and without the slightest hint of criticism. Really, very well written but a boring read. I expected more than the “Oh LP is my religion” stuff.

  20. joannasasanka_poland on April 10, 2010 at 6:33 am

    not only polish president died but also 88 polish most important dignitaries and staff of the plane:(
    is’s really sad day for all polish people and for our country-Poland

  21. Jen on April 10, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Congrats tp Andrea! It’s a damn good review =]

  22. komornik10 on April 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

    cool 🙂

    Polish president died in Russia in a plane crash today 😦
    so sad…

  23. mayra on April 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    it’s great that you find livestock
    because what you write
    on the concert LP
    was too deep
    and I say with all my heart
    you’re the best writing
    with feeling!:)

  24. Vr23 on April 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    PEPPER IS great at showing her feelings that are yet so hard to describe!!! LP is the best and I can’t wait to see them live again. I think i am going to break something if I hear new Divide live, or some new EPIC TUNES!!!

  25. Exia_7 on April 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    congrats. very,very well written. i felt like i was seeing the show through your eyes. as an avid reader it felt like i was reading one of my favorite books. congrats once again on a very, very, well written blog.

  26. Andrew on April 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Very well written, Andrea. Congrats! Reading this makes me all more excited to watch Linkin Park perform for the first time. Unfortunately, I might have a while to wait because they probably won’t be touring until a new album comes out. xP hah

  27. Dert on April 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Congrats Pepper!

  28. Katie M on April 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Congrats Andrea! great blog very well done

  29. Frannie on April 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve never been to one of your concerts Mike but while reading this it makes my heart beat faster and I feel like I’m goin’ to jump the way she describe you guys on stage. Congratulations! You Rock too Pepper! 😉

  30. xxspuckxsorrisxx on April 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    add me on lpu 🙂 congrats

  31. linkinparkette on April 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

    i give up on contests

    congrats lppepper she is really a nice person

  32. juan on April 9, 2010 at 10:45 am

    more like an essay/narrative than a blog…but it’s really good

  33. cincybmxlpfreak on April 9, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Wow…That was a really freaking good blog. Great writing skills to Andrea Pepper. 🙂

  34. Gosia "Margaret" Pyrek Poland Big Fan But Young on April 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Congrats for everyone 🙂

    I can’t want to You’re next visit in Poland 🙂 The last was in 2007 when I was 10 😉 My big dream is be on Linkin Park’s concert ! My family (my aunt, uncle and maby somebody else) really want to be on LP concert too ! 🙂 It will be so amazing ! 🙂 I listen LP about 6 years, bit then I didn’t realize that I love Linkin Park 🙂 But I always listen songs like “In the end”, “Breaking the habit” “One step closer”, “Somewhere I belong” in TV with my aunt 🙂 She likes You Guys too 🙂 These are song of my childhood 🙂

    Greeting from Poland 🙂
    We love You !

  35. xehpuk on April 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

    “No more Sorrow” is LP’s best live song! 🙂

  36. maria on April 9, 2010 at 8:56 am

    this was sooo good i actually imagined myself there…great stuff! congrats to you and the other winners xD

  37. Alexandra Nofi on April 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Nicely written. Congratulations, Andrea!! You’re like a celebrity now, lol. I like the way she described SDC as glowing, that was very cool. It’s cool that she got to write about her first time seeing you guys live too. I know that experience myself, and, it’s so awesome.

    I wanted to be in this contest so bad. I was gonna do a short story titled “The Internal Monologue of a Concert Goer”, about everything I thought of before, during and after the show. But, I chose to send in a mail-in payment to the LPU rather than use a debit, so, my account isn’t approved yet.

  38. Colin Reid on April 9, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Congrats LPPepper all the best!

  39. Jeovanni Nembhard on April 9, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations.This piece was well written,you deserve the win.

  40. prashant thomas on April 9, 2010 at 8:07 am

    hey really glad hearing from u…its ws mind bogglin blog!!
    can feel the same lyk u………….

  41. Kelly on April 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

    wow that was wonderful! i can definitely relate even though i went to PR 07. you guys are amazing and this guest blogger is amazing because i couldn’t have said it better myself!

  42. Maik on April 9, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Congrats LPpepper !!!!

  43. ZAHRAlp on April 9, 2010 at 7:49 am

    omg i remember LPpepper telling every one on a lpu chat that she’s gonna win! lol…..i’m soo happy 4 her X) yaaaaaaaaayyyyy

  44. Denise Rashidi on April 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

    Sounds great and let me remember my first awesome linkin park show 2 years ago, dude ..

  45. ProudSister on April 9, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Congrats Andrea! It is obvious that everyone who is reading your submission loves and admires you and the piece! I am proud to call you my sister! And remember, this is only the beginning!

  46. Fatima on April 9, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Cool!! 🙂 Congratulations to all!!! =]

  47. Caitlin on April 9, 2010 at 7:11 am

    congratulations ;D

  48. SLP_Bourdie on April 9, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Congrats Andrea 😀 thats so amazing =D

  49. Ailina on April 9, 2010 at 5:49 am

    congrats Andrea u rock girl

  50. Dennis on April 9, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Wow, now I wish I were at that concert that night. Sounds too good to be true, but I know for a fact that it is, the concerts are amazing! 🙂

  51. Jensul on April 9, 2010 at 5:29 am

    Very good!
    But his name is Rob Bourdon 🙂

    • M Shinoda on April 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      I think Microsoft Word spell-corrected the name. I fixed it 🙂

  52. Thomas Jacob Brablec on April 9, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Congratulations LPpepper!
    I’ve never been to a Linkin Park show, but even if I have I wouldn’t be able to write it in such great words (then again, she is the best, right?). The whole text was really interesting. It kind of made me want to go to an LP concert even more than I already do. I will take the first chance that I get.

