How do we give you what you want?

June 20, 2011

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”
-Mark Twain

In our band, there are many moments that help define–to us and you–who we are as a group.  With each of those moments, we weigh a myriad of factors–how we felt about it, what the fans’ reactions were, how it affected the band in broad or specific terms.  Is this music interesting?  Should we curse on that song?  Should we tour with this band?  Should we put our song in that movie?

Each time we enter a new phase of the band, we rely on our own sense of what we like, and mix it with the opinions of people whose opinions we trust and value.

This is one of those times.

At the link below, you’ll find a list of questions.  It only takes a few moments to fill out.  But by doing so, you could–quite literally–be helping define the future of Linkin Park.  Let us know who you are and what you want.  As an added bonus, one person will receive an autographed A THOUSAND SUNS box set.

Thank you.  Click here:

http://bit.ly/kRJNAN

mike

117 Comments

  1. thegluelpfan on July 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I really appreciate you guys taking time to ask about our opinion :) So I filled this one out with pleasure :)

  2. liontor on June 29, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Can we will see the results? By the way. You forgot one question: “Do you like black & white LPTVs?”. I’m with the team called “no”.

  3. susi88 on June 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Did it also…
    it’s nice, that LP asks for our opinion, although being so popular in the whole world. Thats what makes you so loveable :)
    But what I wanted to say was, that those who say Minutes to Midnight or A 1000 suns ar not linkin-park-like has not understood, what makes up your music: Progression!
    Every single album is an artwork in the whole. Some days ago i read a comment where someone said, that “wake” is a bad piece -.- Hello?!
    I dont say, that I understand every step you take, but i love the results…

  4. Nina Nine on June 28, 2011 at 6:34 am

    I love LP, although remember me a wrong moments of my life, but it doesn’t matter because I love since Papercut until The Messenger, all the songs. What you do, guys, it’s awesome and amazing. You got your own stile and for that reason you are still here right now. I really hope to have LP for too many years more. Because I honestly think that you have more things to give us. My love for LP will be as long as you own love for LP will be. Do you understand?

  5. d1gITal transm1ssi0n on June 26, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Hi Mike!
    I did the survey a few days ago & have a few things to say.
    1.I’m not in the LPU because I can’t afford it (just like most people out there). I’m a student now but I will join when I can afford it.
    But most important….
    2.I’ts hard to choose just 3 songs when your songs are BRILLIANT & UNIQUE masterpieces .Everything from the lyrics & guitar to the samples & the music is simply awesome.I think this is what defines Linkin Park. ATS is a great album that takes it to the next level. Follow your heart no matter what people say but don’t drift too far away from what you were known for. (just my opinion) :-)
    God Bless.
    Persis,a super die hard fan from India.

  6. spraypaintninkpens on June 25, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    LP used to be better in every single way. I hope these surveys shed light into why the older fans have been a bit disappointed over the past few years. Thanks for listening to us though.

  7. Opsquria on June 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Haloo Mike, I’m from Brazil!
    Tenho um vício, que se chama Linkin Park, e digo que para isso não tem idade, já passei dos 40 years old, aprecio a forma que você conduz sua vida sendo exemplo para muitos. Pode-se e deve-se fazer musica e artes, a arte mantem a sensibilidade no mundo. Parabéns a você e ao LP, seus bons exemplos arrastam os jovens para uma mundo mais consciente, responsável e solidário.

  8. notunafraid on June 22, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    You forgot one more option for the LPU section of your survey: I am aware of the LPU and I really want to join, but I am flat broke.
    That’s what I would’ve chosen. :)

  9. EpicLinkinPark on June 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Hey Mike, I also wanted to add this. I just thought I should personally thank you and LP for everything you have done. I’ve been going through tough times and I wanted to thank you guys for not only for the music, but also for being so caring. I know you probably get this alot, but I really mean what I say. Thank you for always caring for us fans. I know you might not read this, but I just wanted to say that. I hope you and LP are well. Enjoy the rest of the tours! :)

    Kate (shinodatwin)

  10. gustina05 on June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hey Mike, Im in Argentina… I wonder about questions like if we read the local newspaper regularly, or which activities are we usually engaged in, or what sports do we follow… how is that stuff important to the band? dont worry I was happy to answer! but I was wondering how would that affect (or not) to you guys…

    and I feel like everybody else, with choosing ONLY 3 songs…I wanted to check them all! and also with the one that says “are you a current member of LPU” and why, I would say because I dont have money for that! but that option was not there :(

    Anyway, thanks for making us feel so important to you, its with this kind of attention that you get into our hearts.

  11. jdennis88 on June 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Good survey. A cool idea too.

  12. anquala on June 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    By the way, Mike. I wonder why there was no such answers as “I do not have money ‘to the question” Why are you not a member of the LPU?’=)

    Thank you for that important to you our opinion, though occasionally .=)

  13. thegrandkaidbz on June 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    “oh, we’re in our thirties and Fred just turned 40, so let’s make a grown up meaningful record that makes us feel like men” – Wes Borland

  14. vinaxbourdie on June 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    It’s so damn hard to choose my favorite 3 LP songs!! I love most of LP songs.
    And well BTW I am not a LPU member because I don’t have enough money to purchase the annual member…. I’m still a student and I can’t afford that.

