Why Don’t You Care About Me: The Vocal Minority, and Members vs. Non-Members

June 28, 2011

A couple weeks ago, the following message caught my eye on Twitter:

“LPUers r ‘First class fans’ cause they fuckin pay.the other fans r nothing to you,cause we dont pay,huh?PISSED OFF! @linkinpark @m_shinoda”

Quick recap: LPU is the Linkin Park fan organization.  It costs $60 for a year-long membership.  The details of what you get with membership are listed here.  I assume the “first class fan” part was in reference to a comment the band made at some point.  This person appears to be very (10 out of 10) upset.

It’s sometimes hard to read the nuances of intended emotion in a typed blog post, so I’ll be very clear that I’m not angry, nor do I feel defensive as I write this.  I’m calmly sitting in a hotel room on tour, with a cup of coffee and a couple pieces of toast.  And this tweet got me thinking about something that’s bigger than the “who is the best fan” question.

So, let’s answer the tweet!

Which fan is most important?  Is it the one who buys the most stuff?  The one who supports their “thing” the loudest?  The one who cares more deeply than the rest?  The one who has been loyal the longest?  And specifically online, why in the world do people seem to fight over this subject so passionately?

A fan club can simultaneously be a very unifying and a distinctly divisive subject: while it offers an incredible community and amazing opportunities, it also separates people into “members” versus “non-members.”  To start, a fan club is an option…unless you’re in the band (ha!).

For me, opting-in on a club means that I choose that club as important to me (at least, important enough to spend time and money on).  Conversely, opting-out really means I have no right to demand the same benefits as members.  The people who join are paying for products and service.  Those things cost money to create, therefore the club has a cost.

(Speaking of cost, the “money” argument is always a favorite.  Some will try to levy an argument that an organization like LPU gives preferential treatment to fans because the band “cares more about people who give them more money.”  For us, this is a thin, baseless argument.  We make no money from LPU.  Every dollar of money spent on LPU goes directly back into the organization.  Case closed.)

“First Class” implies that you give extra to get extra.  We call LPU the “inner circle” because of it allows closer proximity to the band (our “Summit” conventions and video chats, for example).  Can non-LPU members get those kinds of experiences?  Yes: if Chester were to cross paths with a fan on the street, for example, he could sign an autograph and take a picture.  But the LPU is an organization which helps to set those experiences up for you, so you’ll have a much higher (maybe from 10,000 to 1,000,000s+ times higher) percent chance of it happening.

“Whatever, I don’t have the money to be a member.  This fan club sucks!”

In the world, sometimes we forget that there is a constant give-and-take between “what you give” in exchange for “what you get.”  At a clothing store, you may give money to get something to wear.  In the garden, you may give time and care to get food.  In a relationship, you may give love and commitment to get a caring partner.  If one side of any of these equations fails to provide their part, the whole thing falls apart (or, in one case, someone gets arrested for shoplifting).

And yet, some people want to get without having to give.  Looking online, you would think it’s a large group.  But it’s not.  Not even close.  For example: of the thirty-one million people who follow Linkin Park on Facebook, about three ten-thousandths of a percent  (0.0003%) of those people belong to LPU.  And only a fraction of that tiny number actually participate in this conversation.

But somehow, in comments and reviews online, that tiny group manages to make it look like a major debate.  How does that work?

I was informed by management that our latest album “A Thousand Suns” was the #2 best selling rock album in the world last year (congrats to Mumford and Sons, who were #1!).  But if you read the iTunes reviews of “A Thousand Suns,” you wouldn’t have guessed it: the album has a 3 out of 5 star rating, and lots of negative comments.  Meanwhile, contented Linkin Park fans continue to buy the album.  They cheer the band at our shows, “like” us on Facebook, and support us in a myriad other ways.  But not in fan reviews.  Why?

Studies such as this one, conducted by the Warsaw University of Technology, found that people are more inclined to comment online if they have negative feelings about something.  Contented people will not comment, discontented people will complain.  And the negative thread is likely to grow longer and more extreme if the subject: a.) is opinion-based, b.) is emotional content, and/or c.) has a large following or draw.  (For us: check, check, check…)  Plus, adding the separation by the computer screen, people feel emboldened to speak freely and sometimes in a more exaggerated fashion.

I’m not dismissing the vocal minority.  Clearly, opinions can be useful and helpful: productive comments have helped us build a great http://www.linkinpark.com and the LP Underground itself.  If we didn’t believe in the opinions of the few, we wouldn’t have posted this poll last week.

And at the same time, we remember that protesters make a lot more noise than anyone else.  When we see negative comments and bad reviews, it’s easy to think that “lots of people” think the same way, because the complainers are sometimes the only ones talking.

In the piece here, Theodore Dalrymple writes: “The habit of not containing your rage is likely to lead you to easily provoked enragement. And, as almost everyone knows who has taken the trouble of self-examination, there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from rage, especially when it supposes itself to be in a righteous cause.”  Hate begets hate.  Being angry can feel good, especially when you think you’re right.

And as people write more negative comments, they actually feel more negative, more often.  Scary.

I have used the term “super fan” here on my blog.  When I do, I think try to make a point to include LPU members and those who have decided LPU is not for them–I’m referring to anyone who considers themselves a big fan of the band.  I use this distinction to indicate that the people I’m talking to are the ones willing to put in extra work in some form or another.

And in the most general terms, when I talk about fans of Linkin Park, I mean to include anyone, whether you own everything our band has ever released + come to 100 concerts, or if you’ve never spent a dollar, and you just like one song.  In other words, if you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan.

If you’ve read this post and thought, “I don’t want to feel more negative, more often,” I commend and admire you.

To the rest: your debate can continue below.

mike

479 Comments

  1. lpuserteeny on September 20, 2013 at 9:54 am

    In my opinion, whether your in a fans club or not, it doesn’t really matter cause, i think every single person will always remember what you will do,and I think the members of the band will remember you always. They are going to have a time for you people, and if they have time, they’re going out in the streets to greet you. LPU is site to access your have a chance to m&g with them, seriously even i’m a member i didn’t won or even chat with this guys, but i’m happy, i just attend the concert. Save money for next LPU.

  2. nesrinagainst on August 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

    To be honest, this discussion, and the discussion whether the “old lp” or the “new lp” and all the other discussions on the web annoys me enormous! I DON’T GET IT. These guys are so talented and they share incredible music and experiences and all the other amazing stuff with us, but their is still the vocal minority, which getting me on the nerves with their affliction. Each fan should be proud to be a important part of this very talented band. Since four days i am 18 and i know, i will WORK HARD, DREAM BIG AND I DEFINITELY WON’T BE AN ASSHOLE. peace \m/

  3. ae0nf on July 13, 2012 at 3:23 am

    I find this interesting enough to create a wordpress account to reply.

    I’m a fan of Linkin Park since my cousin brought an EP from a band Hybrid Theory home to Germany in 2000 and I NEVER bothered becoming an LPUMember.
    I read your blog, the band’s blog, watch LPTV, go to concerts, follow twitter. Sometimes I make fun of you and get a reply (@eon_f) most times I don’t. I even help MFR although I didn’t need a ticket b/c I care to.
    That all is enough contact between you and me for me.
    I guess it’s envy. nothing more. save 5 bugs a month and you are in! It’s not that hard
    I myself envy US citizens b/c most contest of you are only open to them (in case you did not realise).
    -aeon

  4. yomarqueslp on October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I just came across this post and I couldn’t be more proud of being a big LP fan. I’m not a LPU member because I can’t afford it right now, but I hope I’ll be one someday, it’s totally worth it! I’ve followed you guys since Hybrid Theory and everytime I listen to one of your songs, I realize how much you guys and your music are important to me. It has helped me in the bad moments and also in the good ones. You guys are the best, thank you so much for caring about the fans and keep making amazing music :)
    -Cátia

  5. agnesvsc on October 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    *hey Mike , i just finished reading your post , and i’m really surprised , because that kind of things shouldn’t happen between LP fans. I’m not a LPU member but i admire you guys because you are the best , and i believe there are hundreds of fans like me. That doesn’t mean we are worse fans , because you guys love all the fans the same way !
    it’s a genuine thing , you know … if you go to youtube and search for a live performance of papercut or in the end * just for example* , you can see the passion and the love between the band and the fans … so if someone wanna make a comment like that, they should think twice…

    hugs for you guys XX

  6. natibelga on August 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    It should not be so annoying when you have money to live. Mechanical maybe

  7. enjakuro on July 21, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    lol

  8. emzlp123 on July 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Okay (this is rather long a winded, but bare with me … if you read all these that is lol), Im not part of LPU -I was once because it was a gift, but it ran out- I consider myself a huge fan of LP and of every members ‘other’ projects – your art and FM, Chesters Dead by Sunrise and so on – I want to be part of LPU because it would be awesome to get a greater insight into LP and get the benifits that come with it … but … I don’t have the confidence to actually go and meet you guys, go to summits etc, so I find that joining LPU at the moment would be, to put it bluntly, pointless.
    So as long as you guys stick around for another 10years + … then I’ll def be joining haha
    PEACE!

  9. Connie on July 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I for one can’t afford the lpu at the moment and i don’t feel like any less of a fan. i understand you get what you pay for and there’s nothing wrong with that. people should get over themselves or get better jobs.

  10. OliviaLin on July 15, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Linkin Park!

    I’ve been a fan of yours for a long time and am excited for your shows in Asia. In August, my college, the University of Texas in Austin, will show three thirty second videos to over 55,000 students: http://www.utexas.edu/events/gtt/student_video.php. Thus, if my video is chosen in the contest, it would help promote your music to more people.
    May I use your song “New Divide” for the music in my video? If so, I would greatly appreciate it – your song has the perfect beginning and ending. I enjoy film making, and I’d love the win an Ipad2 from the video contest in the process! Your specific suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!
    -Olivia

  11. thegluelpfan on July 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    As part of the lpu I am very proud to call myself one of your “inner cirle people” but that doesn’t make me think that I’m more special than the rest of the fans…there are people out there who devote just as much time as me on Linkin Park but aren’t in the lpu…and that doesn’t make them any less of fans.I would also like to take a sec to tell you how much I actually appreciate the LPU not just because of it being a fan club but also for the amazing people I met there,some of which are very very good friends of mine.So thank you for creating LPU :)

  12. ristinw on July 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Mike, I still haven’t received your signed “Glorius Excess Dies” poster yet :( I’ve been praying for the prize to come, but the prize never seems to be arrived. It seems that I DON’T GET WHAT I HAD GIVEN. I bought 100 raffles tickets, I won 1ST prize, but until now no one send me the prize. Instead of feeling angry or unhappy about it, decide to feel happy, because it gives me the chance to write to you to say that Mike, you still owe me a poster! :D

  13. tjanother on July 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

    But fate was not kind to us, and a pair of not we are responsible for what we’re where we need is, we know the place that should know, you have song scene, we have a working machine. And I know, that I never get ticket to your concert, I know, that I never see you as face-to-face, I know, that I cannot get your so favorite autograph. Maybe you think, that is easy, only need to wish?? No, still have a “chance”. But no matter what happens, no matter how the world turn to me and I turn to world, I’ll always be your number one fan, without LPU. Good luck in all your works and creations, i hope that the fifth album is coming soon. Goodbye. P.S. Please, say «hello» to Chester.

  14. tjanother on July 13, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Hi Mike, I bad speak in English, sorry. LPU – this is very good, but I’m your number one fan without LPU. I listen to your songs since 2000, when for the first time I came across your first album “Hybrid Theory”. Under your song I was walking, under your songs I dream, under your song I ate and slept, under your song I had created and designing, and still under your songs I live. And now I am 28 years old, I am a father of two children, a caring husband and a good friend and brother for their loved ones. But fate was not kind to us, and a pair of not we are responsible for what we’re where we need is, we know the place that should know, you have song scene, we have a working machine.

  15. jessevdbyl on July 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Mike. BRILLIANT post, I think you hit some major points there. I am not a member of LPU, mainly because I cant afford it, but I still feel like you and the rest of the band care about your fans. I have never received a poll request from a band before your poll, and this truly shows that you care.
    I consider myself a true fan. I am 16, have been listening to your music since Hybrid Theory, and I own every single album.I write comments like these and wonder if you get a chance to read them? Please answer and come to SOUTH AFRICA!!! LP FTW

  16. peteryb on July 10, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for posting Mike. I was in the LPU for quite some time and there was quite a bit of animosity between members and non-members. I realized early on though that the respect the band has for the fans out weights such a tedious issue. At any rate, I’m happy with the bands direction, the band-fan relationship, and most definitely the music. Wishing you the best while you’re on tour. ^_^

  17. santiagoalvarezr on July 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hi, maybe my English is not too good, but I’m going to do my best. Honestly, I consider myself a big fan of Linkin Park, but never had the chance to hear or read about LPU or something like it. Love most of your songs and music, the closest I’ve ever been of Linkin Park is Hybrid Theory (which I have original) and a Blu Ray of Road to Revolution (that I believe is going to be seriously damaged very soon due to the many times I’ve watched it). I’ve read the entire post you wrote and felt very congeniated with you. I thank you for not lefting us apart, for thinking of us and try to reponse and express yourself like you did. Keep on the road.

  18. stefan1996 on July 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    If somebody see my shirt, please comments ;)

  19. stefan1996 on July 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    His voice is not creepy and screamy but that doesn’t mean that it got wrong.-Bad english!Edit: His voice is not creepy and screamy like it was but that doesn’t mean that it’s worse.

  20. stefan1996 on July 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    You don’t needed to apologize ;) It’s allright…
    Mike’s voice is perfect now! Chester is, if you ask me, best singer i’ve ever heard. Performing such good live is inexplicably awesome! His voice is not creepy and screamy but that doesn’t mean that it got wrong. When you ask me, in the past he was maybe a little bit better(but he had his wrong momments), but maybe when you would aske someone else, like you for example, he would say:His voice is better now. Now what i’m talkin’ about? :D ;)

  21. odebrink on July 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    First off all I want to apologize if u felt offended by the “you’re wrong” part. I didn’t mean like that, btw my posts was just responses or ur latest comment, not the others.

    To clarify what I mean: making same old songs over and over again, knowing that they all were sold well in stores, just feel greedy for me. Instead LP are being mature about choosing new paths and also earning fans for who they actually are :)

    Btw, I do love their first 2 albums as well, but I prefer them being singed today as their voices has been getting better lately today if u ask me :)

  22. stefan1996 on July 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    You haven’t understood me guyyy :)I’ll explain.
    I haven’t said that ATS isn’t good, it’s perfect and i must say that i’m proud of LP becouse they are so brave with changing their style and not afraid that fans would leave them.But i said that i prefer first 2 nu-metal albums to ATS and i just wanted to say that i would like to hear 4-5 nu-metal songs from LP someday(no matter will it be a first, second of third album after ATS).
    I said about how many people don’t like ATS and i’m sure i’m right… Becouse they can’t keep secret of their dissapointment of how LP don’t make metal music, but equally i know that that they LOVE it deep inside of themselfs.Am i now clear and right?

  23. odebrink on July 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

    So instead they tried to come up with new ideas of music and such – pretty understandable – think of all negative comments there would be on Internet if they DID NOT change style (?). It’s all about having a new and fresh sound, to much people seem to forget about this. I’d rather have a favorite band that’s independent and creating new and own music instead of just
    Listening to fans (that just proves you’re greedy for money) after all I don’t think that LP cares about which type of fans they have, and thats what mike’s post is about. They are happy for every single fan out there

  24. odebrink on July 9, 2011 at 7:37 am

    All opinions are good, but Stefan1996 I’m afraid you are wrong. Dont take me for acting like some LP expert cuz I’m not. All though I’m pretty sure about this: linking park’s first to albums were something new and fresh, LP was pretty much starting a new type of music with their mix of rap and screams etc. But somehow they changed their style of music? Why? The answer is easy : they want to be creative and innovative and therefore bring up new and fresh sounds instead of making a 3rd album with same style ( it’s not about if the cd would’ve sold much or not, it’s clear that the band don’t prioritize money). To
    Be continued

  25. racheyc on July 9, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I’ve been a fan for a very long time, and have been a LPU member. Sadly between moving out of home and doing a degree there’s not been a lot of money so I couldn’t renew my membership which I am gutted about. I am sure when circumstances are better i’ll be sure to renew it.
    I have to say that LPU is awesome, meeting you guys and getting a signed CD was an amazing experience for me and I will never forget it.

    That aside, I think people need to remember why they are Linkin Park fans, it’s not about benefits, it’s about listening to the music thinking it’s awesome, it’s about connecting to it. Maybe the person who wrote the tweet needs reminding.

  26. stefan1996 on July 9, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I don’t think soo, becouse if the fans won’t like something why would LP do that kind of thing… LP should do something that fans would like. :))
    Mike said a couple of words about be a fan or not, and he is right.

  27. regiw on July 9, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I’m not a musician myself, so I cannot speak based on my experience, but I believe that these guys should do the music they feel like doing. As a fan, we are totally free to like it or not, even love or hate it. We can decide if we buy the album and give it a try (tastes change with time) or just wait for the next one – as fans we are 100% free. Why should LP be imprisoned within our expectations? If one loves the album, lucky person – it’s not easy to find love in this world. If you one hates it for some reason, but consider himself still a fan, I believe that a critic, as long respectful and intelligent, review would also be regarded with respect and even interesse by LP…

  28. stefan1996 on July 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Every album is perfect. But some of the fans, like me, prefer nu-metal. Somethimes i get angry and write something that i don’t think, to say that ATS in shi*.

    But, are there fans who think that HT or Meteora aren’t good?-I think there are 5-10%.In case with ATS 25-35% of fans will say that is nothing when it’s compared with old stuff…
    I will be a loyal fan of LP till i die, but i’d like to hear some nu-metal in the next album… Maybe 4-5 songs, not much. Someone told me that Mike said on this site that he is not interested in nu-metal since 2005, is that true? I wouldn’t want you to lost a name of nu-metal band…
    Sorry for bad englishh!<3LP4ever!!

  29. didilp on July 7, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I totally agree.
    Since the beginning i’m a big fan of Lp, since the first time i heard “One step closer” and i never miss to paid each year since the Lpu03 (i couldn’t before, not much money) and never regret. I’m glad as all the years i have it.
    My first “M&G” was in 2007 in Zurich, i waited a few years but it was worth i was so happy to be taken. And i have been to the Lpu Summit in Hamburg that was a unique experience, amazing.
    many things to say but so thank you very much Mike for taking the time to write this article, for your amazing music and be attentive to your fans!
    And sorry for my bad english..

    Greetings from Switzerland :)
    -Diane

  30. devioustrouble on July 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    And my bad, thank you for replying to my entry as well as taking time to read it. :)

  31. devioustrouble on July 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    In reply to your comment Mike, I’d rather you guys play concerts and make music because as awesome as it would be to get a handshake, the music LP makes is just as good. Plus you guys do say thank you alot at your concerts to the fans, more than any other band I’ve seen live. So there are a lot of those 31 million fans on FB and the however many on Twitter, Myspace and where ever else who are getting thanked and just don’t realize it. ;)

    Also the fact you guys are still making music for us and touring is a huge thank you to us fans anyways, as well as little things too, really it’s almost an endless list all that LP does. You sure y’all aren’t immortal? Do you guys even sleep?

  32. melov on July 6, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Great way to put it Highland Park!!!!=)

  33. highlandpark1999 on July 6, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Excellent point Mike puts out there!
    People need to chill out & listen to “A Place For My Head” .

    I’m sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
    Sick of you acting like I owe you this
    Find another place to feed your greed
    While I find a place to rest

    I want to be in another place
    I hate when you say you don’t understand
    (You’ll see it’s not meant to be)
    I want to be in the energy, not with the enemy
    A place for my head

  34. rockpapayagermany on July 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Marilyne78 + Anothermikesfan = ………..
    I can’t find words for those kind of people…omg

  35. anacrisbennoda on July 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hey “ANOTHERMIKESFAN” you should be Paparazzi!! haha.
    Please guys, leave Mike alone. Of course he isn’t a bad person, quite the contrary, he’s a very nice guy. When a person is bad you just need to see into their eyes to know it, but when you look at Mike’s eyes you find sweetness.
    If you don’t like him, just get out. Nobody is forcing to love him.

  36. leenette on July 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

    @Marilyn78anotherfansmike I should ignore it but I can’t. When ladies act like crazy chicks, that means they understood they’ll never have a chance with the guy they want. Mike’s gorgeous, I fancy him too, but the fans will never date him. Get a life people, wether or not he’s divorced, married or single you’ll never get him. Drop it and leave him alone. THANKS.
    Let’s back to the subject now!

  37. wakavlp on July 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Melov is right: This is not the place to publish your lies and allegations!!!!
    Just shut the fu** up! Who do you think you are? Papparazi? No! You both are just stupid. Marilyne78 + Anothermikesfan= Jealous Liars!!
    don’t believe this comments! I’m sure it’s not true!

  38. melov on July 5, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Seriously AnotherMikes fan and Marylin??!!! This is not the place nor do we care about your negative comments!!! Get over it and drop it!!!

  39. anothermikesfan on July 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Oh and Mike’s really jealous of Chester. LOL now i’m really gone.

  40. anothermikesfan on July 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Anothermikesfan and Marilyne78= The same! Ah Russian ladies :). People try 2 hide the truth, and the truth hurts. According to Samantha Bennington mike’s very greedy with money he pays people with who he sleeps with to keep quiet he’s the worst guy on the planet!. He has cheated on Anna all the time, he’s divorcing, this guy doesn’t deserve to be in Linkin PARK he’s very abusive. Dave and Rob are aweseome though, And chester is gonna die from a throat cancer. Bye, i’m out now.

  41. regiw on July 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Mike’s a very smart guy – we all agree on that. In a time when all is changing so quickly, he is taking his time to listen to what people have to say. And as he seems to be curious by nature, this dialogue with the fans feels natural and comfortable – at least to me. I hope he gets the answers he is looking for as to the best way of marketing their music. As to the music itself, I’m looking forward to seeing what is coming next. Although they’re on the road for over 10 years now, I think that musically they’ve just started exploring all their possibilities. The future of music is happening right now – and we are part of it! Yes, I guess I’m a fan… LOVE MIKE! LOVE LP!

  42. rockpapayagermany on July 5, 2011 at 5:43 am

    I’m asking myself if Mike reads all these comments…must be a hard job. I read almost everyone’s. (:
    I am a fan since i am 11 or 12 years old…In the past I was sitting in front of the tv, just to see LP music videos.
    Yes: If you think you are a fan of LP then you are!

  43. tundrainbloom on July 5, 2011 at 5:36 am

    As far as i understand, for 5$ per month this organization instils order in the admirers-musicians communication and gives the opportunity to receive a kind of fetish bonuses – well, sounds very reasonable. Maybe this can be a weird feeling when you know that people have paid to look at you, to chat with you…but, folks, this organization has invented so many unique things to divert you with the maximum comfort for the musicians – i personally think that this is worth money.

  44. shugahcolby on July 5, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Hey Mike
    Im not going to type some long 4 paragraph comment on how I agree with you (because you will prob. never see it) but I did want to comment & kinda laugh at the sudden burst of positive comments. Because you distinctively stated that people are more likely to be negitive online, my fellow LP fans took it upon themselves to spam you guys with the same positive comments over & over. Its funny how easily some people get influenced :). I enjoyed reading all the comments posted before me & I am happy you touched on this subject because Ive been seeing alot of negitive things on the LP YouTube. Please continue to reach out to the negitive fans but dont forget us positives! :) @shugahcolby

  45. anacrisbennoda on July 5, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I like LP since i was 12. I i don’t have LP CD, i’m not a LPU member, i never went to LP concerts, but I LOVE LINKIN PARK!! I don’t know if you consider me a FAN but i feel like a FAN.
    Many “FANS” said CRAP about A Thousand Suns even LPU members, but who cares?
    I’m very sure that i am a HUGE LP Fan and i’m very pride of that.
    THANKYOU SO MUCH MIKE AND THANKS LINKIN PARK FOR TO BE PART OF MY LIFE.

    ANACRIS FROM PARAGUAY.

  46. hillomunkki on July 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Mike, you are totally right. “If you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan” is very well said. I’m glad LP thinks that way.
    And Mike, you are such a smart man, I really respect you : )

  47. susi88 on July 4, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    come on, choara…
    Don’t you see, that this girl only wants attention?? What the hell has this to do with the topic theme??
    ridiculous!

  48. choara on July 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Mike,
    first of all congratulation for this great concert in London. I watched it on my computer. It was a great surprise playing “Rolling in the Deep” and I know it wasn´t just for the guys standing in front of you, it was also for all LP-Fans out there.
    I just wanted to say, please say something to marilyne78. I know its beneath your level, but it´s also confusing and kind of disillusioning.
    At the moment, i don´t know what i should believe.
    Just say a few words to this charge, i´m sorry pleasing you for this.
    I totally agree with cabboy3, keepin´ your personal life out of this.
    But i think i´m not the only one who´s confused.
    best regards
    C.S.

