LIVING THINGS RELEASE DAY CHALLENGE

June 6, 2012

Imagine opening your birthday presents by yourself, alone.  Imagine having no one to look in the eye, sharing the excitement of each new thing.

Now imagine opening those presents, surrounded by the people you love.  There’s something better about sharing an exciting moment with other people.

Growing up, when one of my favorite bands released a new album, it was an event.  I used to leave school at lunchtime with my friends to drive to the store and buy it.  We would rip open the packages and put one in, and listen to it together, eating lunch in the car.  We would shout over the music, rewind our favorite parts, play songs over.  It recently occurred to me how sad it is that so much of that experience has been lost.  Albums leak, release dates are spread out over the course of weeks, and often, people hear an album alone, on pathetic computer speakers.  True, they tweet, text, and chat about it, but the magic isn’t as magical.

Our new album LIVING THINGS comes out in the US on June 26. It hits the shelves in a number of other countries on June 22.  And it’s no secret that the album will likely leak a week or two prior. We want to issue a challenge to our fans: make the LIVING THINGS release date a special event for yourself.

When the album leaks, ignore it.

You’ll only have to wait a few days.  Then, at midnight of the release date in your country, listen to the album from front to back.  If you can, listen to it with friends.  Have a party.  Drive somewhere.  Enjoy yourself.  If you decide to download the album leak rather than purchase the album, fine.  This challenge still applies to you.  This is not about downloading, it’s about deciding to have more fun.

However you get the album, document the day. Take photos of you buying the album and putting the CD in your car, downloading it and listening to it on your iPod, streaming it and playing it on your stereo.  Tweet your photos to us @linkinpark with the hashtag #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY.  We’ll retweet our favorites.

We want LIVING THINGS release day to be as special for you as it will be for us.  Challenge yourself to hold out, and we’ll all share in the excitement together.  For the record, I’ll be celebrating on the 26th, so if you want to celebrate with me, come find me on Twitter.

@m_shinoda

mike

356 Comments

  1. ambergirl87 on June 27, 2012 at 3:06 am

    and once again,thank u Mike for this amazing challenge and event! u really bring my childhood memories listening our fav artists for the first time waiting this long!i’m soooo glad i made it to the end and i’ve listen the album with the rest of the world on the same time! if this is not “the magic” u’re talking about,than i don’t know what it is! and thank u for this amazing album,the waiting was worth it! can believe how far u guys come , i still remember Hybrid days…man!12 years later LP rocking the universe!

  2. smoshee on June 27, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Hey Guys… I have reviewed the Album… What do you think?
    http://uthmag.com/linkin-park-living-things/

  3. yanchy on June 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    WHEN I HEARD LIVING THINGS MY FIRST REACTION WAS “WHAT IT WAS!” IT’S REALY SOMETHING NEW AND IT HAS BECOME A PLEASANT UNEXPECTED. LT HAS IT’S OWN ATMOSPHERE, THAT UNITES ALL THE SONGS. THE ALBUM IS LIKE LIVING THING. GOOD JOB, GUYS!!!! :D

  4. oskarbu on June 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    just hear it :D

  5. lopezkerlin on June 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    lo máximo hacer una promesa y cumplirla valió la pena esperar ya que ha sido una gran sorpresa su nuevo trabajo felicidades

  6. Dee_C S W on June 26, 2012 at 1:21 am

    awesome!

  7. misiraul on June 25, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Today is the big day. Let’s turn on the big speakers :p

  8. amchowchow on June 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    i listened! listening nowwwwww- on track 8 roads untraveled :)
    http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc431/amchowchow/livingthings.png

  9. anasummer on June 25, 2012 at 10:29 am

    WOOOOHOOOO L Day is yet tomorrow!! Can’t wait to hear the magic! See you, Mike, and all the fans on this Twitter Listening Party! Soooo stoked!

  10. moniics on June 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Today is the release day in Portugal! I both the album and is amazing !!! photos on my twitter @Moniics :D
    and again: AMAZIIIIIIIIIING :D

  11. mtarkhov on June 23, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Hey Mike, have you seen this article? Pretty interesting read about music royalties etc – http://thetrichordist.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/letter-to-emily-white-at-npr-all-songs-considered/

  12. milasouza11 on June 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  13. royhahn1 on June 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Hey, Mike! I made a full piano cover of Tinfoil/Powerless since LT is out in Germany since friday. Brilliand Album!

  14. zahralp on June 23, 2012 at 9:24 am

    excited excited excited :D 3 more days :O

  15. shadowcolors on June 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Hi Mike!

    This is Himanshi from India. I’m not sure if your aware of this, but in response to this challenge.. EMI/Virgin Records Mumbai, organized a listening event here on the 21st, since the album release date for India was the 22nd. A few of us, who are crazy Linkin Park fans were called to their studio where we listened to the whole album a couple of times. It turned out to be one of the best nights of our lives. The emotions, the energy was unbelievable.

    Here’s a link to the blog describing the event : http://www.linkinparkindia.com/2012/06/living-things-pre-listening-party-at.html

    Thank you for such an incredible album. I’ve fallen in love with Linkin Park all over again :)

  16. rappyloveslp on June 23, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Still waiting :D the album was already released in germany but I want to celebrate together with Mike on the 26th!

    -Rappy

  17. Jersha Grace on June 23, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Reblogged this on jershalp.

  18. mevyfebrina on June 23, 2012 at 2:03 am

    nice post…waiting on LP new album is one of fave event, ussualy i’ll play it over and over so it will playing it self in my mind

  19. lpcray on June 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Am I the only one who already got their copy yesterday??!!

  20. guenner on June 22, 2012 at 6:33 am

    thank you mike. thank you for living things

  21. ves13 on June 22, 2012 at 6:13 am

    OK, I’m back. I’m listening to the CD for the second time: Lost in the Echo is magnificent, I love Castle of Glass, Skin to Bone and Until It Breaks, they all have great bass sound, they are strong. I love the sound of the guitars on this album and it’s interesting to hear Brad sing, it goes well with the song. As I said before, the whole album sounds powerfully hard, the sound just explodes and spreads around you. And Mike, I love your voice. I really hope you come to Austria or Germany or Italy so I can finally hear you live. Vesna

  22. ves13 on June 22, 2012 at 5:26 am

    It’s the 22nd June in Slovenia, it’s 3.30 pm and I’ve just started listening to Living Things CD.I bought it 2 hours ago. Lost in the Echo is a magnificent opening. I’m going to listen to the rest of the songs and get back to you. Vesna

  23. Aditya_the_warrior_within on June 22, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Hey there Mike the record releases today in India too, and happy to tell you had a blast with my mates fellow LPUers and die hard fans here. Thought technically it was yesterday evening had a pre-listening party/celebration and it was fabulous! check out the full story in the blog:
    http://www.linkinparkindia.com/2012/06/living-things-pre-listening-party-at.html
    looking forward to hear from you, good luck with the album :) #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY

  24. daywid7 on June 22, 2012 at 1:10 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZKqMhYDtiM Check out my remix of Burn It Down. :)

  25. anvanoppens on June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Continuing from my last post… THANKS MIKE! I’m sure you made a great decision by choosing Aurelia, look forward to work / travel with her :) – An

  26. Radyo Plexus on June 21, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Hope Philippines will be included to your Asia Tour! The new record is awesome!

  27. xnyala on June 21, 2012 at 4:15 am

    OH GOSH, I WASN’T STRONG ENOUGH!
    I found the package containing the album in our letterbox this morning and I opened it. I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow, even though that’s actually the realising day here. Sorry. :D
    I’m currently listening to it (I’m nearly halfway through) and I really like the sound. Better than ATS, in my opinion. Really worth the “waiting”. (At least I resisted listening to any leaks)

    Greetings from Germany!

  28. anvanoppens on June 21, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Listen here >> http://www.rtbf.be/radio/liveradio/purefm << at/around 5PM (GMT+1). MIKE will announce the 2ND BELGIAN LINKIN PARK AMBASSADOR!! *Fingers crossed for Aurelia Alvarez!* (Sorry for the 'spam' :) )

  29. oshin92 on June 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    good idea sir! I also have plan to following this in Indonesia with other fans while on 22 or 26 later. but I’m not sure the album Living Things will come on time in Indonesia. I hate the culture of late :(

    enthusiastly,

    Oshin

  30. guenner on June 20, 2012 at 11:21 am

    its really hard, mike. but its almost here. i live in germany and it will be released in two days here :) amazon already sent me a shipment notification. i’ll post a picture on twitter, too. i see you in germany next time ;)

  31. darklp on June 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    We will meet in Halle (Germany) and listen to the album together, we will also tweet pics of it, can’t wait for friday :D !!!

  32. ambergirl87 on June 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

    god dammit Ab Lincoln trailer! i was about to fail 90% geez!!! :D :D Mike i hope u appreciate all my HARD work not to listen neither the leaks or the streaming on ITunes or anything else till 26 june!:DD i can almost feel the magic..i feel i’m back on my middle school years again, thank u for this challenge! :))

  33. penneysound on June 19, 2012 at 9:42 am

    i was going to say “you should just leak it yourselves first. but looks like you already did that.

  34. agnesvsc on June 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

    some fans still waiting for june 26th to listen the new Album ! we wont give up on this, Mike :) all the magic is in the record , not in the leak.

  35. cincybmxlpfreak on June 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    So, did anyone set up the flash mob LIVING THINGS listening times? I want to participate in this so bad so someone set up a time for the flashmob on the Tuesday the 26th and I’m there!

  36. jornadadelmuerto72 on June 19, 2012 at 2:43 am

    what would be amazing if we could somehow cooperate with YouTube and to play album on YouTube in live stream, and maybe you guys (members of Linkin Park)can video chat with fans and see the comments, and how people feel about your new album. Greetings from Milena :)

  37. mirjanalp on June 19, 2012 at 2:16 am

    I still wait for the album.Didn´t hear any new songs so far :D

  38. gustina05 on June 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Mike you really must know that Im doing SUCH an effort about the leaks, and I don’t even look for them ..it takes only a clic is so hard! I didn’t listen anyway … I hope the album worths the wait haha Im pretty sure it will. In the meantime, looking forward the 26th and the twitter listening party :)

  39. xnyala on June 18, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for this nice challenge, Mike. (:
    I already talked about this with two of my friends, who also happen to be huge fans of LP. Friday the 22nd is the last day of school before the summer holidays start. We already planned to do something during the evening and thanks to this challenge we now have background music for the camping fire. (:
    I have already pre-ordered this album and thanks to Amazon I will most likely get it one day earlier. But I promised my friends and myself to keep the package unopened until we’re all able to hear the album together. I already know that this evening is going to be special and fun, we’ll be celebrating with you!

  40. Spiderguy252 on June 18, 2012 at 3:47 am

    My (slightly) critical review on Living Things is below.

    http://spydistrict.com/2012/06/living-things-by-linkin-park/

    Would love to hear your (other fans) opinions on it. And Mike too, should he read it. Slim chance I know, the latter. :P

  41. ama12345 on June 18, 2012 at 2:16 am

    DEAR MIKE ! TO BE HONEST, I HAPPENED TO LISTEN TO THE NEW ALBUM IN THE INTERNET COZ I COULDNT HELP LISTENING TO IT!( deffinately im gonna purchase it)OMG ITS PERFECT! UR SINGING HAS BECOME PERFECT!U ALL HAVE GIVEN A GR8 ANSWER FOR THE PEOPLE WHO QUESTIONING ABOUT NEW AND OLD LP STUFF! U R THE BEAST EXAMPLE FOR THE FACT THAT THINGS GET BETTER WITH THE MATURITY! U R LP NOT NEW OR OLD JUST LP!TO ME ITS!… OMG I HAVE NO WORDS TO EXPLAIN THE GR8NESS OF THIS ALBUM!I WANNA WORSHIP U GUYS! I HAVE NO WAY TO EXPRESS MY FEELINGS!IM LISTENING TO IT FOR THE 2ND TIME WHILE IM TYPING THIS!NOW ITS PLAYING”IN MY REMAINS”!I FEEL THE FLOW OF MY BLOOD VESSELS! I FELL LIKE IM LIVING AGAIN!THAN U SOOOOO MUCH!