  15. ristinw on June 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    MIKE, why hasn’t my Glorious Excess Dies Raffle winner prize arrived yet? :( ~~cry~~ I had sent email and a letter to Kaitlyn in August last year to request information about it but she never reply me. :( What happened? So sad :( I only want your poster. ~~cry~~

  16. brunarj on June 21, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Hey Mike i already aswer that :)
    By the way in the option for choose why im not on LPU doesnt have the one that says, i dont have money for that ^^ My big problem is that im not from USA so i pay more cuz is dollars!!! Anyway, i think next year i maybe get it! (crossed fingers)

    Ah we need the chat on lp.com back !!!!!

    Thanks for Care about Us!

  17. jelly211 on June 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    TECHNICAL DEATHCORE.

  18. Rana LP addict on June 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    That felt like an exam ! It was like you wanna know what’s on our minds..but there is explaining . 3 is really hard….i couldn’t explain that part ‘Why i DON’T have ATS copy?’ I don’t have anything near me to get a copy :( ..i don’t know how to get it online *idiocy maybe:P * ..It felt awesome to take this survey

  19. nevermind1313 on June 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Hi Mike.. well I just wanna say Thank u for care about what we think and what we want.. it’s very difficult find it, this kind of attention.. thats why u’re so important to us,. ^^ xxxx from Brazil.

  20. nettie21 on June 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I like it: “I’m not asking you to drive the boat. I drive the boat. But you can suggest places to park, HA…” :)

  21. nutritionelles on June 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    To be honest the first thing that I was thinking about when A Thousand Suns came out was what are you doing next, will the next album be like A Thousand Suns or is doing the same stuff over exactly what you don’t wanna do. I really appreciate that our opinions are valuable for you.

    Still, these questions were kinda weird. First of all I’m not in LPU cause I can’t pay for it, I haven’t attended to a LP show durng the world tour but I will in a week, it’s impossible to chose only 3 songs ( and In Between was missing?) and it was kinda weird to tell you guys about our hobbys, but you guys know what you’re doing. (:

  22. lillyhfg on June 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

    @todraw: yes, you’re right! I’m from Hungary..and It was really hard to choose one…. :)

  23. nudrive on June 21, 2011 at 10:46 am

    To be honest, I’m disappointed. From the way you were saying it I thought it’d be a survey directed at LP fans in particular so we could give our input etc. But it just felt like a regular survey with a few LP questions [which were annoyingly hard - though I'm glad you included some of your unreleased songs] [:

  24. todraw on June 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hi mike you should be awaare that theres world beyond the US Borders and answers to ethnicity doesn’t match to any of them…. i am from europe so i dun know what to chose seriously…

  25. 26pj on June 21, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I wanted to fill up this marketing survey form that LP sometime puts out but decided not to as there is not enough option. I did’nt want to tick mark on something which does’nt describe my thoughts.
    I do agree with Whosmurry & Alexandra Nofi. & I completly support what Lot321 has to say.
    But no matter what I’l remain a very loyal fan of LP & thats for life.
    Thank you.

  26. Radyo Plexus on June 21, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I’ve forgot to add this. I hope we can buy the LPU package through the record bars or the department stores so that those who didn’t have a credit card can afford. Like me I don’t have any credit cards so I couldn’t join the club. Wish it will be available in stores here in the Philippines!

  27. Radyo Plexus on June 21, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I’m done filling up! It is a nice idea that you guys want to know what are those things that you think it could help you to enhance your creative skills in making your music or other stuff. You know, what I’ve noticed since you guys started as a music artist was your performance level. If I will rate you from 1-10, I’ll give you 9! You guys really much more better than before! You guys are innovative, original, and creative in terms of making your music and designing or making your artworks for your cd layouts and designs!

  28. Braffschein on June 21, 2011 at 7:38 am

    GUYS
    IT REALLY HAS NOTHING TO DEAL WITH THIS SURVEY AND THIS POST

    but Mike, I bet you MUST watch this
    as far as you guys loved Nyan Cat.

  29. anquala on June 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Hi, Mike:) great idea, but that’s the question ‘favorite songs’ do not even know how to answer, because I have them all I like is the same. Have a nice day, Mike!

  30. adiek84 on June 21, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Seems like the LPU question was problematic for a lot of people. It’s actually very interesting to read that so many people want you to just do your own thing, because I often feel that LP fans can be very critical with the band. On a sidenote: Fred Durst said in a new interview today that Limp Bizkit have intentionally decided to NOT make the music they like but stick to rap/rock intead (even thought they don’t like it). This really made me appreciate your passion and courage to change your style and create the music you wanted instead of the music that made you famous.