  49. haw13200 on July 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    my favorite band. (CONT….)
    (…CONT)BUT Just because I’m not an LPU member, does NOT mean that I am any less of a HUGE LP fan! I may only be 16, but having the same band be my favorite band for five years now, I think, means a lot. And I think the fact that LP has the LPU or Twitter accounts or this blog means that all six guys want to be close to their fans, and that’s really what matters.

  50. haw13200 on July 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Do I consider myself a huge Linkin Park Fan? Yes, yes I do. Am I a part of LPU? No, no I’m not because I don’t have the money to do so, but if I did have the $$ to put into it, I would. But I wouldn’t join to prove that I’m a fan, to show off that little card and LPU# shirt, I would join so I could have that meet&greet chance. The added stuff like shirts and pre-sale tickets don’t mean as much to me as the chance to meet my favorite band. (CONT….)

  51. cabboy3 on July 4, 2011 at 11:54 am

    marilyne78 kinda out of order to bring Mike’s personal life into this

  52. babygirlshinoda on July 4, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Like, “WOW!” Seriously? I hope someday, you and Linkin Park finally solve these problems okay. Just remember Mike, they still fans…… That’s all I’m saying.

  53. anothermikesfan on July 4, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Agh i meant not an English native speaker… Sorry

  54. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:40 am

    ( this is why Anna has filed for divorce) he’s greedy with money, very jealous of Chester don’t pay 500 dollars

  55. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Mike uses and abuses of women, cheats on his wife all the time, pays the persons he sleeps with TO KEEP QUIET

  56. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    MONEY CAN CHANGES SITUATION, YOU’ll TELL YOUR MOM IT ESPCIALLY CHANGES PEOPLE LIKE HER ELDEST SON

  57. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:29 am

    IF YOU WANT ME TO SHUT THE HELL UP PAY ME.

  58. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:28 am

    SEEM YOU SLEPT WITH SOMEBODY YOU HAVEN’T PAID.

  59. marilyne78 on July 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

    And via MFR they even make us pay the meet and greet it’s a shame. Oh my comment is awaiting moderation, im gonna be censored, i’m not surprised anytime we speak the truth we are censored. Mike is not the guy you think he is This guy is a fraud. I know every American artist is like him but some are smarter and more discreet than he is, just saying. Truth=hurts

  60. cabboy3 on July 3, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Btw i’m all for giving to recieve and all that, I totally agree with what you said i’m just a bit confused!

  61. cabboy3 on July 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Can I just ask a question? I am 14 years old and have grown up with Linkin Park (one of my earliest memories being the Hybrid Theory Soldier on the wall of the bedroom I used to share with my 2 brothers). I love Linkin Park and am a huge fan. I attended your concert in Birmingham, UK last year and it blew my mind (still can’t beleive Chester forgot the words). I was a member of LPU9 and happily paid the $20 Annual Membership fee, I saved up for absolutely ages to pay it so I was quite upset to find that I could not join LPUX this year because you ramped up the fee to $60. Before you think i’m just playing out a sob story, im not I just can’t see why its so much more expensive.

  62. Alex Kondratenko on July 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Why do you think that the fans should give to you something material?Sometimes, human feelings matter more than trade relations.You sitting in a hotel room on tour, with a cup of coffee and a couple pieces of toast, while some of your fans have never visited other countries, didn’t feel support in their life, someone was sick severe disease, someone have died: but in spite of their lives, they love you, guys.They love you not because you’re cool rock stars.They love you because you’re was the only loved ones for them.They are grateful to you because you helped someone without even knowing it.There is fan’s gratitude that you can’t feel, as a band, and that is why you should remember it

  63. amyxlp on July 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

    The opinion of this from an actual member of LP has been a long time coming. You’ve got it bang-on with the money thing. Maybe I’m speaking out of term (and if xe.com is right with the current exchange rate) $60/£35 is a small price to pay annually for the amazing benefits that us LPU members receive. I’ve been a massive fan since 2001 and been in the LPU not long after that. Due to this, I have met the band twice. I also won 2x VIP tickets for the iTunes fest, thanks to the LPU auction, and will be meeting you again tomorrow. Everything you’ve said is just. If you want the benefits, you have to pay the price. It’s not like LP are making a profit off LPU; they don’t need/want to!

  64. aishalp on July 3, 2011 at 7:40 am

    many people can’t participate of LPU, this is really sucks! I don’t participate, because my parents don’t understand the love that I feel for you guys, but I can understand the privileges that LPUers have, they pay for something more. But I’m pretty sure that they are not better than the others fans! We are so good as much as they are! We are all soldiers and all fans have to understand this! [sorry for the bad english] :) ps:. I love you

  65. berksakalli on July 3, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I am a Fan since I have heard Papercut.
    After this is started to play my own music and it is very interesting that this “fan ” writes about things that he do not understand.
    My Comment EB

  66. odebrink on July 3, 2011 at 4:40 am

    +1 @ you Mike, especially the “If you think you are a fan, you are a fan” part.

    I actually bought my LPU annual membership just days ago, before that, I’ve considered myself as an LP fan for over 7-8 years, before I actually bought the LPU membership – Reason for why I didn’t buy it earlier? No clue actually! After buying it I can’t say I feel more like a “bigger fan” (yet?) – Maybe I will if I get the chance to participate in a M&G or w/e.

    Regarding raging youtube comments and such you’re absolutely right, you rarely seen, if you compare to negative comments, positive comments about stuff – For that I’d like to give emphasis to your way of being so creative and innovative!

  67. iamorzing on July 3, 2011 at 3:16 am

    to continue +1

    “If you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan.”

    I agree with that. I’m a LP fan, no matter the post which Mike you’d post about Dalai really made me a bit disappointing, I’m still being a fan of you guys.ha

    wtever,
    I’m looking forward to the live in Hong Kong on September.lol
    [Sorry for those tons of grammatical mistakes.]

  68. iamorzing on July 3, 2011 at 3:01 am

    to continue

    As I remember, The poll had a question asking”Who would you like LP?”(or sth. similar). One of the answer was “LP cares the fans” and I ticked that.

    To be fair,no matter I’m LPU member or not, I would say LP is really generous to fans. Free offical mp3 download and lots of clips (concerts/Making of) upload in Youtube etc. I don’t think any other band would doing like this. Everyone should rest content with this. Moreover, no one would point the gun front to ur head to force you joining LPU. It’s all about the law of microeconomic, supply and demand, and that’s it.

    Mad to swear the fans club 有料. lol

  69. iamorzing on July 3, 2011 at 2:50 am

    [conspiracy mode]
    ha, You said you were not angry.In fact, If you were really emotionless on that message, you would not be this concerned. (At least, it’s my first time to see Mike’s reply on Fans’ comments.) Maybe the content of message is wt you assumed.
    [/conspiracy mode]

  70. rtakeuti on July 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Nice post, Mike. I agree that, unfortunatelly, negative opinions drive people more faster than the positive ones. This is a serious issue to think about, `cos nowadays everything is on the net. The more negative opinions, the more negative the world becomes…
    To be honest, I didn`t apply for the LPU `cause living in South America is way too difficult to go to concerts in the US or other M&G events. I`ve got all 4 LP studio album + Live in Texas and Road to Revolution, but the one that I like the most is A Thousand Suns deluxe version! And, of course, the audio from the SWU concert, last year in Brazil. But, still, I consider myself a great fan of Linkin Park! Congratulations, LP!

  71. bbdoll9137 on July 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Mike-the issue stems from the LPU expense-it’s not feasible for starving students & isn’t beneficial to fans in some geographic areas. Maybe LP should hold lotteries for free memberships? I’ve been and LPUer since 2002 sure the price has escalated but so has the perks! The LPU CHI Summit(Jan 2011)was amazing! I watched the set up; walked on stage; molested your equipment; personally asked you(et al.)questions & won a guitar(a bid for MFR) w/LP’s autographs. I was selected for 2 M&G’s this yr(San Jose in Feb & the BFD last month-I was the chem-lite girl you noticed after the concert). It’s all part of being in the “inner circle”-not specifically an “important fan”. Thx!

  72. Nina Nine on July 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The people is resentful. Why? I don’t know. But all wants have everything and give nothing. The people is angry, confused, stressed. Everybody see the wrong things, and nobody see the good things.
    You all the time keep on us with the news, about everything you do, on FB, twitter, LP page, mike and joe page. And all that it’s free. And take you time put it and you don’t recived a dolar for the time that you was doing that.
    So people be more gratefull, because they are one of more news writes and more soon.

  73. nikilovelp on July 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    I read my comment and understood it’s stupid so I’d like to correct it:

    Last Sunday was the greatest day in my life ‘cause I saw YOU!!!
    It was the first concert I went to and it was your concert!
    I cried the most part of it, but I did that because I had too much emotions, I was too happy just because I saw you. That day I felt like you were near me(in fact I was in 1st line ^__^)

    And even if I am not a LPU member I am sure that You love me such as you love all the other fans
    I LOVE YOU <3<3<3

    sorry for my English^^

  74. nikilovelp on July 2, 2011 at 5:16 am

    I’m not a part of LPU but I’d like to join it the next year…

    PS. Mike you’re Great!!! I really love Linkin park. I was on your concert in Italy, you were really amazing!!!

  75. widya rahayu on July 1, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I was grinning at myself when i was reading your line: ‘(For us: check, check, check…)’ because that was sound like me (so thank you once again for checking out my works). As i ever wrote on my tweets to you, until now i can’t join the LPU yet. And i don’t wanna spam you with my reasons.
    But my apology, i’ve mentioned it so many times before, about the violation against the rules on the winner’s artwork on “Iridescent Artwork Contest”. Did you know about that?
    @Alexandra Nofi : thank you for bringing up the issue

  76. racingskies on July 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    The great thing about Music is that it hits people on a very personal level. And when the music and much more that LP creates and does as a part of the band, fans become attached to it and want some sort of association with it. Its like back in the times of school when the teacher starts talking about a place that you go every summer, and you want to stand up and SHOut to everyone that you have that connection to it. so basically people who arnt apart of LPU want that assosiation with the band but dont pay for whatever reasons (like id rather put the $ in savings for a new keyboard) but still want the world to know they (and i) live and breath LP. ill join LPU after my 2 year church mission

  77. erimarika on July 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    One thing about LPU,, I am a big fan of yours but I’m not a LPUer because, I’m afraid it’s not worthy enough to pay. Living in a city like Tokyo where I live, there is a really low chance to have an LPU summit here and LPU chat takes place midnight or very early in the morning(like 3:00am).

    Still, I love you and will always be your fan!!

  78. melov on July 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I’m not going to write a long, drawn out response. All I’m going to say is well said Mike!

  79. clbreeze on July 1, 2011 at 7:28 am

    I’m glad to see this post that u can say it as this clear to fans.

  80. kaoripo on July 1, 2011 at 6:37 am

    When people want to feel a sense of togetherness as LP fans, they will join in LPU. I am one of them. But I know some people who do not want to become “one of them”. Mike, one of the greatest things you can provide us is “the freedom of choice”. You are right. Someone who likes only one LP song, who does not want to communicate with other fans, or who don’t have enough money to join in LPU, thinks himself an LP fan, he is a fan!

  81. timetoswitch on July 1, 2011 at 5:01 am

    In a way, I think those people only want you to pay attention to what they say. It’s not even about money, the truth is that you guys could just make music and shows, sign autographs as every single band do, but you care about us probably more than you logically should and this all makes the difference.
    You give them something so they want more. Human being.

  82. ultimateshadow1936 on June 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    sure we have to pay no other fan will get the stuff that they offer, and those things cost, cds cost, t-shirts cost, the domain cost, EVERYTHING COST. i´m a fan of linkin park since HT and just before MTM i got in to the “club” it doesn’t mean that i didn’t like LP it means that i didn’t have cash. now i my make choices… i prefer to be and LPU M. instead of smoking for EX.
    Make your choices and stop trying to make make everything your way. doesn’t mean that you are not a fan just because you are not an LPU M. it means that you may not have access to certain things.

  83. linkinparkforever275 on June 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    just .. amen! Totally agree with you mike

  84. sabsyz on June 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    mike , you are reading the wrong comments xD please read my and melinas ;) we are discussing on Facebook, we think it is the decision of everybody to become an lpu member or not to pay or not….and i think the ppl who write such things are just jealous cz they dont have the chance at the moment to do the right things.. ???

  85. vilevermin on June 30, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Hi! Don’t think I’m ignoring this post, just because I’m going to ask you a off-topic question.. I actually posted my thoughts somewhere down there. :)
    My question is if there’s anywhere we can send “fan mail” or something like that to you (the band)?
    I’ve been searching everywhere for an address, but I couldn’t find any.
    And that’s why I’m asking you here instead :)
    Love Michelle

  86. pinguninjitsu on June 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Oh. I also wanted to say. The 3/5 stars on itunes is crazy. I remember when ATS came out, there was a lot of internet bashing of it. I thought it was really lame, because ATS was beautiful. I just don’t think those people gave it enough of their time. They heard a song they didn’t like and then skipped to the next one. In doing that they shattered the possibility of seeing what was there. Not to mention that going into it there was probably some sort of expectation.

    But hey, some of the best stuff isn’t truely credited right away.

    Its not much, but for this fan. ATS was exceptional and I loved every bit of it. :D

  87. pinguninjitsu on June 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    It’s always good to hear the accused give a full, thought out, truthful message in response. Hopefully it was read by people who needed to read it, and not just people who aren’t clouded by judgments, and realizes that anyone famous isn’t corrupt.

    One of the reasons I love LP and why I joined LPU was because I respect every member of the band. The fact that you all put effort into being a part of the LPU just makes it easier to see you as people and not epic beings. [Not saying you aren’t :) because you are all pretty damn amazing.]. Not to mention MFR and all the good that comes for that.

    So. Thank you Mike, Chester, Rob, Pheonix, Brad, and Joe :3 <3

  88. sweetnsmart on June 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Although it was a lot, money was wisely spent @ the auction (some drove prices up due to the cause :) ). Does MFR report on the progress in JPN? News media here are laying quite low currently, besides that Germany will not have any nuclear power plant any more in 2022… Big topic!

  89. sweetnsmart on June 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Great comment from Phoenix! He is so right. Ppl should use their time more wisely and broader their empathy towards each other! This is so not the case currently. As you wisely shown with GLORIOUS EXCESS. As another commenter stated you do manage a kindergarten. I believe most ppl are looking for some guidance since society is evolving so quickly and important lessons are not learned properly (eg treat ppl the way you want to be treated; be tolerant)
    I actually can’t believe that you took the time to roam through all comments. Thanks so much! That alone makes my day!
    *side note* I am grateful that I was able to meet you in Hamburg and that I got the HT Vinyl@auction. Now I got all :)

  90. jacrid on June 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Hi Mike

    I joined LPU in ’08. Why? I name it: The M&Gs, But after 15 shows, the only M&G I won didn’t take place. Sure it’s not all LPU offers. In fact, at the Summits in Hamburg I enjoyed anything else more than the M&G.

    Still, LPU is advertising with stuff like goodies, Chats and M&Gs. They are reasons why people join, so don’t the members have the right to critisize LPU if they think something could be improved, or ask for a explanation at least? Sure, they could be nicer but it’s not like the LPUHQ takes it serious. The answers I got were more like “Life isn’t fair sometimes” and “We don’t force you to join LPU”. I think that’s the other extreme, on the fanclub’s side.

  91. joanalp on June 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Hello Mike:)
    I mean now that you are doing a good job, because I, and how many other people like me, love your work. I love all music .. what I really wanted to attend a concert in Portugal, but that’s it!
    I was reading the comment, and a read that is similar to what I wanted to say ..
    I am a big fan of LP and yours: D is my favorite member of the band
    I wanted to be a member of LPU, but my parents will not let me ..
    even now, the questionnaire asked why there were not members of the LPU, and I said I do not know (I lied because I knew) .. was the only question that took me too long to answer ..
    big kiss for the band and for you *
    LP<3

  92. joanalp on June 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Hello Mike:)
    I mean now that you are doing a good job, because I, and how many other people like me, love your work. I love all music .. what I really wanted to attend a concert in Portugal, but that’s it!
    I was reading the comment, and a read that is similar to what I wanted to say ..
    I am a big fan of LP and yours: D
    I wanted to be a member of LPU, but my parents will not let me ..
    even now, the questionnaire asked why there were not members of the LPU, and I said I do not know (I lied because I knew) .. was the only question that took me too long to answer ..
    big kiss for the band and for you *
    LP<3

  93. Nina Nine on June 30, 2011 at 5:26 am

    My opinion: is it true that everyone is as big a fan as you create it, but honestly I can’t understand that people who talk about the old LP and the new LP, It’s immature want that you have 30 years old and it keep thinking like if you had 20 years old.
    My grandparents taught me that LOVE means, want, respect and admire the good things of something and understand, respect and accept the wrong things of something.
    I love “Hybrid Theory” like I love everyone of your CDs until “A thousand sun”, I don’t like all the same way, but I like all.
    Recently I knew about LPU, and when I find a job, I have no problem to pay. Because you give so much benefics for only $60 annual.

  94. tundrainbloom on June 30, 2011 at 4:55 am

    I can’t understand – what do complainers actually complain about? Luckily, the musicians are not a sort of machines but people who have the right to creative freedom as we all do. It is always great to hear new ideas being expressed in music. And in the case of a deadly lack of music euphoria one can try to create something by him/herself…

  95. arwapark on June 30, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Just Read Your Reply On That Sudi Arabian Guy’s Comment ..
    You Said: “i’m super-grateful for you and people like you” !
    Well, I Almost Have His Same Story ( But I’m From Syria ) So I Just Couldn’t Help But Say; We’re The Ones Who Are Super-Greatful For YOU !
    Thank You Mike ..

  96. joanalp on June 30, 2011 at 4:11 am

    Mike, how much is $ 60 in euros?
    How can I pay the deposit of the LPU in Portugal?
    I wanted to be a member of the LPU but I find it difficult to pay because I have no idea how much is $ 60.
    I love LP<3

  97. ba1210 on June 30, 2011 at 4:07 am

    WOW! Your post has caused a great debate!I love these things.It is primarily an exercise for me, since I do not speak English very well!!Thanks for that too. ;)

  98. DS_insomniatic on June 30, 2011 at 3:27 am

    First of all, I have to say that I am not a LPU member. I don’t think that the members of LPU love more Linkin Park than the non-members of LPU. Secondly, there are no ‘first class’ and ‘second class’ LP fans. I guess that all the fans of Linkin Park like you because of your music. Thirdly, it is worth for a fan to be member of LPU if he/she likes it. Last but not least, for me, a real fan is not the one who is only member of LPU or has attented lots of shows, but who also supports always LP, whatever the band does.
    PS: Don’t be bothered by annoying tweets and comments. LP are the best for me!
    DS :)

  99. nightrose64 on June 30, 2011 at 2:47 am

    mike. i thought of a few ideas to make LPU a more attractive package. more perks! like the video library is cool and all. BUT people can easily YouTube that content for nothing.

    and the cover you and chester did of Rolling In The Deep was really good. made me appreciate how well the original song was written. anyway. maybe you can include live recordings of these kind of performances from the summits or even a studio recording. that would be sweet.

    btw. why cant the band fund the LPU themselves? ha!

    Alan

  100. rockermeg on June 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

    It’s pretty great that you went out to answer this.
    I was an LPU member for 2 years, and haven’t got round to paying again. TBH $60 is totally worth all the things you get; I’m surprised it’s not more.

    I thought of an analogy for this: people on xbox/ps3 playing games with a headset who often get annoyed at people playing with/against them online. They shout and curse. In real life they wouldn’t dream of speaking out. They are angry because they aren’t doing as well as they would have liked. But to achieve anything you have to give time and effort, much like with the LPU.

    When did society get to the point where we aren’t thankful for the music artists give?

  101. lpwithme on June 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Frankly, I don’t understand – what r u people fighting aboot..
    Asking stupid questions like -“why is that soooo expensive” ‘n’ such…
    I mean 60$ per yeah is too expensive 4 u? I bet u spend way more money on booze and video games and other crap..
    Besides this all is simple – IF U DON’T WANNA BUY, THAN DON’T..
    Who’s making u to?

    LP-4EVAR!!!!!!
    LPU-4EVAR as well !!!!

  102. 我不再是路人甲! on June 30, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Sorry mike, I’m an economic idiot. Can you explain to me why the LPU cost would be suddenly so high?

    Your super fan! XX

  103. raulmahshid on June 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    omg!mike you’r so kind like angel it’s so clear & becuase of this I love lp &never feel that I’m not lp fan although I’m not lpu member.so I’m wonder how can some people jadge & say something wrong about you!!!!!!!!!love lp forever(mahshid)

  104. daniromanian on June 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    i dont have the money to be in LPU but i still love linkin park music and i always do! cant wait for the next album!!!

  105. Tiziana on June 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I am totally amazed that you actually are sooooo close to your fans and non-fans reading your blog.
    guess it’s what social networking is all about with the new technologies…

    makes me regret even more I cannot get to see you tonight in Werchter :-(

    have fun there… it’s your first time in Belgium… you might be surprised on how much love they’ll send you when you’ll be on stage !!

    Kisses to all of you from Brussels !!!!!!

  106. biloxibutterfly on June 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Mike, so you do read your tweets which is amazing considering the volume you must receive. I’ve been a member of LPU for less than a year and I didn’t join with the thought of what will this membership do for me but how can I support this band of distinctively gifted individuals who come together seamlessly and make magic. I got a chance to see ya’ll in ATL and I’m still bumpin’ the free download :)I like to support artist I believe in and LPU gives me the chance to do that. Cheers! There will always be negative people but in the end, it doesn’t even matter…love will reign. Be encouraged, you are loved.

  107. nlopezdearenosa on June 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    JazzyRulez… I do have a job… my paycheck goes to my pets, school, food and mainly Linkin Park things just like you. And yes, it is definitely worth it just as you say. (: (And sorry Mike, but my comment part deux got posted twice. Sorry for the ‘spam’)

  108. lpglennlp on June 29, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    HEY MIKE
    Maybe i can help exlain where some of the anti-LPU comments are coming from: I am a huge LP fan, i even have the logo tatted on my arm, and although ive never even had a single negative tought about LP, i cant help but be extremelly jealous of the LPU…Everytime i visit LP.com i see alot of photos and videos of LPU summits and meet n’greets and i immediatly think, “when/if LP come to my country im gonna miss out on any possible Summit, Meet n’greet or any chance to meet my absolute #1 favourite band”. This is obviously upseting. And some people may decide ta vent the anger they feel from this by ripping on the LPU and complaining that its “unfair”.
    -Glenn

  109. anidawehi on June 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    My eclecticism in the wonderful world of music is only surpassed by my passion for it, so I will probably never be a member of a fan club. If I were, I’d be continually broke, as there are so many amazingly TALENTED individuals who share in my passion. You can’t really put a price on the talent of these people, but I will and DO spend a lot of money on concerts to support them. Some are a continual occurrence each and every time they play wherever my wandering and wayward soul may be at the time. Although it takes money to see/hear your favorites, it should be kept in mind that a fan is fan, whether they can afford a concert/fanclub or just listen to the radio. Food for thought :)

  110. brunarj on June 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Hey Mike i dont know if you gonna read that, anyway i just want to say that i always thought like you said, if we care about the band, like the songs and respect you guys we are a fan. By the way i think is just a few ppl who think like that, i know some ppl from lp.com(LPU members or not) and they never “fight” because of it. Well is very nice that you said that for people who don’t get it ;) thats why i like you!!!
    Ahh i know that have a long time the blog changed but i forgot to say: i love it!! is cool change sometimes!!!!

    Great concerts in the tour!!!

  111. jazzyrulez1991 on June 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    to Nlopez dear, if you were a huge LP fan like ME. Maybe if you got a job like me, Worked fulltime and spent everyday at work like I did, maybe you would have been able to go to many concerts, and buy heaps of merchandise like me such as what i got chester tshirts, posters, dvds, cds, bandannas, mugs, necklaces, badges, souvonires and so on. I spend ALL MY MONEY on chester merchandise and every cent has been worth it. shows my Dedication hey!
    Will always love chester Bennington as my number 1 IDOL. 12 years on and still counting. xxx

  112. nlopezdearenosa on June 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    (le continuation!) But for LPUX- yes, I had to eat very little for a whole month to afford the $60 (…college…) and I knew it didn’t mention the package…but it was my choice, and for a private listening party for a precious album? It was the most beautiful experience I’ve had, and I cried smiled and laughed, and it was worth it. You’re so dedicated to ALL of us- thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys just keep being yourselves. Take care, Mike!

