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.
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.
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