Staggering Across the Finish Line.

September 27, 2011

 

The performance at the Griffith Park Observatory seems like forever ago.  The show, and performance of The Catalyst for the MTV VMAs was the kickoff of our tour for A THOUSAND SUNS.  Now, at the end of the tour and cycle, a moment of reflection is in order.

To be honest, we were really hurting at the end of it all.  Earlier this week, I stumbled into the venue in Bangkok with my band mates, dumbfounded at our state: one man down from food poisoning, two arms in slings, a bruised hand, cuts all over, sleep deprivation, and motion sickness, on top of what would be another 7+ hour travel day.

A year before, at Griffith Park, this tour started with the release of an album that was challenging to make, and a challenge for fans to understand.  We knew the road ahead was going to be difficult.  There were exhausting tours, confused and angry fans, and bloodthirsty critics on the horizon.  But that night in Thailand, before the show, those obstacles were in front of me in the realest way.

A year before, we knew what we were getting into.  And we believed in our album, we were encouraged by the fans.  As time went on, as some fans went away and others came along for the ride, I’m proud of the thing we all built together.  The tour took us to amazing new places.  The performances at Puerta De Alcala, Griffith Park, Red Square, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore (among others) were landmarks for the band.

And the fans in Bangkok helped us power through one of our most difficult shows, showing the love that Linkin Park fans all over the world are known for.

So at the end of it all, I just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank-you to my bandmates, our staff, road crew, and fans for making this tour and album cycle amazing.  Thank you.

Now, time to go home and get back to work…

mike

A Thousand Suns +

March 5, 2011

We’re excited to announce the European release of A Thousand Suns +. This is a limited re-issue of A Thousand Suns that comes with a live DVD of our show in Madrid, which was recorded at the historic Puerta de Alcalá Gate, on November 7th 2010, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people. This was an incredible performance for us, and we wanted to share the experience with our fans.

This enhanced version of A Thousand Suns + will be available in select international territories. Stay tuned for details. Check out our performance of “Waiting For The End” from the DVD HERE.

Release Dates:

Australia – April 1
Japan – April 20
Europe – June 6

More release dates to come.

 

mike

Burning In The Skies Video Premiere

February 24, 2011

Burning In The Skies is our latest single (outside the US).  Here’s the new video, directed by our own Joe Hahn.  Enjoy.

mike

Linkin Park Live EP on iTunes

February 2, 2011

A live EP from this tour (recorded at our show in front of the Puerta De Alcalá in Madrid) has now arrived on iTunes.  Go HERE to listen or buy.  Thanks for supporting the band, and we’ll see you out here on tour!

mike

A Thousand Suns Tour Update

February 1, 2011


Finally got a moment to sit down and give you guys an update.  First of all, being a native Californian, I don’t know why you East Coasters complain about this weather.  Single digit temperatures and record-breaking snowfall?  No problem!

Actually, we’ve had to make some adjustments to our touring plans as we’ve gone.  Weather has made certain flights and trips difficult, and we’re actually looking at options on plane, train, and bus for the trip from Boston to New York tonight after the show.  (If all else fails, I have a dogsled lined up for me, Chester, and Phoenix).  Luckily, all the shows have gone on without any major complications so far.

We’ll be doing a bunch of interviews and a performance on SNL this week, so look for us on TV and the world wide interwebz.

Check out this rave review of our show on Technorati:

http://technorati.com/entertainment/music/article/concert-review-a-thousand-suns-linkin/

mike

Linkin Park 2010 Wrap Up

December 31, 2010

2010 has been a great year for me and my band. Here are some 2010 year-end stats for the LP record books:

We released “A Thousand Suns”, which debuted at #1 in 15 countries.

The album debuted with an amazing contest called “Linkin Park Featuring You” on MySpace where fans were given pieces of our first single before it was released. They remixed the tracks, and we picked a winner named NoBrain–and included his work on our album.

We got a chance to play in a number of places we’ve never visited before, including the U.A.E. and Israel.

At home in the U.S., our first single, “The Catalyst” was the first #1 debut in the history of the Billboard Rock Songs chart. “The Catalyst” and “Waiting For The End” both went to #1 on the Alternative radio chart, bringing our career tally to ten #1 songs thus far.

LP won an EMA for “Best Live Act,” and we’re in the running for the upcoming People’s Choice Awards, Japan Gold Disc Awards and German Echo Awards.

We released 8-Bit Rebellion for iPod, iPod Touch, and iPad, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes music app chart.

“A Thousand Suns” became Nielsen Soundscan’s #1 Best Selling Rock album of 2010

Chester made an appearance in Saw 3D, which also saw a #1 debut at the box office

We held our first LP Underground Summits, in London and Sydney, which quickly became one of the most memorable experiences for LPU members who attended.

As the year comes to a close, we’ll be crossing 20 million Facebook fans (more than Starbucks, Disney, or McDonalds–but still catching up to Michael Jackson at 26MM!)

Following the earthquake in Haiti, the band organized Download To Donate (downloadtodonate.org) where supporters and fans of over a dozen bands could come to download tracks for free, and donate funds to support relief efforts in Haiti. This effort is ongoing.

“A Thousand Suns” was a risky album–one that veered off a more predictable path into territory that definitely got fans and non-fans talking. It’s been fun to see how perceptions and opinions have changed. As we move into the next year, we’ll be looking forward to the next leg of the world tour, another single, another video, and whatever else comes next. A huge “thank you” is due to everyone who has helped make 2010 a successful year for the band. We appreciate you.

Happy New Year!





MEETING OF A THOUSAND SUNS
DOCUMENTARY

mike

Come geek out in the studio.

December 23, 2010

A great article about A Thousand Suns came out recently in EQ Magazine.  It’s more of a tech-focused piece, so those of you who are into music gear can feel free to get into full-on nerd mode with me.

But for those who aren’t as music-gear-savvy, here’s an excerpt that you might enjoy:

“With the exception of Bennington’s trademark guttural screams, any resemblance to the rap rock genre they helped define has been rinsed out. Intensity and ferocious introspection are still the endgame, but the path has changed. And when that path is lined with more than 50 million album sales, two Grammys, and nine Number One singles on the Billboard Alternative Chart, throwing the rule book out the window takes more than a simple leap of faith.”

Check out the whole article here:
http://www.eqmag.com/article/linkin-park-/December-2010/123281

mike

Linkin Park Gundam Collector’s Edition, Available Tomorrow

November 23, 2010

Exciting news for Gundam collectors: tomorrow, a limited-edition Gundam model kit, bundled with our album A Thousand Suns, will be available.  These images are from the packaging of the kit.  The model looks like this:

The model kit is here on the heels of the “Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs.” arcade game, which uses The Catalyst as its theme song.  This was the first time a western artist has ever been featured in a game bearing the Gundam name.

Here’s a great article about the collaboration:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2010-09-15/linkin-park-rock-album-to-bundle-gundam-plastic-model

Purchase yours HERE or HERE

 

(and for a little history lesson, here are some other times Linkin Park has crossed paths with Gundam / Gundam inspired imagery…)

mike

New video for “Waiting For The End,” directed by Joe Hahn

October 9, 2010
mike

“Waiting For The End” Video Premiere: This Friday

October 4, 2010

mike