  113. nlopezdearenosa on June 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    (le continuation!) But for LPUX- yes, I had to eat very little for a whole month to afford the $60 (…college…) and I knew it didn’t mention the package…but it was my choice, and for a private listening party for a precious album? It was the most beautiful experience I’ve had, and I cried smiled and laughed, and it was worth it. You’re so dedicated to ALL of us- thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys just keep being yourselves. Take care, Mike! (By the way… any chance at all of there being poster prints for your Alice piece? It was stunning…)

  114. nlopezdearenosa on June 29, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for recognizing this huge debate. I got some harsh treatment from LPUers I met in the early years when I decided I hadn’t been too happy with LPU6, so I didn’t join 7-9. Called me a traitor and I should join whether the t-shirts are cool or not- yeah, I totally didn’t dig the designs after that, but so what? I have every flippin’ cd/dvd- and 7 different “versions” of ATS; I’m happy with THAT support for the band. (I have to cut my comment in half and post twice because it keeps saying I have more than 700 characters)…

  115. adaminator1 on June 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hi Mike. I just want to say I really love Linkin Park and have been a fan since In The End started playing on our TV’s at home in NZ. I never ended up purchasing a CD until a couple years ago, and now I own all the studio albums and have both the CD/DVD and digital iTunes version of A Thousand Suns, my favorite album to date. I’d be a member of the LPU if it were more reasonably priced, 60 USD is a lot more when converted to NZD and I haven’t found a reason to justify the purchase yet as you guys haven’t come to NZ yet! Keep up the good work! Also, this video I animated is rather popular, and people like the use of A-Six so you might enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqzVMptRpm0

  116. handsheeldhigh on June 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    heres the link of the foto of my tat

  117. handsheeldhigh on June 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Sorry Mike I know its not the topic but I want to show you something. I already wrote that I’m fan since 8 years and there’s no end in sight. I’ll listen to lp when I’m old and crinkly haha.
    I made this one in february this year :
    [IMG]http://i54.tinypic.com/1yr721.jpg[/IMG]
    Hope that u can see it (if not please copy the link and paste)
    I get the lyrics from the song “and one” tattooed on my skin. Not to catch your attencion, just to show you HOW MUCH lp music touches my heart. there were many reasons to get this tattooed. at first I just fell in love with this part of the song, I just love it. The words, how u say them, what they mean.

  118. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hey Mike. At first thank you for this post. It is really a good feeling to read that Linkin Park is really caring about us. I am a 31 year old father of a three year old boy, i am only telling that because i want to mention that you do not only have younger fans. :) Oh, and i am from Germany so please excuse some errors here. School time is long ago and i am not that often on englich IRC-Chat channels anymore ;)

    I listen to music since i was 3-4-5 years old. I have a ten years older brother which shows me a lot of music which a kid at this age would normally not listen too. My first cassette was from depeche mode.

  119. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    And i even liked bands like Status Quo. When i get a teenager i listen to a lot of techno stuff, even rotterdam-hardcore. Later i went to a lot of german music, maybe you know the german band Tocotronic?

    I was a real fan of them and of some other bands and musicians too. But i never got the chance to “visit” them. I only could buy their records and concerts tickets and merchandise stuff and thats it. So i forgot about all this “fan” thing and just listen to music and i really don’t care about who sing it.

  120. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I must say i discovered Linkin Park really late. It was Faint when i thought “Wow, that is really cool stuff”. But the first CD was Minutes to Midnight. When i listen to this album first i was not really happy with it. I guess all this sound were too much for me and my ears but after some time i recognized how amazing this stuff was. Chesters voice, all this instruments, the whole arangement was so great. So i have to visit a concert. My first Linkin Park concert was in Frankfurt. I visit a lot of concerts before. Even from big stars like Coldplay or Depeche Mode. They were all good, but this Linkin Park concert was a big blast for me.

  121. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    So i become a Fan again. A fan from Linkin Park. I buyed all your records and listen to them all day long during my work as web developer.

    I was really disappointed that it took so long time for a news album. But on the other hand i was happy like a little child to get this new album from my favorite band. I looked at Amazon and all those comments were crap. “This is not Linkin Park” … and stuff like that.

    And i don’t know why but after reading all those comments i don’t buy the record. And that sucked. At some day during cooking i heard “Waiting for the end”. I was so shocked, because i was the dumbass not to buy your record because of some stupid comments at Amazon.

  122. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    And finally i want to say something about this LPU thing. I joined LPU becauce i want to visit a summit and i really want to get closer to Linkin Park. As i mentioned before i never got the chance to have a meet and greet with some of my beloved german bands.

    I buyed tickets for your concert in Hamburg and then after it was clear that there will be a summit i did everything to get those tickets for the summit. And what should i say? I shacked hands with you, you signed something for me and 200 people got a little private concert. The organizing by Corie, Hugo and Adam was just great. The best thing was that my wife and me win “tickets” to see the show from the side of the stage.

  123. relxde on June 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I mean. How amazing was this? The best rock band in the world and i get so close to them. YOU REALLY CARE about your fans. I can read your blog, twitter and so on. I get ALWAYS answer from the LPUHQ via e-mail or twitter. I am feeling part of Linkin Park. And when i think about how many people in the world love you, it is amazing to be so close as a fan.

    Yes, ofcourse i would love it to talk to you or the whole band about your music, and what i think about it. But I KNOW that this is only a dream, because there are a lot of people telling you things about your music and you got so many fans that you can not care about every one of them.

  124. rubenbosch92 on June 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Dear Mike,

    I’ve been a fan since 2005. I enjoyed HT and Meteora alot. But, for me when MTM and ATS came out, I really started being a “true” fan of LP.

    All this while I have never been a paid member of LPU. So yeah to conclude my message I have to agree with you by saying that ”the best” Linkin Park fans do not have to be a member of LPU.

    Rergards,

    Ruben

  125. LPAida on June 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Oh and I just have to say that yes, being part of the LPU was amazing and it got me a meet and greet which I’ll always have fond memories of. This year around however, at the show in Sweden I was not a part of the LPU but it didn’t make me feel any less of a “superfan”. In fact, what made me even more proud to be an LP-fan that day, was yet another opportunity that you had given your fans that I was lucky enough to be a part of, namely helping out with raising money for Music for Relief (an initiative which in itself says a lot about who the guys of Linkin Park are and what they stand for and believe in). Lots of love to you guys, keep it up <3

  126. LPAida on June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I have considered myself as a loyal LP-fan ever since I bought Hybrid Theory. I’m not part of the LPU today, I’ve been before but what makes me feel like a “superfan” has everything to do with the music. For me Linkin Parks music has always been the most important factor, the way it affects me, the way it makes me feel and the way it helps me relate to you guys. I wish to believe that we as fans can show our appreciation and love for you guys by buying the CDs, loving the music and coming to the shows, cheering and singing along as loudly as our lungs allow us to because I think that’s the strongest way we can get our message across and I’ll keep doing just that

  127. alinaelf on June 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Dear Mike,
    That is a very long post for someone who just got off the stage after a breathtaking and intense performance. On my way back from the concert yesterday, I was thinking: what do you guys do after a performance like this? (I, for one, was falling asleep on a passenger seat of my car, voice-less and mesmerized). Well NOW I know. Ha.

    I am not a member of LPU, but being a LP fan doesn’t mean being a part of a group or a club. For me, it’s in my heart, along with faith and love and other things important to me. I admire the work you do, and all I can hope for is that you won’t be torn down by a flock of pissed fans. Now go rest up and make us some music :-)

  128. kaverta on June 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    hi Mike,
    I’m not a LPU-member, I guess I wasnt good enough in dealing with internet before to get what it all was about. But I listen to Ur albums since Im a teenager, so i do think Im a fan. Everyone’s just different at that, some want stickers, tshirts&the feeling they’re closer to U to be fully satisfied, and some are more than happy with the music U create. So this is an endless debate, though that doesnt mean it’s pointless. Since U can be heard by many people i appreciate U actually want us to start to THINK. It’s a responsible and worthy way to deal with the amount of attention U get. Thanx for that and please keep going.
    +Thnx for the great show in Munich!Come back soon:)

  129. papazack on June 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    If anything it makes me appreciate that you are reading the tweets and when people do say something negative it actually gets at you. Very impressive. I had thoughts of joining LPU just because I have a truly amazing picture of Mike from a concert in february, that I want to get autographed and would be willing to do almost anything to get it signed. I just got my first job out of college and I will probably be making the leap to LPU. The only problem I had with the blog post was that you said the fans are quiet if they are content,I am more than content with what is being done. As long as LP keeps putting out great music I wouldn’t listen to what the vocal minority says

  130. Tiziana on June 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Brilliant !!

    Marketing Customer Experience explained for music fans :-)

  131. linkinlady06 on June 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you so much for addressing this mike
    I cant stand negative comments that people say to the band like this
    I’ve been a fan from the beginning but i wasn’t able to join lpu till lpu 6, with that being said even without the membership i was still a super fan because of my love for the band and how your music touched me and made me feel something and the fact that linkin park loves all their fans regards if they’re in lpu or not.
    So all i can say is Linkin park will always have a place in my heart and no one can take that feeling away.

  132. shadowluz07 on June 29, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Great blog post.

  133. avaclaire88 on June 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

    On concert in Hamburg this year there was a girl behind me who said how unfair it is that LPU people get the chance getting in the hall at first. She said she was standing infront of the hall long enough and I answered to her that we were on our feet as long as her. But I think like you, that every fan is important. Everyone give in the way he want and need it. Simply listen to the musik is saying Linkin Park did a well done job, visiting a concert is screaming I want to see you, read an article is wanting to know what you are thinking about. So where is the difference between how much time I spend doing that things? There is nothing… because everyone is sharing something of hisself.

  134. pazitlipo on June 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    hi mike
    while i agree with most of what you wrote, i have to say that the amount of effort one puts into the relationship with its favorite band should also be appreciated with accordance to one’s life circumstances.
    for me, a 37 year old mom from Israel, being a member of LPU feels unrealistic, nor meant for people like me, although i’ve loved the band since Hybrid Theory. maybe if i had been 20 years younger…
    anyway, the concert you gave in Israel was amazing. thanks for making a little dream come true
    love you guys

  135. joesfan007 on June 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

    haha i wrote exactly 700 letters and there was an error and now the stupid thing is gone :D
    so i just say the main parts:
    mike, you are amazing
    ATS is also amazing and im happy that there are still people who understand that they have to listen to the vocals, the voice, to you(…) to understand your newest album correctly.
    and im also happy that you are famous because most famous people are just….not very smart.
    so BIG THANKS for LP, for FM, for MFR, for your art on the albums and your great paintings, and thanks for being such an amazing guy :’) i read the wohle post and i’m neraly crying (!)
    you’re my favourite artist (btw i think you should try to act ;) )

  136. brysislupin on June 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Thank you for this Mike! Some time ago I thought people wouldn´t look at me as a real LP fan just bcause I wasn´t an LPU member SO I joined LPU but guess what? I feel exactly the same way. I dont feel more or less love for you guys. Being a fan is not about how much stuff you buy or how many concerts you´ve been. It´s about what you feel for the band and the songs. What they mean to you.
    Thank you again

  137. evik90 on June 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Thank you, Mike, to be so honest and try to clear the things up. I appreciate that you want to know our oppinions (like the poll which I missed unfortunately).
    I think the money is the biggest problem. You know, previously you could get a special CD, a guitar pick, personal letter, T-shirt and so on. It’s better to have a tangible presents than a chance to download videos and a hope to meet you during the year. Some fans can be angry but I understand you – there are new possibilities (e.g. the Summit). Nothing is for free.
    And ATS? It’s not my most favourite album but you have to listen deeply to hear the hard work! That’s the difference I like ;)

  138. kaathiii on June 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

    First: in my opinion every single word you said Mike is right!
    And a true fan have this on the wall: check it out!

    http://yfrog.com/h4nmt9j

  139. handsheeldhigh on June 29, 2011 at 10:12 am

    lp loves us for being fan and nor for being lpu member!

  140. handsheeldhigh on June 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    its a very interesting topic.Im fan since im 10 years old,now Im 18 and joined lpu 2 weeks ago.I never felt less important to the band when I wasnt a lpu member.of course beeing lpu member gives you more opportunities like meet&greets and special merchandise but its not the point.the point is what u feel and think about the band and their music and what it means to you.there aren’t”first class members/fans”,all fans have something in common:linkin park. it doesn’t matters how much someone pays for beeing part of a fanclub or not.I love linkin park with all my heart since 8 years and I NEVER felf second-classed.So I think its just stupid to say LPUers are the “better” fans.

  141. lpglennlp on June 29, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Im not in the LPU,(if my dad would let me join i would be) But i’ve never once felt like Linkin Park care less about me than the someone in the LPU. Its not like the guys in the band tell all the tour, album and music vid information with just the LPU, they tell all fans on LinkinPark.com, MikeShinoda.com and through twitter and facebook. I honestly dont understand how any Linkin Park fan can say that theyre not cared about as much as they “should be”

  142. Rockstarme-Anstice on June 29, 2011 at 9:14 am

    ITAK1188 – Personally, I think it’s not so much to do with “trying harder” as it is the luck of the draw when it comes to getting posts replied to. I can’t speak for Mike, but I know if I got, say, 1000 comments a day, I would skim through and read probably every 100th comment. If there are particular comments that just warrant a reply, they generally get one.

    I think you’re trying just fine, sweetness =) No need to feel like you aren’t trying hard enough. I know you’re an amazing fan, and so does Linkin Park!

  143. ts4u on June 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Thanks.

  144. ts4u on June 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Can u pleae check this out ?

  145. ts4u on June 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Hey Mike I’ve been a fan since.I’ve been a member of LPU in 2007-2008 and i enjoyed the experience so i encourage everyone to be a part of it at least once…and please if you have time check these videos man.Thanks

  146. lpfan99 on June 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Hey Mike like you say if think your a fan your a fan .and i know im a fan since 1999 and know my kids are also from my daughter 17 who loves chester to my boys that are 14 ,7 and 2

  147. itak1188 on June 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

    This is the first time I have ever responded to a post. I guess the only reason I never reply is because I feel it will go “unheard” There are so many comments that are left each post, how can you possibly read each one. Same thing with Facebook. I have left comments on there, but I don’t necessarily expect it to be read by anyone except whoever comes right after me. Not because I am not a super fan (I totally am), but I feel so small in such a big community. Sorry. Will try harder in the future.

  148. bleedinggreen62 on June 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Mike, i’ve enjoyed your blog and everything you touched on. To me, being a super fan is not about how much you buy, or what fan club you in. It’s about how much you enjoy the music, how much the music moves you. Speaking from experience you music has moved me and helped me in everyday life. Listening to LP to find some guidance, to make a day better, or just to rock out. From Hybrid Theory to A Thousand Suns, From LPU exclusives such as Qwerty to Not Alone. LP music is from the heart, no matter what is being sung about. To me, if you feel that way about Linkin Park music, then you are super fan.

  149. cherrybubble89 on June 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

    A Thousand Suns…

    Well, imagine you would eat Pasta and Pizza every day for about 10 years. Wouldn’t you get sick of it? Yes you would!
    People need variety and thats what we get with ATS!
    It’s like a nice Schnitzel with french fries! (mhmm..Schnitzel.. yummie!)
    If you guys would not have changed your style, you wouldn’t be as successfull and famous as you are now and we all now that.
    People say “This ain’t LP anymore…!” Totally disagree!
    It sounds so different, brandnew, but it’s still unique and in a LP-Style!

    To that tweet:
    People have bad days and say things they may regret later on.You also showed with this article, that you DO care! You’re awesome <3

  150. showmihomi on June 29, 2011 at 6:03 am

    ooh between the superfan, the gigafan, the underground fan, I don’t know where I belong anymore. Is there a category “fan in denial” i could fit in? the LPU thing, it does matter to some and not to others. It can be frustrating (for me, it would be not being able to go to the show). However they don’t know how lucky they are. Growing up in a time without the net, no twitter, no facebook, the only thing you could get from your favorite artist is a vinyl record. If you’re lucky you saw him/her on TV. and here we are and M. Shinoda actually talks to the fans. god bless the internet.

  151. nuppu85 on June 29, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Mike hun, you obviously opened the Pandora’s Box here lol :D

  152. aline4lp on June 29, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I am a “super fan” and also a member of LPU, but only the experiences and opportunities (I’ve met you at a Summit, talked in chat…) seperate me from others who can be a hardcore fan as I am. At concerts I met fans who are with you for many years whihout being in the LPU, but that doesn’t make them “worse” fans.

    Your post is really great, Mike.

    There are some things that I never realised e.g. the thing with negative comments… but it’s so true.

    I will always support & love you without trying to be the “most important, most hardcore, die hard, whatever” fan.

    And thank you Mike for taking the time to write this to us!!!!

  153. spraypaintninkpens on June 29, 2011 at 2:23 am

    As an LPU member from 2003-2010, I feel compelled to speak up.
    The LPU, like mostly everything associated with the LP was greater in the past because of the following:1) The community was more active- which leads me to 2) Price. It was like 19.99 for a t shirt bundle/ cd & year membership.(I know, prices never stay the same but the price tripled).
    3) A lot of the new “perks” are only valid for a few users who live near summits or near a cpu 24/7 for the spontaneous band chats.
    4) Waiting 4 years for a 8 track cd. Sporadic use of rock or rap.
    You used to be my favorite band of all time. I’m just very disappointed and shocked by how your music has changed since 06. Sales=/quality.

  154. xander0387 on June 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Hey Mike, I posted a comment on facebook but I don’t know if you will be able to find it since there is so many responses. I went ahead and posted the same thing to my newly created wordpress account in hopes that you would take a minute to read it.

    http://xander0387.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/to-mike-shinoda/

  155. sabsyz on June 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Mike what have you done here ???? xD

  156. icecold25 on June 29, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I’ve never been into LPU and I don’t think I will bee until I get a stable job. But even if we are not LPU members I don’t think we have reasons to complain. You guys do care about the fans, given the fact that your website is basically a social network. You post news almost daily and you even tried to chat with us on Ustream. To bad it was to much spam. I made a lot of friends tanks to you guys, people who I have something in common with. Thank you for caring for us, Mike!
    The world would be a darker place without you guys. Thank you for existing in this word! And if you can, don’t wait another 3 years for the next record!!
    I’m gonna go and watch Transformers 3 now.

  157. Rockstarme-Anstice on June 29, 2011 at 1:00 am

    “I think the thing that irritates me the most about this debate is the fact that people still think that everything should just be handed to them for free (or at least at a discount to what everyone else is paying)…”

    My reply was far too long to post here – so, as I always do, I’ve put in in my blog – finish reading here: http://rockstarme.deviantart.com/journal/41829977/

  158. fanlp37 on June 29, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I am 7 years old can not become a member of LPU, because i do not have the opportunity to transfer money out of Russia itself. This year was possible and I’m happy to do so. It’s great when you feel part of a cohesive single entity….

  159. serex75 on June 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Hi Mike,
    perfectly agree with you…but the feeling is to be a second-rate fan…I quote: “The people who join are paying for products and service. Those things cost money to create, therefore the club has a cost.” I do agree but I need to pay also to talk to you, this is not a product nor a service … I’m not a teenager and what I want more is no gadgets or stuff but to talk and have a sort of relationship with you as I see that it’s somehow possible in these last years. In the past rock bands were really far away from their fans (some still are!!!) and you are really changing this attitude and I think it’s one of the best thing you can do!!!
    keep on rockin’
    cheers
    Serena

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      Right. And you don’t need to pay. Sometimes, it just happens. Like right now.

  160. cescopag on June 28, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Dear Mike,
    I don’t see subscribing LPU so much different from purchasing a deluxe edition of an album (extra gadgets, bonus tracks…) or buying a ticket for a particular show (Summit…) So there are no questions about it, it’s just a choice of the fan to buy or not to buy this products.
    For what a band should do for their fans, there are no “requirements”. You are not supposed to do videochat with all fans (try to manage a chat with hundred thousand fans…), or do meetings open to everyone. Comparing to other bands, what you share to regular fans (as I am) via twitter, youtube or your blogs is much more than many other bands do out there. So keep doing what you do, as you do. Bye!

  161. george23wagner on June 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    hopefully your Blog doesn’t crash down after so many Comments! HA! ;)

    TO EVERYONE: You don’t need to be a LPU Member to be a LP Fan. Everyone is a first class Fan! “Wrong” or “Right” doesn’t even exist. And LP cares about every single fan.

  162. efevral on June 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Mike! Thank you for your post, it’s open up our eyes.
    There are so many fans that love ATS but keep this opinion in mind, meanwhile those who dissatisfied with your current work speak very loud. I’m one of those who click “like” on Linkin Park Facebook and never write any review for you guys. Maybe I should be more active to speak up my opinion for you guys ^__^

    I’m not member of LPU but for sure I’ve grown up with your music and in love to your music for 11 years, I am a fan of you. It’s not about the tittle of member or non LPU member, it’s about how you love the music.

    PS: I will attend your concert in Jakarta-Indonesia on September 2011. Looking forward ^__^

  163. therosko on June 28, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    To be honest, I’ve been listening to people saying many different things. Some would be disappointed that they have to pay 60dollar per year and are even using arguments such as “Korn has a free fan club”. I cannot agree, since we pay for what we get, as you also clearly said. I think people should appreciate the possibility of being so close to all of you, guys, and not only complain. On the other side, there are people such as some of those who I met at the summit, who agreed with me as I said that every singe cent spent on LP and LPU is worth it, because we simply get what we want!Thank you, guys, for everything!
    Rossi – the girl with the LPUChat book from the summit :)

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

      I stand behind the idea that no “free” fan club is as awesome as LPU. Most of them are barely better than the stuff we do anyway, on linkinpark.com, our blogs, and Twitter. That’s my position, take it or leave it. HA

  164. dcl1982 on June 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Some of my LPU friends on facebook have complained about this in the past. One of them has even told me that, since I’m not a LPU member, if I were to ask you something on here, I would not get a response from you because you feel it’s more important to cater to the LPU members and leave the rest of us on the waysaide… I don’t believe that statement for a minute. Also, I’m not in the LPU cause of money, and don’t really have the transportation I would need to attend a summit or go to a concert outside of Los Angeles. I feel blessed enough to have seen you guys in concert once, and gone to both of your GLX openings, and to have met you at both artshow openings.

    ATS RULES, btw!!!

  165. erimarika on June 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Thanks vm for posting this mike. Your article shows how you care your fans(LPU and non LPU) so much and I think you are a man of integrity (誠実).

    I always enjoy your posts, and will always be your fan. Your live in Sep in Tokyo is something I am looking forward to most this year!

  166. xplainthought on June 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Mike,
    Great post, made me rethink my own attitude towards the band. Having previously been in LPU, meeting you guys when you came to Australia(the first time) was one of the most amazing things for me to experience (even though I was first in line and fairly got pushed out by bouncers and none of my pics came out as I used a disposable camera and was told not to use my flash though others were allowed to and did). Being young and naive I was a bit put off by this, and felt that staying in the LPU wasnt worth the price due to less support for nonamerican audiences. I am happy to see this changing for the positive and will always be an LP fan as my musical tastes continue to diversify.
    Aron

  167. lenatsun on June 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I think LPF are the luckiest fans in the world, because you guys are really care about your fans. No matter they are from LPU or not THE REAL LPF will always think that he is a fan! Every real fan is a superfan, Yes! They won’t have such ideas as you mentioned at the beginning of the post. I can’t understand them at all, maybe they need time to grow up. Finally LPU is not a measure to define if you are superfan or not!
    P.S. ATS is an awesome album!❤

  168. arumiko on June 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I just got off of a 12 hour shift working in the ER and read that entire blog post…I’d say that I’m a huge fan! ;) (whether or not I’m a member of LPU)

  169. thethickcrow on June 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I’m not writing to join in the debate, but just to say thanks for these detailed and loveful answers and the effort for trying to explain; Thanks!

  170. jdub023 on June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Mike- this is my first post ever on a blog. I felt inspired to sign up and spread some positive energy by saying you could not of said it better.

    I have been a huge LP fan ever since The Hybrid Theory and agree that only the fan can determine if they are truly a “superfan” LPU member or not.

    Now, I will say, I am not currently an LPU member but have been in the past. Now with that said, I have never felt any less of a fan due to not having a membership or not. It’s simply a choice.

    The fact is that Linkin Park does a tremendous job at making themselves available to ALL FANS that are willing to take the extra step reguardless of if it means waiting in line for a meet-and-greet or purchasing an LPU membership.