  31. Shinoda's Army on June 21, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Personally, I don’t care much of what you sound like, meaning which style you use to create a song etc, because I like what you write or sing, not how you do it, that’s relatively important. It’s your decision, not ours, because thinking about it… when do your fans never ask for something different? The question is: what do YOU like? Do it, if some don’t like it, it’s not a big loss, they’re mostly people complaining about “old” LP and “new” LP. For example, I follow you since HT and I don’t care if you “changed” style on ATS, I like it as the other. ATS is a good album. Anyways, I suggest to avoid using too many digital sounds, they’re confusing sometimes

  32. lostsoundwaves on June 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

    I would have voted Wisdom, Justice and Love if the poll was asking for the song that fits the album vibe best, or gives you the most intense feeling when you are listening to it, but because it’s not a stand alone song, I didn’t vote for it. The song should receive more recognition though.

    Also, I would love to see you guys move towards something more progressive/avant-garde-like, maybe even in the direction of post-rock (I just love that genre). But I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  33. meryemangel on June 21, 2011 at 6:42 am

    hi mike
    i did it but i found a difficulty to choose because all the songs are my favorites, also for the LPU membership I want to be a member but i can’t because i still a student, and i don’t have a visa or other cards.
    you’re the best band 4 ever <3<3<3

  34. sanyacutie27 on June 21, 2011 at 5:03 am

    damn ,the question asked to choose only 3 favourite linkin park songs !!
    i cudnt stick to the ones i selected i kept changing it!!
    and the rest was cool!! :-)

  35. lpswati on June 21, 2011 at 5:01 am

    It’s a very good idea to conduct such surveys… I felt privileged while filling up the stuff :D
    Love,
    India <3 :)

  36. Alkor on June 21, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Hey Mike,

    Why are most of the questions specifically marketing-related? I mean, it’s pretty obvious that most of the survey data (in particular when it comes to “favourites”, as in sports, games, websites etc.) will be used for product targeting purposes. Even DeCheser Media is open about this and disclosed that it’ll be used for brand marketing.

    I am, well, disappointed by this. “Liking” the music is one thing as it’s highly subjective, but a survey like this is not something I’d expect from the band which I got to know 10 years ago and which partly helped define me during my adolescence and in many ways also had an impact on my professional life as it is currently.

  37. treadstone35 on June 21, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Hi Mike :)
    This survey is a great idea. But not only you learn something about your fans and you about yourselves but also we – fans about ourselves (I’m such a person). But I have to say that one question let me down about games for PC, etc. There was only one which I play but in fact I have many favourite games. I didn’t find them there. But it doesn’t matter :D However in Q about LPU I answered that “I’m not aware about benefits” but it isn’t true. I can’t become a member of LPU because it’s too expensive for me. Somehow these questions weren’t hard to me and I had a lot of fun answering on them. Please, keep doing such surveys :)

    Take Care

  38. iridescent2202 on June 21, 2011 at 2:29 am

    You should do more of these surveys…
    Oh yeah, another thing to say: I really miss High Voltage, I think it’s one of the best live performed songs :)
    If you ever consider playing it again… Rock Werchter festival in Belgium next week is a good show to start with :p (Just do what you want lol)
    x anvanoppens (LPU)

  39. rellina on June 21, 2011 at 1:46 am

    hi mike i answered but about the LPU account, i dnt have a credit card that’s why idnt have it, but i answered sth esle in the answers
    what happened to issho ni compition

  40. margherita85 on June 21, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hi Mike, it’s hard answer at the questions because I have more to say about you guys than the only list that there is… Choose just 3 songs is a crime… Your songs are all MAGNIFICENT AND I LOVE IT ALL!!!!
    Mike, you guys’re the BEST BAND ever!! And we love you as you’re!
    You’re the only one band that give us the opportunity to have a real interchange of opinion about everything but expecially about your work.
    I think it’s hard put your work under discussion and it’s more hard satisfy all your fans around the world. But I want thank you guys to hear our voice.
    With Love Margherita

  41. chertilomoskito on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Hi!
    Oh, it was realy difficult to choose 3 favourite songs:D
    I don’t have enough money for LPU so I couldn’t find suitable option to answer the question about LPU.
    Great survey:)

  42. ristinw on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Hi Mike! I just did it!!! I agree with Claudia :D It was difficult to choose only 3 of the favorite songs of LP :P
    I firstly thought that mail I received it was a spam…and now I kind of relieve. :D

  43. shivani94 on June 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    And one more thing i forgot to mention…i cannot afford LPU…$50 make 2500 rupees…

  44. shivani94 on June 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Hi, i enjoyed filling the survey..the 3 songs i like the most…wasnt hard to think…P5HING ME AWAY..listening to which i often cried for you, NUMB..the song which awakens all your numb senses…and THE MESSENGER..when life leaves me blind…linkin park keeps me kind…and calm too…the most important thing is you guies provided me right things at right times.. when i am about to burst with anger i listen to your songs and they take me away…THANKS A LOT GUIES….I AM DEEP UNDER IT,WONT BE ABLE TO REPAY YOUR DEBT…

  45. trdsohrd on June 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I liked the survey, but some of the questions forced me to choose the best anwser I could “pick” but not what I wanted to answer. “Was the Thousans Suns Concert the best Linkin Park show ever or Not as good as other shows or I didnt like the show”. How about, I’ve been to probably 20 LP shows & every one has been an out of body experience!? Seriously, I have enjoyed every single flipping time I’ve gone. And come on, only 3 top songs, what’s that, hardest part of the survery. But thanks for letting me play along ;D

  46. artimiura on June 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Hello Mike I want to thank this opportunity to express myself.
    I’m 25 years old and since 16 I hear you, the lyrics really influenced my life, they often express what I felt at that moment, as if through music I could vent, over the years the style of You’ve changed, and my too, grew up and each album marked something always in me. Can not be the same every day and have the opportunity to change every time I hear many people say that the band has changed and it was bad, but to me you have been following my life, each change, each phase. In my opinion are innovating as always I can only say that they remain so. I listen to Linkin Park Radio, met new bands and I feel even more of you next.