  53. CurlyLp on April 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Congrats to Andrea! And of course congrats to ReflectionistBaz, Shadowluz07, MarcusArelius and VickyLP (YAAAY you won Vicky!! :D) Now enjoy this amazing opportunity. 🙂

  54. Steven A. on April 9, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Andrea, that was an incredible piece. I could not have put it any better and you expressed feelings i could not find words for. When I go to the LP shows I feel the same way. I become one with the band, as if it’s just me and the guys jamming, singing all the songs together. Mike, you really are a part of a ton of peoples lives and are a part of the change in the world. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to your music and fans over the years. Fans don’t forget about that. “Whud up to the Militia and LPU”

  55. Valery on April 9, 2010 at 4:25 am


  56. Myyr on April 9, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Ohhhh Nice! 😀 Congratulations to Andreah 🙂

  57. chester7890 on April 9, 2010 at 4:12 am

    cool!!!I thought my friend vickylp won though/?

  58. rena shinoda on April 9, 2010 at 4:10 am

    congrats vickyLp!!!!!!!!

  59. Erica on April 9, 2010 at 4:02 am

    I love you so much, I love LP. 4ever.

  60. ernieball003 on April 9, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Andrea, you won! Congrats!

  61. Janni on April 9, 2010 at 3:25 am

    Congrats! 😀 Amzing review.. It’s the exact same feeling I get when I watch LP live… ❤

  62. Riya on April 9, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Congratz to Andrea Pepper!! No wonder she is the winner, that is awsome!!
    Oh not forgetting the other winners!!! 😄

  63. LP_Freak_ on April 9, 2010 at 2:44 am

    WOW nice one!!! 😀 Congrats to LPpepper and the other winners!! 🙂

  64. EvoOba on April 9, 2010 at 2:14 am

    OMLP that was awesome!!! 😀 Congrats to Andrea! She truly deserved the first place! It gave me the creeps while I was reading her review and made me bring back memories from the 2 times I’ve seen you guys live… 🙂 And of course a big congrats to all the other winners^^ I was so pleased to see VickyLP among them. She’s a great friend of mine and althought that we’ve actually met once (in your concert), I still believe that all LP fans are family! And sometimes LP friends are way better than real friends…Anyways congrats again to all and thx for taking the time to read all these reviews and give us this opportunity 🙂

  65. ThE BlaCK HaWK on April 9, 2010 at 2:11 am


  66. Viper-619 on April 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Congrats LPpepper, great piece!

  67. MarieShinizzle on April 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

    wow…that’s nici! congrats to you guys =)

  68. vickyLP on April 9, 2010 at 1:31 am

    omg!!! i won!!!!

  69. chazfann on April 9, 2010 at 1:14 am

    wow!congrats guys!

  70. LinkinLauren on April 9, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Wow, Congratulations 🙂 that was really awesome to read 😀 I hope that my first LP concert will be like this ❤

  71. Sophia on April 9, 2010 at 12:37 am

    congrats to LPpepper!

    i wanna said that i saw my first LP concert on 2008, too 🙂

    that’s an awesome show !

  72. LinkinLayra on April 9, 2010 at 12:26 am

    LPpepper wrote that storie just like how I felt when I saw Linkin Park play for the first time in my life at Provinssirock ❤ It was my happiest day in my life 'cause my dream came true!

  73. linkinparkbelgiummanager on April 9, 2010 at 12:23 am

    God, please… Let me post comments at Mike’s blog again!!

  74. abby on April 9, 2010 at 12:23 am

    nice one LPpepper, congrats! 🙂

    wish to see LP live soon!

  75. joannasasanka_poland on April 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

    congrats Pepper!!!!:)
    btw Mike have u got facebook account?

  76. Teo on April 9, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Andrea Pepper that was the most beautiful review ever. Reading it was like having a sneak peak of that night. It sort of gave me chills. Congratulations, girl!!! You truly deserve your prize.

  77. Aditya_the_warrior_within on April 9, 2010 at 12:06 am

    congrats 🙂
    well written. just wish i see them live too one day, would definitely write a epic winning review 🙂

  78. Nicholas on April 9, 2010 at 12:05 am

    DUde!! Insane!! you make me jelouse for being in a country LP have never been!!! GRRR…but still insane 🙂

  79. cassiecool22 on April 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    wow..!! I wish I was there!!! that was amazing!!! I’ve never been to Linkin Park’s concert! I hope one day I can attend it very badly…!

  80. Josephbenny98 on April 8, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Congrats LPpepper

  81. DXIC on April 8, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Congrats!! LPpepper!

  82. FAN_of_LP (The_Crazy_Kid) on April 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    wow pepper nice work, that was amazing, i couldnt write one cuz ive nvr seen them haha, but i can only imagine what you felt on that august night.

  83. Miftahgeek on April 8, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Soon will be me.. 😀

  84. lpfmfan on April 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Congratulations to her! I didn’t know we could write so much, I remember on the LPU it said limited of so and so characters. Can’t remember how many but yeah..I kept cutting my blog entry cuz it went over the limit. Anyway that doesn’t matter, congratulations to her and all the winners!! 🙂

  85. JJJ on April 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Congrats! 😀

  86. pepper on April 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Thank You Mike 🙂

    I’m glad you liked it, It really was the best night of my life. Can’t wait to do it again 😀

  87. illara on April 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Congrats!! LPpepper!

  88. micosa on April 8, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Congrats to LPpepper! BTW When LPPartOfMyLife contest will be over? Or it’s over already? oO

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