  42. kytheram on June 17, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hey Mike, I’m a struggling musician suffering from writer’s block, never know how to start a song and I never finish any songs I start. How do you go about starting a song, and the process of seeing it through?

  43. thenilly on June 17, 2012 at 7:43 am

    hey Mike ! I just made a vid about the living things release day challenge and I put it to my youtube channel . I wanna let all fans know about this challenge . My vid needs more views maybe you can help. you can tweet about it or share with facebook or anything you can do will help more ppl to watch the vid and take the challenge. Thanks :)

  44. yurine21 on June 17, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Hi mike. How about us Iranian fans who can’t pre-order or buy your CD? We can’t even dream about having you here for a show because we know that’s not gonna happen! All we can do is wait for the leaked albums to download and listen to them. I’ve never waited for an album to download on the same day it releases, but I promis it’s what I’m gonna do with LIVING THINGS…

    Sincerely, One of your thousands of fans in Iran :D

  45. silviasuarez1989 on June 17, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Thank you so much for this post, couldn’t agree with you more! I was already gonna ignore the leak, I prefer to listen to the new album when it comes out.although it would be more magical hear LIVING THINGS for the first time on vinyl. will it come out on vinyl or deluxe box? I Can’t wait for the 26th! Really excited to share it with you guys and all the LP community. ;)

  46. captiosus on June 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Part 2 (sorry!) – Now I admit, what you’re trying to do with this challenge is commendable, but I’m not sure it’ll work. Music, thanks to the big labels, has been turned into a consumable commodity packaged and sold individually like candy bars at a check out lane. And most people have, sadly, adapted to this new model.

    Case in point: I have about a dozen good friends who are solid Rush fans. “Clockwork Angels” just came out. I figured we could make a day of it and all go get our albums. Even though we were all excited for the release, most of them were content to get it on their own time and terms.

    Now, if it had been a Rush concert, it would have been a different story…

  47. thesupermg996 on June 16, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.I’ve already organised a listening party with my bestest best friends. This is going to be so much fun!!! My 12 year old brother is joining in too. He loves you guys a lot. Here in India, it’s not very easy to get a CD the exact same day as the album is released, so, I’m planning on downloading. I’m really looking forward to hearing the album, and I’m trying really really hard to resist the urge to listen to a leak on the internet. We all are. All of us here are SO excited!!! I can’t wait!!! ^_^
    Cheers from one of your BIGGEST fans in India,
    -Manasvini.

  48. captiosus on June 16, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Mike – I have lots of respect for you and the rest of the guys in LP but I’m afraid I have to dispute one critical part of your post. Specifically the “loss of magic”.

    I’m 35 years old and I get what you’re saying. I remember standing around a listening post with 3 buddies listening to Nirvana’s In Utero while we waited to buy the CD. But, as an IT specialist, I have watched consumer habits change and a lot of the “loss” of event is due to how music is consumed.

    Sure, leaks play a role, but nearly as big of one as the consumer shift in the last decade where physical forms of media have been displaced by a la carte digital files in a very solo “storefronts”.

  49. anasummer on June 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Im totally with you, Mike! 10 days left, so it’s the final countdown..:)) im sure, that real hardcore fan has no doubts about what to do. ignore leaks in internet and wait till the real release date to celebrate it with you and other LP fans. best regards from Kiev, Ukraine. xx

  50. shoegaze4u on June 16, 2012 at 3:46 am

    As the iTunes leak appaers yesterday, I felt like a child, standing in a candy shop and knowing, that the cashier doesn’t look at me ha, ha… It was very compelling, to listen to the new album. But I decided to wait until the CD arrives next week! I wan’t to keep up my thrill of anticipation :)

  51. BrassMonkey on June 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Well, THIS is why you are one my inspirational people. LIVING THINGS RELEASE DAY CHALLENGE is going to be a blast! I can’t have the chance to pre-order the CD, so I WILL be buying the album when it’s released (June 19th, or 20th) . This challenge is on. Linkin Park is such a fun band!!! I heard from others that some songs have been leaked and snippets of it have been uploaded, but guess what!? I’m not listening to any of them until I get the *actual* album in my hands.

    Great challenge. I will accept it.

    The challenge is on.

  52. nine84 on June 16, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Hi Mike,
    I`m back from re-listening of LT from Hamburg.
    It was a really stressful day for me!!I`ve been driven over 11 hours by car&finally I damaged my car a little bit there… But the album is great!! There are really amazing songs but I think after song No. 8 it´s getting a little bit down. Song 1 – 7 are amazing!!! Really! and I think everybody will be love “lost in the echo”!I hope this will be your first No. 1 in Germany!! I hope you are not angry or something about my opinion.Its only my feeling about LT.I love the music of LP since 12 years and I`ll be ever a fan!I hope you celebrate with us on 22th on LPU chat :)

    Love

  53. Jersha Grace on June 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I remember listening to the leaked songs during Meteora… And I realized how much I missed out on.
    Never made that mistake again. :)
    So this is not new for me :D
    Anyways, making it an event is an AWESOME idea!!! I hope many fans join in on this, it’ll make the experience more special :D
    Just one question – I am from India, and the album releases on the 22nd here. So does that mean I can’t send you pictures on that day ? Or should I wait till the 26th ??
    Now don’t reply with – Its your choice :P Tell me what you would like ;)

    With love,
    Jersha Grace from India :D

  54. sidharth5360 on June 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Hey Mike, the album has been leaked, but I haven’t listened it yet…well trying my best :DDD
    And THANXXXXXXXXXX a LOT for coming to Ukraine, it was one of the best days of my life!!!

  55. rmc702 on June 15, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I failed Mike, I’m sorry. Don’t be mad, I’ve still got the hard album on preorder, and will be listening to it again. and again. and again.

    Thanks for LT, its nothing short of amazing!

  56. ambergirl87 on June 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    i can believe the album is already leaked!!! man… i wish i had super powers to prevent it…fffffffffffuuuuuuu….but i’m still not going to fail..june 26!!!

  57. itsumademorokku on June 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    well i will listening to it all by myself
    i can’t stand it if someone is talking when i will only listening to the record haha
    i will laying on my bed, with some headphones on, closing my eyes and let the music spin around in my head :D

    there won’t be a record release party in a Berlin club so i guess its the best way to enjoy it by myself

    I don’t get why you let some LPU members pre-listening to the album …i mean what if they took the challenge? they just failed because of it XD

    I will wait until 26th ^^ no matter what …don’t even try to trap me

  58. wikedsinn on June 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I work 4 an Animation Studio and Distributor in Los Angles,but with offices in Europe. Here’s what we came up with as a compromise. Our German distribution warehouse has several LP Club members who have already repurchased Living Things and will be getting it on the early release date,so they are streaming it here to us in LA, we are then shooting it over to our East Coast &Tokyo offices and we alre all going to have a”listening party” at the same time! We challenged the interns to co-ordinate all of the streaming and synching with the various time/date zones and everyone has agreed to LISTEN ONLY! using proprietary secure network & dedicated server 2 stop leaks but still be able 2 enjoy

  59. linkinoda on June 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I’m here to say goodbye Sunday I go to Frankfurt for delivery to a job fair and I will give my sister-nio compiuter we feel the 23 but I’ll post my opinion on 26, however, from the descriptions from the descriptions alone is epic :) mmm

  60. staceykomarova on June 15, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Hey Mike! But how can I participate the challenge if you’ve played a song from a new album on yesterday’s concert? It’s not fare from my side then :) btw it was awesome Thais for the positive evening before the final state exam :)

  61. ambergirl87 on June 15, 2012 at 4:16 am

    http://www.lpassociation.com/forums/showthread.php?t=36788 Mike,is this true…and if it’s I wonder if this counts as a fail in your challenge if we do listen the album on 19 june??? dafuq with all this s*** …i just want to listen the album on it’s releasing day 26 june!!!

  62. janewinchester7 on June 15, 2012 at 2:30 am

    plz read my comment on ” welcome message”
    J.W

  63. aberu on June 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Mike, I accept your challenge with great pleasure. Moreover, unfortunately, can not organize a party to the album release in my country because the 26th falls on a weekday and many of his fans are working. All we can do is connect online and share our experience and positive feedback on the new album. Possibly the fan club plan a listening party for the weekend release of the album.

    I hope they continue to evolve to make music that you like and not be under pressure from the fans.

    Greetings from Peru, and I hope you come to my country this year to see them live, meet at M&G, and sing with you at the concert.

  64. Boopology on June 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    i just wanna say i’m really excited for this thing Mike… i am sooooo gonna skip school, like how you guys did…

    it’s like a Michael Jackson event. They used to tell me that whenever there’s an MJ video world premiere coming up on MTV, everyone will skip school and just watch in front of the tv with all their friends.

    In this case, we’re listening LIVING THINGS, and i get to listen with ALL the Street Soldiers all over the world… you know what this means, it’s gonna be legendary like Michael!

    THIS IS THE GREATEST EXPERIENCE A FAN COULD GET, and thanks for giving us that opportunity Mike!!

    [it's so worth it being a soldier for the past 12 years... :-)]

    Arielle [again]

  65. magiclp76 on June 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    While I’ve only been a Linkin Park fan since about a year after Minutes to Midnight came out, you guys have a special place in my heart that has been untouched by any other band. The music you guys create always leaves me in awe and I know Living Things will do the same. I’ve already taken the 26th off from work. The wait is killing me, but as always I know you guys will not disappoint! Sending all six of you guys my love!

    Also – gotta be selfish a little :) – please come back to Wisconsin!

  66. davjola on June 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Mike hi from Albania! Now we have our event on FB https://www.facebook.com/events/252984751470157/?notif_t=plan_user_joined and we’ll be celebrating “The Living Things” release here in Tirana and we’ll send you pics and videos.
    Please, Mike, say HI to all your Soldiers in Albania! And remember, WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU LINKIN PARK ♥

  67. dbavalentine on June 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I am so excited about the release of Living Things. I am working late shift that week, I pre-ordered the album so I will download it as soon as it comes out and will spend my morning before work listening to it :) My sister gave me Hybrid Theory in 2001, when I was 14 years old and now 11 years later I’m all grown up with my very own LP tattoo and I still adore your music! Nothing makes me happier than a new LP album :)

  68. linkinparkzeldafan on June 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Mike, I have something to say.
    I am really looking forward to this challenge. I am glad you said this, because I feel the same way. Ever since discovering you guys at MTM, I have listened to every new release on my stereo.
    Reading some of the comments on here, I dont see why people are still hating on ATS. A Thousand Suns is the greatest concept album of the century. Dont let anybody tell you any different, cause once you got a theory on how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first.
    I cannot wait for Living Things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  69. YoMarquesLP on June 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

    It’s nice to see you answering some of the comments, thanks for answering mine a few days ago :) We’re also organizing a listening party in Portugal and we’ll be tweeting pics. Thanks for the great idea, we’re looking forward to it!

  70. masashiota on June 14, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Hey Mike, I’ll try to do that , but i have to say it’s something really hard to do . It’s like give a delicious steak to a hungry homeless and say ” don’t eat now” .

  71. zalley on June 14, 2012 at 6:34 am

    The best way to enjoy the Living Things depends on the song..
    A soft, soothing tune is the best during camp fires, a get together or a night out…
    A rocking song with your wonderful rap and Chester’s Shout would be the best during parties..
    All are the best when I hear it in my room filled with your posters in a loud music system and I better beware of the neighbours :P :D
    -Prasanth, Fan of Linkin Park, India

  72. zalley on June 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

    This generation is totally different from the previous one only few exceptions, their taste in music is totally different. I had to beg my parents for 2 weeks to pre-order Living Things.
    But the happiest thing is a physical CD would be at my home.
    Thanks for LPIU and Flipkart for making the pre-order of a Linkin Park Physical CD available in India for the first time ever…

  73. zalley on June 14, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Reblogged this on zalley.