    At the end of the day LP is one of, if not the most fan-friendly bands. LP does not have to be so fan friendly and will still sale records. A lot of other bands do not give their fans anything in return.

    Well said Mike, thats why I admire you, support LP and continue to read your posts.

  171. lot321 on June 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    whether im a super, or 1st class or wateva term ppl may think of….i’ve been a fan of LP since 2001….my motto has always been ”LP4LIFE” \m/ ^_^ \m/

  172. jozzie8 on June 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Mike I just want you to know that I am not a member of the LPU but I am and always will be a Linkin Park fan, not just because of your amazing music but because you have never forgotten the fans.

  173. Daya on June 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I’m not going to broach the LPU argument. If people want to gripe and moan about it ’cause they’re broke or think it’s unfair, that’s their issue.

    I just wanted to use this space to say that I’m one of the ones who LIKED “A Thousand Suns” and reviewed it positively (five stars, I believe) on Amazon. (I’m D.S. Ryelle)

  174. zzaacc on June 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    first, i would like to commend you on this. i think if it was someone else in the same position as you, they would try and suck up to the fans and be…comforting? not the word im looking for but i cant think of anything else.
    i completely agree with you saying its a give/take thing, because it is. people who dont put in extra, shouldnt expect extra and then whine about not getting extra.
    i consider myself a ‘superfan’ of LP, as well as everything each individual has done outside LP, but it would be stupid of me to complain that i dont get the LPU perks
    second,have you heard of TechN9ne 0r Krizz Kaliko?
    Lastly, would you/any1 be interested in designing an LP tatt?zac_dcruz@hotmail.com

  175. bzee on June 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    You are awesome. There are reasons for choosing to be member or not, but we don’t need reasons to be Linkin Park’s fans except that we LOVE your musics :)

  176. whosmurry on June 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Apropos of the fan reviews: As a “super fan,” I’m really irked by people who don’t own up to what they like. Mumford is a great band, but they’re also the most people-say-they-it-like-just-to-sound-cool band of the year. Somewhere along the way, guilt by association methinks, LP became a guilty pleasure. This sucks and is undeserved.

    But that you went to the trouble to write a thoughtful essay about the banality of fandom, to me, indicates a level of access the fans have to the band which is unprecedented. LP fans should know that we are on your mind.

  177. ajmd72 on June 28, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    i dont care what category of fan im in, i simply love linkin park because i like your music. it’s a bonus to see the band in person or have something that touched the band’s hand but since it’s close to impossible for me to do or have such things, i am forever grateful that i have your music to listen to everyday of my life :)

  178. Orion on June 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Wow you did a lot of survey on this. But I think I don’t fit in it. I often just keep silence and don’t comment even thought i have negative emotion or complaint. Because i know that doesn’t help anything. I don’t have much to complain since I’m form four(I’ve grown up a lot) though. And I have faith in you Mike. you know what? I’ll trust you with my life. ;-)

    If you have time go youtube search for “Jake and Amir Journal” Its a video dedicated for ppl who always wanted the old J&A. Is this what you always wanted to say to the ppl who always want the old linkin park?

    p.s. Good luck with the tour! I’m preparing to rock with you guys in HK! F’ing love you man!=p

  179. argol8489 on June 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    amazing … one of the post with most comments and controversies that and seen on your site, and definitely share your view.
    That really moved you tweet the table.
    I am not a member of LPU, because by now the benefits would not be so great for me, but I think a true fan just any way to be near his favorite artist, a club is a means but not the only one.
    Anyway, a fan is a fan, and the common denominator between us is the love for LP,,, and for you.

  180. Ashikin on June 28, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    finished your coffee & toast already? *of course!!!*
    ^___^

    Been detached for music for quite few years before saw LP’s music video on tv, it’s What I’ve done. That song is totally ‘something’ to me, bought the album…then, voilà! here I am! It’s so gud to be part of this. Rather than just as artist, you guys more like brothers to me. Woaahh…suddenly got so many brothers! XD

    by the way, am I the only one that feel that sulking fan is rather somehow…cute? hehehe no matter how many times I read that massage, it just make my smile wider!

    Thanks Bro for this!
    Suddenly feel totally super cool! HAHAHAA @_@

  181. Angel Mercy BIZ on June 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Doors are a waste of time….Like Jim Morrison said…Love each other! I have an LP Fan Club on facebook. We help and support each other LPUX or not makes no difference…We made it like a family and it’s all about LOVE! Peace…Have fun on tour guys! oh yea love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ciao

  182. lp13413 on June 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    *like*

  183. lpdownunder2010 on June 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    ok mike im gonna make this short and sweet
    your music is what stopped me from giving up numerous times and still inspires the hundred thousandth time i’ve listend 2 it.. a fan is someone who cares not just about the end resault which is brilliant but someone who apeciates the little things the artwork and the effort the times i’ve spent trying 2 decipher the lyrics for the catalyst in the mirror b4 i realised it wasnt actually mirror writing so on behalf of every member/non memeber i thank u <3

  184. linkin3lla on June 28, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yep I agree that joining the LPU is a way to be a fan, I mean when I joined, it felt good. I felt proud to be part of it.

    BTW it must be AWESOME to get a reply from Mike!

  185. lpdownunder2010 on June 28, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    ok here we go – i’m not a member yet i will be hopefully soon -i love u guys as much as the next person -A thoisand suns kicked arse no matter what the rviews say -you guys a only human and dont let the percent of people who are under a different impression tell you your not good at what you do cuz u guys are brilliant and yeah maybe not everyone likes what u do but lets face it someones always gonna disagree its how we as humans learn -write what u enjoy because if u dont then we as -FANS- wont enjoy because u guys on stage is just incrediable and its so clear u love what ur doing and in return we jump like mad get lost in the moment and in some cases yeah break the floor -LP 4 ever-

  186. lis0406 on June 28, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    HI MIKE
    my boyfriend and I follow LP for a lil more than 10 years, each one of us independently bought your albums by the time they came out. Regarding LPU, for us the dollar is 5 to 1 with the argentinean Peso, wich will sum a total of 300 pesos a year, thing that we can aford, but without a credit card, we can’t do squatha. we consider ourselves hughe fans. We waited for you a whole night under the rain to attend to your concert in Velez, and it was totaly worth it coz we were in front of all in the left side of the crowd, beside the argentinean flag that chester used,I waited 10 years to be in front of you and it was FUKING worth it!Keep inspiring US.
    WE LOVE YOU AND ADMIRE YOU GUYS

  187. nevermind1313 on June 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    There’s a lot of thing I want to say by now, but I really don’t know where to start.. I really think I’m a big fan of LP, even I’m not from LPU. I love your work, I read your stories, I enjoy your shows (when u came here in Brazil, lol), I answer to your questions and I really feel and see how much you care about us (more than anyone or any other band). People said to me: “Why do u like/care so much about LP?” and I just think that they’ll never understand. The person who posted it on twitter don’t understand the real big fans. It’s just someone who can’t understand how our connect is strong (fans to fans, fans to the band).
    But we’re here for u guys! We’ll always be.^^

  188. princessrockerlp on June 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I am very grateful to be a member of LPU,
    I am a member for 4 years and this year was the best
    dream come true, meet and greet was the best day of my life!
    and always want to be a member of LPU♥
    because that’s what I want, if they go up in price I do not care!
    is the same when you want clothes and very expensive, and not care and buy it,
    is better for me to be a member of LPU,

    LINKINPARK is part of my life, I love you and thank you for this wonderful day!28-FEB-11 phx,AZ
    Thanks MIKE♥

  189. Ally on June 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    There’s always going to be complainers no matter how much effort you and the rest of the LP crew put in to make your fans happy. Can’t please everyone, but I do like the fact you took the time to write this all out; and I really admire it.

  190. penneysound on June 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    fan clubs are another thing, though. while they can be rewarding for fans as i’ve defined them (the only reason i have not joined is because it’s mostly focused on concerts, and i don’t enjoy live music), they also tend to draw joiners, people who care more about the logo than the music. of course, you’ve managed to shake some of them off. such people are all about image, so they dislike redefinition, which is what linkin park is (and excluding the couple years after ht dropped, always was) about. this scares them away. good riddance.

  191. penneysound on June 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    the way i look at it, a real fan is a person who not only enjoys the artwork presented but tries to understand it as well, both the method and motivation behind it. what i really like about linkin park (aside from your uncanny-bordering-on-creepy ability to absolutely nail my unusual taste in art) is that you make every effort to make this a MUTUAL experience, creating a sort of artistic feedback loop.

  192. 0live0yl on June 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I’ve been a fan since I was 13-14. I’m 21 now. I was part of the LPU for a very long time but am not part of the LPUX. Sure I was never chosen for M&G’s when I was in the LPU yet I’ve shook all of your hands during the signing of From The Inside. I even remember Mr. Hahn quoting “Points of Authority” to me. The way I look at it for not joining is I’m giving another fan who probably has never had this experience their chance. The summits help by the way.

    I have 4 dogs who need my LPUX money. Anyone questioning whether I’m a fan doesn’t need to look at my LP collection. LOOK AT MY FOURTH DOG, HER NAME IS LINKIN PARK. If that is not a super fan than I just don’t know what is.

  193. Alexandra Nofi on June 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I feel like this is something I need to address, even though I did not submit an entry to the Iridescent art contest. I’ve mentioned multiple times that I’m an artist and have an art degree. You know how we artists like to take care of our own? Well I feel like I should stand up for the people who were treated unfairly during the contest. My feelings are nearly identical to Kathy’s in this matter, and, since both you and Joe, are a well respected and well educated artists, I know the two of you are willing to stand up for artists as well, and make things right. I empathize with these artists who spent hours, likely even days, working on those designs.

  194. yydisco0913 on June 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Hates begets hates. Releasing your mind and making all the negative criticism become a motivation to your production. May it be the common wisdom to encourage ourselves.

  195. goodbillirwin on June 28, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Well said, Mr. Shinoda. That kind of sincerity, honesty, integrity and intelligence is why I love your band so much, and it permeates and informs your music and everything the band does.

  196. ellzworth on June 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    This is a very well written post that needs to be applied towards just about everything in every category of every fan based community online. A comment below mentioned the whole transition from LPU to LPX. I was one of the (few) that opt out of membership because I didn’t agree with the price per what was given as content. Everyone’s opinion on the internet is always the correct opinion no matter what (yeah right).Something that I’ve always admired about LP aside from the obvious (they’re music) are their ability to keep their fans/costumers/followers informed and in the loop. No other band does it the way LP does. Closest would be the Gorillaz. All I ask is to keep to this up. Thanks.

  197. caraway59 on June 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I just love your music, don’t stop.

  198. ericadraven33193 on June 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    And as for ATS, alot of people do not like it b/c its a new sound, I think you guys introduced this sound on Reanimation. I will support you guys no matter what. You are my fave group and you guys are down to earth. Keep on making rocking music.

  199. ericadraven33193 on June 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    I have been a fan of LP since 2001, & even joined the LPU and became part of the street team. To me, there are various degrees of being a fan from just liking a song to getting LP tattooed on your body, I think I’m in the middle. I have all the albums, the DVD’s, books etc. I have seen you guys in concert 7 times, and after each concert I want more. But some people members (not all) of the LPU, think that they’re more of a fan than the non-members. Its a choice, if you wanna pay to be in the LPU go right on ahead but please do not think that you are a “better fan” by doing so.

  200. shinoda77 on June 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Haters gonna hate.

  201. camdiaz on June 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t really know what to make of all of this. It’s a little shocking how someone could put this. I feel Linkin Park have achieved so much and too add to there achievements I think it is awesome how they have used the power that they have to help other people like victims of disaster. I have supported [LP] through all the years and changes they have been through. I have bought what I can when I can and tried to make it to every show when they come to the U.K. [LP] have given me something in my life that is worth more than money, and it’s nice that sometimes I can give a little bit back to when I can to say thank you.

  202. lpgurl on June 28, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Well said mike! I don’t think of this as a fan club but more of a family. I have many favorite things and two of them are Disneyworld and Linkin Park. When i go to either there is a cerain atmosphere and connectivity i feel with everyone involved. We are there for a one reason…to have a fricken good time! You may wear the merchandise even if you’ve never been to Disney World or to a LP concert. You are still a fan no matter what. You decide if you truly want to go farther than just being a fan. Spending whatever to be a part of a ‘family’ is your choice so don’t get mad if you chose not too. We welcome you with open arms if you choose to join us though! This ‘family’ is great! :-D

  203. chrisdcma on June 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Mike – i agree with what you said . I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since Collision Course and i bought every single album , i own two LP T shirts and i already saw you guys live (Amneville France in Jannuary 2008) . I can’t afford LPU cuz my parents don’t want to – but i consider myself as a hardcore LP fan since i love every album , i understand the band when they make decision for albums and touring , and i can understand this tweet as i understand you’re answer . It’s not because i’m not a LPU that means i “suck” as a fan , since you guys are my 2nd favorite band . I just wish sometimes you’d do more “special stuff” for EVERY single fans whether they are , or not in LPU .

  204. Opsquria on June 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hello Mike, I admire you more each day, I’m not old enough to join the fan club, I like Linkin Park for free, I am more honored by what you offer, energy, positive things, reflections, strident voice to the sound of the guitar, the videos to producing music that pleases me, I get much more than they can offer, a growing hug!
    Tks from Brazil

  205. 7kirara7 on June 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Thanks for talking about that. :)

    It’s true. People are like a herd of sheep.

    If one is bold enough to speak his mind, many others will follow. It just needs one person leaving a bad comment, that’s enough to persuade others to do the same, even if they don’t hate it as much. The haters feel vindicated by others, and the others either ignore it or keep their mouth shut because of their fear of being overwhelmed.

    I’m sure, the LPU has kicked off a constant argument between “members” and “non-members”. I too would like to join it, but as you said (in a nearly poetic way), in life you won’t get anything for free. Maybe sometime I’ll be able to afford joining. :’)

  206. lpsnumber1 on June 28, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    If we simply CANNOT AFFORD to be a member of LPU, is there something else we can do to pay our debts to the club? So we’re not… “shoplifting”, ’cause LPU definitely has stuff worth “shoplifting”. I was saving up money last year to join LPUX… and then the price went up :( I would really love to join and be closer to the band (trust me, I am seriously one of Linkin Park’s biggest and most determined fans) but money is something I just don’t have. Couldn’t I do something else for you, Mike?

  207. kathyaralp on June 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Mike, I’ve said it before, but never cease to repeat as you guys think it’s cool to stay in touch with their fãs.Não am part of the LPU because I am a student and a student has no money (laughs). But this is part of my plan for the future, and to me Linkin Park is the best band and I know that for many people too. Here in Brazil the social network’s popularity and it’s orkut has several communities that band. And every community has many, many more LP fans!
    In short, you are perfect *–*

  208. monkpredator04 on June 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for this post, Mike. It’s the very topic to discuss. 100% agree with what you’ve said. As for me, I haven’t spent any money neither on LPU (had just some thoughts about participating, maybe later, not now) nor even on buying albums (except Meteora some years ago). Nevertheless I feel like LP fan, and I really wanna stay him as long as I possibly can just because your music gives me some advantages (would’ve said “life lessons”, seemed over the top, but – who knows? – maybe it’s not), and even they can seem minor, sometimes IMHO they are vital.

    Looking forward to the future of Linkin Park
    From: fan, whatever =)
    PS. oh, yeah, Russia loves you

  209. mauriceloeff on June 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    On another note :D ( I already posted below )

    ….

    Mike… don’t you care for us Europeans ( lol :) )? We don’t ALL have creditcards here ;) ;) And last time I checked I couldn’t get a LPU membership without one..

    Am I right? And is there any other way for me as a Dutch citizen to get a membership? ( Maybe more people have this problem )

    And no, i’m not getting a creditcard lol… or maybe I will because I really want a membership :P

  210. sweetnsmart on June 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    […] This totally changes as I went to the summit in Hamburg. Meeting with all of you and getting a glimpse on what its like on the road was amazing (I couldn’t do the backstage tour though). What really struck me even days later was the acoustic of the Messenger. I nearly cried at the summit. It was so heartmoving and you could feel the vibe. I can’t find words for it :) At that instance it hit me again why I love LP so much: Simply because you care! You care about people. Not only the fans but what happens in the world (eg music for relief) and I always felt that you xpress that in your music.
    I can’t wait to see you live again on Saturday. I hope to go front row.

  211. rellina on June 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    well, mike thanks for explaining it all, i think people get angry cz they really love and with a wrong understanding it becomes a fight so dnt wry i dnt have an lpu acount but i really love the only thing i fought with my b.f.f. on it was u guys and i stayed till 3pm for two nights praying for chester when he was ill i’ll love u for ever

  212. saltwatersins on June 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Nice to know that even bands as big as Linkin Park care about the opinion of ALL of their fans, not just the higher paying ones. Some people argue that the band would still be playing Hybrid Theory style if they cared about their fans, but it’s a lot deeper than that. I say this because the band needs to believe in their own music rather than cater to what we want, otherwise it’s just hollow music with no real attachment from the band. I’m not a LPU member, but I support the advantages they present for the paying members. So, whatever LP does next, whether it sounds like Meteora (personal favorite) or A Thousand Suns, they will have my money when the album drops, it’s still great music.

  213. skyolker on June 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I love this post! It’s great how you always get the point.
    P.S.Thank you for giving us some love and respect at the Moscow concert (during In The End)! It was very touchy and beautiful.

  214. mauriceloeff on June 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I think ( the members of ) Linkin Park is ( are ) an exaple for everyone ( in a band or not ) on how to be grateful for everything you’ve got.

    So no worry’s about the fan’s post. I think the way Mike reacts above re-enstates that I’m right…

    I always feel a bit ashamed of myself if I hear the guys talk the way they do about…. stuff :P I think they are very well developed and wise!

    Thanks for being such a great group of guys with a neverending interest in exciting and original music

  215. junfender78 on June 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Ciao Mike, I can’t buy all albums unfortunately, but I am a fan…because I like your music, and I like your art too. It’s normal that fanclub members have privileges…they pay for a service…I don’t know why that guy was so upset…
    Any way…I have to say my opinion about the Iridescent Art Contest…if you have a minute, take a look at deviantart…people wanna know why you picked the winner…that did not follow the rules…Nothing personal but most of the fans are really upset, the contest was handled badly, and the winner deviantart page is full of insults to him…insults that of course he don’t deserve, cos he just made his art, like we all did…(sorry for my bad english).

  216. sweetnsmart on June 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Mike,
    thanks for the recap and your thoughts on this topic. It is a very nice read especially with all the links provided.
    I only recently became a member of LPU in order to enjoy the live benefits. I have been a fan since the first airing of Crawling on MTV TRL, but couldn’t afford to be LPU or by merch. I always felt a bit excluded, nonetheless I was sure I was as important a fan as others.
    Main reason I LOVE LP is because YOUR music helped me a lot through troublesome times. It kinda cured my aces. Since MTM it started to be more commercial to me, not really “underground” anymore. I liked FM a lot. ATS I didn’t got the connection right at first besides some songs by themselves.

  217. darrellwhyman on June 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I am referring to “the album has a 3 out of 5 star rating, and lots of negative comments.”

    I have seen a lot of negative comments about Linkin Parks previous two albums “A Thousand Suns” and “Minutes To Midnight” just because they aint the same as “Hybrid Theory” or “Meteora”. I’m not going to lie, once LP started to change, I hated it I wanted more “Hybrid Theory”.

    Now I realise that the music that Linkin Park make is unique, it’s got its own ‘tone’ to it if you like, all four studio albums are masterpiece’s.

    P.S Mike you’re lyrics are awesome, I hope you will make a ton more music

  218. autumnoh12 on June 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Well ya know Mike, I would DIE to be in the LPU. But some people just do not have the money for it. I don’t bash the LPUer’s. Some of them are very good friends of mine, and one day I’ll be apart of it too <3
    It's just hard sometimes when you cannot afford to be apart of something more to do with your favorite band :/ Cause we all want to be "in" with ya'll as much as the next person.

  219. nemoswan on June 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I totally agree with everything said. It’s about giving and receiving. The first time I heard about LP, I joined every fanclub, added LP on my myspace and liked on my facebook and joined as a member on LP but when I read about the LPU members I was really excited and wanted to join but didn’t have the money, still don’t and besides I don’t live in the US so don’t think it’s worthwhile for me. But if I did live in the US and had the money I would deffo sign up. However a fan is a fan no matter whether they pay or not. I am a total fan, been loving them since the release of One Step Closer (Hybrid Theory) and still love them now and will never stop. 1 of a kind and 1 hell of a band.

  220. milasouza11 on June 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    My relationship with YOU and Linkin Park are completely different..
    I’ll always support LP!And i do everything to prove it to you guys.
    I’m from LPU, and I’m satisfied with the service!

    And about you, Mike… I’m very sad with you!
    I sent to you a email (LP.com)– check your messages there!

    God Bless you!
    by: @milasouza11 Camila Brazil

  221. Fekenji on June 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I cant believe what I read about all this,but I just want say thank you Mike to answered this guy whos I’m think he are thankfull to that answered, because he finally got your attention… Well, I’m a Big fan and I dont need to prove anyone how long or whatever I’m a big fan.. So Why I’ll boring with this? NO, of course I’ll not, Oh sure, Thanks your are amazing, and one day I’ll be part of this family LPU as far I can say that I’m thankfull to has this opportunity to be next to you by twitter, blog some chats, And one day of luck see you here in Brazil and ask to some pic or autograph ,Sorry about My mistakes…

  222. ceasonia on June 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Here’s the thing, being a fan is incredibly personal. How much you care and love a band is based on individual satisfaction. For many years I could not afford LPU membership or all of the paraphernalia that I wanted, but I never felt that made me ‘less’ of a fan. As a teen you tend to think that what you have and what you proclaim (usually loudly) is what makes you a ‘bigger fan’. As you grow you will see that these things evolve into genuine appreciation for what these people do and the change they make in the world, even if that change is only in your life. It shifts magically to being fans of rock stars to fans of humanity.

  223. javilinkinpark on June 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’ll go to any concert you’ll do in Spain… (I went to your last concert in Madrid and it were the best day of my life :))

  224. dovingbird on June 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Your brain is going to be on display one day in a museum, I swear to God.

    Ironically I was just thinking yesterday of how I’ve never commented on anything to say how satisfied I am with it. I’ll rave about it on Tumblr with everyone else and wave a banner and cheer, but when it comes to something material, like an album? I’m the biggest fan in the world, but I see no point in commenting on it as a review. I can’t even explain why. Maybe it’s because I’m long-winded, or I don’t think anyone else will understand. Regardless, it’s a shame. I should do it more. Thank you for the reminder.

    I do, however, hope I’m not poor one day so that I CAN support the LPU.

    -Dovingbird

  225. Shinoda's Army on June 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Please read this, Mike I have to write to you because I’m desperate, I really am. This seems to be the right place where to post. Mike I am desperate. I’ve been following you since before you started with LP and I’ve patiently waited years and years to see you. Now I’m older and still am waiting, it’s starting to hurt. I missed every chat, summit, even a concert right 3 days ago in my country, Italy. I have to pay medicines every month so I never have money. Now I’m saving them for next year, I paid the LPU a week ago, I’m trying… I’m desperate, I really am.. Do I have a possibility for a summit next year? A concert in Europe? Anything? Please… I don’t know what to do anymore

  226. rochecoach on June 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    And then there are those of us who really want to be apart of everything Linkin Park and simply can’t afford it. But I don’t hold Linkin Park or anyone at fault for that.

  227. javilinkinpark on June 28, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I know you probably won’t read my comment seeing all these messages (One of a thousand…), but I wanna explain some things so, if you can, I would be very pleased if you read it:
    When I said in the survey NO when it put “Are you OR were you a member of LPU?” Then there were 4 options:
    None of them were true so I said “It’s not worth the money”:
    Well the truth is that my parents don’t understand that i’m a huge fan of You (LP)-You Mike are my favourite Member :)- and they don’t allowed me to pay with my money the LPU and they don’t want to pay it (As a birthday present neither) so i can only say i’m waiting to have 18 to pay it… or to have a miracle of my parents.Thank You

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Yeah, I think the options on the a question could have been better. Oh well, maybe we’ll fix it next time!

  228. strawberry062 on June 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Wow,Mr.Shinoda you are like such a calm cool thinker.You do like my Dad always says,you step back look at the situation analyse it then comment.Bet you don’t ever get into any heated arguments.You are gonna be such a great Dad!