  47. alexisjake on June 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you Mike (and Linkin Park) for this opportunity. You always take your fans into account, and it’s amazing. It was SO DIFFICULT to choose my “3 favorite songs.” have always found it difficult to answer this question. I chose 3 songs I felt were my among my favorite. It changes depending on what songs I listen to most & what I’m feeling during periods of time. Each song merits a different reason to be special and amazing. I just wanted to comment that it was probably the most difficult question on the survey! =)

  48. dampney on June 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Doing that survey sure took awhile. I answered with honesty. But to be honest, I wanted to add my own statement at the end. I wanted to add that Linkin Park should do their own thing. But what I love most about the band is that they experiment and create music like artists.
    Plus the 3 favourite LP songs took ages.

  49. argol8489 on June 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    GRACIAS MIKE Y LP … SIEMPRE LOS APOYAREMOS.

  50. boger7lp on June 20, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I like that the questions more focused on his music
    Construct proposals and criticism from fans

  51. dovingbird on June 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    DO YOU KNOW HOW DIFFICULT THIS IS TO CHOOSE OUR FAVORITE THREE SONGS. Brb, foaming at the mouth.

    For realsies, I agree with a few other people here: If I had the money, I’d totally be an LPU member. You can go throw a shoe at your management and recommend more “Other” boxes, where perhaps we could type in a better reason why. I understand that it’d be more difficult to collect similar answers into a readable chart and demographic, etc., but c’mon, checking that “It’s not worth the money” box about sucked my soul clean out of my body.

    -Dovingbird

  52. Braffschein on June 20, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    1. It’s unbelievable hard to choose 3 favourite songs.
    2. Question about ATS is not correct too. At least you had to put “A Thousand Suns: The Full Experience” in that list. I’d choose it.
    3. I would give all the money in the world for LPU membership, if I had it.
    4. I guess that doesn’t really matter, but anyway I got surprisingly stuck with the question about my ethnicity. Not that I don’t know my ethnicity, but I’m Russian, so I couldn’t choose any of offered as I’m European. Well, had fun with going into Native American.
    But all in all I find this post in your blog to be best ever. This is so great of you guys to let us all express the opinion. Thanks.

  53. stayoutoftrouble on June 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    My goodness, :| @whosmurry.

    Mike and fellows, just do your best. You’re the chef. I (we) just give my (our) comments, inputs, suggestions, critics for ‘the food’ ;-). I love to eat in your ‘restaurant’ anyway.

  54. whosmurry on June 20, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Okay, I read your description of this survey at work when I couldn’t actually see it and it gave me pause. It seemed like a much bigger deal than it is. But now, actually filling it out, this is the standard marketing survey you guys have put out several times. It’s not defining Linkin Park, but the demographic of the audience. Fine then. I’m doing it. But you tell your marketing people I’m disappointed they didn’t add Logo to the list of cable networks. A Linkin Park appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race is something I’ve long dreamed of.

  55. kathyaralp on June 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I tried to answer all, more like I do not know English, do not know if I answered right!

  56. penneysound on June 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    i noticed it was a bit old-fashioned when it came to media questions. who “goes to movies” and “watched TV” anymore? i watch all movies and shows online, then buy them on dvd if i think they’re good. this way i only buy what i like. also, seeing a movie in a theatre ruins the experience. i think the same of live music. only standup comedy is improved by the live experience. this is why i’m not in the LPU, all trhe benefits are for people who go to concerts, for me it’s basically an overpriced t-shirt.

    if you really want my suggestions, i could give you a list of things that you haven’t done before, and even a few things nobody had done before.

  57. shinodatwin on June 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I just think what comes along your journey, take it. Keep experimenting new things and enjoy the journey. You guys have done alot for us and I am sure all of us are greatly appreciated that we can take part of helping you with your guys’ journey. Keep up the awesome work and I look forward for the future. Thanks Mike and LP for always caring for us fans. You guys deserve nothing but the best. Congrats on everything you have achieved. You guys are the best. Enjoy the rest of the tours! It was hard to pick my top 3 songs. I really can’t decide. LOL. Anyways, take care Mike and LP. :)

  58. M Shinoda on June 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Oh yeah…also: I didn’t write the poll. It was written by management, LPU, and other folks on our team. The band saw it and approved it, though.