  74. cherrybubble89 on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 am

    I just had to check out the soccer EC match schedule to make sure there’s no important game on the LT release day challenge… its not, thank god!

  75. miladinlp on June 14, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Hi Mike, I hope u will read my post. Greetings from Serbia and Montenegro fan base :) We were in Bucharest last week, and it was awesome show, considering that it was my very first show of my LIFE BAND in Golden ring :D, and I’m really grateful for making my dream came true!

    I will not buy LT on release day(sorry :), but I will for sure download it, because I will wait for special edition to buy, as I done with previous albums since MTM !

    I will wait til 24. and celebrate with my friends on barbecue, who also like you and respect your work… I will post pics, no worries :)

    Hope you’ll one day come in SERBIA and to honor us! LPST Serbia!

  76. giacopinzialp on June 14, 2012 at 4:37 am

    I must admit that it would be hard. I can’t wait, I’m really excited for Living Things. But I’ll wait, I promise :D anyway I really like this idea, it’s great! Why don’t you enjoy with us the CD? Maybe one day we could listen to the CD all together.. i think it would be nice!
    Love xx from Italy! :3
    p.s.: I hope you to come soon to Italy :3

  77. lycon17 on June 14, 2012 at 4:30 am

  78. lycon17 on June 14, 2012 at 4:28 am

    [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/49648976" iframe="true" /]

  79. ves13 on June 14, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Twelve more days…. twelve more days… It’s like waiting for the end but this is not the end this is not the beginning…. it’s a continuation, progress, building of the excitement. It like learning to be patient and then be rewarded. Vesna

  80. gloomymushrooms on June 13, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Also cos I’m awesome. I get to double post.

    SYDNEY AUSTRALIA MEETUP AT PARRAMATTA. CONTACT @GloomyMushroom ON TWITTER NOT AT THE FIRST SITE OF THE CLUE COS UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY SUCKS TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND IT I KNOW COS I WENT TO FIND THE CLUE.

  81. gloomymushrooms on June 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Do you get stoked to see that your blog attracts nearly 300 wordpress users?
    Also do you think you could promote Australia as the Mushroom country?

    -GloomyMushrrom LPA user

  82. Nina Nine on June 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT! I’m from Argentina, I read in Wikipedy that Living Things will be realease here at 19 of June, Can you told me if that it’s true?? And do you know when you were coming to Argentina, I have many friends that we are waiting to see you! :D Thanks!

  83. visnjabennington90 on June 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, Mike!
    Challenge accepted. A few of my friends sent me (probably) fake links with new songs, but I refused to listen to them. Every LP album is kinda sacred to me and this one is not the exception. I can’t wait for the 26th, I’m already way too excited, it’s gonna be brilliant and unique, I know! :D
    And, by the way, I was in the front row in Bucharest, you made my life! The best day and concert ever! I probably won’t get a reply, but that’s okay, I just hope you’ll read my comment. :)
    Your faithful fan from Serbia. :D

  84. lainvinc on June 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Thank you guys for yesterday’s performance at the ProstoRock 2012 in Odessa! It was unforgettable! I am over 10 years of waiting for your concert in our country and you have surpassed all expectations! I love you guys! You’ll come again and often! Hopefully, we will not disappoint you. ( my englis is sucks. sorry. someday I will correct it :D )

  85. anvanoppens on June 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    We’re just planning a listening party for Belgium on the 22nd… https://www.facebook.com/events/450986184914111/

  86. davjola on June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Hello from Albania dear Mike! Hope you’ll remember me from the M&G but mostly us on first row at Bucharest June 6 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3757835237842&set=oa.327733207301505&type=1&theater. There’s a lot of love for you here. This is my Petition which I started like a year ago and by now we are almost 6000 soldiers! We’ll be celebrating “The living things” release and I’ll send you the pics. PLEASE check out our Petition and our group on lp.com we’ve celebrated Hybrid Theory 11’th anniversary and Chester’s B’Day so PLEASE have a look I will appreciate that with all my ♥! And meeting you was a privilege hope to meet you again! God bless you ♥

  87. nofkingway on June 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    THE ALBUM WILL BE KICKASS! You know how am I going to party when the album comes out? I will be alone in my room, with the volume at maximum, I’ll lay in my bed and listen to it OR not lay in bed and totally freak out and call my friends OR I’ll be studying for my exams and at the same time listening to it (knowing I can’t do both at the same time or else I’ll end up writing Linkin Park’s song lyrics in the exam) OR maybe… I’ll shut up already and wish you the best :) COME TO PORTUGAL AGAAAAAAAAINNNNN

  88. koocoomoo on June 13, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Hey Mike, do you feel good Crushing Dreams?
    re: @never-replies-to-me-in-any-space-of-time-since-ever
    Because having to wait for Amazing music that I’ve been ITCHING for…
    IN ALL HONESTY, Would You Wait if you were us, and LP was YOUR favorite band?

  89. shinizzleshinoda on June 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

    That’s one of the best things I’ve ever read. Linkin Park means so much to me. Two words that pop up in my mind when I hear the word “music”. I’m proud to call myself a grand champion genius of music listening AKA a street soldier AKA a huge Linkin Park fan. :) So I’m gladly accepting the challenge, knowing that 26.06 will be a magical day for me! :)
    Keep up the good work, guys! You’re the best band in the entire Universe, you were and you will be! Lots of love from Bulgaria ! :)

  90. happybokehs on June 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    The album is coming out on my birthday!! Well, 1 day before but it’s so amazing for a fan to listen to their favorite band’s new album on their birthday! Mike, even tho you probably heard this thousands of times, I want wish you guys all the best, I am a hardcore LP fan, and I keep the LP guitar pick that i caught (a week ago, in Bucharest)in my wallet all the time, cause it will bring me luck! I hope to see you guys again soon!
    P.S: any news about Fort Minor?

  91. sagback on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 am

    hİ MİKE, long time and no spam ur blog ^_^ you know Im thorn in ur page ^_^ We are waiting you in TURKEY since 2009 :'( promise you I wont spam anymore ıf you come <3 Im eating music shop owner's brain to import LIVING THINGS ASAP hahahahahhahahaha love you guys

  92. petryfy on June 13, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I accept the challenge!
    My friends aren’t LP fans, so I’ll just listen to it alone.
    I just want to thank you guys for making the music and everything. I’m a 16-year old writer guy who finds your lyrics & music extremely inspiring in my work, as well as in regular life.
    For me, LP isn’t just a band.
    For me, LP is a way of life.
    Cheers from Croatia!

  93. anyavolodkina on June 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

    It will be awesome if you, Mike and guys from LP would do online chat/broadcasting during the first audition.
    (my twitter is @AnyaVolodkina)

  94. kattoda on June 13, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Haha. We were talking with @kattODA_LP @heydudeimadam and @Ekzzozo after the LP concert in Moscow, serching for our Russian flag and then we had the idea to make an LP museum, because Adam said that there are already so many gifts from fans xD maybe it could be a good idea, hum?

  95. zalley on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    This generation is totally different from the previous one only few exceptions, their taste in music is totally different. I had to beg my parents for 2 weeks to pre-order Living Things.
    But the happiest thing is a physical CD would be at my home.
    Thanks for LPIU and Flipkart for making the pre-order available in India for the first ever time…

  96. kattoda on June 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Haha. We were talking with @heydudeimadam and @Ekzzozo after the LP concert in Moscow, serching for our Russian flag and then we had the idea to make an LP museum, because Adam said that there are already so many gifts from fans xD maybe it could be a good idea, hum?

  97. nine84 on June 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Hi Mike, would you celebrate on June 22th only on twitter? It would be very cool and amazing if you celebrate with the LPUers on LPU chat :D Hope to see you there!!!

  98. undercoverels on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Hi Mike! I love this idea and I think this is the most beautiful way to enjoy the music and your new album. I’ll listen the album in the car with my mum (I’ll buy the CD with her on the 26th), she likes your music! And when I’m going on holiday with my best friend I’ll listen the CD with her too. I’m from Italy and lots of fan here are waiting for some concerts in our country(including me). Lots of love from Italy. ;)

  99. zalley on June 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    You know that awesome feeling when you play the new songs from Living Things to your friends, who have not heard the song and they fall on you to copy the song from your music player to theirs?
    I’ve experienced that..

  100. Braffschein on June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hey Mike, it’s me, I’m really glad you liked my idea. Since you dare me to organize it, could you please go to my Twitter account (@Braffschein) and RT my tweets about this so that a lot of people could see? I mentioned you in those. Also please tell me what you think about the time. Thank you :)
    P.S. And I did write you a letter! :) My friend gave it to you on M&G in Moscow :) I’d appreciate it if you read it :3

  101. faozillayuzakki on June 13, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hi Mike! I’m afraid that Living Things will be late, come to Indonesia. So that I can join this party. perhaps, it will come on time.
    Ok Mike, hope you always stay health and take care!

  102. emiltaeb912 on June 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

    My dream is to liaebt LIVING THINGS with you mike! That will be awosome

    Thank you for mao music that I love..big fan!

  103. irenekrygowski on June 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hi Mike! I am so excited to hear the rest of the album! I am organzing a meetup group in Chicago to watch the Living Things Movie Event & listening party at a nearby drive in theatre. I met a lot of friends in California before the HOB show & going back to be with them for the week of the Living Things Release! I plan on documenting the listening party & movie event with pics and videos & can’t wait to share them with you and the guys!

    I wanted to thank you so much for making the days of counting down to the release so fun! it all started with the amazing show at House of Blues!

    Your music speaks to all of us and I will always be a FAN.

  104. magz12 on June 13, 2012 at 7:52 am

    BETTER IDEA!!! all of us fans should just have a party at a park. for example: i live close to park called lincoln park :D well it would be awesome to arrange a party for LP fans in the state! enjoying the muusic u guys have already made, party CRAZY… not ending like project X hopefully. but back to the point, as an LP family that we are. we should celebrate like if we won a war. always making a release day awesome like this!

  105. stacyromanov on June 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Mike, I wanna to ask you one question. As you can see – your Russian fans are one the most dedicated fans in the world. Why you can’t make official sales of your albums possible for us? I don’t blame you. Just it hurts.

  106. Ally on June 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Have a camp out at best buy since that’s what I am doing on June 26th lol :P.

  107. katybe on June 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Hi Mike :) I am so excited to release the album because
    #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY is the day of my fifteenth birthday, the new album is the best present for me. Thank You so much!
    Biggest fan of Linkin Park, Moscow Russia
    -Katy

  108. aravind221 on June 13, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Hi mike it’s once again me from your Linkinpark Indian fan club we are trying to get as much fans and we are working on few things trying to get the fans to listen the “living things” together maybe in a cafe or bar by helping not just us and other music lovers too get a taste of the album we are helping our fans order the cd and its be oming a huge success here in India . We will keep you posted with the pics and videos of the celebration. we wish the band for the Living things to become a huge hit among worldwide music audiences .—– your beloved Indian fan base .trending #IDontListenToLeaks do you like the Idea Boss ??

  109. ecnest on June 13, 2012 at 3:50 am

    oh! so i have to register on twiter :/ ehh 22 i’ll be in Paris so if i’ll buy your new CD in France i will listen it with all bus (about 40 people) :D I can not wait for the new album. I’m so impatient after your concert in Poland.