  229. cathylogan on June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    i love what you wrote here..it’s so deep..it’s extremely sad that ppl nowadays prefer the express anger instead of love and good feelings…positive thinking really does help..and i don’t think fans should be like..i’m a better fan than you are..we are not 5 years anymore..at least i’m not..i think fans should be like, hey your a fan 2..nice..how are u brother/sister? and try to be friends and get friends..i’m part of a community for fans for the boondock saint’s movies , and we are all like a big happy family..i think all fanclubs should be like this.//ow..and u can always make your own fanclub if u think u can make one more appropriate..so stop with the hating..pls

  230. ktacaceres on June 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I’m in the LPU and I’m one of the founder of the Chilean LP fan Club called midnight Soldiers and I saw many kinds of fans and different situations as well.I read your blog and it reminds me the first days of midnight Soldiers and how I could change people’s mind. Some of them thought that a good fan is the one who has everything of the band and that person is in the LPU,Which I disagree.One of the worst situations i saw there was the treatment between new fans and old fans. Old fans tend to criticize new fans instead of helping them which I always try to educate old fans in order to help new fans. My question for all of you guys (as Mike did in this blog) is…Who’s a good fan? Think

  231. stasteff on June 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    wisely spoken! And as always I am speechless! Point taken! Do me one favor “stay as you are!

  232. mercenary18 on June 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Mike you are so awesome =) I have and always will have full confidence in you guys…you have always made an effort to show us you care and converse with your fans, whether it be through the LPU, Ustream, twitter, the radio, after concerts…etc Miss and love you guys!! See you at the next LA show =D

  233. pattylp on June 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Just the True Mike ! You explained everything perfectly !
    Once more, showing up your care about us all ! Thank you (:

    I am not a LPU member, but of course I wish I could be !
    But now, It doesn’t worth the money for me.
    And I understand how you care about us (all of us)
    and that’s one point on my favorite parts in Mike Shinoda and Linkin Park !

    I am Linkin Park’s SUPER FAN and I’m proud of being !

  234. bigue1 on June 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks Mike! Thanks LP for your dedication to fans! Thanks for your music! I feel so lucky to be your fan! (sorry you can’t be as lucky as me cause you’re in the band, ha!).

  235. daydreaming305 on June 28, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    am not an LPUnderground member and i haven’t been to a concert either but i have listened to linkin park since i first heard them while my brother was lifting weights. i own there four albums and i buy some tracks from iTunes (don’t get them for free.. lol) i think just with that makes me a fan & I like them on facebook. I understand how some people can feel left out & want to be included on the chats, meet and greets but Mike you make an excellent point u give and then u receive.. : )
    linkin park is #1 and i will always be a fan..

  236. mrissa26 on June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    There is no other Band who comes even close to what LP offers to their fans. These Guys work Hard! There’s no need for anyone to be jealous of anyone b/c such and such is able to afford to be a member of LPU or such and such met the band 20 times. We are all fans in some form, whether you like the old or the new stuff. If any of you had a bad experiencing when you met LP i’m sure it was nothing against you. We have to remember these guys are human, they spend more time on tour and making music then with their families. Just like everyone else they should be allowed to have some bad days. What they do is not easy… and we should all just be thankful that they have remained a band.

  237. hybr1d7h3ory on June 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    One thing that Mike said awhile back that has stuck with me, is that when you guy a CD, join the LPU, or buy merch you are making an investment in the future of that band. I have been an LPU member for the past 5-6 years. I can attest that the LPU community is a great base to share your enjoyment with the band. I really just hope the fan that Tweeted that was just tying to “troll”. When people ask me why I like LP so much, it is because of how well they treat their fans. I have been to two Meet&Greets, and those are by far 2 of the best moments of my life. The guys will actually sit there and talk with you and treat you like you actually exist and not just an autograph assembly line.

  238. nillp on June 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    some people have to understand that being a fan isn’t about material issues.. is something more spiritual, personal.
    and if you consider yourself a worst fan than LPU members, then you’re a loser.
    Linkin Park is one of the few bands that shows love to his fans and cares about their opinion.. LP fans don’t have to complain, but thank a lot!
    i really liked your post and the way you approached the subject..
    ANYWAY
    you guys helped me more than anyone in the world.. i have nothing to say but THANK YOU and KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.. ♥

  239. daniromanian on June 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    mike,i’m from Romania and i know for sure that Romania still loves LP and is still waiting here! come please

  240. julienka on June 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Now I am living in Germany and only due to that I had finally got an opportunity to visit your concert this year and these were 3 best hours in my life. It was my dream, earlier I couldn´t even believe, this can be true. Now I have to find a new dream, for example, to get an opportunity to visit one of your summits. More difficult it is, more happiness it brings in the end. That´s why I am glad, that LPU exists. And I hope that your fans will be always so important for you, as you, Mike, write

  241. julienka on June 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    There is also a problem for me in this difference between members and non-members of LPU. Otherwise, not every fan in the world has also an opportunity to visit any your concert, because the price is too high or LP doesn’t give concerts in the country, he lives. But doesn’t it make the dream stronger? I am a fan of LP since I heard Numb/Encore, so almost 8 years, and I love everything what you guys are doing, just because you are LP. And I will support you always, as I support my family or friends, not depending on what you are doing, because I believe in you, trust you and proud of you. So I just cannot judge, was your last album good or bad, I knew it´s great, before i had heard it

  242. vickykun on June 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I loved the way you put the non-fansXfans subject in here.

    Well, I agree with you.

    But the non-members will NEVER get a change to attend to Meets & Greets because they´re not members.

    I´m not a member myself, because of my problem (already told you via lpc)

    Sure I can find Chaz somewhere and ask for an autograph, but I´ll never get able to go to a meet & greet if I don´t become a member.

    I´m your fan,aways will be. And for me what matters is your music.

  243. gui7arh3ro on June 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    The other thing I wanted to delve into was A Thousand Suns. I have been a pretty big LP fan since Hybrid Theory first released, and I want you to know that the amount of hate ‘A Thousand Suns’ has been getting infuriates me. It seems there is no end to the amount of ignorant comments ‘fans’ continue to make in regards tot he new album, and I REALLY want you and the band to know that those who say such negative things in regards to the album are just the most vocal. Personally, I LOVE ‘A Thousand Suns’. The meanings, the art, the music style— there isn’t a thing about it that isn’t great. It shows the band has matured and YOU need to do what you feel is right.

  244. festiz1 on June 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I dont understand the people who hate A Thousand Suns. It’s a verry great album and im 100% glad about it. Now this is what i felt once. When you guys ware playing a live concert and the PLU members ware standing at the same place on that show. When Mike ware at his way down to the audience at In The End he camed down were LPU members ware standing. Then when Chester went down on No More Sorrow He came down were LPU members ware.. And while they played songs they ware pointing at them with their hands and trew mediates to them. Im not complaining cuz i dont care if i didnt touch you or something, i got whole life a head to do that:D but they dude who wrote that twitt maybe got it from there

  245. sohail abbasi on June 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I wept many times listening to lp’s songs,I’m not a member of lpu,so what?huh?i’ve more than 50gb data of lp live concerts,I’m not on lpu,so?????I can’t sleep without listening to their music, M I not a hardcore fan???money matters?????or love???

  246. gui7arh3ro on June 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Mike,

    First off I’d like to say that as far as LPU goes, that is an optional sort of bonus that fans of the band can choose to be apart of to get certain bonuses they otherwise may not have been able to have gotten. This in no way makes one person more of a fan than another, it just means that the individual who signed up decided they felt it was a good deal in terms of what they were interested in. So the argument is moot at this point.

  247. linkinparkfan09 on June 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    This is what i love about LP, your one of the only bands i’ve ever knowen who are so caring towards your fans, im a huge fan and im not on LPU, reason because im not able to pay, other wise il’d already be on it.

    I belive LPU is just an extra way you guys have created to commmunicate to fans.

    Ignore the negative comments your recieving because none of it matters, us loyal LP fans will always support you, im trying my best, the band may not know i exist, but i’ll always be loyal.

  248. taymos on June 28, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I can´t believe that people think LPU is an “First Class Club”.The most people from LPU want to come closer with the band and other Fans. And they dont want to be an special Person.At Summit im Hamburg some People tought the same.They tought we have special rights to be in the front-row.Thats not right.I don´t have every year an LPU Membership. When I don´t have it, I´m not a different person as if I have an Memership!!!I´m the same person!!The LPU is an Club Membership like other Club Memberships!No one gets better, when he enter a Book Club or something else.It makes me sad! We all are Fans und all love the music!We should hold together and don´t attack one other.
    LP is the best!

  249. gui7arh3ro on June 28, 2011 at 11:55 am

    Mike,

    First off I’d like to say that as far as LPU goes, that is an optional sort of bonus that fans of the band can choose to be apart of to get certain bonuses they otherwise may not have been able to have gotten. This in no way makes one person more of a fan than another, it just means that the individual who signed up decided they felt it was a good deal in terms of what they were interested in.

    The other thing I wanted to delve into was A Thousand Suns. I have been a pretty big LP fan since Hybrid Theory first released, and I want you to know that the amount of hate A

  250. bluedragoncaboco on June 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for this post, Mike. It shows that you are caring sbout all of us, not only about LPU members. And as you can see from the comments we are all trying to be postitve, you make your fans better people^^. What you are doing for us is amazing, espacially the summits! I still cannot believe I was in Hamburg and met you guys. BTW, thanks for the compliment on my headphones!

  251. sampath310 on June 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Artists tend to forget ‘where they came from’.When they get famous(rich),they isolate themselves from the world.Their downturn starts from that point onwards ;-).Don’t be super smart.

  252. sabsyz on June 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

    i know im writing to much but this makes me sooooooooo ARGH! the important thing is not to be the best fan and buy every thing lp is creating, the important thing is for you mike – for LP –> TO KNOW that..WE ARE LOVING YOU the way you are and the way you´re going to be with your music for us.
    And this is —wait for it…..LEGENDAAARY !!!!(stole this from barney stinson)

  253. niessi89 on June 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

    mike you are so right! most things you give us or lpu cost money and therefore we give money. but we are so THANKFUL for what you do and what you give that it’s totally worth! it happens every day that you have to pay for something that you want so why cpmplain about paying for this membership? but besides that EVERY fan is a fan of course doesn’t matter if this person pays or not. all of us fans love you so much for being so close to us and for having so many great fan actions. keep going on doing what you are doing and making us fans a bit happier every single day!

  254. entis on June 28, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hi! Just sending some virtual love. I’m glad you’re taking this situation realistically, negative feedback can be sometimes a total mood killer. IMHO there is no other band with as strong relationship to the fans as LP. You’re doing much more than would be expected to give the fans opportunities. Maybe not all can afford them but the choice is there and that’s what matters. And I might not be in LPU but I definitely don’t feel overlooked or discriminated because of it!

  255. sabsyz on June 28, 2011 at 11:40 am

    it´s the same with the new album, some people don´t accept changeings, they want to live forever in their “dreamworld”. But live includes changeings. i think when the day is coming in maybe 20 years or more and lp is no longer. are they going to send you letter bombs ? or to come to your house to protest ?. i can say it again i think LPU is good how it is. and i would pay again and again for such an amazing Summit and the chance to stay in the first row to see you nearer as an non-LPU. i hope you know what i mean mike. and we are discussing on Facebook about your letter. and we all think the same. the one who tweetet this didnt think long enough about it.

  256. katrinkatze on June 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    i love LP music, it makes me feel happy, and puts up my mood when i’m sad or mad! Go on making musik like you did for now, i will always be a big fan, even
    if i don’t have much time to see you live.

  257. millalp94 on June 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I also heard that from other people on facebook, that they’re complaining about the LPU, that it cost money and so. I think thats ridiculous. They just don’t know what benefits we, the LPU members have. But okay, there are really fans, whose parents doesn’t allow them to be a member of the LPU because of the money, or people who don’t even have the money to become a part of it. Thats sad of course, but I guess we can’t do anything about that. But I just can advise everybody, to become a LPU member. It’s great !:D but I also think, LP Fans, who aren’t LPU members, are REAL Linkin Park fans !:D there’s no difference !;)btw. awesome post Mike !:)the Summit was amazing*-*

  258. shivani94 on June 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    MIKE, I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU!!!! First of all,that SUPERFAN POST WAS MAKING ME SICK…thanks for clearing and that LPU money matter too.SECONDLY i havent attended a live concert nor i’m an LPU member but i love LP more than YOU DO…i really make efforts for LP(very Small but efforts) :( And i am really sorry coz i was one of the people complaing for LPU membership fees…but believe me..lots of fuking problems(sorry)…Thirdly i swear i would behave like a grown up person next time and leave the negative side…THANKS FOR EVERYTHING…
    PS:Forgive this 16 yr old idiot…think i’m late…mum seized my phone and i stole it back… ;D

  259. devilbearbec on June 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hi Mike,
    Nice post – and that means a lot coming from me considering we’ve actually argued about LPU and the band (specifically your involvment) during the Fort Minor days.
    I used to be a “super fan” – was LPU since year 1, Street Team Captain in the UK, saw 30+ LP shows, bought pretty much everything with the Linkin Park branding …and then one day took a step back and realised I’d lost touch with actually just loving your music – the fans had become competetive.
    I loved the LPU, made some amazing friends, met you boys and would reccommend it to any fan – yes it’s expensive but the old LPU shirts made nice pyjamas :)
    I’m no longer a member but I still love the band.
    love Bec

  260. montserrat15 on June 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Hi!
    Nicely said Mike!
    I am a fan but don’t belong to LPU. I understand unless I don’t sign for membership I can not exept same things that I would get as a member for free. What I dont understand is why some people argue so much about who is bigger fan!

  261. sasamarissa on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

    To my opinion LPU is quite an inexpensive organization ‘cuz addition to the benefits you get an annual membership package. I’ve been an LPUer for 9 years and it took me years to actually meet the band. What I’m trying to say is that LPU is so much more than just a way to meet the band. Even though I knew I had no chances to meet the band earlier I enjoyed being a part of that community. The LPU is an easier way for the band to keep in touch with their fans and what’s great about the LPU is that it’s available to people dedicated enough. So make your choice and stop complaining!

  262. mikeecem on June 28, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Mike, Thank you for you tell your think for us, for fans. I totally agree with you. Sample, i’m going school and i will join an exam 3 years later. IT’s too much important to me. It will determine my future. So my parents know it and they don’t let spend my times on computer and they find expensive LPU and they say:”they don’t come here so much, it’s not necessary for you.” i hope you understand.but I’m just trying follow you on internet, listenin’ Linkin Park musics all time. And trying for support you.
    I can’t feel negative for Linkin Park.U are epic band. They will never forget. Don’t care silly fans. You’re on right way

  263. tinalein76 on June 28, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Makes you not mind you doing all the right decisions for themselves whether everyone needs to pay what he wants to or not. You can call anyone as better or worse fan. Dear greetings from Germany … Tina (2)

  264. tinalein76 on June 28, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Hi Mike, I think your article really great. In my opinion if one is in the LPU, it is thus is not a superfan, I think Linkin Park has a big following and is like a big family no matter whether or not LPU. Just because you what you paid for the LPU is not a better fan, you want to have clear advantages, but one can pay for it the other does not and I do not find it bad and you are not in LPU should not judge and say they are worse fans. You give the fans too much already then you can also give something back :) Fan is a fan regardless of whether or not LPU. When I was still in the LPU was not the fans I have not seen anything better than even. (1)

  265. Shin on June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Interesting topic, thank you pay attention to Mike.
    Moreover, it is the logical continuation of the survey, I appreciate the desire to get closer to your community and for that, thank you!
    There will always be the eternal debate of true fans and “non-fans” which is completely absurd, I have your albums (just the necessary) and my love for your art does not limit. The LPU is a “plus” but not a criterion that determines who is a fan and who is not.With respect to fans, I am sad to see you are leaning against the old fans that do not change your style and swear in the past. But you do not accept yourself (the ATS Tour with four songs? Are you serious?)

    -fr_fan,sorry for my english

  266. chestersfan on June 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    You guys are great and have always been great. I was just at BFD in the third row and was given the most amazing show from you guys. I sang the last lyrics of crawling wit hChester and gave him a hug. Plus at the end someone threw a Mike Shinoda guitar pick and I got it.( my daughter lost it so sad, can never get another) I got the best show for being a fan and could feel how much you care for your fans. No special tricks needed from you guys to prove you are all about your fans you can tell in your music and see it in your shows. I really think you can do no wrong. Stay awesome!
    Much love from one of your many number one fans.

  267. Ashif Ridwan on June 28, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Okay, this is something I love to do- clear the confusion :)
    Being in Bangladesh,where no ORIGINAL int. Audio CDs are available,i spent my entire months savings to order ut latest album from amazon. I dnt,as a fan, want to be paid back,rather i enjoy my silent, but LP’s musical journey now for 9 years.I dont think dat LPU stuff matters as long as d band is loyal and delivering us with the music. LPU is just a selectd group of people who also represents the fans’ craziness for the band who are NOT in LPU. Being with LP is what i want as a fan and having dem talk bak to us is a gift for which u dint need to flatter someone
    LP for life
    Ashif

  268. devioustrouble on June 28, 2011 at 11:13 am

    All in all people need to stop being spoiled brats and realize that you guys have a huge fanbase. Not everyone, not even LPU members can get one on one attention. It doesn’t work that way. It never will and most of these brats are too caught up in themselves to realize LP is one of the few bands out there who are overly invested in their fans and thus I say thank you Mike, to you, Chester, Brad, Phoenix, Rob and Joe for being real with us and reminding us you’re just as human as we are.

    Now I’m done and for the record I didn’t say any of this to kiss ass either.

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      To your point: if LP’s Facebook following is any kind of gauge, there are 31 million people who deserve a handshake and a “thank you.” What would you rather we do: that, or make albums and play concerts? ha…

  269. carbonsoul on June 28, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I didn’t bother renewing my LPU membership because I couldn’t justify the cost with the benefits you receive. The yearly LPU CDs and former welcome packages were great, but I rarely ever used the site and the tour perks are useless in a state where the closest major venue is 5 or 6 hours away. Not upset, but it’s not worth $60 to me.

    Shame about the ATS reviews, though. I really liked it and my only minor annoyance was paying extra for a special edition that had its bonus content put up on Hulu before the album was released.

  270. malion88 on June 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I agree with you – if you think you’re a fan, you’re a fan. I live in Denmark, so I’ve decided it isn’t worth the money to be a member of LPU – if I lived in the States, there’s not a doubt in my mind that I would become a member, because I’d be able to see you more often at live concerts.

    You’re not less of a fan if you don’t own tons of LP merchandise, or if you don’t go to many concerts a year. Fans abroad, like in Europe, can’t just travel around Europe to attend concerts, like some might fly to the neighbour state in the US to see you guys, it’s way too expensive.

    LPU or no LPU I still consider myself a huge fan. Love your music, always!

  271. sabsyz on June 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Wow Mike, this is a very long letter to us. i can´t understand why people are angry about the money….i think it´s a good thing. i think the people who write such things are jealous, maybe they dont have money or they are not enough in love with LP ???

    i would give my last cent with the thought , the page needs money to get some things better.

  272. emma1166 on June 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I don’t belong to LPU as I can not afford to, but if I could I would. Does it make me less of a fan, I don’t think so, I have all LP albums, and they are my favourite to listen too, when driving home from work.
    As the term fan states – It comes from the Modern Latin fanaticus, meaning “insanely but divinely inspired”, and that is what LP does, it inspires, with their ever changing and evolving music.

  273. Julian on June 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I’m just proud to be a Linkin Park fan =]

  274. lillyhfg on June 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I’m not a member of LPU, but I bought your album, I create a very famous site about LP in my country, blabb…..-> “but in the end, it doesn’t even matter”..

    The most important thing is that love the music from your heart!

    …And if you think you are a “super fan” you don’t have to prove to anyone…you can decide on your own that how much you love their music, how much does it means for you, how much it worth for you to spend the money on it….so don’t be jealous, please… you can make the same thing what the “others” do if you REALLY NEED THAT!!!

  275. kathyxx on June 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I’m going to rewrite my comment so it’s more legible under 700 characters: I agree that people who expect something for nothing are absolute bonkers with no sense of reality.

    But, the LPU has a history of taking money and then not giving back. I do not think all complaints are as baseless as that twitter guy. I treat the LPU with suspicion and that has kept me from getting scammed by the LPU, well mostly. Been like that since they took away my email account from 5 months without prior notice.

  276. iheartmusic94 on June 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I am so glad you can clear things up calmly. It irks me though. I was given membership to LPU as a gift one year, and I got some cool merchandise. However, I didn’t (and still don’t) have the money to attend any concerts or events, and I somehow always read about chats and whatnot after it’s already over :P but that’s just me. So, you guys can probably expect me to pay every year once I have more money, which will be a while since I’m not out of high school yet. (I realize this comment sounds kind of bitter, it’s not, not towards LP anyway.) I have plenty of your T-shirts and CDs to tide me over until then, though, and I know you are grateful to all your fans! You guys are awesome. :)

  277. devioustrouble on June 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    But when MTM came out the lyrics and what Linkin Park as a band stood for finally came out to the forefront for me and I began to respect you guys not just musically but also for what you did for others. Since then in my world you’ve sky-rocketed to top slot, my favorite band. I actually plan on for my birthday this year as a present to myself to join LPU, because now I’m positive I want to and not because it makes me more of a fan because I cheer just as loud at concerts as an LPU member and know every word to every song just like they do, (continued again and I promise I’m not writing a book!)

  278. thepixelpod on June 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    in my country be a LPU cost 6 days of work (i dont have one),
    in USA 6 days of works is like $600 for a normal person, would someone pay $600 for be a LPU member?, well, i would.

    i thing the superfans are those who do projects and make creative things relationated with the band ;)..

  279. kchanlp on June 28, 2011 at 11:01 am

    “(…) if Chester were to cross paths with a fan on the street, for example, he could sign an autograph and take a picture.”
    That’s true. A friend of mine met you and Phoenix on the street when you guys came to Brazil last year (btw, the show was amazing. I don’t know, but maybe some people think that because you guys are in the music industry that you’ll only care about money, and nothing else. Well, I consider you guys artists above all else, so I never really though about numbers… If you guys are first or second best selling never affected me, because I’m here for your music and the heart in it, as I’m sure the majority of your fans are. :)

  280. devioustrouble on June 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This. It seems all people do now days is bitch about something. Reminds me of a song, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kslHr7_9Zac .

    I’ve been a fan since the first time I heard “In The End” but so far I haven’t been a member of LPU, not always because I haven’t been able to afford it but because until “Minutes to Midnight” you guys were just a group in my massive cd case (this thing is a beast, it weights 13.6 pounds, 300 some odd cds).

    Continued in my next post because this character limit sucks.

  281. iridescent2202 on June 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This post simply proves that you care a lot about the fans. That’s why it’s actually an honor to be part of it. This, besides great music, is another reason to fully respect LP. Also a way to stand out from the other artists/bands which is AMAZING!
    Recently joined LPU again (payment problems last year) For me, 60$ is worth the experiences from LPU you get in return (guaranteed M&G I’ll be attending in 2days +Phx chat last week, it’s all amazing). I’ve been with the band since HT +fan of ALL albums, You put so much effort, passion & creativity in what you do, I feel proud to be a fan.
    You’ll be enjoying Rock Werchter in 2days, we’ll make you enjoy! Belgium loves you!
    An Van Oppens

  282. lpfan2004 on June 28, 2011 at 10:54 am

    this is amazing!!!!!!! i wanted to be a LPU member only because I wanted and thought it will make me to understand you guys better then now! and i still wnta to become a member!i think that to be a real big fan means to suport the band and although you might not like their new matterial…to EXCEPT IT!! (LOOOOOOOOVE A THOUSAND SUNS :) )
    good luck linkin park and god bless you for all those good things you do for your fans :)

  283. camila on June 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Me alegra este tipo de aclaraciones que dan el espacio para poder opinar. Lamentablemente el mundo de hoy se deja llevar por apariencias y seguir modas, es lo mismo que sucede con los comentarios negativos , muy personalmente opino que hoy en dia la gente ya no piensa, la gente mira (ni siquiera lee) y lo que este mas repetido es lo que hace que sea su modo de pensar, no se dan el tiempo de procesar opiniones ni nada el mundo va deprisa, no puedo quedarme atras, bah que estupidez y esto lleva a malas interpretaciones que desencadenan este tipo de comentarios. Por mi parte la palabra fan no me agrada,me siento marcada sin embargo para efectos practicos soy una gran FAN.PD: me mata tu new look

  284. choara on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    You guys are the cause why nearly everyone can´t live without music, because you give us so much, so we also can give something back. I´m already not an LPU Member but i want to be one. I also could understand why people are saying so negative things about spending money on this. I think they have to make their own decision, either they can feel your music and your awesome benefits for your fans or they have to be quiet. I never saw such artists like this before, who show us that they are also just human beings and want to care about their fans.
    Just for 60$ a year! So i have to say thank you !