  59. yydisco0913 on June 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I ‘m addicted to linkin park since I liten to “Catalyst”.I think the music from linkin park becomes more and more mature and experimertal when I listen all your albums in past ten years. I mean its fortunely for me that you guys are not a copy machine, even if not all songs I would like. Frankly speaking, although “A thousand suns “is a very experimental album, I listen more times than ” minutes to midnight”. Hoping you got what I want to express. By the way, I’m stunned one of your songs which is not in your album”no roads left.” I love the emotion and the vicissitudes of the sounds delivered from this song.I love it!!

  60. senixus on June 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Have to agree with lots of the other fans.
    LPU.. can’t afford but ABSOLUTLY worth the cash!
    Best 3 Linkin park songs.. You FOR REAL??? How shall one pick? Close eyes and click away?
    Other then that.. Good survey
    And… Amazing band ;)
    <3 <3 <3 LP – ATS <3 <3 <3

  61. Ashikin on June 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    never thought those kind of questions! hahahaha

  62. ptenets on June 20, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    HI!
    like others i want to say, that it’s not enough answers for some questions:)
    -i don’t attend to your concert because you visited my city….ehh…country really rare….but concert in that year is GREAT surprise!!! THANK YOU!!! (even if there were some difficulties with “tickets-flyers-bracelets”)
    -i wasn’t an LPU member not because it doesn’t worth that money but i just have not enough to the membership:(
    -i can’t compare HT and ATS and your other works, it’s different things and i like it all in different ways:)
    -AND….3 songs?! only 3………i thought about it 10-15 min!too hard to choose…….in the end i marked it at random ;)

  63. Alexandra Nofi on June 20, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Meet and greets, summits, LPU chats, NOT surveys.

    Ya’ll seem to still be in that habit about wondering what the fans think you should do with your music. IT IS YOURS. Regardless of what you do, 50% is gonna love it, and the other 50% is gonna hate it.

    I do love to hear what people think of my stories, however, when someone tells me to do a specific story my response always is: “Hey, that’s a great idea, you should go write it.” Usually they’ll say they aren’t a writer and I just say, “Gee, that’s too bad.” And move on. My stories are a part of me, and I stopped caring about what people wanted me to be a long time ago.

  64. pikapo15 on June 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for giving this chance… I just done this survey, although I don’t win, I always be available to do things relationated with something I love… things relationated with Linkin Park… although you don’t be the best band in the world… for me… you’re #1 in the world, the best band… You’re perfect and I love all of your songs…
    btw, when I have to choose 3 favourite songs… Really I have more favourite songs… like 8 or 9 (songs that I like the most)…. so… I repeat… thanks for giving a chance… and… good luck in all you do in the future! ^^

    PS: Sorry if my english is not very good… :)

  65. 7kirara7 on June 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, thanks for that amazing opportunity! It seems you really do care for your fans, which is just great! :)

    Although, there’s one point missing in this survey. You know, there was the question, why we weren’t in the LPU. And I had to tick one answer even if none of them was right for me…

    I know that the LPU exists, I’m aware of its benefits, I’m a big enough fan and hell, yes it IS worth the money. Problem is, I don’t have it. I’m just a poor student, and my parents would call me crazy if I asked them to let me join…

    So could you at least add this point to the choice of answers? I’m sure that I’m not the only one with this problem. :’)

  66. regiw on June 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    On one hand, I have always dreamed of being asked – if not all – but many of the questions in the survey- it is a nice feeling to know that the guys also want to get a picture of who we fans are.

    But on the other hand, I hope that all statistics which they will get out of it, will not influence their music. How they market it? Yes, sure – why not? But not the music itself.

    Linkin Park is so special because it sounds genuine – you like it instintively. I hope Mike, Chester, Dave, Rob, Brad and Joe stick to what they fancy doing. Hope they have fun in the process.

  67. elenalinkinpark on June 20, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    good survey Mike,the only thing at the question Witch is my favorite Lp song…it was soo difficult!i didn’t know what to choose.i love all the songs,and when i say all i mean,ALL with no exception.

    anyway thank you that you care for our opinion as your Fans,hope you take our answers seriously,and hope that you come to the countries witch we choose the answer “there was no concert at my city”.and also there should be an answer to some questions “i can’t afford it right now” like for the Lpu question
    that was very thoughtful of you. :) you make us so happy knowing that our band still cares for our opinion,and has not changed their belives because of a different album.

  68. vdalem on June 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Shame on you not putting “All of the above” when asking pick three music.

  69. polyattack on June 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Choosing only 3 favourite songs was brutal!!
    I spent more time on that one than the rest of the survey altogether

  70. sagback on June 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Answer me MIKE … WHY ARE YOU ADDING LOTS OF GERMANY CONCERT EXCEPT OTHER

    COUNTRIES ? I M FROM TURKEY and give me “A PERFECT REASON” FOR BEING LPU member

    and ATTANDING YOUR MEET & GREET ? WHY do I spend my money for only a stupid T-shirt or anthing else ?
    I can buy them everywhere instead of wasting my money… I can find your LPU

    demos everywhere, I CANT FIND YOU EVERYWHERE , I CANT ATTeND YOUR CONCERTS

    EVERYTIME WHEN I WANT ! sorry about this :'( so you should add much more new

    concerts for here … PS: I bought ATS, not download illegally

  71. joanalp on June 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    there were issues that were hard to answer
    one of them was to choose my favorite song! I like a lot, and choose only three was a difficult task ..