    I don’t know if you even read this but i have to writte to you. 9th of June my deepest dream came true. I waited 11 years to this day and now i’m the happiest person. In Warsaw you were amazing. I listen your music since 2000 and i think i will always admire your hard work and great music you’re making. And most of all i admire you – Mike. You don’t even imagine how you changed my point of view when i was a teenager. Love form Poland

  110. guro2105 on June 13, 2012 at 3:17 am

    It’s a bit weird for me to buy this album. My best friend has loved you since 2003, and in July 2010 me and two other friends agreed to come to a concert with you in Denmark in October. Then we had to listen to ATS, so she kept sending us songs and anything. But I really had to listen to all of the albums because I hadn’t done it before. I wasn’t even a fan! But after the first concert, I was stuck loving you, too! Now I’ve been to 3 concerts and 1 M&G after ATS came out. Unfortunately, my best friend is out of the country both of the dates (June 22. and June 26.). But I really looking forward to this album :D And hoping to hear some of the songs live in the near future. :)

  111. lakiapoole on June 12, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Challenge accepted! You know, it’s funny; when I bought ATS I actually invited a friend over to hear it with me. We just sat in my living room and went through the whole album. I think it made your concert that we went to a few months later even better because we got to get attached to the songs in an interesting way. It was great because I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I’d done something like that; probably since high school with my sisters. Usually I just play a new cd alone in my car or house. This is such a great idea and I can’t wait to get the new album!

  112. mrmmusictech on June 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

    hey MIKE! i can’t wait the album to come out! we’re going to have a super party here in Singapore!
    please check out my cover of your song Burn It Down! hey guys from ms.com check it out too! thanks!

  113. mrmmusictech on June 12, 2012 at 2:37 am

    hey MIKE! i can’t wait the album to come out! we’re going to have a super party here in Singapore!
    please check out my cover of your song Burn It Down! hey guys from ms.com check it out too! thanks!

  114. staceykomarova on June 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Hehe I enjoy this as well, on vk.com there is a big fan group of linkin park, and before ” burn it down”was released they were discussing it all the time, sharing lyrics, pictures from shooting process and stuff like that, I was the only one bravely waiting, cause it much more interesting when everything is ready and you can enjoy good quality full version. So you can rely on me, I’ll do it, but unfortunately I don’t have twitter :( is there any other way to post my pictures of happynes?

  115. staceykomarova on June 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Hehe I enjoy this as well, on vk.com there is a big fan group of linkin park, and before “” burn it down”” was released they were discussing it all the time, sharing lyrics, pictures from shooting process and stuff like that, I was the only one bravely waiting, cause it much more interesting when everything is ready and you can enjoy good quality full version. So you can rely on me, I’ll do it, but unfortunately I don’t have twitter :( is there any other way to post my pictures of happynes? P.s – btw it’s going to be rainy in st- Petersburg on 14 th so take an umbrella :D

  116. linkinoda on June 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    hello mike is laura I need a sign to you that the Italian soldiers who need a nod to the Italian soldiers told him that the cd came out of the 22 do not listen to me please if you make a nod at least give me a straight if not, please talk to the wall mike

  117. mirjanalp on June 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Had to make an account just to answer to Mike :D In my country CD will release on June 22nd and of course I am gonna buy it.I already told my parents to go together to the CD shop on that day.Cant wait for that day,to buy CD and to listen it,nothing else will matter,11 days more!Also Mike I wanna apologise because I listened to ATS when it leaked,I was so impatience.Stupid me.I felt guilt after that,you guys worked so hard on that album.I AM SORRY!!!Ok gotta go,Burn it down is on MTV now..Love you.
    P.S. The show in Romania was amazing,it cannot be described with words,you have to feel it.Traveling 13 hours from Serbia was worth it.

  118. dianelp on June 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That’s exactly what i do every year. My parents are big music fan and have always told me that. I think the same thing. I remember again the moment that i had “hybrid theory” in my hands. The release of a new album of Lp has always been an event for me, my family and my friends. Even though this year i pre-order the album. Usually the day of the release of album, i go to the store. I put it in my home stereo and i listen from beginning to the end with my friends and familly. So i’m ready for this challenge! Thank you Mike for this article. Even if i didn’t always have time to post a comment. I’ve always loved reading your blog!
    Sorry for my bad english. Greetings from Switzerland :)

  119. xiaotun on June 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

    Whenever you where the sun rises, I have here the moon is rising, but wear earplugs every time, play your music CD, I can feel the world is the same.
    Your very supportive fan
    Xiaotun, from China

  120. MIN_LP on June 10, 2012 at 6:22 am

    I just living in my home on that day. Listen it with mom&dad then I smile :)

  121. amanlpchandra on June 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Challenge excpeted by me in India.

    Please come to India.

  122. amanlpchandra on June 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Honestly telling, I only have a ATS CD. And all other albums, I have downloaded them from torrents.
    But this time I pre-ordered LIVING THINGS. And I cant express the happiness.
    I am very pleased to see your post. I mean, LINKIN PARK is not know for what it sells or how much it sells, Its about the music. That awesome music that you create, lives in our music players.
    We dont need your album to please you, we just need to enjoy your music.

    BTW, I’m in India. And you probably know what we are upto. LINKIN PARK INDIA UNLIMITED.
    (I dont work for them. Just to remind you.)

  123. absolutwill on June 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Thank you Mike and the guys for all the great music you make. I appreciate the fact that despite the obstacles you guys have remained together and continued to bless us with amazing albums. I’ve purchased every LP album and I can’t wait to hear this one! Despite what many people say, I think A Thousand Suns was your best effort. As for the leaks, I can’t say I will be able to avoid them because I don’t have a group of fellow LP fans to have a release party with and my PC speakers sound better than anything. I always open my presents alone. But if anyone in ID wants to join me in a listening party I’m down to wait till release day…. :-)

  124. shiinalp on June 9, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Well..Honestly I have my own celebrating style. I’m kinda loner person, when I started to listening Linkin Park, almost 13 years ago, no one shared my passion here, in Poland. From the very beginning I was all alone with my music (Linkin Park, Deftones, Nirvana) and for me the big celebration is when I’m coming home after a long day, sit in front of my hi-fi and I can close my eyes and just feel the music with all my body. But as I said- I’m a loner. Now there are a lot of LP fans in Poland, You will see them tonight at the Warsaw Orange Festival, but I will again sit in my room and turn on maybe hybrid theory, as a true loner.

  125. PassarinhoRebelde on June 9, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Reblogged this on Everything that rocks on earth and commented:
    I’d love to listen Living Things with my friends on a summer night, like… with a campfire… just with no worries, school is over in a week. Summer holidays are gonna be like 3 months so I think it’d be a great start. Actually I’d prefer listening to it on my b-day, on that day I usually play Road to Revolution because it was recorded on my b-day. This year I’m gonna do the same. Hopefully with friends and thinking that one day I’ll get my turn to watch my favorite band live.

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

      Very nice imagery there. Campfire is a good idea. Not sure what I’ll do…

  126. linkinparkmaniac on June 9, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Reblogged this on linkinparkmaniac.

  127. linkinparkmaniac on June 9, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Hey Mike! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I’ve already preordered the album though I don’t know when it’ll come. By the way, when is the album releasing here in India? I’m really excited. :)

    PS- Please come to India at least this time! Please?!

  128. vi2efv on June 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Dear Mike that is an awesome idea! however i’m not a patient guy, but for me, EVERY album/song of yours had been linked with something magical in my life. I have to be honest, when the album leaks i don’t think it twice, and so when i listen to the album the excitement for getting the CD increases. But whatever, just because you ask for it i’ll try to do my best to wait till 26th.

  129. joannehelix on June 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hey Mike, I’ll keep it short & to the point. BRING THE CHALLENGE ON! i’m definitely going to BUY the physical copy of LIVING THINGS, just like what i did to EVERY Linkin Park album. Can’t wait!

  130. nofkingway on June 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Third time I’m gonna comment on this. Linkin Park is perfect. Done.

  131. rayray0bougy on June 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Damn ↓↓↓

  132. rayray0bougy on June 8, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Is *^^^^

  133. rayray0bougy on June 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    This coming out on my birthday !! Nice one :) I gonna buy like 5 CDs

  134. ambergirl87 on June 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    amazing inspiring idea !! <3 dude,i start thinking about the same thing since i turn 18/19 (25 now :D ) we use to rocking, jumping,shouting the lyrics,shaking our heads,singing with combs instead of microphone :DD and all this amazing stuff without even having the latest super bass stereo system or pc…our favorite band was the only thing we needed..maaaan.. good times…so even if it's really tempting to stick with the easy way nowadays,i see no reason not to try at all..after all..the bound between the pen and the cassette tape is more challenging for some kids today LOL,no hard feeling pls :D can't wait for the challenge…i already have some cool ideas :))
    many hugs form Bulgaria!

  135. gatsie on June 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Reblogged this on Gatsie Sheikar'D and commented:
    A challenge for all Linkin Park fanatics out there: Let’s wait until the actual release date of Linkin Park’s new album. Then, we smoke and party together :P

  136. nofkingway on June 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I wanna get a tattoo. With linkin park’s symbol.

  137. zahralp on June 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    this. is. ALIVE!. i will buy it and i will hug it and i will play it and i will keep it and i will for ever take care of it and hopfully love it for ever.

    this is ofically the first LP album i can purchase at a store on the realise date cuz i’ll be in the states and im quite excited. trust me. me and the fans in iran would just be glad to find a decent link to download it from.
    but this time im gonna be playing it in my car as loud as i can with as may fans and friends that are willing to join me :D
    cant wait!
    add North Carolina to your US tour list plz, and i was wondering if i should be expecting another exiting project rev tour ?!
    take care

  138. Me, Phee on June 8, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Probably gonna go to HMV and make a day of it.

  139. linkin4everpark on June 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Yes and i’ll be sure to post a pic of my animals partying

  140. linkin4everpark on June 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Lol i dont have any friends or any one who loves linkin park, so i’ll have to party with all my teddy bears and my cats(they say hi → mew mew mew) some food and then maybe go out with my family somewhere for dinner and listen to the album and all other linkin park albums all night :D. Whooooooooo i’m excited, i promise i wont listen to the leaks ☺.

  141. colinreid on June 8, 2012 at 5:47 am

    mike: what have you enjoyed the most about making “Living Things”?!

  142. boopology on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Reblogged this on Boopology and commented:
    That magical moment we have… :-)

  143. boopology on June 8, 2012 at 3:21 am

    i would definitely take this challenge Mike. Only problem is i don’t think you guys ship your album here in the Philippines because when i wanted to buy A Thousand Suns last 2010, there wasn’t any on the music stores here in my city, and i ended up downloading it because i didn’t want to be the last street soldier to hear ATS. so i was wondering if you guys ship Living Things here?

    because if you guys are, i’ll definitely document everything and celebrate it with you guys on twitter. I don’t mind skipping school either! :D

    Much love and respect,
    Arielle.. :-)

  144. Braffschein on June 8, 2012 at 3:16 am

    Hey Mike, I have an idea. This is pretty impossible (hello, timezones), but why don’t we agree about the time, too? I mean, this could be even more awesome. Imagine a lot of people all over the world listening to LIVING THINGS at the VERY same time. This would be like a flashmob. And maybe you could join us, too :) so what do you think?

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Great idea. I dare you to organize it. I’ll mention it on Twitter.

  145. anjamusen1990 on June 8, 2012 at 1:04 am

    The release date of Living Things is the same as the day I graduate from High school here in Denmark! My brother promised me that after my final exam we will go down to the music store and he will by the album for me :) I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that three years of hard work is finally over by getting the new album of my favorite band! I’ll take pictures for sure, because it’s going to be a very special day for me! I won’t give in to the leaks because it would ruin that day for me if I did! Can’t wait until the 26.06.12! Hugs from Denmark :D

  146. jaw80 on June 8, 2012 at 1:03 am

    i swear i still can’t believe u wrote me back!
    if u make a concert at the pyramids,it will be simply awesome

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:29 am

      That WOULD be awesome. Maybe someday!