  285. pikapo15 on June 28, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I admit that I was upset because LPU members get marvellous things from you, like meeting with you, getting some products, great products that I can’t afford (maybe yes), and I can’t get those things, but I was thinking about it and I don’t protest if LPU members are ”first class fans” or not, furthermore, I am called a great fan although I’m not a LPU member and I’m lucky to be a Linkin Park fan, but I’ll be a LPU member soon (maybe when I’m 18 (less than 4 months left) and I won’t be a better fan (but neither a worse fan, I’m just a fan), I’ll only enjoy of all the things that LP give to their fans (LPU members)
    PS: Sorry if my english is not very good lol hehehe

  286. lpwretchesandkings on June 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I went this month to the concert in Oberursel, last year to Cologne & I didn’t had the feeling that it’s important to be LPU.And I feel close to LP cuz you’re an important part of my life. I listen to you every day, your songs say exactly what I’m thinking. And this feeling lasts even though I ain’t lpu.
    Furthermore I’m glad to see that you, Mike, see everybody as a fan cuz I hate this competition “who’s the biggest fan”. But I although think that it takes more than loving one of your songs to become a fan. I ♥ you guys&your work,keep on rocking like you did it here (http://wretchesandkings.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3jeayt). Lina

  287. lpwretchesandkings on June 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

    My comment is too long, so I post two:
    I can less understand why some people react this way. Like you’ve said Mike,members are in the inner circle BUT you pay a lot of attention to the non-members. It seem to me that those people don’t see this point. I ain’t a lpu-member because my parents don’t wanna pay it (but I try to convince them). Although I don’t feel like something worse:Linkin Park is my passion.I listen to you since I’m 8(now I’m a 14 years old girl from Germany, sry for my english xD)&there is no other band who can touch me with their music like you do it.

  288. jppk on June 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Nice letter!

    Thats one thing ive always admired about LP, you always engage with the fans as much as possible whether that’s on stage, or in a letter like the one you have just written! Ive been a fan since the one step closer video appeared on kerrang and have loved every album since.

    In my opinion a fan is anyone who enjoys the music! it doesnt matter how many albums you own, concerts youve attended or memberships to LPU you have renewed. the important thing is that you take the time to really listen to the music and understand its meaning! That is a first class fan!!

    Continue to redefine yourselves and expose us to new sounds and experiences!!

    thanks Mike!

  289. lpwretchesandkings on June 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    And I feel close to LP cuz you’re an important part of my life. I listen to you every day, your songs say exactly what I’m thinking. And this feeling lasts even though I ain’t lpu.
    Furthermore I’m glad to see that you, Mike, see everybody as a fan cuz I hate this competition “who’s the biggest fan”. But I although think that it takes more than loving one of your songs to become a fan. I ♥ you guys&your work,keep on rocking like you did it here (http://wretchesandkings.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d3jeayt). Lina

  290. baz2 on June 28, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Hi Mike, I like to complain, honestly the only this I want to say that bothers me is I want either more songs in general at a concert or just throw some more throwbacks in or make a special concert dedicating a certain album played in entierty. I am good thank Mike for awesome Blog and thank you Linkin Park for getting me to tomorrow.

  291. kidohri on June 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    thank you, Mike for another great statement of yours!
    To me the word “fan” is one of the most empty words in the whole wide world.
    And being a lot on the Internet taught me one thing: People, who complain a lot in the virtual world would be way too shy to tell you those things in real life.
    Plus: Dogs that bark, usually don’t bite. :)

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Cool. Also: I bark and I bite. FYI.

  292. theslippage on June 28, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I dont think there is a fan that is more important. to be honest all the things listed above dont make fans more important. What is really important is what the music does for you and what you choose to do with it. if there was a fan that is more important it would be the ones who have found something in the music that helps them, and they utilize that to better themeselves and/or the people around them.
    People that fight over all of that don’t understand what music is really about. The point of being a fan isnt to try and be the most important, its to support the band because they have done something for you.

  293. djbunny89 on June 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    i absolutely agree wid you mike,,i know i m also not a LPU member,but i can say that i have been a hardcore LP fan since i was in 14 years age,,right from the days of Hybrid Theory..and i will always be a LP fan,,you hav been a source of inspiration to me personally,and LP will always be the best thing to hav happened to me.
    As i am from India,its a bit tough for me to be a part of the LPU team,but i plan to be a member before my birthday this year at december..although i am not a LPU member i dont feel even a tad bit neglected..
    i have always been and always be with you guys,,forever..LP forever.

    PS: PLEASE COME TO INDIA GUYS..WE ARE ALL WAITING SINCE THE START OF THIS MILLENIUM.

  294. sky0fdust on June 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Excellent article, Mike. Most of us on here appreciate you taking time out to clear things like this up and/or for you to give your opinion on certain subjects. Thank you.

  295. cincybmxlpfreak on June 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

    This is a beautiful response to that crappy tweet. For me, the LPU is where I have that chance to connect with the band and with other hardcore LP fans. A lot of LP fans have the same general interests such as interests in diverse forms of music, interest in multiple art forms, and interests in the world in general. It is important to me as a fan to be in the LPU and I know plenty of people that just haven’t the money to join. If I don’t look down on that person for not being in the LPU, I don’t see why you guys [the band] would. Mike, I hope you don’t have to deal with this nonsense on a regular basis. Thanks for being so awesome. :)

  296. silentbaggage on June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I’m a rekindled fan of Linkin Park. I loved the band when Hybrid Theory came out, but became busy and had no time to listen to music for a while..(no joke). Then I heard Waiting for the End passing my brother’s room one night and was blown away. So I bought A Thousand Suns, saw the slip of paper about LPU within, signed up and caught up with what I’ve missed. BTW, LPTV’s really cool.

    This is probably not the best place to say this, but I saw a comment by sunriseashes about not buying from overseas, which I can relate to. I’m from Singapore. I signed up for LPU in May 2011(?), the package hasn’t arrive. Now that I’m going to the US next week, any chance I can pick it up somewhere?

  297. saralouise16 on June 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Very thought prevoking..

  298. exiiinka on June 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Hi Mike!
    I didn’t believe you do something like this! :)
    This post made me think about myself. I write more positive comments than negative ones I think.
    It’s really nice to hear this from you. I’m glad you like every fan of LP.
    I hope I should meet you in the future! It will be unforgettable experience :)
    Greetings from Czech Republic!

  299. Natalie on June 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Possibly further reasons why your LPU10 has had a drop in members and fans give you less support. I am eternally grateful for how I bettered myself during my teens after becoming your fan so I will always continue to support your band, but until the price of the LPU drops I remain a non-member. I hope you all take a minute to remember what it’s like to be “hungry rock stars” and how exciting the idea of even having fans once was :)

  300. leftoverpenguin on June 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    A Thousand Suns is a good album, it really is. Where the problem lies is that it’s a Linkin Park album. The fans know what the six of you are capable of, so as good as it may be, it’s also terribly disappointing to listen to. Not only is it not much like your other albums in spirit, but it’s not as good musically, either. Whether they liked it or not, your fans catapulted it to the top of the charts. Then once in the public eye of course people are going to buy it; like I said, it is a good album.

    I respect Linkin Park for always taking time out for their fans and listen to us, whether we’re in the LPU or not. Thank you for listening, responding, and most importantly, asking.
    -Brad

  301. Natalie on June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Personally, I feel that as a band, you have lost touch with the “hungry rock stars” you once were – the word “jaded” springs to mind. When I met you in 2001 & 2003, you seemed genuinely so happy to be meeting fans and signing things – Chester especially – he made my life back then! I will be eternally grateful for the fuss he made of me and my LP tattoo lol. Yet, at the last meet and greet (?2008), you all seemed very disinterested and uncaring towards fans. I was not alone with this feeling, several LPUers said the same. So, I quote your “give and take” argument back to you – those LPU fans who did “give” for that opportunity and were generally let down.

  302. fantajichan on June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It seems to me that people moaning about “old LP” and “new LP” on iTunes are obsessed with their negative life experience. And not getting that “emo” message anymore they are bitching here and there to get that taste of “everyone betrayed me”. I still revel in the aggressive energy of the old stuff, but new stuff is more grown-up, thought-provoking and inspiring. That’s a pity that some people can’t follow this evolution.
    P.S. Thanx for the Moscow show, hope russian fans were… hm… energetic enough )

  303. ahmed4life on June 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

    i am from saudi arabia and you guys were the first band i ever listened to. because (technically) music is forbidden in islam, but i decided to be a rebel and break some rules (not that kind of rebel :P). i was still in saudi arabia when i first heard about LPU and i got so excited! however in saudi arabia websites that are considered “bad influence” are blocked and therefore i couldn’t sign up. i was like 11 or 12 when i bought my first linkin park cassette. now i’m 21 and still buying every album, liking every page, and making it to every concert possible. gotta admit i don’t usually post comments (whoops!)

    it doesn’t matter to me what fan class i am as long as i am a fan!

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:49 pm

      That’s an awesome story. I’m super-grateful for you and people like you, who go out of their way to find and connect with with things that they feel passionate about, in spite of roadblocks. Keep being awesome.

  304. chinlh on June 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    You’re right. If you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan.

    Mike, I wanna say something about the survey last week. I’m a FAN from Hong Kong. And I felt a bit bad when I was answering “Did you attend Linkin Park’s recent Thousand Suns World Tour concert?” and the questions following. Cos I’ll attend the concert in September which will be my first time to attend a LP concert. Thus I was like finding an answer out of those options. So, in my option, the questions can be set better next time.

    I wanna say that I love the way you guys connect with your fans. And you’re always doing a great job. See you in September, Mike.

    – Chin LH

  305. ahmed4life on June 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    i am from saudi arabia and you guys were the first band i ever listened to. because (technically) music is forbidden in islam, but i decided to be a rebel and break some rules (not that kind of rebel :P). i was still in saudi arabia when i first heard about LPU and i got so excited! however, in saudi arabia websites that are considered “bad influence” are blocked and therefore i couldn’t sign up. i was like 11 or 12 when i bought my first linkin park cassette. now i’m 21 and still buying every album, liking every page, and making it to every concert possible. i gotta admit though, i don’t usually post comments (whoops!)

  306. Natalie on June 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

    But I find it a little poor that long term members of the LPU were never considered for an opportunity such as this less “give” from your side.
    You also stated that you had the 2nd biggest rock album of last year despite the 3/5 star reviews. I cannot quote a study to back myself up but I suggest that a lot of the original LP fans – such as myself – continue to support you, buy your albums, see your gigs, buy merch etc despite the fact we prefer earlier albums, or cannot afford to pay a higher cost for the LPU. Your success continues because of both new and old fans – I wouldn’t go as far to say we’re all “contented” fans.

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      Sure. And there are people who bought the album in the beginning, expecting something different (in spite of the 30-90 second snippets). But it’s safe to assume those people were only there in the first few weeks after release. Standard consumer curve, I think.

      Gigs and merch are a separate story. Merch is (LP) name-bearing, so can have less to do with which album you like. It can be about the band in general, or a particular concert you saw. And we play songs from all four studio albums at the shows, so that’s a separate idea as well.

  307. Natalie on June 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I remained loyal through those years where you were not really very active as a band, and met yourselves and hundreds of fantastic people along the way. However, the cost of the LPU absolutely rocketed this year and I want sure whether it was worth it. In you blog post, you discuss “give and take.” I wanted to highlight to you that I feel I have gived, gived a lot, for a long time. It does feel that our “fan status” is downgraded since we cannot continue to pay to stay in the LPU – I hope you realise if the cost was reduced again, many original LPUers more would return. I understand your summits have been an absolute hit!!

  308. Natalie on June 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

    First of all, thank you for taking time to send us – your fans – this blog post – that in itself shows you care. The fan poll was an interesting experience also but I think is only fair if I take this opportunity to respond to your post directly today.
    I personally consider myself as a loyal fan of linkin park. I have travelled many many miles to see you (13 times) and own every album and DVD you have released. Although, now as an adult with a busy career and a husband, I can’t maintain my passion and enthusiasm I once had as a teenager lol. Until this year, I had been an LPU member since the first day it opened.

  309. misiraul on June 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I agree with steven2293 LPU isn’t necessary to become a LP’s fan!

    I’m romanian and I’m still dreaming for a LP show in my country :)

  310. victoriacortez on June 28, 2011 at 10:27 am

    This is briliant Mike, i think we all truly understand now.

  311. skyzlmt on June 28, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I’m just happy to see MS throwing in some comments on the .com. This reminds me of two other things I’m passionate about, Muse & Rock Band. Loud/annoying individuals who share the same view polluting forums with constant and brainless MOAR MUSE rants. This is now a joke and Harmonix rolls their eyes now every time they hear speak of Muse. Terrible for me since I get my hopes up (Bellamy got me into playing guitar) LA RISING! Great wrap up and I’m counting down till 7/14. 16 days til I get my MS LABBIT!!!!!

  312. cutmattsta on June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    It’s just the ways to join are what is holding me back. Also it really aggravates me because Linkin Park is my favorite band and I want to support them as much as I can.

  313. steven2293 on June 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I’m Colombian, and is true, I haven’t enough money to take part of LPU, but I can say that I’m a fan of LP, and I’m not disappointed, (’cause LP didn’t come to my country). LPU isn’t necessary to become a LP’s fan!

  314. lnoelp on June 28, 2011 at 10:18 am

    hey mike this is just trash b/w d fans…! even if this exists… fans will remain FANS(who will def. listen to LP @ d end of d day) & haters will remain haters until thay change their mindsets…Fk’em ..! YOU guyz just give us a better and much realistic record ahead !!>..>… LP has being the GREATEST creative band..!! \m/
    Thanx fr keepin it real :D

  315. MusicalMorphine on June 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Also, to respond to what UKENERGY said (damn it’s been a while since i’ve seen that name!) I also thought the price was high compared to what we got.. I just had a quick look though and seems as if members get more for their money now, which is good. No more keyrings? ;) haha!

  316. liljakeysilva on June 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Well said mike.
    I love what you guys do as individuals and as a band and I think your work is emmence. I didn’t join LPU for the free gifts I joined so I could get the opportunity to meet you guys. I didnt care about the price I just cared about the fact that you guys work hard to bring out albums while us fans wait in excitement. I joined LPU to give something back for your hard and incredible work that you have produced in the last 11 or so years. I’m very proud to be a Linkin Park fan and I feel happy listening to every song that you have created for us I hope Linkin Park last for another 40 or so years so our children can listen to your emmence work.
    Thank you very very much.
    Jacob

  317. DeniseR on June 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    You’re so right, Mike. I hope that a lot of people will read this :)
    Fans are so different everywhere.

    I’m from Germany and here in Germany everyone would freak out when you would do an artshow here. You’d propably have to sell tickets for this event.
    But I was at your artshow in LA back in 2008 and everyone was so relaxed and (I guess) nobody freaked out. Everyone had fun and people saw you as you are, as an artist, and not as a god or a rockstar. I really enjoyed that and I was happy that it was in LA. That’s propably off topic but this post just reminded me about that :)

  318. onlylp on June 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Hi Mike,
    you`re so right ! thank you for this great blog.
    I´M a fan too – and to be a fan means to ME : i love your songs and i can feel the heart and soul in so many Lyrics – there are Songs they let me be happy , songs they help me in bad times and songs they get soooo deep in my heart.Especially i like the way you change your music style and showing so many facettes.I think there are no “good” or “bad” fans – your words are so true:if you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan.And to see you live on Stage and feel the music is invaluable –
    Thank you for all !and keep it real

  319. cutmattsta on June 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Well, To be honest I don’t know if it’s usually just the money about becoming a member of LPU that holds people back at least not all the time. I’ve tried joining the LPU since Number 6 came out. What i noticed in trying to jin on the internet was you would have had to pay for everything again in order for your actual membership. What held me back was that I was a minor and still am. I bought the packages at the local best buy up until Number 9’s term was over. When number 10 came out I found out that the best buy didn’t have it and that was only sold Online(from what I know I’m not sure if there are other ways to get it). It’s not that I am not willing to pay, I’d be glad to!

  320. chorltonjames on June 28, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Like Mike said if you say your a fan your a fan. They make music for us to enjoy (Which I do ALOT!!!) Loved it from hybrid all the way throught to A thousand suns, I think the change in sound with ATS shows the band are changing with the times!! unlike some bands that release the same stuff but with a slight change. ATS impressed me that much with the music and artwork I have the python piece as a half sleeve. SAYING ALL THAT I CLASS MYSELF AS A FAN!! would like say keep it up Mike im loving it all!

  321. MusicalMorphine on June 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Well said Mike. I agree with what a lot of people said, I don’t think it matters, it’s a personal choice, it’s about what you want to get out of the experience.

    I used to be an LPU member, a few years back when I was a lot more focused on LP. I’m not a member now because I’m not such a big fan as a was. Sure LP will always be special to me, but I don’t feel the need to be apart of the LPU at this point in my life. If others do, then good for them, it’s not my place to judge, and honestly, I have more adult things to focus on than whether or not someone is part of a fanclub.. LOL.

  322. supriyahearts on June 28, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Your blog was beautifully written and explained the situation clearly. I am not an LPU member only because I am a broke college kid. I have been a fan since Hybrid Theory and love all the albums in their own way. I know its easier said than done when one says to ignore the negative. You guys being such a big band its hard to ignore it. Just so you know I will always love you guys to death. That tweeter was out of line by the way, being a fan is not about being cynical but loving music and not asking for anything in return. Such people are not fans in my opinion.

  323. susi88 on June 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Hello Mike.
    I just can’t believe that… I mean, i’m also NO Member of LPU, and I ALSO dare to see you guys once that close at a summit or sth, but if I’m not able to or don’t want to pay money for those possibilities, thats it. Someone here compared it with a flight in business or economy class.very defining…So what?
    To be a fan means not,that you get special offers all the way. I’m a fan of Linkin Park, because the music touches me,because I feel the emotions you sing about. I’m a fan since crawling, since you appeared in Germany on screen. But i don’t feel second-class all the while.

  324. sayanriley on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Life works with exchange, people are free to choose to pay and then get services and stuff like everywhere and in all music fan club and nobody is complaining.
    Or they can choose to keep their money for other stuff ( clothes, gadgets, drink ).
    Anyway, it’s absolutely normal to have some advantages if you are giving time, passion and money for what you like. So LP members don’t have to feel guilty or superior ( and they know that )to others non members, they jusy have to enjoy.It’s ok !
    Members and Non members are all fans, no need to fight :)
    This is enough wars in the world for that. And why not let Mike and his crew concentrate on their music in order to give us all magic time ^^

  325. sohail abbasi on June 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

    can lpu give me more than 50 concerts of lp????no,but I’ve without joining…I’ve everything

  326. ailinaannbe1988 on June 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    i agree with mike 1,000000000000%.some fans are so quick to judge linkin park when it’s comes to their fanclub.i might not have all the lpu stuff but i was a member for lpu 6 and 8 and i don’t regret it.i already got what i wanted out of linkin park.i got my very own hybrid theory ep.and that’s all i wanted from the fan club.i will rejoin the lpu in a heartbeat if i had the money.

  327. Tiamos Loren on June 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hm…surprised this is connected to WordPress.com strangely…

    I love a lot of the old stuff LP produced. I do like some of the sounds Dead by Sunrise have produced too. I also wouldn’t say I’m the biggest fan (can’t buy HT and Meteora, haven’t heard most of A Thousand Suns, but got M2M and my favourite tracks from the older albums).

    Realised the character limit, so cut some bits out. In short, then, I see the point you make here. It’s a rather nonsensical debate, to be honest: Everyone likes the same music. Some just have the desire to want more. Doesn’t make you any less a fan if you don’t buy into the extras or go to every gig and tour the band makes. Music is music.

  328. kathyxx on June 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

    These people have no sense of how the world works and they drown out more sensible complaints. *continues screaming*
    Why didn’t your art contest screener screen if the winner for Iridescent followed the rules? You allowed a cheater to take top prize, and there are AMAZING entries by great artists(not me) I bet you never saw. The presale tix for LP.com were better than that at LPU. A few years back I bought LPU 7.0 twice because I didn’t want to go thru your nonexistant customer service. You shut down my @linkinpark email in LPU 6.0 for FIVE MONTHS when the warning said a couple days. I lost my email account! Your fan club is run by monkeys: if I had space I’d list 1,000 more goofs. $60?

  329. akismet-e6dc45582db9948a882d6fcf7146d38b on June 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Everyone wants to be A Part of Something and feel special. But which one is more important to Linkin Park? Does it matter to Linkin Park? If you punched me in my face, I’d still listen, like, and buy Linkin Park. But right now I can’t afford LPU or your last album. It doesn’t make me any less of anything. I say what I’d say in real life even when I’m being goofy. I also don’t feel compelled to go and tear people up about the things I dislike unless of course it’s to the extreme and I lost money. The way I see it; I could be using that energy for something positive.

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      AMAZING side note. Phoenix said that, instead of spending time over this stuff, he would rather they spend that time on something philanthropic. Go volunteer at a charity or shelter!

  330. laughatall on June 28, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I think it has always been a struggle among the fans to know who is the best one and is aware of everything related with the band. Maybe that is the root of this complaint or maybe something else. But the fact is that fans are more concerned about who was the first in having the lastest CD or knowing the lastest piece of news. This is more a matter of pride that shouldn’t be related with the band they are interested in. However, they tend to forget it and end up blaming of every single thing to the band itself.
    I dunno… we should be more worried about enjoying the main thing that join us together in this world: music.

  331. mrslp on June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Mike! I support your opinion!
    I think it does not matter whether you have things, an annual membership, etc. It is important how you feel about the group in your soul. The way you perceive any changes in the group, their style and music – it is important for the group.
    The first, the group is waiting for the reaction of the fans to new music, the members of the group are worrying, because the popular of the group is depend from a opinion of the fans.
    You must to love the group for their music. For their work and sleepless nights … For the concerts,which Linkin Park is giving much more than record albums.
    And only then,if possible,you can join to the official fan club,buy things,etc.

  332. akismet-e6dc45582db9948a882d6fcf7146d38b on June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Everyone wants to be A Part of Something and feel special. But which one is more important to Linkin Park? Does it matter to Linkin Park? If you punched me in my face, I’d still listen, like, and buy Linkin Park. But right now I can’t afford LPU or your last album. It doesn’t make me any less of anything. I say what I’d say in real life even when I’m being goofy. I also don’t feel compelled to go and tear people up about the things I dislike unless of course it’s to the extreme and I lost money. The way I see it; I could be using that energy for something positive.

  333. musiclover1985 on June 28, 2011 at 9:58 am

    I’m not a member of LPU, but it doesn’t mean that I’m not a fan. I listen to their songs, watch their videos, buy their albums and I feel proud when I do listen to their songs to those who don’t know them and then become new fans. Quoting the great Mike: if you think you’re a fan, then you’re a fan! There’s no fan of the first class, second class or insignificant fans. The fans are just people who have one thing in common: their group preferred. We’re not talking about football, we’re not fans of rival teams, we’re just music lovers. Members vs Non-Members..no matter! LPs love all their fans (even those who use a translator because they don’t speak English very well =P i hope!)

  334. misiraul on June 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hi Mike,
    Do you think that an album that is made to be heard from start to finish is better then normal ? HT and Meteora are different from this point of view.

    And I advice everyone how has positive thoughts to post and comment!

  335. sunriseashes on June 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    The one and only reason I am not a member of LPU is because I’m megaly overly cautious about buying products from overseas, and that’s what LPU is. If I were to do it, I’d go the whole hog and get one of the bigger packages.

    I’ve never resented LPU members. I opted out, like you said, and I know I’m no different to any other fan. We’re united by our love of your music. Nuff said. And having shaking Chester’s hand at a Dead By Sunrise concert, I know it’s possible to get in the up close and personal with nothing more than dedication.

  336. sohail abbasi on June 28, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love LP,I’m not a member of lpu cz I dn’ve a credit card,but I love’em,love em

  337. swedishmikael on June 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Number two: The first time I heard A thousand suns, so I was surprised, personally I thought it was too little “real songs”. But all texts are extremely deep, never have I shudder as much of the music! That’s what makes me continue to believe in you, and love what you do! Love from Sweden! / Mikael

  338. swedishmikael on June 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Number one: I think the all the fans are important, both those who leave negative comments, those who like specific songs “just” and those who constantly are positive. Will you come with negative criticism so it should also be reason and not just words like “Linkin Park sucks, this is the worst made​​, what happened to the old Linkin Park?” . With that kind of comments, how will you then be able to take it to heart, and possibly improve on the next album? The love you guys in Linkin Park spreads are wonderful. So down to earth, it is amazing.