  72. joanalp on June 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    there were issues that were hard to answer
    one of them was to choose my favorite song! I like a lot, and choose only three was a difficult task ..
    other questions of why it was not a member of the LPU .. I’m not a member because in Portugal it’s hard to afford it!
    I have not been to any concerts since the last time Linkin Park came to Portugal in 2008 was in Rock in Rio. I hope you still come to Portugal this year!

  73. dcl1982 on June 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Some of those questions… SO NOT COOL! There definitely needed to be more than three choices on them. A couple of the questions didn’t even have answers to them that I felt were true to my situation (the why am I not part of the LPU one, specifically). Hope I was able to help you out in some minute way… lol

  74. tlaurim on June 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I think it took me… Oh, I don’t know – 10-15 minutes to answer the question about 3 favourite Linkin Park songs.

    That question was just mean to the very core of it. :D

    Really, though – for me it is all about what I’m going through/have gone through at one point in my life. Depending on that I connect to different songs on a different level. E.g Iridescent is probably way too accurate of a descpription about the year 2010 for me. However,I can’t listen to it all the time for various reasons. Doesn’t mean I like it any less.

    Bleh. Hard to describe what your music means to me and how connected I sometimes feel to it. Thank you for that though! (:

    Good luck with everything!

  75. rayanlenox on June 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    As well as chilibilly18 and sergslim and others about LPU membership question. Here should be “Other”-button. I choose “it’s not worth the money”, which is not really true. It does worth the money. And I do have money, but I didn’t have them 8 years ago when I became a fan. I was 14 at that time and that was not actually a sum my parent would allow me to spend even though I wanted to. One again, 50-60$ is OK for USA maybe, but it’s quite expensive for other countries. I’m going to pay for LPU annual membership this year, but I had to answer not what I meant. Anyway, thank you for the pole. And if you are going to make games again think about Android platform too, please ;)

  76. ErbseLP on June 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    “what is your favorite song on A Thousand suns?” the whole album is my favorite song. ._.
    And wtf? Blackbirds? Did I missed something? That isn’t a ATS song. o_O
    “wich of these explain why you are not a member of LPU?” I miss the answer “I have not enough money”…

    But thanks for the amazing show on saturday!
    It was my sixth, but for sure, not my last concert! ;)
    My mom and I had so much fun and it’s always great to meet old friends again, Linkin Park fans are the best, friendliest and funniest fans of the world!
    I’m proud to be a Linkin Park fan(or better: a street soldier! \o/)!

  77. lillyhfg on June 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    The truth is that anything you make is just amazing and unique… and 3 favorite Linkin Park song?? oh.. come on…it’s not fair at all :D … Mike, I’m wondering if you could choose just 3 favorite song?? :)

  78. linkinparkette on June 20, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    that was fun mshinoda… but that name 3 songs u like… kinda hard
    i love doing surveys

  79. nettie21 on June 20, 2011 at 11:55 am

    And one more thing: LP doesn’t have to change! I liked what you did in 2001, and I like what you did in 2010. Whit HT or ATS… It sounds good, it means a lot! The lyrics just gettink better, and the music is still special… Just do, what you want, and I bet I will adore it… And not just me, but everybody!
    xo, N.

  80. guuuro on June 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for being you! I loved the concert in Leipzig. I went to the concert in Denmark last year because of a friend, and afterwards I was stuck in your music. I didn’t see you very well then, but now I stood at 2. row and it became a totally different experience. I miss you so much! I’m happy that I can say that I’ll see you in 8 days! (it’s just so awesome that you’re going to Norway!)

  81. pidgeon84 on June 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

    there were a couple questions without sufficient answers (ie. the one that asked why I wasn’t in the LPU, just can’t afford it right now) Just sayin

  82. kathyxx on June 20, 2011 at 11:50 am

    @whosmurry: look at the questions on the survey. They’re more about LP checking to make sure they’re achieving what they think they’re achieving rather than ask a broken fanbase what type of music they wanna make next (a futile question that would be spammed to death). And also it’s a general peek at what demographics makes up their main fanbase (important when considering what merch to make and such).

    LP couldn’t make music that “people wanted” if they tried. The fanbase is too divided in opinion, in my opinion. I think they already know that.

  83. sergslim on June 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I agree with chilibilly18’s post on June 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

    “Why there’s no option like “i don’t have money”??? O_O”

    I couldn’t choose an option why I’m not on LPU that suites my situation.
    I had to pick that it’s not worth the money, though I don’t think so…

  84. lot321 on June 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    mike, ive been a fan of LP since 2001 till present…..i’d really prefer u guys not to have any vulgar words in all of your songs, just like Hybrid Theory and Meteora.