      • jaw80 on June 17, 2012 at 1:13 am

        i found living things availble on internet to free download it,and i didn’t download it,i’ll wait till 26 then go and buy it….thank u again :))

      • jaw80 on August 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        Hi Mike,living things is epic……
        can u please tell me is it impossible that you play a show here at Egypt,cause i have been waiting for this moment for 6 years now…..Thank You

  147. lpmoonshine on June 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    the exams of my university will be finished exactly on june25.but as I can’t wait for your new album and also your album won’t release in Iran I will download LT.I’m studing so hard to get the best points because I won’t feel ashame of u when I’m listening to your albume.I really wanna be happy on that time.I wish one day you will come to persopolis in shiraz.maybe on day my wish comes true.
    thanks Mahshid

  148. OOOOORION on June 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Mike, I definitely wanna join the celebration that sounds fun! I cert’nly agree that appreciating art with ppl is more enjoyable than alone. n we should spread the message that if we want more good musics we hav to purchase them so there’ll be more. Ppl nowadays lack the virtue of giving credits to creators. I’ve seen so many artworks on the web without references. Its insecure to artists coz its easy for ppl to steal their works.

    BTW I love the artworks of ATS and Living Things so much! Especially the girl samurai in Waiting for the end. Can you tell me who did ‘em so I cud check them out?
    Thx for making so much great arts you make the world a better place;)
    Orion

  149. nlopezdearenosa on June 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I pre-ordered, but I plan on going with my greatest and closest friend, Yazmin, to Best Buy. We’ll wander like idiots, looking for the music section. There, we’ll have to say- no, sing- our ABCs to help us look for L. We’ll have huge grins and pay for it, and in the car, we’ll ‘rock paper scissors’ to decide who gets to tear off the plastic and cuss the security stickers, and pop that cd in. Since 6th grade we’ve done this together, and I am so glad you’ve reminded others of it. Can’t wait, Mike. Thank you for everything, for the third most constant thing in my life.

  150. ves13 on June 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. I have been waiting for Living Things since you announced it in your blog and I’m still waiting. The waiting thrills me, I feel like a kid, waiting for this fantastic thing to come and sweep me off my feet. I don’t know when Living Things comes out in Slovenia if at all but I will get it. You’re right, it’s magical. Thanks for great music and your thoughts. Vesna

  151. romanticabyssofthealmost on June 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Well Mike! I’m glad to say that I am waay ahead of you on this challenge. I am most definitely going to celebrate with you! I’m hopefully going to get tickets for the Linkin Park movie screening on the 25th and have a blast in the theater and on the 26th I’m going to see if my brother and his girlfriend are up for purchasing the album that day and we’ll listen to it in the car afterwards and drive along into the sunset! I’m really excited! I’m really glad that you brought this challenge to us because you’re right, there’s no more thrill and magic into finally having new music that you’ve been waiting for.

  152. adaminator1 on June 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Mike, I wanna say I have the will to do this, but… I don’t. I preordered the digital album twice. I don’t think I’ll feel bad for listening to the leak– BUT– I’ll do a release day event anyway? I’m probably going to head into the stores and get a physical copy too since shipping costs about as much as the album itself… …Are you okay with this? I don’t really consider it piracy since I’ve paid for the product (twice) already….

  153. magz12 on June 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    well im glad you bring thatup mike.recently ive gotten a laptop with internet, and i didnt have any axcess to album leaks or downloading anything. when A Thousand Suns came out i was excited! saved up my money, had my bicycle prepared once i got out of school. then once i came home, had everything i needed. i took my CD player with me (just in case ;)) i rode about 15 to 16 miles to walmart. got the album, ran to my bike and opened the damn case like CRAZY!!! stuck that CD in my CD player and listend to the whole thing on my way back. by the time i got home i learned a verse or 2 on a song. till now i still do this. internet is not really something i rely on.ill do the same with BID in june!

  154. demozene on June 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    accepted

    my friends don’t really like LP but I’m gonna listen it in my own studio on a 4.0 system

    about buying…
    I’m always wait with that, cause a few month later after release I always can buy the album -90% price, people here don’t really can buy it cause the original price is so expensive for us

    but it’s funny and sad when I buy a new LP record for 2-3USD, cause nobody buyed it (because the price, not the music) and for example Justin Bieber is still 30USD

    greetings from hungary from your biggest fan

  155. handsheeldhigh on June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    hey mike, I think this is a great idea, I never saw or heard such a cool project before. more people should think this way. music is more than just listening it alone in your room, it should be shared all over the world, it should give us all a corporate feeling. my biggest dream would be to be able to sit one day together with you and the guys, drinking coffee and just listen to your music, saying nothing. meeting you at pinkpop was the first time for me, it was an uncredible feeling (btw. I was the girl, who asked chester for a hug :D:D).
    Hope than I can meet you guys one day again.
    You are amazing.

    Alex

  156. martineallard1 on June 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I will of course take the challenge, well, it won’t be much of a challenge because this is always how I like to discover a new album, but this will be the first time I’ll do it for a LP album (yeah, I’m a brand new fan, re-discovered you guys through my 13 year old daughther). I’m looking forward to listening to the whole album with her, and we’ll have a listening party just the two of us!

  157. thegluelpfan on June 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I officially accept this challenge,I am from Europe but I will wait till the 26th I’m going to get together with my friends and enjoy it then.Every Linkin Park release has been a celebration for me so I want to continue this tradition and this time it will be even bigger.I cannot wait! #LivingThings

  158. andrewpotapov on June 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    OK, Mike. Blame yourself when you will see crazy videos and photos:D
    Whe me and my friends are alone we are normal people. But when we are together we are just going mad :)
    So prepare for a hot mind-blowing party ever!!! Muhaha!!! *crazy laugh*

  159. cesar2193 on June 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Of course i accept the challenge, also i just saw you guys are coming to Mexico… will you add more dates or you will only play in monterrey?

  160. kattoda on June 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I’ll try to organize a big party with my friend!!! But the first party gonna be on June 10th ;) btw could we also send some videos of us partying on your concert. It’s also a kind of happy day! Big party on the Maxidrom!!!

  161. lauralou1125 on June 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Yes! I’m up for the challenge!!! Can not wait!!! :D

  162. juniorny94 on June 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Perfect Mike.

  163. rocksylvie on June 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hey, Mikey! I’ll gladly accept the challenge! I’ll celebrate the event with my daughter who spent her savings to buy me a ticket to your yesterday’s concert (my mom had some health problems and I was kind of broke). My sweet girl told me that she knows what LP means to me! :)
    Yesterday I was beyond paradise! I’ll never forget this day: 06.06.2012. Your knew pieces sounded awesome so I predict a huge success for you with your knew album! Good luck!
    I haven’t posted on your blog for a long time but I’m trying to keep up to date despite my messed up life. I wish you all the best! I’m sending you my heart, as I did yesterday! <3 Ly4ever!

  164. Mila on June 7, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hi Mike! this is not that easy but I’ll try :D

  165. Ally on June 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Oh yeah I forgot to mention this meme made me think of this post:

    http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f189/Seto_Kaiba0101/FOVS/Challenge_accepted.jpg

    Le DERP!

  166. gkegelj on June 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Ok, I just invited my Long-Lost friend to listen to Living Things with me on June 26th and he AGREED!! So I want to say BIG THANK YOU FOR THAT!! Now this day will two times better than I thought because I can listen to the newest album of my ALL TIME FAVOURITE GROUP and renew acquaintance with my friend.
    THANK YOU MIKE, YOU REALLY KEEP PEOPLE TOGETHER, LOVE YOU!!!!

  167. skyzlmt on June 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Probably the most epic way to experience an album is to go to Warner Records in LA, sit in a room with 25 other LPUers and be the first ever public ears to hear ATS in the United States three weeks before the album comes out. One of the greatest musical experiences of my life.

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

      Not a humblebrag…a regular brag! HA
      Glad you got to hear it.

  168. cawproject on June 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

    #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY
    I’ve created a group for this event on FB.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/328963053846500/

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

      Good one! Thanks for doing that. I hope a lot of people join your group.

  169. xiaotun on June 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I feel your dedication and sincerity to the music from your text.The power of a dream is great, you can let the young boys into great men.Your music like a map, like a lamp, to encourage a lot of confused people in the brutal life of courage, thank you!Look forward to your new album will bring more good things for people.
    Hope to see your show in Beijing.
    A fan from China.

  170. xiaotun on June 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I feel your dedication and sincerity to the music from your text.The power of a dream is great, you can let the young boys into great men.Your music like a map, like a lamp, to encourage a lot of confused people in the brutal life of courage, thank you!Look forward to your new album will bring more good things for people.Hope to see your performance in Beijing.
    A fan from China.

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Very nice. HELLO and THANKS to all our Chinese fans!

      • xiaotun on June 26, 2012 at 5:34 am

        Flattered

  171. vickykun on June 7, 2012 at 8:48 am

    True,true bro. I know that feeling very well! Whenever LP announced a new album, I would feel excited and wait patiently for the release with all my best friends ( yeah, when I was a little kid,like with 10~11 years old). We would wait for days in front of our favorite record´s store and when it arrived we would share money from each one of us to buy the album. Then we used to go to one of my friend´s place,make popcorn and listen to the album all day long ( Seriously). So, it has been very fun and we kept that tradition until nowaydas ( we´re 20 now)

  172. lpglennlp on June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Challenge accepted. I did the same with MTM and ATS and it made the experience so much more awesome!
    Me and my friends listened to ATS all the way through like 3 times in a row, then had it playing in the background while playing Halo. Great memory. And a Great idea Mike but i must ask, Isnt there anything the band or the label can do to stop the leak of the album? Ive often wondered about how it actually leaks. Please let me know if ya get the chance.
    Thanks

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:22 am

      Good question. That’s a fun bit of trivia: for us, it’s usually leaked when WBR goes to produce the physical CDs. They make hundreds of thousands and stock them in warehouses around the world. Then an employee sneaks one, burns it, and it’s leaked.

  173. queenash1993 on June 7, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Hey mike I’m Ayesha from Pakistan. and you guys rock the world don’t know when your album releasing in Pakistan but cant wait to listen.You guys are “Freakin Awesome” Cheers to “LIVING THINGS”

  174. curlylp on June 7, 2012 at 8:29 am

    I will wait till June 26th. Linkin Park is my favorite band so i don’t mind If i have to wait. I’m gonna celebrate with other fans. Either Living Things is a masterpiece or nothing so special and it sucks we can wait. Haha
    Great post, btw.

  175. michelle2014 on June 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

    OK MIKE CHALLENGE ACEPPTED!

    I told my mom she was going to have to ride around with me until the cd finished.

    IT’S GONNA BE A DAY OF BLISS👍👍👍👍

    DEFFINITLY GONNA TWEET YOU A PIC.

    CAN’T WAIT TILL YOU ARE BAK IN TEXAS

  176. cawproject on June 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hey Mike,
    I created a “Living Things Release Day Challenge” group on FB.
    If anyone can’t find it. Send me a message.
    My FB account is:
    http://facebook.com/chrisalexwin
    #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY

  177. queenash1993 on June 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hey mike I’m ayesha from Pakistan..And you guys rock the world.DONT KNOW WHEN YOUR ALBUM Releasing IN PAKISTAN . but cant wait. PAKISTAN FAN LOVE YOU…”CHEERS TO “LIVING THINGS”

  178. lordjaja on June 7, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I’d love to celebrate with someone, but unfortunately I’m the only lp fan in the area :/ which sucks. Anyway, do you have any other tip on how I could participate in this in any way? I think I will just go with skyping with some internet friends? It’s just very upsetting that I can’t be a part of anything really, because I live in the middle of nowhere. :(

  179. ayeletashtivkar on June 7, 2012 at 7:49 am

    I just finished to read it for the third times…. Maybe it’s sound crazy but this challenge made me understand something about my life… Thanks, Mike!

  180. castleofglass on June 7, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Ha Mike, you leak a song yourself and tell us not to listen to leaks!

  181. nigelultee on June 7, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Hi Mike,

    I’m going on holiday 22 June when Living things is released in the Netherlands I’ll wait and buy it in Italy!

    Greets from Holland!

  182. jjjjani on June 7, 2012 at 7:26 am

    New cassette smell? Yes please!

  183. joaofelipeaffo on June 7, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Hi Mike, I’m from Brazil and I’m very fan of you and linkin park, and so is available to purchase LIVING THINGS here I will buy and take a picture and send you, hope you can give retweet and also I hope you can come to Brazil again!