  339. sccorpy on June 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I just want to say from someone who isn’t a part of the LPU. I am proud to be a fan of your band, never once thought I was underappreciated. There are many reasons for this. One being simply, you guys care and it’s so evident that you all do. Why else would you address this?

    It’s sad to hear what you say about negative comments and it’s true, but here’s my positive comment for you guys being awesome, to take time out to sort the complaints/problems people have within and outwith the LPU.

    Keep evolving, don’t ever stop being the way you guys are. You have all the support in the world. Heck, I just made this account to tell you that =).

  340. fearfreak on June 28, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Wow this guy gets a lot of attention :D
    I m not a LPU Member but i have no problem with this fact cause i don t feel like i m left behind (cause i can t have a video chat with you or a M&G with the band)
    I don t care cause I love your music (demos and all of your records )and no money on the world could give me that feeling i have when i m on a concert from you cause this is just amazing .
    and you also give the non LPU members all attention you can give them ( your blog , LPTV , Contest .. )and this is cool :D

    Just keep on going :D

    ps sorry for the many mistakes .. englisch is not my best language :D

  341. phil7990 on June 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    EDIT: actually, it’s the songs of the first 2 albums from LP that brought more energy in me. I was deeply hurt when I was 14 by this girl, and suddenly, I listened to linkin park, and sang with them, it gave me SOOO much energy to live again…

  342. nicoskinnyman on June 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I’m really surprised about how founded is this article. I think people get angry just because they want, if you are mad about something then just drop it. Such a sad way to live, protesting about non-sense bullsh*t in stead of protest about more important stuff, like politic corruption, unemployment, etc. Amazing, greetings from a spaniard fan.

  343. nicoskinnyman on June 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’m really surprised about how founded is this article. I think people get angry just because they want, if you are mad about something then just drop it. Such a sad way to live, protesting about non-sense bullsh*t in stead of protest about more important stuff, like politic corruption, unemployment, etc. Amazing, greatings from a spaniard fan.

  344. irenemgan on June 28, 2011 at 9:45 am

    mike, you´re right!
    i would write more but I can not express myself in English :S

  345. phil7990 on June 28, 2011 at 9:44 am

    I’m not an LPU member, rethought about it, but I can’t afford it. I do would like to meet the guys because I have so many questions… However this indeed doesn’t mean I’m not a fan of LP at all. I’m going to Rock Werchter in Belgium to see those guys live for the 1st time. Do you know how long I’ve waited for this? I’m a fan of them 7 years now and I still do like them. I’m excited as ever :o… About the albums, it’s true that they’re first 2 albums are still the best, but on the other hand, I also like some of that new LP. In fact, it’s a miracle that chesters voice is still working after all that screaming.

  346. pebbles28 on June 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I just wanted to tell you that I agree with everything that you said.. there’s some people that are even mad at themselves, but they have to blame something or someone else.
    So.. There it is!..
    I love your music guys … (and Dead By Sunrise!!! also rocks! :p )
    Please come to Chile again!! :) (and DBS too) :)

  347. pebbles28 on June 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Excellent piece!!! …. I agree 100% with you!!…
    Truthfully.. I’m a huge fan of the band, (no kidding, I listen to your songs all day long.. and by the way…. congrats on your new album… It’s the best yet!!!.. I love all of your songs, but I found this last one to be EXTRAORDINARY!.. I love how you mixed emotions and slow songs with fast songs…) anyway… I’m sidetracking here.. continue below

  348. polyattack on June 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Maybe it’s because you guys [including people working in LPUHQ] talk about LPU stuff to the public too much and/or too often. Then those fans that are not LPUers see such and such features only LPU members get that they cannot.
    Maybe they feel like you guys are rubbing it in their faces a little.
    I’ve been a huge fan for a decade but I’ve been in LPU for only 3 years so I understand both sides.
    But it’s only my observation. Maybe I’m wrong.

    p.s. I’ve listened to A Thousand Suns from start to finish at least 50 times. No joke.

  349. betkalp on June 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I think you are right Mike, BUT you said it like LPUers are first class cuz they are so big fans that they are willing to give money to their favorite band. I think most not-members will agree with me that even if we want to pay for membership,there are not enough money for us to afford it.Last year I started saving money so i could be a member.Then prize raised.I would really like to be a member but i dont know how to get 60 bucks.Lately my family has had problems to afford food for us. I so wish i could be a part of official fans.I dont think membership has something to do with more or less-liking band,its about people.I just want you to realize that being fan is not about membership…

  350. rosenneify on June 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Do people need other people to like something? Does money really matter in that? I’m not going to categorise myself into a LPU-member or non-member, because it doesn’t matter. Of course it is nicer to share it with someone else who thinks same way but I’m not going to force anyone to like it and nobody can make me stop liking it. If people want to join LPU, it is their business, not anyone else’s. I won’t let my feelings get hurt if someone says I’m not a real fan because I don’t belong into LPU (which I do not admit or deny) because at least in Finland we have a freedom of speech. It is my opinion and that’s yours. Even if you say it a thousand times, I still won’t change my mind.

  351. annalisajoyce on June 28, 2011 at 9:41 am

    some fans seem to forget that linkin park is a business. sure, talented musicians like linkin park might like to produce and perform for free because they are artists. but the reality is that humans require money to survive. some people get their feelings hurt too easily and some people just like to bitch. in an ideal world artists would not have to care what anyone thought of them or their art.

  352. senixus on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Great blog Mike.
    After this it can not be misstaken.. LP does not favorite some fans over others (allready knew that though) ;)
    I am not a part of LPU but would love to be. I am not.. only for the matter of money.. can not afford it atm. But as you said.. I am still a darn big Fan ;)

    Thank you for a great Blog. Made me smile lots of times and that is never a bad thing ;)
    <3 <3 <3 LP ~ ATS <3 <3 <3

  353. nuppu85 on June 28, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Awesome post, Mike! You’ve really thought about the issue, and it still keeps surprising me how much you guys really think and care about your fans.
    I agree, that everybody know in their own heads are they fans or not and just how big fans they feel themselves.
    I personally feel like a huge fan, but then again I don’t spend much money to LP just because I don’t have much money. I don’t personally think that spending loads of money makes you a better or bigger fan in any way, but of course with money you can show your loyalty for the band much more visibly than those fans without all the merchandise.

  354. jeffreydahmerx on June 28, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park for 10 years now, but I’ve never felt that joining the LPU would somehow boost my status from “fan” to “superfan” simply because money is now involved. When I see other fans attending Summits and receiving great merchandise packages, I am excited for them because I know they deserve it.If I wanted to join the LPU, I would, but I’m perfectly content with spending money on other things and being a fan in my own way. I think it is only a small minority of Linkin Park fans that sincerely feel cheated out of their “fan experience” by not being a member or feel less appreciated by you guys. Like you said, if you think you’re a fan, you’re a fan.

  355. walkatightrope on June 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Some of you who comment here are still talking about “real” LP fans. This is nonesense. There is no “wrong” fan, how do you imagine a “wrong” fan? This doesn’t make any sense, and above all it’s not necessarry to distinguish between real and faulse fans, because if you’re a fan, you’re a fan, you’re a fan.

  356. wakavlp on June 28, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I don’t understand this Opinions of haters…I’m an annual LPU Member and I can say, that it’s worth to pay this 60$. No Question. It’s the decision of every single Fan to be a Lpu Member. This won’t grade a Fan up! I’m even proud of being Linkin Park Fan even when I wouldn’t be a LPU Member, but when I read such stupid comments (LPU=Better Fans) I feel disappointed.
    The Band is doing a lot of activities with ALL Fans. More than the most other Bands. In my Opinion there are no ‘better’ Fans. WE ARE ONE COMMUNITY WHICH LOVES LINKIN PARK AND THEIR MUSIC AND SO IT SHOULD STAY!!!!!
    Mike: It’s good, that you blogged about this here. Thanks and greetings!

  357. rockpapayagermany on June 28, 2011 at 9:30 am

    I really don’t think you have to justify. It is great that you do, but the people who talk “bad” things or don’t understand anything, have to reflect oneself. They just talk and talk and it always hurt me. I think you guys, Linkin Park, are the most social band in the world. :) What would i do without you, hearing you since I am 10 years old…? And: I even got a Tattoo of LP…so, am i now one of the first class fans? :D haha!! and sorry for my horrible english… I am german.

  358. wolledoe on June 28, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Members vs. Non-Members. One thought besides everything I have read above:

    What happens, if only LPU-Members are on an LP-Concert? Yes, its pretty empty. In Munich, Germany were roundabout 30 LPU-Members. I know that, because I met them.

    Every fan is important, no one is more important then the other! I can be a fan of a soccer club without being in any fan organisation of the club, but they will be thankful, if I go to their games and support them. Same for LP, at least for me =) ( And of course its great enternainment ;-) )

  359. linkinpython on June 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

    A Thousand Suns was a REALLY good album, it was different sure, but if every album you guys made sounded like hybrid theory i would have stopped listening to LP years ago. I’ve been a LP fan since i was 11 years old and the only reason i’m not an LPU member is that i’m just too poor :(

    p.s. when are you next in the UK? i couldn’t go to download as i had loads of exams to do at that time :/

  360. nettie21 on June 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

    I agree with you, Mike. I’m not a member of LPU, but I have a necklace, like the HT’s cover, and that’s it. But it means almost everything to me. And just because I’m not a member, or something, I don’t think I’m not a fan. I’m… since the beginnings. :) I love your music, and it’s all that matters… And congratulations for ATS’s succes! Waiting for the end is LP’s best song! :) Thx for sharing your opinions!
    xo, N.

  361. madshell on June 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Well if I want to travel first class on a plane, i’ll have to pay more, duh. doesnt mean that if I fly economy I don’t get any attention at all. I still get to board the plane and get to my vacation spot, I just dont get a more comfortable chair- CUZ I DIDNT PAY FOR IT, obviously.

  362. vilevermin on June 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    It doesn’t seem like many of these people who write on facebook really read what you wrote here…
    I think “real” LP fans are those who already knows that you care about them wheater you are a LPU-member or not. And no fan are more important than the other, we are all of equal value. I’m not an LPU-member myself, I can’t afford it. But that doesn’t make me feel like a less of a fan for that matter.
    I love you guys.

  363. mp3edsjs on June 28, 2011 at 9:24 am

    but that’s just me

  364. mp3edsjs on June 28, 2011 at 9:23 am

    i dont have a problem with LPU
    however..
    i do think it is unfair that fans who aren’t LPU members that go to a show and are unable to get an autograph and a picture
    i remember going to projekt revolution in ’08 i had hybrid theory and meteora CDs in my pockets and a digital camera hoping i could leave with something i can consider a souvenir instead i was told i needed to be a member of LPU (which i was) but i didnt have a “meet and greet pass” i was disappointed and a little upset this was a band i listened to since hybrid theory hit stores

    i left real taken back about how i felt about the band as a whole i think that’s a little selfish

  365. noelia100lp on June 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

    todos los fans son importantes sean mienbros de LPU o no,la gente tiene que entender que las cosas que hacen para los fans como las cumbres o SUMMIT cuestan dinero y tendrán que conseguirlo de algún sitio,yo sueño con poder pagar la cuota anual del LPU para poder tener todas esas ventajas……

    thanks Mike! I love you!

  366. lpshinosuke on June 28, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’m no (quite sure to be) LP’s good fan. But I’m positively LP’s big fan, and wanna be super fan for you.
    I didn’t spend much money for LP things, but I deeply love your songs. That’s what I can explain to other people for being LP fan.
    The most important thing is what you feel and indicate yourself.
    Super fan don’t have to pay super fund.

  367. george23wagner on June 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

    WOW!You really clearing this up. Im not a member of LPU and im not even mad or sad about it. I’m a fan of LP since the release of Hybrid Theory and i like every record on his own way.

    The best point, which you cleared up, is that everybody is a FAN! Every Fan supports a band on his own way. I’ve your 4 Albums and im happy with that fact, that i can call myself: im a fan.

    Simple Fact, if you love a sound of a band and support it: You’re a fan!

    I can’t understand that ATS has only 3 of 5 Stars, a lot of people follow a negative opinion by someone.
    Everyone is a first class FAN OF LP =)

  368. xsunsx on June 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Im 15 now i ive been listing to linkin park since the 2nd album and not to get off topic but living in a black community when probably only 0.000000000001 listen to rock i was on my own then high school came more people listen to rock but no one liked linkin park they rather listen to other bands that make emo or screamo music im not a fan of that. So back to to topic i wish i could be in LPU my mom and dad have the money to them its not worth it..unlike most people that change bands every few months linkin park been mine for almost 8 years now..because im a FAN i dislike song some song but thats what make you human i guess…. and Thousand suns was a album words cant describe..in a good way

  369. tastysnaxx on June 28, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I agree with Colin. LPU chat for the first classers.

  370. connerluymes on June 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Mike, thanks so much for writing this. This proves to all that you and the rest of the band actually care about what their fans are saying, feeling, etc. This really needed to be cleared up. I’ve been a long time fan, and about a year ago, I got a free one-month pass on LPU. It was such an experience. Great fans, great environment. Obviously, that month is over now, so I am no longer a member, because I can’t afford it. After it ended, I felt a little left out, because that was before you guys would do LPU chats, Summits, etc. But regardless, I am such a fan of you guys. You inspire me everyday. I can only hope that I have the 1/100,000 chance of meeting my hero, haha. best of luck to you.

  371. lpuniverse on June 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Mike, this is amazing,I think it is really great that you took time out of your day to write it. I always wonder what kind of people spend their time being so negative and badmouthing others especially people that don’t deserve it like you guys. Your music is incredible. You probably already know to do this but you should never let the harsh words of others affect or change you guys, because you are wonderful the way you are. Thank you for staying true to who you are and caring so much for your fans. Keep being so unbelievably incredible.

  372. kiutie on June 28, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Well… I’m not part of LPU. I dont even own a credit card to join. I’m kinda poor, so yeah…whatever

    I consider myself a super fan. Since I started following you, I had to create my own posters, my own LP shirts, because you couldn’t find anything with your name in here. I always had to save penny after penny to buy your CDs. I’ve been waiting you guys for 10 years (oh hai, im from Argentina). I almost loose my job, i had to travel 6 hours to get to the concert, i had to met a stranger to get my ticket, i spent my whole savings on that trip, i risked my life on it (well, kind of). And i’d do it again, for you, because I LOVE LP ♥ whether im on the LPU or not. Yeah

  373. Sweet Dreams CakePop on June 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

    “In other words, if you think you’re a fan, then you are a fan.”
    Being a Fan is a personal relationship between oneself and the band.
    It is not possible for someone else to judge the amount of love, thus the loyalty one has for the band.
    Money has nothing to do with it, as we can see by many posts here saying they would participate if they could afford it.

  374. Cornel on June 28, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I like your article very much. And although I’m not part of LPU (I really want to be part of it) I believe that all the fans are equal.
    I really wish LPU would be available in the country I’m living (Moldova, Eastern Europe), and I really wish I could buy your albums from a music store and not just hoping that Amazon would, somehow, ship the album right to my house (Moldova is a country that doesn’t support shipping for most of Amazon items). I don’t actually know if I can find your albums in Romania (the neighbor country).
    Still hoping things will get right soon.

  375. Aditya_the_warrior_within on June 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

    well said mike! this is one of your most well spoken out post.
    I always thought to myself ‘Im not some super LP fan because I’m an LPUer for so many years, but I’m an LPUer just coz for 2 simple reasons – I had my parents’ support and I LOVE Linkin Park’

    I’m from India and im waiting to see you guys for the past 8 years! (yeah im the same guy you misunderstood in the previous chat that im waiting to talk to you since 8 years) :P
    just an eg that many love you but the no. who despise you are no less and this fanboy war is big time mess like everywhere.

    There is no thing like ‘super fan’ just presence and absence of opportunities with a bit of work and slight luck

  376. andrewsh74 on June 28, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I have a wife and kids and limited funds, and therefore I am not able to join LPU (unfortunately). But I do feel I am a fan and have been for sometime. Who cares what other people think of your worthiness, it’s how you feel, your passion, that matters.
    Just ask my 2nd stepson (17 Years old), I took him to his first concert for his Birthday, Linkin Park in Newcastle UK. It was awesome!

  377. ianrcampbell on June 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Ever since high school I’ve been known as the “Linkin Park” kid, and I graduated in ’06! I love Linkin Park so much because it has been such a positive impact on my life. I am so thankful for that band! The more and more I grow, the more I see how great every member in the band is, and I truly believe the entire band is just a group of great musicians doing their best to make great music for themselves.
    However, the only things I have ever purchased LP is the music. I haven’t even been to a show! (I will someday!) I am quite content by owning every CD and being able to listen to it ANYTIME I want. That is truly all I need.
    I consider myself a humongous fan, but I only NEED the music.

  378. akashmash on June 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Every fan is important, and the band know that more than anyone else, underground helped LP and still does, the 60$ a year… What do you think that goes to, it doesn’t mean you’re a better fan, it means you want to help them. You can’t judge a fan by anything, only a fan can judge themselves because if they’re the number one fan to themself, then they are and you can’t take that away from them. We’re all fans, some of us fans of the old, some of the new, some of us who have liked absolutely everything about the band and have supported them from the very beginning, we’re all as important as each other, and we each have a part to play, we should unite as fans, not divide.

  379. EpicLinkinPark on June 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for posting Mike, couldn’t agree more. I agree that if you think you’re a fan, then you’re a fan. We are all Linkin Park fans here. We all came on this journey together and we are following it together. We all support Linkin Park equally. Nobody is different. Remember, everyone that enjoys Linkin Park, is a fan. We all support and listen to Linkin Park. We are all equally a fan to Linkin Park. Just thought I share my opinion on that. I also loved ATS, awesome album Mike and LP. Hope all is well Mike and LP, take care. I can’t wait to see Transformers too. Looks awesome! Especially in 3D! :)
    Kate

  380. marysukhorukova on June 28, 2011 at 8:59 am

    totally agree with you

  381. leenee89 on June 28, 2011 at 8:58 am

    People have bad days, people might say things they regret after saying them. We’re all just human.
    I already explained myself a coupple of posts ago. And stop calling me a guy, I’m a woman lol ;)

  382. adiek84 on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I’m also one of the many many fans that can’t join the LPU because of money issues, combined with the fact that I couldn’t attend any of your shows.So I can understand the feeling of being left out when everyone (that’s how one perceives it)had fun at summits and LPU chats.Still I think the LPU is worth the money, it’s just my own decision to put other things first. The money issue goes back to one of the biggest misconceptions about LP: that LP are all about money. So I’m thankful that you’ve explained that the band doesn’t get the money.I’ve managed to compensate the “left out” feeling a bit through posting fan reviews on my blog, which made me feel as if I’ve been there, too.

  383. adiek84 on June 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I’ve been thinking about this whole problem of fans not being able to attend LP shows and thus not wanting to pay for the LPU because they wouldn’t use half of the benefits and thought that maybe something like a “Lite” membership would be really cool. You’d pay less money and would only be able to use the online stuff (LPu chat, LPTV downloads etc.) but not the M&G, summits, presale or any other “live stuff”.

  384. truebluelp on June 28, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Very well said Mike. It is a shame the negative minority drown out those of us that have something positive to say. LPU is one of the best fan clubs I have ever been a part of (and there have been a few!) and the only one I have stayed with. I don’t feel like it makes me a better fan, but it definitely gives me a better fan experience, so for that thank you. My only small complaint about your recent survey was the section where we had to pick our 3 favourite LP songs…..come on that is just impossible not to mention cruel!

  385. Claudia B. on June 28, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I really admire you for taking time to write so much on this. There was a great need for this post for a while, but it won’t shut some idiots’ mouths. ATS is a great album, in my opinion. About LPU, I have a few things to say: I don’t join not because of the money but cause I live in the middle of nowhere & contrary to your opinion about European fans – I can’t “hop in a plane & fly to Germany”. I could join in 5 seconds if I knew that you’re coming to my city, but obviously you won’t and it’s not your fault at all. I don’t blame anyone (apart from the concert organizers) Someday I’ll rejoin LPU, though. I’m still a hardcore fan, regardless. P.S. I f-ing hate the character limit.

  386. yydisco0913 on June 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

    By the way, I’m so impressed with this statement”The habit of not containing your rage is likely to lead you to easily provoked enragement. And, as almost everyone knows who has taken the trouble of self-examination, there is a great deal of pleasure to be had from rage, especially when it supposes itself to be in a righteous cause”. This is a different opinion that never came into my mind before. It seems to be a mistake made by everyone in a lifetime. Thanks for sharing. I think I will paste it on my desk and read it everyday.ha…

  387. dereklp on June 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Where are all these big ego LPU’ers at? I’ve been in LPU since it’s first hour and never met anyone who thought themselves as better than anyone else. Maybe I am just one lucky SOB.

  388. cctjehh on June 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    As a LPUer I say thank you, we love you too ^^
    You know something I personally dislike is all the ‘this band/song/album sucks’ comments. If you don’t like it then that’s you opinion but others make like it. It’s very easy to say something just ‘sucks’ a lot more interesting and respectful thing is to keep it for yourself or give good arguments why something isn’t good or why you don’t like it.

    And even then, music is art and an art piece is something you like or not.

  389. genessa755 on June 28, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I think this is great blog mike!!
    I’ve been in the lpu for 3 years (lpu 4,6,) and the benefits from joining are amazing. But even if one is not in the fan club, you don’t feel out of the loop. Or at least I don’t. You guys care so much about your fans that anyone can see even if they are in the fan club or not, which is something I really appreciate and love about you guys. You give us updates on the facebook page and twitter. You have the app which is so cool because it’s another way to meet other crazy LP fans. So by someone saying that you don’t care about those of us that aren’t in the underground, I think they are mistaken. They just haven’t used all of there resources yet.

  390. nightrose64 on June 28, 2011 at 8:40 am

    long time stalker here ha! but this post made me inclined to say something. wouldnt it just make sense to lower the membership fee? that way you would have more potential members and more money that funds the LPU. i already pay a fair amount coming to your live shows as it is (which are always AWESOME btw!). its hard being a low earning appreciator of the band *sigh*.

    Alan

  391. tundrainbloom on June 28, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I respect how wisely Mr. Shinoda manages all this worldwide kindergarten. Really, the way he makes his career deserves admiration no matter what you do.

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      I wouldn’t call it that. However, “worldwide kindergarten” might be my favorite new phrase in general…

  392. leenee89 on June 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    agree with jershalp. lots of LPU members feel and ACT like if they would be something more special! i dont answer to stupid stuff like that because I’m too old to argue about crap like that. but in the back of my mind I’m still pissed off!

  393. boger7lp on June 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

    trade-money-selling-supposed-fans-memberships
    this is so shallow and so irrelevant
    forget the true meaning of a band – music
    Enough of playing rock Star

    Love to art-Love the real music
    enough unough

  394. gaganlp on June 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

    thx mike :)

    • M Shinoda on June 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      you’re welcome.

  395. jershalp on June 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

    But i do want to pull your attention to this, some LPU members think they are more superior than us non-members. There was this guy on Facebook who called me a “lousy, fake fan who just pretends to love LP” just cuz m not in the LPU… comments like this really hurt. Just wanted you to know that stuff like this kinda makes us feel really unappreciated and ignored

  396. joannehelix on June 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I would like to say that I am NOT an LPU member,and i have come to terms that i am okay with not being in LPU.

    I love Linkin park, and if i want anything LP, i will just save up money and buy your shirts, merch, and cds.

    this person why “scolded” you is obviously “calculative”, he should just appreciate the things he got, like for me, whatever i own of LP-be it cds and a shirt, it already means alot to me.

    think about it, some people do not even have any LP stuffs, there are other more less fortunate people out there.

  397. aravind221 on June 28, 2011 at 8:26 am

    i think mike seriously the price is resonable for the benifits you give thru Lpu and “MONEY ” term seriously affects it sometime not everyone can seem to afford these days , but seriously Lpu is a worth for what i paid more than real friends in life It showed me some good meanigful friends in life thru LPU im happy for the Lpu which u created :)

  398. Braffschein on June 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

    @GT , can I please shake your hand as you speak totally what’s on my mind.

  399. jershalp on June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Sheesh how could this guy say like this ??? I have been a fan since you guys put out your first album & I have never been an LPU member…. But that doesnt make me a lesser fan in anyway. Well the reasons for me not being an LPU member are many – Cant convince my parents( m 17 ), Its way too expensive I feel & service here in India aint so good.
    Yes I do feel a little ignored sometimes but you are right, you get what you pay for.

  400. joannehelix on June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

    hey Mike,to be honest,yes i do get mad that being in LPU has all the various benefits,i always wanted to join LPU but the parents do not allow.however LPU or not,it is obvious that you guys care alot about the fans.like what most people have said,you DO NOT have to answer to everyone of us,you guys are the best,just do it LIKE A BOSS!

