In case you missed it:
In case you missed it:
I mentioned on Twitter a few days ago that I’m planning on doing a vlog from the road on Carnivores tour; I’ll post a new video once a week. Shoot me ideas and suggestions by following me on Twitter (HERE), and I’ll try to incorporate them as I go. Not sure what’s going to happen or how it might evolve.
The episodes will end up on our LP Youtube channel (subscribe now!), and unlike the normal LPTV episodes, my vlog videos will be short, no-budget, firsthand accounts, probably shot on my phone.
The tour starts this week. Until then, here’s the latest LPTV episode, following the band through the end of the tour in Europe:
This episode of LPTV takes place as we leave the studio, heading into album launch and the beginning of our tour…but after only few shows, Brad got an injury that threatened show cancellations. This episode takes you through the efforts of the band to create a “contingency plan” and to keep things focused during an uncertain time:
For all North American Linkin Park fans, we just announced a new campaign unlike anything before.
The idea behind LP BLK MRKT is simple. We send you a package of stuff, and you get to be an authorized Linkin Park black market dealer. You sell exclusive merchandise that no one else has, and you will make a 5% sales commission. Yes, you make money for everything you sell. You will get a magnetized sign to put on your car with the #LPBLKMRKT logo, and other fans can find you via social media or simply by recognizing the logo.
Go to LPBLKMRKT.COM now to apply. You don’t need to be a member of the street team or LPUnderground, anyone in North America can apply.
If you’re interested in buying the limited-edition merchandise, watch for #LPBLKMRKT on your social media and anywhere the CARNIVORES tour comes to town…
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.”
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…
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.
…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.
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
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.