  184. jjjjani on June 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

    You had me at “rewind”. I had that exact experience, more than once back in my youth and those were good days. Very good days. Thanks for reminding me of them.

  185. anvanoppens on June 7, 2012 at 7:20 am

    22nd it is! :)

  186. vanessa23692 on June 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Hi i think the challenge is a very good idea…. i´m in germany so the cd will be released at the 22nd june. maybe i´ll wait till the 26th. but i think the 22nd june is the best day for the challenge for me because the 23rd is my birthday, so i will have my birthday party at the 22nd…. that is a great chance to listen to the cd with everyone…and there will be many people … it´s my 20th brithday ^^ hope you guys will have as much fun as i will have :)

  187. gkegelj on June 7, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Mike I love the idea! But in Poland Living Things are coming out at 25th. I will buy it then but I guess I can’t listen to it until 26th?
    and have a great time in Warsaw!! I won’t be able to see you live at the concert which is sad!!! But I am sending You loads of greetings regerdless.

    • M Shinoda on June 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

      25th or 26th, it’s up to you. Even 22nd if you want to celebrate with Germany.

  188. aravind221 on June 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

    Kudos Mike ,we sincerely appreciate for your honorable reply and care for the Indian fans we would what we have to do as usual ,perform our duties sincerely , help you by whatever means the best we can , You can count on us always – cheers !

  189. linkinoda on June 7, 2012 at 7:02 am

    hello mike are linkinoda prefer that you listen to laura’ll post photos and schedules for when you get the cd? or where the aiamo taken? I can not wait to post my day

  190. koocoomoo on June 7, 2012 at 7:01 am

    rawr

  191. mariannegan on June 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Mike, I’ll let you know what I decide; 22nd or 26th.
    Ps: I just want to let you know that you guys are amazing. You guys have grown so much in your music. I understand some fans don’t like the change but I feel every album is fantastic and unique. I can’t wait for LP to visit Adelaide, Australia!

    All the best and take care!

    Cheers,
    Marianne

  192. koocoomoo on June 7, 2012 at 6:51 am

  193. iluvcloudstrife on June 7, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Hi, Mike.I have difficulty when want to pre-order album from https://warnerbrosrecordsstore.com.I couldn’t complete the order as I’m stuck at address info page. I don’t know what should I fill in phone number column. Can you give me the site owner contact info? Thanks.

  194. koocoomoo on June 7, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Why should I wait, if I am celebrating alone? Tell me what the difference is.

  195. koocoomoo on June 7, 2012 at 6:31 am

    For me it’s the opposite. I’ve only ever really downloaded things as soon as they are available. But I love your guys music so MUCH. I don’t know if I can wait, I’m too excited!! :O

  196. koocoomoo on June 7, 2012 at 6:30 am

    MIKE, LPU chat is trying to decide whether we should wait or not. Methinks you should come and tell us what YOU would do.. **LPU CHAT

  197. nevermeanttolast on June 7, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Hi Mike,
    the release date in Germany is the 22nd and the day after my last final exam-so I’m very happy to attend the #LivingThingsReleaseDayChallenge ! I may have a little hangover but I’m still going to the store, buy the CD and relax while listenig to it..because it’s what I always do when one of my favorite bands is releasing a new album :) and I’ll skillfully ignore the leak!

  198. freak of the drummer on June 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    greets from Indonesia!
    we actually have already posted on our site (today) for the Living Things Party at 23, we asked Soldiers and try to take as much as we can find the Soldiers out there to come and join us to the party. but one thing we’re still confused about, is it really will be released at 22 june outside the US? I’ve called the Music store and they said if at 23 June the album comes out, then we can get the album at 23. or worse, a week later after the released day. what should we do? takes photos and send them to you a week later?

  199. linkingal on June 7, 2012 at 6:21 am

    26th in Singapore, I have my college H2 Chemistry exam, would be an awesome time to listen to the album after such a strenuous examination. Timing couldn’t be better!

    Well, too bad Warner cancelled my order. It’s kinda not my fault, who asked them not to separate the cost from ledger and available balance? So, I spent it, *accidentally* :P

    But, I will get it in the stores, for sure. Hopefully there will be a poster available. There was a poster with MTM and ATS :)

  200. nine84 on June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    Hi Mike! What are you doing at this day????

    I don`t know if I should accept this challenge. I am really excited about the new album and it can’t wait to listen!!! But dou you read the comments here really by yourself and look to the photos or videos which the fans send to you? I`m not sure. Must we send the photos and videos at the same day to you?

    But its a great idea. Hope all have fun.

    I hope Adam have given you my present for you at Berlin (I give it to him on tuesday before the concert started – Telekom Street Gig) Im not sure if you have seem me there.

    Enjoy it!

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 7:21 am

      Don’t stress, do whatever feels like the most fun!

      • nine84 on June 13, 2012 at 8:20 am

        everytime Mike everytime!!! Hope to see you on LPU chat on June 22th for celebration :D

  201. conconming on June 7, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Hi Mike! Im not sure when will Living Things be released in Asia but Im sure will gonna celebrate with you on the 26th. I can definitely relate wid you buying an album on its released date and listen to it wid my friends back in high school & college during mid & end 90’s. I just felt bad that sum people dont have respect to d artists who spend time & effort to just leak infos of the songs that they dont even own in the first place. The nerve of these people to steal d songs and ideas of the artists who spend time giving people good music. Cheers to Linkin Park & let’s all celebrate for the release of your new album. Kudos to you guys for making good music all these years!

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

      I mentioned this below…I’m not sure, but maybe you can try to get the album from LinkinPark.com. Downloads usually go out on release day, and you also get remixes every month.

  202. aravind221 on June 7, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Hi Mike I wanted to bring to your kind notice that we the Linkinpark fan site from India (LPIU) we had already started this challenge way before you got this idea , we helped the Indian Warner collaborate with an Website(Flipkart.com) and made a Pre-order of Living Things for fans here we have been constantly promoting the fans not download illegal music and as a result we get massive response from our fans saying that they have ordered the official preorder cd Im sure Atleast 3000+ people here in India will buy the legit cd , we never got your CDs in olden days here they almost release in like halfway decade after the cd hits in all over the world not anymore now,do we get credit for job

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

      A huge shout-out to you and all our fans in India. We appreciate your efforts!

  203. hyperismagical on June 7, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I would accept if I had the money to buy the album, as it is I do intend to wait to till that date to listen ^_^

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

      This is not about downloading vs. buying. It’s just about the date, who you listen with, and what speakers it plays on. Make the decision to have more fun, and take some pictures/videos while you’re doing it.

  204. anvanoppens on June 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Hey Mike!
    Just to make sure… Are we, Europeans, ‘allowed’ to do this celebration on the 22nd already? Or should we hold our excitement and feedback about LT in for 4 days?
    Just checking because I don’t want to send ‘wrong’ info into the Belgian fanbase :)
    I’m sure the album will be really awesome, really looking forward to the release!
    Thank you!
    An (aka very proud Belgian LP ambassador! Thanks again, to you and Adam as well! :))

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:10 am

      It’s your decision, Ms. Ambassador. You’re the ambassador, maybe you should make the decision for Belgium!

  205. alex21linkinpark on June 7, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Mike, I will gladly accept this amazing challenge. Its not a hard feat to accomplish anyway. I fully and completely respect you and the band and there is nothing that would ever change that. You guys are amazing. I appreciate everything you do for the fans. Also one thing I must tell you is LIVING THINGS releases on my BIRTHDAY!!! There is no greater gift a huge LP fan could ask for than their favorite band releasing a new album on their Birthday. I will be so excited to listen to some amazing new music on the 26th of June!!! Thank you Mike and Linkin Park, and I will GLADLY accept this challenge!!!

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Happy Birthday (save this note until the 26th)

  206. bluzuk on June 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Great to read something like this! It’s the same with my bff and me. She has to work ’til late evening on the 22th so we thought about getting the album one day later to make sure we can listen to it together. She told me that I can surely buy it on my own and wait for her to come home late at night but I told her that I would wait. I don’t want to go to the city and buy it on my own, it has to be with her. Like some sacred thing.
    We did it like that with MtM, we only had 15 min to go to the city and buy it and then had lessons again. And after school we ran home and listened to it together. It was not only about the album but this was truly one of the best days I had with her.

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

      Very considerate. LIVING THINGS is under 40 minutes long in total, so maybe you won’t have that problem this time? HA

  207. Braffschein on June 7, 2012 at 5:04 am

    oh man, I was gonna listen to it as soon as it’s out, but now that you’ve asked me so kindly?! damnit, I can’t betray you. damn you Mike, damn you for delaying my moments of happiness. I will need some proofs we DO celebrate kind of together. HA.

  208. minyuanlim on June 7, 2012 at 4:58 am

    No problem. Usually I don’t have the patience but this sounds fun~ I can wait, just like I have been longing for LP to come to Malaysia.. Last time LP came to Malaysia was in 2003, I was too young to realize the greatness of LP music..
    T_T

  209. aline4lp on June 7, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Yes, what you describe is like a lost art.
    Before ATS I didn’t listen to the leaks and snippets, the only song I knew of the album was The Catalyst.
    Instead of having a listening party I use to enjoy new albums alone, so I remember sitting in my room 2 years ago putting the CD in my stereo and getting taken away by The Requiem and the other songs that took me to another world far from my little bedroom…
    Such experiences can’t be compared to listening to a (probably low quality) leak on my laptop.
    So with LT I’ll wait again till it is in stores and enjoy this awesome piece of music the way it deserves it.
    Your very supportive fan,
    Aline

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

      Thanks Aline.

  210. ramasmoqi on June 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

    there is more excitement to wait and then buy the CD and be you one of those who bought it :)

  211. mariannegan on June 7, 2012 at 4:45 am

    Reblogged this on mariannegan and commented:
    Living Things Release Day – Challenge from Mike Shinoda! Love it!!!

  212. erimarika on June 7, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I love the idea!! When I was younger ,after buying a CD at a CD store(which is hard to find even in a big city like Tokyo nowadays), I used to try to rip off the plastic cover of the new CD in the bus back home.. Your blog reminded that fact that it’s so hard to do without scissors, ha! And I still remember the excitement when I first heard the first sound from my CD player. Let me do that again. On 6/20 in my country. I’m very excited.
    And by the way, should we play the new CD from front to back like ATS?

  213. mariannegan on June 7, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Hey Mike, challenge accepted. But it is released on the 22nd for me but I want to celebrate on 26th with you. Dilemma. It will be a second challenge for me to wait till the 26th to celebrate with you! Should I???

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

      That is a great question. Obviously only you can answer it!

  214. jaw80 on June 7, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Mike,i am in that challenge for sure !
    one thing i wanted to add…..please try to come to Egypt,LP have thousands of fans there-you’re all awesome,thank u for everything

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

      I would love to come to Egypt. Hopefully to play a show, but also for the tourist stuff. Lots of love to our Egyptian fans.

      • jaw80 on June 8, 2012 at 1:26 am

        first,thanks for writing to me back
        u can play a show at the pyramids so it’s both :),i know u have lots of concerts at different places but please try to come….ty

  215. ramasmoqi on June 7, 2012 at 4:31 am

    sorry for writing :)

  216. ramasmoqi on June 7, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I think it is right to wait for the release of an album of linkin :) especially if you have made ​​a right move to change something in the music, I think the more you change the better because so what if you could see, you can see to what Now you can get :)scusate per la scrittura :)

  217. acrossthatline on June 7, 2012 at 4:21 am

    When I was a kid, I used to spend my whole allowance to buy the new LP album as soon as I saw it on the store. Now I’m using my credit card. I grew up but i’ll never stop doing this.

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

      I make it a tradition of buying each of our albums at a store on release day. I assume I’ll be doing the same this year. Maybe some of you will find me at a store on the 26th…

  218. calessi on June 7, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Reblogged this on 1calessi.

