National Weather Service declares Linkin Park first “StormReady” concert

August 28, 2012

 

In their words: “This means that Linkin Park has taken exceptional precautions in ensuring the safety of their concert goers at each venue.  It’s about knowing what to do before a storm hits, not waiting for the storm to hit and scrambling to figure out a plan.  We hope that many other bands will move to become StormReady, and we will remember that Linkin Park was first.”

mike

@LinkinPark Limited Edition Tour Posters

August 11, 2012

The tour begins tonight in Bristow, Virginia.  And besides the music, we’ve got something special at each show for you.

At each stop, you’ll find a limited-edition tour poster designed just for your city.  The one above, for tonight, was done by REYES.  Every show will feature a different design by a different artist.  All in limited quantities, none will be reproduced after this run.

In addition to REYES, posters on this tour will be designed by: Anthony Lister, Estevan Oriol, Greg “Craola” Simkins, STASH, James Roper, SEVER, Jonny “KMNDZ” Rodriguez, Todd Bradrud, George Thompson, Jamie Oliver, Joshua Petker, PUSH, Randy Ortiz, and others.

Stay tuned for more images and more info.

mike

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

Linkin Park: Live in London

July 22, 2011


Rather than this accidentally coming off as a #humblebrag, I figure I should just tell you straight: I turned on iTunes tonight, and saw a link to our show at the Roundhouse in London.  Sometimes, when we do a show, I feel like it goes smoothly; other times, not so much.  The iTunes show was the former, and I’m glad it’s up online for free, for those of you who are interested.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SHOW FOR FREE

…and BTW, if you haven’t heard about it yet, if you support Music For Relief HERE, you can get two tickets to a Linkin Park / B’z show at a secret location, to benefit children affected by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

mike

@LinkinPark Cover Adele Rolling In The Deep: iTunes Festival / Roundhouse

July 4, 2011

We did this cover for the LPU Summit a couple weeks ago, and some of you folks seemed to really like it.  So Chester and I worked up a piano version for the special show tonight in London.

Make sure to check out the whole show HERE

mike

#ShinodaBloodyFinger

June 12, 2011

I got a lot of retweets and questions about this photo of my bloody finger…here’s the short story.  I had just flown from LA to Paris.  I was pretty tired and jetlagged.  I got a new blender, and I was about to, um, blend something…I took the bottom part off (the part with the blade), and set it down on a counter to go grab something else.  Then, being tired and distracted, I reached for the blender bottom without really paying attention, and that little bastard ATE TWO OF MY FINGERS.

Luckily, my friends and road crew tipped me off on a little trick of the trade: super glue will hold awkward cuts like this one together.  Here’s how that works (link).

The cuts are really not that bad, BTW.  But thank you to everyone who voiced concern about the photo.  I was able to play guitar and piano.

See you in Donnington tonight.

mike

End of US Tour

March 5, 2011

End of the US tour.  It was a fun and memorable one.  Thanks to everyone who came out to the shows, and sent the band lots of love.  Big shouts out to The Prodigy, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Pendulum, Paper Tongues, and Circa Survive as well.

I’m glad to be home for now.  Time to re-charge, catch up with friends and family, hit some Laker games, and make some new music. It always takes us a while to write a record, so we’ve been hard at work getting a head start.

And in a couple months, we’ll be back on tour again, in Europe (dates are being posted on our website).  If you decide to come, we hope you leave feeling like this guy.

mike

Good Press.

February 25, 2011

A few new reviews and press pieces:

 

“They are still the kings of the hybrid, and they only get better at it with each album, song, and performance…Their gig at The Staples Center further solidified them as one of the most important rock bands of all time.”  Article here: http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/live-review-linkin-park-the-staples-center-los-angeles/8718527

“All the star singers have influence and power…I went to Haiti (after the earthquake), and we were mobilized, but this is not enough. We made a (relief fundraising) video and put it on our website and YouTube, and it was visited by 6,000 people. Then this band, Linkin Park, incorporated this video into their music, and it was visited by 6 million people.” -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, from the Variety piece here: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118032787?refCatId=16

 

“A Linkin Park concert is a communal experience that borders on spiritual, with a stage steaming as if perched atop the entrance to hell, and a bass line powerful enough to restart your heart, should it become overwhelmed at any point during the show.” Article here: http://www.neontommy.com/news/2011/02/linkin-park-rocks-staples-center-what-we-re-all-about

 

“They’re kind of like the hard rock equivalent of a Swiss Army knife, a multipurpose thingamabob with lots of different edges, defined primarily by versatility, capable of opening wounds as well as helping mend them.” Article here: http://www.lvrj.com/neon/linkin-park-shines-with-diverse-sound-116576403.html

mike

Slight Update: Tour, Haiti, The UN, and Download To Donate

February 23, 2011

Quick shout out to Ian Rogers for the great pic from last night’s show in San Jose. It feels good to be back on the road–Chester is feeling much better, and the shows have been going well.  Last night was an interesting one.  Two shows ago, I spilled a bit of water on my keyboard; last night, a few of the keys decided to stop working.  We have a backup keyboard, but it decided to be broken as well.  So, I was forced to play the keyboard with broken keys.  While I played, I found out that if I hit the busted keys, they made an obnoxious sound…so I played the entire night changing and transposing notes on the fly–as I played and sang–to avoid the low A and A#.  It kept things interesting…fun for one night, but not something I want to do all the time!

Speaking of yesterday, I want to say a big “thank you” to all the people we met and visited with, especially the folks from the UN, UN Foundation, and Facebook.

We had a busy day–4 of the guys were in LA meeting with the UN reps, and Phoenix and I were at Facebook HQ in the Bay.  It was my first time visiting their offices; I was pretty impressed by the unassuming nature of the place, and the earnest warmth of the staff.  There are a lot of LP fans at Facebook, and although there’s no way we could meet with everyone there, I wish we could have.  Thanks to Randi and the staff for your hospitality.

As some of you saw (the link is now updated in my post below), we participated in a “Facebook Town Hall” online discussion with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, plus members of the UN Foundation to talk about the situation in Haiti, and how you can help.

People often ask, “is there something (simple) I can I do?”  Two headlines stood out to me:

First, the UN Foundation is currently engaged in a campaign that delivers solar lights to the people in Haiti.  Many are still living in tent villages; darkness provides a cover for crime and accidents.  These lights turn the sunlight (which is in no short supply) into a form of protection for them.  It’s a great campaign, and we’re excited about it.

Second, since the UN Foundation is our partner on Download To Donate, all you need to do is visit the site in order to support the UN Foundation’s effort.  Click on the link, donate $10US, and you get tons of music (you get over 60 songs right now, with more to be added on a continual basis), plus 100% of the money flows through DTD to the effort in Haiti.

Or, if you want an even simpler solution, text “RELIEF” to 41010 to donate $10.

Thanks for your help.  See you at Staples Center tonight!

mike

Vegas is on; see you there.

February 17, 2011

I just got an email from management saying that the Las Vegas show is definitely on.  Happy to hear Chester is feeling better–we’ll see you all at the concert.

Side notes: Dallas and Houston have been rescheduled.   Dallas at the American Airlines Center is now on Wednesday March 2nd.  Houston at the Toyota Center is now on Thursday March 3rd.  Info for people attending the rescheduled shows is HERE.

Also: our Madison Square Garden show will be airing on the FUSE network this week (tomorrow, Friday Feb 18th, at 9:30pm / 8:30 central).  Here’s a taste:

http://fuse.tv/ontv/shows/linkin-park/what-ive-done.html

 

mike