  85. whosmurry on June 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I’m not going to fill out the survey. The thing I want you guys to do is stop asking us what we want to hear and just make what you want to hear. When you make innovative music with integrity, that’s what attracts me. The public perception of Linkin Park is in limbo, but I think you guys know who you are. If you stick to that, everybody else will eventually figure it out. People automatically talk about selling out if something sounds poppy, but asking what people want and delivering that– that’s the definition of Selling Out. So, listen to what the fans want if you must, but please just take it with a grain of salt. Nobody knows better than Linkin Park what Linkin Park is about.

    • M Shinoda on June 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      re: public perception and “making what we want to make,” please re-read my post.

      “Each time we enter a new phase of the band, we rely on our own sense of what we like, and mix it with the opinions of people whose opinions we trust and value.”

      I’m not asking you to drive the boat. I drive the boat. But you can suggest places to park, HA…

  86. junfender78 on June 20, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Filled…thank you!
    Tou guys…already give me what I want :-) good music!

  87. nikkiann0100 on June 20, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for giving us the chance to make suggestions! The hardest part was trying to pick 3 songs. I debated that for the longest time. Maybe next time pick 5 :)

  88. Shay Adams on June 20, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Done. :) (The part where we had to narrow down to our top 3 favorite songs was entirely too hard.)

  89. lonesomeraine on June 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Just saying, that pick your favorite (insert Linkin Park related material here) is so hard! It took me like 10 minutes to finish because I couldn’t choose lol. However I’d just like to say thank you for letting us know that our opinions really do matter to you guys, and I hope that all my fellow fans participate in this survey as well.

  90. nettie21 on June 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi Mike!
    You know, there’s so many things in my head, that I wish I could talk about you. But just shortly… I liked, what you wrote abuot how to being a band, a group, as you guys. I just want you to know: you are great together!
    That was a question: since when I am interested about LP, and I choose more than 5 years, but honestly it might be almost 10 years, even if I am just 20 years old. Your music always was important, and cool and it will be. And not just me… And that question, 3 favorite songs? Really just 3? :) It was cruel to choosing just 3 of them.
    And I would like to saying thx to caring us, your fans! :)
    Have a nice day!
    Nettie

  91. enjakuro on June 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

    hey i dunno how i should say that, but my opinion is that u always went ur own ways as a band. and the music u’ve created/r creating is original and cannot be defined, what’s a great thing. so i dunno if it is necessary to ask fans about their favourite song or what album they liked most (or if they like or don’t like ats). and i realy feel unconfortable to say how u have to be/change within the next year or how u should create ur OWN future… it seemed to me like an economical survey, but what u guys do is art and that is (still only my opinion) not art-like.
    it kind of reminds me of dj bobo (swiss singer) who asked the public if they still like him, by distributing such a survey xD

  92. Fekenji on June 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What you do, What your worried about us, thats mean amazing its proved that I’m not only fan of Linkin Park band, they think about my emotions even though doesnt change what you’d like to do, the same time you take about us you think about your mind. I dont know if you understand my idea because I’m from Brazil, and sometimes this doesnt make sense.. anyway, I’m proud of you, is not eazy to understand I’m always look into Linkin Park Band

  93. leenee89 on June 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Hey Mike!

    It was pretty hard to choose only 3 fave LP Songs!!!!

    And I’m pregnant right now, I want LP Baby clothes *haha* :D That would be awesome!

  94. rookieonen on June 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for creating the survey, although I have to say that few questions are quite ‘irrelevant’, such as in the option of ‘Which of these explain why you are not a member of LPU?’. I don’t have my answer there, so I chose what’s available there. I was a member of LPU though. And, just like Claudia B said in the comment, yes, choosing three of out many is so difficult because I love (of course) most of your tracks. ;)
    Lastly, I DO HOPE that the survey results won’t come in vain. Do think and consider the inputs that we (fans) have given to you through our answers.

    Thank you for being the educated and intelligent band that I ALWAYS adore since 11 years ago. :)
    -Liberti (+62)

  95. kathyxx on June 20, 2011 at 10:58 am

    That was a hard survey.

    I put that the last concert I went to wasn’t as great as the other ones, but that was because it was a festival show. I wish I could have said that there. Oh, and it was a festival show with no big screens so I couldn’t see half the performance.

    Then the 3 favorite songs thing was impossible. ATS is currently my favorite album, but when it came to single songs I picked old songs. My brain hurts.

    Also, I don’t watch TV so I didn’t know if I should have left those blank or filled in my TV channels anyway. Then it turned out that Cartoon Network and the Science channel aren’t even on the list.

  96. linkingabo on June 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

    good survey.. filled in.

  97. betty108 on June 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I have to agree with almost everyone that the hardest question was the one about my 3 favorite songs– I feel like an asshole for not choosing “Burning in the Skies” or “The Catalyst” since they’re way up there.
    Cool survey, and cool prize. I already have a signed LP Box Set– thanks, Chicago LPU Summit Auction– but another one wouldn’t hurt…

  98. skyzlmt on June 20, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Under where it says “List words you would associate with LP” I couldn’t find Nu-Metal. ROFL

  99. mikeecem on June 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

    those questions harder than matriculation. i was mad. the hardest question is: What are you 3 favorite LP songs. HA? just 3? i don’t like

  100. valderyen on June 20, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Hi Mike, I’m from Spain; I’ve donne the survey. I like your thoughts to get close to the fans. I hope Linkin Park continues growing and find theirselves; I expect a change of style like I’ve heard and seen in MTM and ATS; and I hope It cames with an evolution, like always. Thanks! Have a nice day!

