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

Fan Video: Waiting For The End

February 15, 2011

This was shot almost entirely by YOU guys.  Thanks for submitting your videos!

(Shot Jan. 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, and Jan. 28 at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul.)

For those who can’t view the video in your country:

mike

LP Cancellations: DC and Uncasville

February 10, 2011

Hi guys,

We are deeply disappointed that we’ve had to cancel our second show in a row. It’s been a long time since we’ve played in your town, and were excited for you to hear the new music and see the new production. As you know, it’s not often that we have to cancel a gig–Chester appreciates all the love you all have sent on the website, and we know that it will help him to bounce back soon.

We know it’s not the same, but we’d like to give you a free audio download of any show from this tour. If you purchased your tickets through linkinpark.com, check your email over the next few days for details on how you will receive your refund and your download.

Sincerely,

Mike and LP

EDIT: Unfortunately, we have to cancel Cincinnati as well. For updates on Chester’s health and the status of upcoming shows, go to www.linkinpark.com

mike

Tune in to SNL right now, we’re on.

February 5, 2011

Linkin Park on Saturday Night Live:

Waiting For The End: http://bit.ly/eQvJei

When They Come For Me: http://bit.ly/gTgF32

BTW, this is where the lasers from our SNL performance came from:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/laser-cats/2925/

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

Start Of North American Tour

January 21, 2011

The first show of the North American tour was last night, in Sunrise Florida.  It went really well, as far as first shows go.  We’ve been off tour for a month, so all the normal first show things happened (necks and backs are pretty sore, voices are a bit beat up, etc.).  In general, it felt solid.  Looking forward to the next show, in Tampa.

For those of you coming (or thinking about it): when you buy a ticket to any of these shows, you get a free mp3 download of your concert.  The download info will be posted at the venue.  You just watch the concert, and a few days later, the mp3s will be available for you.  Easy, right?  Even more reason to head over to linkinpark.com and get your ticket now.

Review of the show HERE

EDIT: check out SPIN’s review of the show HERE.

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

Free Download: Linkin Park, The Prodigy, Pendulum, Does It Offend You, Yeah?

December 22, 2010

From Chester: “We are excited to have three great bands come out with us on the upcoming North American TourThe Prodigy, Pendulum and Does it Offend You, Yeah?. To help you get to know them, we put together a free digital EP containing a high quality MP3 from each band, as well as two live LP tracks from our recent show in Tel Aviv.”

Here ya go:

mike