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

Great LinkinParkTV episode

December 16, 2010

There are always new episodes of LPTV being added to our YouTube channel; I thought this one was particularly good.  Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/user/linkinparktv?blend=1&ob=4#p/u/1/ogmScJ_DyWg

mike

How To Use The New LPU

December 10, 2010

As many of you know, the LP Underground has been undergoing a lot of changes in the past few months.  Recently, we moved some of the features over to a new online home, and many people (including myself!) have been wondering about the differences between using the old site vs. the new one at www.LPU.LinkinPark.com.

I did a little research, and I have some answers about how to best use the new LPU.

Firstly, this is the new LPU profile page.  This is LP Underground’s official “identity,” where you can see all of LPU’s headlines.  LPU HQ updates this page regularly, to let you know how to make the most of your membership–taking advantage of concert ticket presales, opportunities to meet me and the other guys, and new features we’re rolling out as part of the LPU.

If you’re a member of LinkinPark.com, then (besides being smart, good-looking, and talented) you can join the LPU group at this link below, to stay in touch with what’s going on with the LPU, and talk to other LPU members: http://www.linkinpark.com/group/lpundergroundmembers.

And lastly, this week, we’ll be putting the chat page back up–but with an improvement.  Like the old one, the new page will have a text chat; but the new chat will also have a video window so the band can video chat with you.  Band chats will be scheduled regularly, but expect us to drop by unannounced.  (Side note: I’ve stopped video chatting on UStream, and I’ll be doing more private chats with LPU in the future, on the new chat page.  I want to try it that way, because it’ll be a smaller group and less spamming going on).

I hope that helps; You’ll definitely get more out of your LPU membership by visiting the links above.  And for anyone who hasn’t joined the Underground: if you want to take advantage of the pre-sale tickets, chatting with the band, and more, visit http://lpu.linkinpark.com/ to become a member.

Incidentally, LPU is not just for Linkin Park superfans; it’s an organization our band created to give Linkin Park listeners the best experience we can.  We offer the best LP concert seats at great prices, never-before-heard music, incredible events where you can meet the band, and an online community where you can stay in touch with what’s going on in our world, among other things.

See you guys at the upcoming LP Underground Summit in Sydney…

mike