  219. acrossthatline on June 7, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I made a translation for brazilian fans, so we’ll take the challenge too! CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
    http://ameranth.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/knapp01.png
    As soon as the album hits the shelves, I’ll be there.

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:03 am

      Great, thank you. GO BRAZIL

  220. haritis on June 7, 2012 at 3:57 am

    This is a great idea,I’m definitely doing it!I’ll buy the album as soon as it comes out in my country,listen to it together with my friends and take the pictures.Much better than listening to the downloaded tracks all alone in my room.

  221. simona93 on June 7, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Can’t wait! I hope I’m gonna love it as much as I love ATS (that piece of geniality really don’t get the love it deserves!), but it somehow seems like whatever you do ends up being awesome :) . I didn’t preorder or anything, I actually enjoy going to some local store and buying it here. Greetings from Prague, come see us here sometimes!

  222. steffy227 on June 7, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Thats my boy! Im in ;)

  223. sohail abbasi on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Mike,I was already planning about buying the album,as a student,I don’t’ve a job,or a credit card,my exams are just 1 week away,& I’m always sitting on internet,searching about Linkin park.This time,I’ve planned to buy the album,by borrowing money.I’ll just buy the dvd.I don’t want to hear s**t before release date,I won’t for sure.:)

  224. linkinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:43 am

    English anyway that I wanted to say that I look forward to hear the 26 all living things together in the great idea :)

  225. sohail abbasi on June 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    Reblogged this on SOHAIL_Lq.

  226. Dudo The Stampede on June 7, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I needed to read this words… I’ll go buy in as soon as it’ll be released here (Italy) like every other LP’s cd! I’ll put it in my car with my girlfriend and friends and listen! My car isn’t that big so I’ll tell my friends who can’t fit in it to do the same! Maybe in the same parking, so we can listen to it and shout it out loud!

    Great words Mike! Thank you!

  227. thenilly on June 7, 2012 at 3:39 am

    your story it is really good Mike :)
    “…but the magic isn’t as magical.”
    I loved it. Unfortunately I’m a 16 years old and I can’t drive but .. hell yeah !!!!! I’m gonna take this challenge, make my day memorable and send to @linkinpark a vid.
    :DD

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:02 am

      AWESOME

  228. linkinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:34 am

    hello mike is a fan of Italian laura Pirali not wait to hear the cd I have read and I accept your challenge to 26 I will celebrate with you I will post all Forto and descriptions can not wait

  229. manciks on June 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Hi Mike! Your idea is awesome! I’m so glad that so many fans are going to join this event. I’m from Poland and I and my friends (fans LP) are going to celebrate LV premiere too! It’s going be one of the best event with Linkin Park fans! I can’t wait to hear Living Things, I know it’s a next different/amazazing album, but I’m soo truly fan, I love Your music and I’m so happy when I listen Your songs. Cya in Poland in m&g.. some suprise are waiting for You! So cya and have a great time! :D Greetings from Poland

  230. dzhuki on June 7, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Hey Mike,

    what should I do, if in my country there won’t be any CDs at the release date (well, it would be good if they appear here in Sepetmber) and Itunes doesn’t work here? Amazon or BestBuy copies will arrive in best case in late July… Belive me, I would gladly accept the challenge, but I can’t wait to hear your new music and I won’t be able to wait that long :(

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:01 am

      Does ordering from linkinpark.com work? We allow downloads on release date in most places (plus you get a remix every month).

  231. yuda19 on June 7, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I got the CD early…!!! LoL :D #TrollFace http://twitpic.com/9tpjh6 . Wanna see the full photo of the CD????? :D

  232. jolonsilk on June 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Hey Mike, I’ll be getting my copy on the 22nd because I’m down under. I will try and resist the temptation. xD

  233. gkegelj on June 7, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Mike!!! That’s a great idea!!! I will buy the cd straight away after school I PROMISE!!! But I have a question: shall I share the pic of me listenin to Living Things at midnight US TIME? because I live in Poland. Please answer, it’s really important!!!!! Thanks.

  234. manciks on June 7, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Reblogged this on manciks.

  235. kattoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Haha, Shinoda, challenge accepted! We gonna party our asses off! Specially in Russia :) You know what I mean. Vodkaaaaaa!!!!

  236. Ally on June 7, 2012 at 3:14 am

    When I came to come read this. My virus scan said this site was unsafe. your twitter lied to me about responses.
    :) lol

  237. gatsie on June 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

    WTF? No downloading? That’s like telling a junkie not to smoke crack! Or an alcoholic to lay off the booze. Or nicotine addict not to smoke cigarettes. I really need a smoke right now…

    **thinks hard** Well…. **thinks some more** No… **thinks again** FINE!

    OK, I’ll be having a hard time here not to hunt for the leaked album. I’ll honestly try to wait. And to then share the noise with the entire neighborhood :P

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:03 am

      It’s not about downloading, it’s about waiting. Just wait to smoke your crack. Or whatever.

      • gatsie on June 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

        Alright, I’ll wait to smoke my crack :P

  238. csabaantal on June 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

    Release days are event for me too. I loved the moment when I can hear the music, play the game or watch the move I’ve waited for weeks/months. :) I don’t preordered the album in iTunes yet, but I’m sure that I’ll buy it when it’d been released. I don’t know that I’ll listen it before I’ll buy it or not, but I love that 2 songs from it what I’ve already heard. My favorite album is Hybrid Theory (I’ve heard it first ~12 years ago, but I still love it), and the new album should be same I think. I’ll miss the concert in Austria because I won’t have enough money to travel. :( Hope you will come into Hungary once, your current setlist is badass!

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:05 am

      Thank you!

  239. lpkevin on June 7, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Gonna be indeed the best day of 2012, hopfully i can make it as wonderful as im thinking about it now.

  240. spraypaintninkpens on June 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Mike, I have my own challenge for you: Start making amazing music again!
    MTM was ok(certainly not worth the 4 year wait, however FM was awesome- too bad that project was abandoned)However ATS was just so bad- I’m not even going to go into that anymore.As a former die-hard LP fan( with tons of merch and tats of LP), I’m still in dismay over the direction you’ve gone with Rick Rubin at the helm.Obviously Warner told you to post this to boost album sales. As a fan who has already pre-ordered the album based on loyalty, I don’t see the harm in a little sneak peak.I hope LT is a step in the right direction. We miss the rapping, guitars, energy and unique style LP used to have. Bring back FM!

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:05 am

      You’re silly.

      • Alexandra Nofi on June 7, 2012 at 7:15 am

        Okay, this dude can barely control what comes out of his mouth/what he types. What makes you think he’ll be able to keep himself from listening to a leak?

  241. ernisilaban on June 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Can’t wait to have it. 22nd?

  242. linkingal on June 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Reblogged this on linkingal.

  243. JJEmpire64 on June 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Definitely taking this challenge. It’d be a blast no matter what!

  244. larissaevelynrm on June 6, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Reblogged this on s2 Sem Sentido.

  245. larissaevelynrm on June 6, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    *-* great idea

  246. evikf on June 6, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Reblogged this on happiness + sadness = life and commented:
    Challenge accepted!

  247. codeman1st on June 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I’m going to be so excited! ^_^ I accept your challenge, Mike! It’s indeed going to be the best day of the year!

  248. argol8489 on June 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    is a brilliant idea … thanks for sharing and making this a great call for a massive party … will be the start of an album full of success.

  249. mercenary18 on June 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    What a perfectly simple, yet great idea!! Wow it’s gonna be tough to ignore the leak >.< BUT I will take this challenge! I wanna enjoy the moment with you, my friends and other LP fans =D Can't wait!!

  250. gella on June 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    for sure the release date is gonna be a BIG EVENT..sure i will take the CHALLENGE…but one thing for sure is that i’m gonna miss my brother coz’ we used to listen to your music together when a new one come’s out..i’m sure even if he’s in another part of the globe he’ll gonna but your album..

  251. fabiolaa_sc on June 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    i’ll take the challenge :D

  252. nofkingway on June 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Dude, I just made an wordpress account to comment on your blog haha . JESUS CHRIST I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE ALBUM! Challenge accepted Shinoda! I am sooo going to party when it comes out :D I’m a big LP fan, favorite band, always was, always will be. I’m from Portugal, I went to Rock In Rio, AWESOME SHOW! I don’t know how long I’ve been waiting to see you guys live! I screamed, I cried, but didn’t jump because I was already tired of jumping in the Limp Bizkit and The Offspring show and a guy fell on me, literally. Mike, I seriously hope you read this or else I’ll chase you… kiddiiing! My english isn’t the best but you’re a smart guy, you understand it. Byeee ! Ana Guerreiro :)

  253. gustina05 on June 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Great idea! For me was always an event when I buy the records of the bands I like the most, but is great that you point that out, we dont listen music how we are supposed to do anymore!

  254. Leonel Arocha on June 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Linkin Park Rosario and commented:
    Después les llevamos la traducción soldiers ;)

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:06 am

      Thank you to everyone re-blogging this post. And to you!

      • Leonel Arocha on June 7, 2012 at 7:07 am

        You’re welcome Mike! It will so difficult because in my country (Argentina) the album comes out on June 19th

  255. linkinparkette on June 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This is no challenge for me, I never listen to the leaks. I didn’t listen to the MTM leak or ATS and I’m not going to start now. I always thought low of the fans who said they couldn’t wait even though it was only a few days away. You never know a true person until it happens. I per order my cd, so I might not get it on time. I will wait my turn to have my listen when my cd comes. And when that happens, I will shut myself in my room and listen to it. Cannot wait til June 26.

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:07 am

      Yeah, even if you listen to it along, post a picture or Viddy or something to let us know you’re taking the LT Challenge.

  256. lp13413 on June 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I’m not one for leaks…it just takes all the fun out of it for me. I’ll most likely purchase it at FYE and/or Best Buy after I get out of work, take it home, and (like all my new music), put it in my stereo in my room

  257. milasouza11 on June 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I want to be part of this challenge day!

    You’re bringing back the magic. Every new day, we’re become more and more selfish, lonely, and individualistic people. Everything is connected,
    we don’t need to meet the people to talk to them, as face to face, because the internet offers all this and we don’t leave our homes.

    This idea you had is super cool.
    We can share our joys with our friends, celebrating this moment so important to you and for us.

    I love the way you, LP, treat your fans. Because that way, we feel like a close friend. And it’s so amazing!

    Sorry for my bad english! haha

    God Bless you! *Hugs*

    Mila Souza

  258. brysislupin on June 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I have so many ideas already ;)
    It´s going to be a great day

  259. mokadishine on June 6, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Reblogged this on LivurDrms and commented:
    So true the magic is gone now a day… It’s sad. I will defenetly do this chalange on my part! I might be alone when it will happen but I’ll have a party of my own at midnight on the 26th!

  260. happybokehs on June 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    It’s on my birthday!!! June 25th!
    I am totally accepting this challenge!

  261. lankanprincebrisbane on June 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Dont worry mike, we are true fans and we shall wait that extra week for the awesome living things album. ur asking for a lot, but only true fans can do it :) love from australia

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:09 am

      I appreciate you’re a true fan. Listening early doesn’t mean you’re not a real fan, though…but it does mean you’ll be missing out on some of the fun…

  262. Ally on June 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Oh you shouldn’t opened this door for me. Poor LP is now going to be spammed spammed spammed :D.

  263. crazycreek5 on June 6, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Ok, callenge accepted, but we were yesterday on a party together.
    I was in Berlin, at the Admiralspalast and that was a live changing happening. :)
    But I look forward to the 22. June here in Germany and wait, what this day will bring.

  264. kathyxx on June 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    “Imagine opening your birthday presents by yourself, alone. Imagine having no one to look in the eye, sharing the excitement of each new thing.”

    But that’s pretty much every CD release ever for me. My friends never gave a flying bat turtle. :/

  265. cherrybubble89 on June 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    HA! Goin to freak out with my little babyboy and force my husband to take pictures- wahahahaha!