  401. allybcanada on June 28, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Our whole family loves LP. We love the creativity and fearlessness with every album. I bought A Thousand Suns in its entirety on iTunes (and rated it 5/5 :D). You guys are more than just about the music. You are involved in causes that matter and I appreciate that. My 12 yr old son is so inspired by your musicianship that he has played drums since he was 9 and now is adding the keys and brass to the mix — largely because of YOU guys. So thank you. My 6 yr old daughter (think Bieber fever) proudly tells all her friends that although she likes lil JB, that Chester and Mike sing WAY better. LOL. My 3 year old son LOVES some of your vids on youtube and specifically requests to watch them. PEACE

  402. bahar67 on June 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

    one smart “article”, really enjoyed reading it :)

  403. curlylp on June 28, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Thanks for doing this post. People are too worry about who is the biggest fan, who saw LP live more times, who met you guys, etc. and they constantly forget that they should listen and enjoy the music. That’s what real fans do. The others things, like met you and have an autograph, are advantages of getting into LPU. Obviously, fans who want enjoy those “presents” from the band, they have to pay something for it. That’s completely understandable.

  404. Gt on June 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I am not a member of LPU, not because I don’t think it’s a good value for the money, but because other costs have become a greater priority to pay. I do not feel like LP considers me less of fan. Almost daily, I’m exposed to posts on Twitter, Facebook, LP’s website, and band members’ blogs that keep me personally involved in the band and the lives of the members. They don’t know me, I’m not a member, but I don’t feel any less valued because of their hard-work, dedication, and determination to make connections with their fans. My love of music causes me to explore the efforts of other bands, and no other band works as hard as LP to make each fan feel like the greatest!

  405. goranart on June 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hi Mike, well said. I’m a fan for 10 years now, allways wanted to be LPU member, but i’m sad that I probably never see your concert, because i live in Croatia. Anyway, you have lots of fans here in Croatia, and we was always loyal to LP.

  406. Xenith on June 28, 2011 at 8:13 am

    I left LPU a while back. I’m all for paying to gain the extra benefits and expected such when I joined. However it wasn’t for me…. My cat however, loves chewing on her LP shoe laces!

    Either way I class myself as a fan and do go out of my way to support LP where possible. Hell I even built a website to petition and share “No Roads Left” with a wider audience (until the bandwidth got too expensive) and expected nothing in return… not that I’m hinting that you should play it live or anything Mike :p

    The fact is I’m old enough and ugly enough to sit back and simply appreciate the music without expecting to be acknowledged as better or worse than any other fan.

  407. anaaugustalp on June 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I agree 100% with you!

  408. sagback on June 28, 2011 at 8:10 am

    @EVOOBA : YOU RE extremely EXTREMELY EXTREMELY EXTREMELY EXTREMELY EXTREMELY RIGHT DUDE ! WHAT YOU SAID IN YOUR COMMENT

    I CAN PUT MY SIGNATURE TO UNDER YOUR COMMENTS !

  409. dampney on June 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

    I find that..when I come across something amazing, something that blows me away, I dont tend to share, comment or review it as I already know that it is great. For example, ‘A Thousand Suns’ is a amazing album, but you wouldnt see me write a review of it on iTunes because I already know that you know, that other fans know that it is already something significant.

    Mike, you never have to explain anything to us fans. Your a artist with a free will, who creates works for his liking (respect right there). But yes, ‘ATS’ is a mind blowing album that I listen to every day. (No joke.) -Dampney

  410. Agata (gucio86) on June 28, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Great post, Mike! It almost feels like quasi-scientific article. Thanks for taking the time and writing this piece. Very good stuff indeed, thumbs up from me!

  411. leenee89 on June 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

    uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurgh >.<

  412. yydisco0913 on June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

    I read the article thoroughly and clearly. I’m also the one who don’t pay the fee for LPU. It’s just a choice and I don’t understand why those people who are like me will feel that they are ignored. In this world, you got what you pay, that’s it!! It’s incredible that you write this to clarify those arguments. Maybe you want to do this since a long time ago. For me, you not only express your emphasis to FANS, but I think that’s why I like Linkin Park. Hoping you guys can keep the enthusiasm making good music for us!

  413. sagback on June 28, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Sorry MIKE ,I SOMETIMES agree w/ the guy .
    but please dont get it ; I said ” I am not the real LP fan “. Sometimes WE FEEL bad about not seeing you guys more than the others
    not be able to see your post on LPU.com.
    Maybe,you cant understand living other countries in which domestic currency is worth to be much more money than yours.(ex: countries which dont use $ and €)
    DEFINITELY You understand ;
    WE ARE FANS (LPU mmbr or NOT) WHO ALWAYS WANT TO BE YOU CLOSER :)

    PS: I wrote this comment for explaining my opposite opinion,I am NOT obsequious one, I had to say what I think/thougth before.

    2nd PS: I am gonna become LPU member ,
    MY TIME HAS ALREADY COME ! THNKS MIKE ;)

  414. counter17 on June 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

    I dont even know why do people write stuff like that…
    Its OK they have bad days….

    LP is awesome…
    I’m not a member but want to be…
    And just to tell everyone…
    Price to be in LPU is just for the stuff u get, LP is awesome to do summits and give other priveleges..

    LP loves all their fans its just easier to pay attention and respect to the fans who are getting involved in the band…
    :) :) :)

  415. pinkyloulou on June 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I bet you that the fan who sent this out on Twitter will probably be flying to the moon and back if he finds out that you answered him with such a long ass post.

    One thing I don’t get though.

    Fans judging other fans for being angry at a certain issue? And fans saying ‘OMG Mike thanks for saying that, people that complain piss me off!!!!’

    Seriously? You call what that guy said on Twitter ‘Negativity and hate’? What if that person can’t afford to become a member of the LPU? What if he has huge, personal issues and all he wants is to be heard?

    Fans are too quick to judge these people. And it’s a shame really. We’re not here to condemn this person. Or at least I’m not.

  416. leenee89 on June 28, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Second thing: I’m a fan since “HT”, all I want is a an autograph on my album, thats all i ever wanted and I know that I probably will never get it.that what makes me so sad!I’m sorry!:( i feel quite bad now!

    never never never thought u might read this. wow it really sucks to know that my “first words to you” were crappy ones like that >.<

    I love Linkin Park and you guys were there for me when i grew up from a little girl to the woman I am now. I hope you're not pissed off :S

  417. shumass on June 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Hey Mike im glad to see you post something like thiss on your blog. I bleieve you explaiined yourself in a very clear way and i must say that I joined LPU in January and I am very happy that I joined! Being able to go to my first meet and greet in Boston this year was the the most memorable thing for me this year! I want to thank you for making such an awesome fan club and bringing all of the opportunities to chat with you guys online or in person! I have yet to go to an LPU chat online :( i have school during those times and i hope you guys can make an archived section so i can be able to see what I have missed ( just putting that out there), and I love A thousand suns its my favorite one!

  418. krissi001 on June 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

    <3 I love you guys! I may not have the money to be a member of the LPU nor to go to concerts yet I never felt that I am not a "real" Fan because of that. Someday I will manage to go to one of your Concerts even if I have to go alone because none of my friends/family members likes LP :'C keep creating amazing music (;

    haters gonna hate ;D they will always find something to complain about :\

  419. scruff23 on June 28, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Just had an idea, you know you guys did the whole survey of what artist, what music, radio station, favorite track survey. What if you did listed or let fans vote on which country you should go to for a tour and like then everyone is satisfied because everyone gets a choice and then can’t complain that they’ve not been included or not a ‘first class fan’ as they put it. My vote would be Moskav (Moscow), any excuse to go back home, and too see linkin park live… again in… Moskav would be awesome!

  420. coliinreiid on June 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Would you happen to know the updates for the Fan Club Message Board Mike?!

  421. mandabear30 on June 28, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I agree to the whole “if you’re a fan, you’re a fan” thing. I don’t put myself ahead of others and believe that I’m superior because I’ve been listening to LP for over 7 years. Your music is meant to bring those of us who enjoy it together. I know your music has helped me through some pretty hard times, as it has with a lot of people.

    As for LPU members, I was once one but then I had other responsibilities to take care of so I haven’t been able to get a new membership since probably 2008. I don’t think it makes me any less important than any other fan out there. With my membership I was able to meet you guys twice in 2007, one being my first and only vacation I’ve ever had which was flying to NJ to see you guys perform at bamboozle (coming from WI, it was a very exciting trip and so worth it to meet you guys). And as soon as I get some money, I am totally getting my LPU membership back.

    I think people get upset because you don’t have the time to do a lot outside of the meet and greets and summits for the LPU, but it’s understandable with how busy you guys are. It’s not like it used to be back when you first started. Some people don’t understand how hectic of schedules you guys probably have and how hard it is to make time. But the time you guys do put out to signing and just saying hello is extremely appreciated.

    Well I won’t make this any longer than it is, but I just wanted to let you know that you guys are awesome and I appreciate all of the hard work you guys put in. Hopefully next time I will be able to catch you guys on tour in the US! <3

  422. stiingrays on June 28, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hm… i wonder if that guy complains about people who have memberships for 24 hour fitness too… lol

    Anyways, I’ve been a fan for 10 years now Mike, keep up the good hard work you guys do.

  423. sashaknows on June 28, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Well said, Mike. People can get lost in their own negativity and hate. They no longer see clearly. I can’t decide whether negativity and hate are roots of ignorance or the other way around. Regardless, there are SO many other vital issues & concerns in this world that people should be channeling their energy towards rather than complaining about a fan club. Perhaps this person needs to actually listen to your lyrics to be aware of that.
    I consider myself a super fan because of LP’s music and message. I admire your growth as men and musicians. And I truly respect you for taking time to reflect on this person’s tweet in a thoughtful, positive manner. Have a great tour. Peace.

  424. egornemykin on June 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

    And sorry for my English =(

  425. scruff23 on June 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

    I feel happier than I did before reading this email, and I was still pretty happy before, now I just feel more welcomed than perviously :)
    Now just want the fifth album to be out

  426. sian18 on June 28, 2011 at 7:38 am

    im in LPU. and another thing about ATS my dad has always liked LP’s music but my dad loves ATS as much as me we were talking about it other day saying there are not many albums you play and want to listen to first track right threw to the last but with ATS you do its like a journey my dads having chemo treatment and thats his album of choise to listen to as he gets treatment cose he says he can drift off to another world with ATS. and i really cant wait to see what you will do with the next album

  427. anitazik on June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I Love this explaination! I’m not a LPU member though. You actually answered to few questions that are in my mind had been spinning around. Thank you!

    P.S. Please don’t sit calmly in your hotel with coffee and stuff cause highly likely there are fans are dying to see you outside. and some of them wait for you not even 2 hours. Crazy fans! xoxox

  428. tinnituss on June 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Firstly, I have heard of these kind of complaints a LOT, I’m an active member in the lpu chat, and this has been discussed a lot. At first, I was angry aswell. The price is very high for a membership and it didnt include clothes, cd:s, random stuff…so I felt fooled somehow.
    BUT….
    That was before Linkin Park came to Sweden. Before I went to a Meet & Greet at that show. Before they sent out a lpux package(btw my name is one of the 500 people :D)…I’ve stayed in the lpu, and I’ve SEEN the things you get out of it.
    I’m not angry anymore.
    Also, I met my best friend(she lives Belgium) and my boyfriend (he lives in England…I live in Sweden) through the lpu. For that, I thank you.

  429. oyolita on June 28, 2011 at 7:36 am

    From La Castellana (Madrid) Bravo Mike!

    I was a member of LPU in 07 ‘, not now.
    Both before 2007 and after, I still feel like a “superfan” of Linkin Park.

    PS: I saw you in Newcastle.

  430. ukenergy on June 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Thanks for replying Mike
    – I agree that it’s better now. I’ve still not ‘rejoined’ after the initial blow – which was a shame after 10 years of fun. A lot more tempted now and I do miss it. The LPUX CD not included was a big turn off too. The $60 suddenly becomes very worth it if you get chance of a summit.

    The old archives are cool – and it’s great to remember past events. Hanging with Fort Minor in London still goes down as one of my favourite LP events. :)

  431. regiw on June 28, 2011 at 7:33 am

    I’ve joined LPU for less than six months. Since then I had the chance to attend the Summit in Hamburg, to view my favourite LPTV episodes in HD quality, I’ll soon get my LPU T-Shirt and other stuff. That for less than €50 a year. It’s more than anyone can ask for. I truly don’t believe LP makes any money out of LPU at all – if you look at the Summit alone – you’ll see that it is almost impossible. And NO MONEY in this world can pay for the care and attention that Mike, Chester, Dave, Joe, Rob, Brad and ALL the LPU team gave EACH of us.

    The LP songs are BELOVED FRIENDS OF MINE – and no money in this world can pay for that either. THANK YOU LP!

  432. Braffschein on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 am

    Anyway, the fan question. I know nobody’s reading this right now, but just in case if yeah. Guys. Those LPU members just have time, money and all the other opportunities to have all that cool stuff. We(I’m not the LPU member) don’t. But I never thought LP doesn’t love me. TO LP, we’re probably not like the single persons, we’re like the one single person which loves LP. And LP loves us. ALL OF US. Undoubtedly. It’s impossible not to see it.
    They can’t talk to all of us, meet all of us, give all of us presents. OUR ARMY IS THAT HUGE, don’t you get the point?
    This is really sad. But if you’re not in that 0.0003% of lucky people, the band is OBVIOUSLY not the one to blame.

  433. georgialp on June 28, 2011 at 7:31 am

    P.S. I’m going to join LPU very soon, been putting it off for far too long! The benefits are amazing :)

  434. aud31 on June 28, 2011 at 7:29 am

    M SHINODA ON JUNE 28, 2011 AT 7:19 AM
    Just to be clear: as far as I know, the membership fees have ALWAYS stayed in LPU.

    Yes, what I meant was I was a member in the past but currently I don’t have the money to renew :) Hopefully I will in the future though, it’s definitely worth the money for those that have it!

  435. showmihomi on June 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

    it’s human nature. it’s like in relationships, nagging comes faster than saying i love you. It seems easier to spread hate, to protest, especially anonymously, than to support. you guys make a lot of effort to be accessible in many ways outside LPU. I’m not a LPU member, but I’ve fought of those angry Pixxelkorps on the forum before. what was nice was the number of people voicing the same positive opinion about the band and at the end, it was a billion fans (or some very eloquent fans) or so against one angry Pixxelkorp. so don’t worry.

  436. georgialp on June 28, 2011 at 7:24 am

    I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park ever since I was 9 years old (I’m now 19). They were the first band I loved and still love to this day. I borrowed my cousin’s Hybrid Theory CD and listened to it on my CD Walkman for hours at a time. I’ve managed to see them twice live, once in November last year when they came to Newcastle, and I was right against the barrier to see them at Download. This band mean so much to me and they will always have my respect and support. Linkin Park give back to their fans more than any other band and I’m so grateful for that. I’ve had countless dreams about meeting them so hopefully one day I will, it would be a dream come true. LONG LIVE LINKIN PARK!

  437. ba1210 on June 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Sorry for my bad english! ;) Ba’

  438. ba1210 on June 28, 2011 at 7:23 am

    I’m always shocked by the fans of a band who go to websites of other bands to offend this other band.I don’t understand why.If you like a band,listen to his music,follow the concert(if you can),and write reviews,good or bad is irrelevant,as long as they are constructive.for ex.I do not like it because..”It sucks”is just immature.My mom always taught me to never say IT SUCKS.Must say I DON’T LIKE.I’ve always liked Linkin Park but never after ATS.And after the release of this album I enrolled in the LPU and went to see them in concert.In exchange I could shake hands with Mike Shinoda!a dream come true.Thanks for everything you do for us.Few bands are so amenable to the fans.Ba’

  439. ukenergy on June 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

    BTW love A Thousand Suns regardless – to me it’s like Dark Side of the Moon. Needs to be listened start to finish. Works as whole beautifully. Look forward to the future of LP.

    • M Shinoda on June 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Awesome! THX

  440. egornemykin on June 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Mike, I think in your way too. No mater how long you listen LP or how much you got LP CD’s, if you say that you a fan, you’re fan. And every fan counts! No mater LPU you or not.
    I don’t have free money, but I think if you love LP’s music that’s not so big problem to pay 60$ per year for LPU membership. ‘Cuz you pay not only for merc or M&G. You comes in a great family in which everyone can help you. That’s more important than any physical things.
    LP connecting people. I was on Moscow show and has fainting. I just fall down. But guys in crowd lift me up and help to walk for ambulance. That’s worth a lot.
    Russia love you.
    P.S. Mike did you see a lil’ Nyan Cat in crowd?

  441. ukenergy on June 28, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Speaking as someone who joined the LPU in the first year and left when everything moved over to LPUX, I was not only a member but was a mod. I had to sign a NDA and everything. LPUX was a blow to a lot of the longer term fans.

    Mike, you mention that the money from the LPU has never been about making money but when LPUX was released it was harsh. Going from the old price to $60 in a recession was not a nice move. Especially as at least with the old one you were garanteed a fan package – CD, shirt with a few bonuses. Suddenly it was $60 with no package and only the hints of live specials. Not all fans can see you live.

    I know LPU does packages now but that hurt.
    Superfan regardless.

    • M Shinoda on June 28, 2011 at 7:25 am

      Yeah, the initial cost was probably too high compared to what you got. That’s why we added the packages and other stuff. I think now, the price is right. (Have you downloaded videos from the archive? It’s amazing. Go back to the early stuff. We’re so young!)

  442. Alexandra Nofi on June 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

    That must’ve been some really good coffee and toast since you made sure to mention it.

    I agree 100% that you do listen to us, since, that is why improvements to the LPU have been made recently.

    I agree that that person’s claim is totally baseless, and frankly, ridiculously. The only people who act like LPU members are first class, are, LPU members. This has been an ongoing issue for some time.

    My last point: It good that you wrote this up, but, have you noticed the issue with the Iridescent contest winner yet? If you have not, please read this article: http://news.deviantart.com/article/154095/ If you have, why have you not addressed it?

  443. noelia100lp on June 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

    you’re absolutely right. I am not a member of LPU because I can not pay but if I could I would, because you are my favorite band and I know LPU provides many opportunities to meet you in person. ARE THE BEST BAND IN THE WORLD

    thanks for this post mike!

    I Love you!!!

  444. sian18 on June 28, 2011 at 7:13 am

    i agree plus to do with your albums id rate HT 5 out of 5 meterora 5 out of 5 MTM 2 out of 5 and ATS 5 out of 5 i have been a fan since i was 10 and since your first album i love the sound of ATS and that you plan to make every album difrent all id say to you is when you play live id play like 28 songs live play all your singles and new stuff like you do know to keep most of crowed happy then add older songs you never play live anymore to keep die hard fans happy

  445. evooba on June 28, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Fist of all thx for taking the time to write this and comment about it ’cause lately I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this matter. As I see it, wether you’re an LPU member or not, it doesn’t matter; nor does if someone owns, as you said, all band related stuff or has been to many concerts. I personally know a few people that have been fans since day 1 and can’t afford to buy everything or even go to concerts and that doesn’t make them “bad” fans. Speaking the truth, non LPU members shouldn’t complain since every LPU*TV episode and band chat is being put on youtube from LPU members all the time. All fans are the same. We know how much you do for us and we appreciate it!

  446. smarky on June 28, 2011 at 7:11 am

    At Download Festival I was at the front. I waited for about 9 hours, in the pouring rain. I left everyone I camped with and came to the front and patiently waited while getting soaked.

    Then during The Catalst Chester came out, I high fived him a few times and he was singing right in front of me. I had an amazing time.

    People I spoke to after and people in the crowd were complaining “It’s not fair, I never get to do that, I never get to the front”, yet they had only just showed up 20 minutes earlier. Then when I tell them that I had been there for 9 hours in the rain, they call me stupid and yet still feel like “It’s not fair”

    You only get what you give and put into it.

  447. leila_lp on June 28, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Mike, i’m not a LPU member now, but I want and I’m trying to get money for that. And..Even if I’m not LPUer, I will always support you. I love your music, all what you’re doing already 8 years. I think it’s mean something. I think if someone will turn away from the band due to these stupid things, he can’t be called fan himself! And I want to let you know, we love you, respect you, admire and I think we are a big part

  448. walkatightrope on June 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

    This whole “I’m a real fan and if you’d be a real fan you would think differently about their records” debate is completely dumb. You can be a fan even when you dislike certain songs or stuff like that, it’s nothing other people could judge. As long as you enjoy the music and it makes you feel good – great. If not – no problem either.

    When someone pays more, he get’s more. It’s simple as that. Although there are tons of possibilities for non-members to get in contact with you as well, talking about all the contests and possibilities to win M&Gs via radio stations and so on. There are no “better fans” though – if you don’t have the money for the LPU, it’s not your fault.

  449. Shay Adams on June 28, 2011 at 7:09 am

    It’s almost like some people just despise the idea of “success”.

  450. planetmikeshinoda on June 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Thanks a lot Mike to clarify this but, you don’t have to justify anything!. We know who guys are and that you do have respect for us. You do the best you can to please us, you do blogs, summits, some of you have a twitter account you talk to us, and now you Mike have even a channel on youtube. You signed autographs outside some hotels wether or not we are LPUERS. People that can afford any LPU fine, people that cannot would always have LP respect, and the last survey you put online has proven once again you guys care. I definitely don’t understand some fans reactions, i’m sorry. And you Mike, are still “nice” enough to take time to explain yourself in a very calmly.
    Thank you :)

    • M Shinoda on June 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

      “It’s sometimes hard to read the nuances of intended emotion in a typed blog post, so I’ll be very clear that I’m not angry, nor do I feel defensive as I write this.”

  451. aud31 on June 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for clearing this up Mike, especially about all the money going back into the LPU. I have to admit I was upset when I couldn’t renew this year because I didn’t have $60. I was disappointed because I thought you guys were getting a profit from it and the price could be lower, but now that I know it’s going back into the LPU, I feel better. Although I still wish I wasn’t poor and could join again.. ;) The memories from the 2 years I was in LPU will always be there, though. Having you answer my question in one of my first LPU chats, meeting you guys on the ATS tour… I will never forget that. The thing I love most about LP is your dedication to your fans. Thank you. :)

    • M Shinoda on June 28, 2011 at 7:19 am

      Just to be clear: as far as I know, the membership fees have ALWAYS stayed in LPU.

  452. NanaBella2ne4 on June 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Very well said, Mike. I have had this debate many times and have always thought personally that a fan is a fan regardless of what you can afford. And for the record I was in LPU for a time and I could not afford it muc anymore. But I also couldn’t go to concerts either. So I do what I can and bother my family with my love of LP LOL. Saying this to say, very well written. I agree.

  453. The Pharmaceutical Guitarist on June 28, 2011 at 7:02 am

    It’s rather silly to moan that the LPU get benefits, when they pay for the experience. I was a member last year, then didn’t renew this year because I wasn’t sure what I was getting. But do I complain about them having LPU TV, the Summit Experience and whatnot? No! Am I going to join? Yep! I would do that now, but I’d rather wait till the new one releases.

    Being a ‘fan’ isn’t (and shouldn’t be) something that can be compared, it just is a way people enjoy things. I sure know that I do.

    Credit to you for posting this; and you hit the nail on the head – people will passively agree, but actively complain.

  454. mjarre on June 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Nice job Mike. This piece is very thorough, understandable, and convincing:) Don’t let negative tweets bother you. I think this fan may be upset because they can’t afford to be a member or they don’t understand how the membership money is used, but you have explained it nicely with this piece:) Thanks for caring about your fans and congrats on A Thousand Suns….I love the album!!

  455. cyndi021598 on June 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

    If I had the money to do shizzniT like that then it would be COMPLETELY worth it! They don’t come where I live anyways… if they did that would be the bestest day of my life!!!!! P.S. I read this because I was bored.. :p

  456. tensh_iie on June 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Thank YOU for saying that. I know a lot of people WHO are trying to talk against those who are spreading their negativ vibe out there, but it’s hard… and sometimes a tough act to do – thank you, for this post and speaking our minds :) btw two friends and I just talked about this on twitter as you posted…. kinda creepy LOL

  457. melville183 on June 28, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I’m honestly not a part of LPU but I would be if I had the money to be, because I do think it’s worthwhile.
    Fans are fans and I think this tweeter is being kind of cynical, It’s an oppurtunity to be in a club that is Linkin Park

    Does this guy know what fan means? it’s simple
    Great music since album no1 and before o therefore = I’m a fan!

  458. coliinreiid on June 28, 2011 at 6:43 am

    LPUnderground Chat then since were first class?

    • M Shinoda on June 28, 2011 at 6:49 am

      HA! AMAZING!

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