  101. mercenary18 on June 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    (Haven’t had a chance to do the survey kuz I’m online on my phone and don’t have a working computer)

    To answer ur question, part of the main reason I love Linkin Park is because I never know what to expect next..and I always love it..whatever u guys are doing, it works for u =)

    Thanks for asking for our opinion! I bet ur the only band so close to ur fans =D Another reason I love LP so much!

  102. terriaw on June 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Just filled out my survey! What a cool idea to get such feedback and in-depth information from your fans. You guys really rock, as musicians, and as human beings!

  103. chilibilly18 on June 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Why there’s no option like “i don’t have money”??? O_O

  104. adiek84 on June 20, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Very funny survey, especially “What are your 3 favourite Linkin Park songs?”. I panicked at first, but then automatically checked “Given Up”, “No Roads Left” and “The Catalyst”. Don’t ask me why, I’ve no idea. XD Some questions were a bit tricky cause you could only choose one answer when actually more than one applied, but you can’t always create those surveys for every single individual, so that’s fine.
    I appreciate you doing this survey, but I also wish that you didn’t think about the fans reaction too much, especially when you’re creating music.

  105. Ally on June 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Done.

  106. ejheii on June 20, 2011 at 10:43 am

    suggestion here.define RAPMETAL again but this time,how bout wit feeL good songs.mostLy LP songs has the negativity side on it but how bout showin some POSITIVITY Like bob MARLEY’s ONE LOVE and BLack Eyed Peas’ Where is The Love.hows that for LP’s poLarization?it wouLd be somethin different for LP and the worLd.LP is my roLe modeL so why not make it even more a RoLe modeL since LP has been doin it share for humanity?Mike’s taLent on rappin is one of the best.make use of it.LP has it aLL and now we just need that RAPMETAL side again and LP wiLL be THE GREATEST!pLs. think about this.you can change this poLLuted music worLd Like nobody eLse can with POSITIVITY.GodbLess LP!

  107. mumpfen on June 20, 2011 at 10:42 am

    can’t view it on my iphone.
    But I just can say.
    Please go back to the roots. Make a new record sounding like Meteora / HT.
    Thats why you got famous and we made you famous. The original LP
    A Thousand Sunds is a good record but it is no longer LP. And it hasn’t such a power like the old album’s

    greets from Austria ;)

  108. artemis2620 on June 20, 2011 at 10:37 am

    hello mike i just want to say that i havent met a band like likin park be so close to the fans . i had the privilege to meet 2 time this year first in the summit in london and and 2 weeks ago in download festival (which by the wey thank you so much for sending that email for the m&q )the first time i saw all of you i was suprised how down to earth ppl you are and after meeting you for a second time i still belive that nad cant belive how you actually care whay your fans think for the band so big THANK YOU for being the wey you are and hope to see meet you for a third time :)

  109. evooba on June 20, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Took me a while to think my 3 favorite songs. It was the toughest question you could have asked but I let me heart answer that. As for which bands I’d like to see performing with you I’m not sure if you can make it happen but if yes it’d be dope! :) Thx for doing this. I appreciate the fact that you have our opinions and interests in mind. I couldn’t have asked for something more from my favorite band. Thx again guys!

  110. vanclarke on June 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Hmm… Can someone get tattoos on a regular basis? Does that mean every day, or, like, once a year. What exactly IS a regular basis for that… :/
    Oh, well, at least it didn’t take too long. :D

  111. Heart Unhealed on June 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for being such a great band! You guys never fail to impress me. I have always appreciated the involvment to the fans. You are incredible and we all appreciate your hard work. Regardless what the negetive people say, your true fans appreciate the journey that you take us on!

  112. ebidelson on June 20, 2011 at 10:28 am

    hi mike

    I’m from iran and I think there are some question that we cant answer them ! like why we cant buy “A Thousand Suns” CD or why we cant be a member of LPU ! so I answered them other way , just this , thank you for your connection

  113. edflinkinp on June 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Wow, this is really an amazing consideration from u. No other band ever does this and these things among others are the ones that make Linkin Park so unique. I already answered the survey but I have to say that I couldn’t answer one of the questions properly. Regarding the LPU (which I’m NOT a part of), it asked me the reason why, but my reason was different from the options. I can’t be on the LPU because I CAN’T PAY for it, and by that I mean that I don’t have access to currency exchange yet (local rulings). Also, u made it really hard for me to choose ONLY 3 SONGS, I LOVE THEM ALL! Had to go with Crawling, Faint and Iridescent, though I said my fav from ATS was “Blackout”. Lol

  114. Claudia B. on June 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Few moments? It took me few minutes. And the question about the 3 favorite LP songs.. Why 3? It’s surprisingly difficult to choose only 3.

    Nice survey though.

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