    What an awesome idea dude.

  266. lofj2000 on June 6, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I WILL DEFINITELY BE CELEBRATING! I remember one of the best musical experiences I had was listening to Meteora from start to finish. Every song seemed to flow into the next perfectly. I never like hearing the songs individually and out of order because when you listen to it as a whole, its a completely different experience. One where the pacing and writing of the organized setlist ultimately become poetic, and that is what I respect about every album I listen to. Mike, I met you at the Champs Press Conference in NY carrying that huge poster that you signed. I asked you a question about inspiration, and your response inspired me to start my own band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpwx08l0Q0k

  267. basketballjesus on June 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    What’s a CD?

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 3:09 am

      HAAAAAAAA

  268. rhewtz on June 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    @linkinpark Mike, I made this account just to respond to you. I think it’s amazing what Linkin Park has done over the years, not excluding what each member has done outside of the band as well, just amazing. And I’m glad that you still feel the magic in your heart. It’s sad me to see music take a back stage to everything else. I realize that movies and video games use music is used to enhance the experience, and people do everything from read a book to drive a car while listening to it, but that doesn’t stop the magic in it for me. Sometimes the best thing to do is sit by yourself, or with friends, somewhere, and let your soul drift into the music. Keep on Mike! #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY

  269. artemis2620 on June 6, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    well you are not coming to England or Greece this year so we cant celebrate with you in a consert, so we have to celebrate like this … !really lookong forward for the new alboum . :)

  270. elenallorente on June 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Great idea Mike!! I will listen to LIVING THINGS with my sister, who is also a fan of Linkin Park. I prefer to wait a few days to make that day a special ocasion!! :)

  271. apdsouza1 on June 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

    We want Fort Minor back!

  272. nerd42 on June 6, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Mike, no offense, but your band is not a big enough deal to expect that. True, Linkin Park is a great band and has a unique sound and I guess the hardest of the hardcore fans will have some kinda new album party event n stuff. But for the rest of us, we’ve largely progressed into a generation of independent niche hipster music in which most of the bands you like, most of your friends have never heard of. When new music comes out, it goes in a queue that you listen to while you’re doing other stuff, and that only when you get around to it.

    I expect sure the new record will be great. But a life changing event? Probably not, at least not for me. Still, congrats on the new record. :D

  273. skyzlmt on June 6, 2012 at 11:19 am

    They’ll be making lists soon of which retailers will be carrying physical CD releases.

  274. adklaesius on June 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Challenge accepted, Mike… although I won’t be having much of a party since it’ll probably just be me, and maybe my husband. Hoping to get him excited about you guys again since you lost him at “A Thousand Suns”, which, to be honest, you did me as well for awhile until I REALLY listened to it and I was and still am just blown away. I’m truly excited about “Living Things” and will wait and listen to it on the 26th with you. Take care!

  275. lpfmfan on June 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Would be awesome if there were listening parties in our area to listen with fans! Like an official place where we can discuss the songs or something, lol. I mean with friends it’s cool too but my friends aren’t necessarily the biggest LP fans lol.

  276. cawproject on June 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Mike this was coolest post you’ve ever posted. I totally agree with the release date thing. It’s the feeling which is so cool when you hold the album in your hands and then listen to it from front to back. It’s the emotional aspect you have all the time and nowadays it’s been ruined by leakers.

  277. dcl1982 on June 6, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I’ll do my best to take a pic of this, what I know will be an, amazing album when I pic it up from the store! Hope you’re doing well…

  278. segumisama on June 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Sure thing, Mike. LP is the only band is buy a legitimate CD for anyways. Well, that and Fort Minor.

  279. Alexandra Nofi on June 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I can’t give you constructive criticism on Living Things’ music because when I did do that, no matter how honest and respectful I was, I ended up getting blocked for it. You say you want this to be an event, but here you are, shutting someone out. What happened to “come along with us for it”? You can’t say that to me, then turn around and tell me I can’t have an opinion in such a passive aggressive way.

    The final outcome of the album is not what is most important to me. It’s the people behind the album that count. Your music, like any art form, is a part of you, and the rest of the band. How can I like the music, if it’s hard for me to like the people?

  280. Alexandra Nofi on June 6, 2012 at 10:43 am

    This really should have been done for A Thousand Suns, because to me, that album was an event. It pushes so many boundaries and it, as well as Minutes to Midnight, are albums I am willing to defend, support, buy, and listen to excessively. I remember when I got Meteora for my 16th birthday, back in 2003, and how I had to take photos of the album and everything because it was a big deal to me.

    This time around, I want very, very badly to be excited for Living Things. I like the concepts and the thoughts behind it. I like the subject matter of Burn it Down and Lies Greed Misery. But the reality is this: I don’t like your attitudes toward us. (to be continued)…

  281. surajpoudel on June 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

    thanks for saying this mike..anyways much as i would like to do what you say i just cannot buy the album…LP wont send it to Nepal (nobody does for that matter) and Nepal is so underdeveloped its rare for people to have credit cards, and even if they do our govt does not allow online payment to non-academic sites. Plus, even if they did I cannot afford the dollar price of your album..poor as I am. I will wait for the release day, no doubt – but i’ll have to download to listen sorry

  282. mikeouroverlord on June 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Reblogged this on mikeouroverlord and commented:
    Nice

  283. kirillburton on June 6, 2012 at 10:10 am

    MIKE, PLEASE READ THIS!!!

    You can’t even imagine how SAD I feel that I can’t purchase album anywhere AT ALL, I tried to pre-order it by any mean. But you can’t ship it Russia, and iTunes is closed for us too.
    I want this country burning down. :-(

  284. adiek84 on June 6, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Reblogged this on Adiek84's Blog and commented:
    Master Mike has spoken, so let’s do this! Remember to use the hashtag #LIVINGTHINGSRELEASEDAY. I bet we’ll get another Trending Topic after #ReplaceLPSongsWithKetchup XD

  285. adiek84 on June 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I think you would be surprised if you knew how many LP fans already plan to do this. Nice idea to celebrate the release date this way, and even if I can’t really make a party, because absolutely none of my real life friends like LP (forever alone *sigh*), I’ll celebrate it my way = BLOG PARTY!!! Twitter Flashmob! Spotify Takeover! Facebook Share To Death! The best part: I can celebrate two times! When I get the album on June 22nd and when the majority gets it on June 26th. By the way, I think that the fans who preordered the physical CD still get the digital version on the release date. So no need to wait for shipping. I’m so stoked for LIVING THINGS! F*** leaks!

  286. koocoomoo on June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

    “Challenge yourself to hold out, and we’ll all share in the excitement together.”
    True in more than one way… fellas. ;]

  287. mikeouroverlord on June 6, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Challange accepted!

  288. oskarbu on June 6, 2012 at 9:47 am

    wow at least you don’t leak the album! (like ATS)
    hope you will not release another song until the release day
    i Challenge you Mike to no release another song and i will take the challenge :)

  289. cieloperfecto on June 6, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Challenged accepted! June the 26th will be extra special for me: I will be listening to the new album and also I will be celebrating my birthday :)

  290. NuPPu85 on June 6, 2012 at 9:26 am

    CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. 8)

    I don’t actually even know when I’m going to get my copy of the cd o.O
    I pre-ordered it, but I have no idea when it’s going to be delivered.. So I’ll wait.

  291. calessi on June 6, 2012 at 8:58 am

    have preordered album for download will go to london seems fitting to go to natural history museum where i went for scavenger hunt to download onto laptop bringing to an end the build up to the album release and to mark the start of a new chapter in linkin park music cant wait will send pics by the blue whale of course!

  292. colinreid on June 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Mike: could we also find you on the LPU chat day?!

  293. anvanoppens on June 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    That is such a great idea, I’m looking forward to participate to it :)

  294. manyalp on June 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Mike, I promise not to listen to the leaked parts.
    And I never even meant to. I want to wait for the official release.
    This post is beautifully written, and it shows again what an awesome person you are.
    Thank you. :)
    You’ve made this waiting process even more exciting.
    Manya

  295. tensh_iie on June 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

    At first, I really have to thank you for this blog-post just as another few people did as well. I think it’s really awesome, but rare these days that people actually ignore leaked stuff and wait for the album/movie or whatever, to be officially released. I for myself always wait for things to come out. I think it’s always a very special even, just like birthday, exactly how you described it. I even refuse to listen to songs that come out before hand, like how you have given us “Lies. Greed. Misery” and “Burn it down”. I’ve listen to latter and I love it, simply because it’s the first single and so on.

  296. tensh_iie on June 6, 2012 at 8:30 am

    But I’ve refused to listen to LGM so far I even turned off the sound on live-streamings of your concerts. “Sadly” last night in Berlin I had to hear the song, and I liked it a lot, but still… it’s not the same as to listen to a song in it’s album version, so I am still in for something new. Long story short… I really like your idea and I think it’s something a lot more people should do. Just wait and celebrate the stuff they get on the birthday of the new album. I will wait and I’ll celebrate just as with every album before. So… thank you a lot for this and I can’t wait to hear what you created with “Living Things”.

  297. Agata (gucio86) on June 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    And btw, I will see you in Poland this Saturday :)

  298. Agata (gucio86) on June 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I accept the challenge :)

  299. bljdavidson on June 6, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I’l be coming home back to the UK fromTenerife on the day of the release :-). This will be a nice welcome home prezzy :-D. I’l start raving on the plane and get everyone to join in with me ^_^. A Linkin Park party in the air… Can’t beat that :-)

  300. Mike O on June 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    This is why I never pre order from the website or iTunes. Love getting up that morning driving over to whatever store I decide on and buying the physical copy. Nothing better then tossing the new CD into the car sound system and cruising for a ride. Looking forward.

  301. YoMarquesLP on June 6, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Thank you so much for this post, couldn’t agree with you more! I was already gonna ignore the leak, I prefer to listen to the new album when it comes out. I still love to get a CD at a store, even though nowadays it’s all over the internet. Buying a physical copy reminds me of the good old times and, like you said, it’s magical. Can’t wait for the 26th! Really excited to share it with you guys and all the LP community :)

    • M Shinoda on June 7, 2012 at 6:00 am

      You should try doing the same with a cassette. Even more magical.*

      *because it’s nearly impossible to find a Linkin Park cassette, so finding one literally requires a wand and long white beard.

  302. linkinparkfan88 on June 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

    challenge accepted mike

  303. koalasanduzis on June 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Thanks a LOT for blogging about this! People have completely forgotten what it’s like listening to a brand new record. I’m glad I still put my headphones on -on max volume- lay down on my bed, close my eyes and enjoy the new sounds. It’s like a journey to a world I create in my head from listening to it. A truly amazing feeling, especially when you real feel what you’re listening to.

    I’ll be more than glad to join the LV release day! Stop by the LPU chat to discuss the new music too if you like (europe-friendly time zones if you can LOL).

  304. papercutamp on June 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    It’s gonna be a very very special day! xD really excited!
    And I can’t wait to see @linkinpark retweet me. Haha :)

  305. skyzlmt on June 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    That van blasting a muffled M2M for 3 hours outside of Suru kind of pwned my excitement that you mentioned above.

    Speaking of album release, got my Jimmy Kimmel tix, hows about 6/25 release signing in LA? I told my fiance we should save for the wedding vs going somewhere nice on our anniversary, which is 6/25 ;)

  306. maaikedusty on June 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I won’t be able to listen it on the release-day, cause I preordered it and it will take a couple of days for it to be here. But I accept the challenge anyway ^^

  307. edflinkinp on June 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

    Aww Mike! This is so cool. A release date day is AN EVENT for me as well, not only for Linkin Park but for another favorite band I have. I wish I could really be able to participate on this the very day LIVING THINGS comes out, but unfortunately I will have to wait about two weeks additionally due to my album shipping overseas. I’m looking forward to hearing it and experience it at its FULLEST, but I won’t be able to to it on the same day :( ! I will send you my pics regarless :). Cheers from your BIGGEST fan in Venezuela, Andreina.

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