Lisa Ling is one of the most talented and brilliant journalists on the planet. I don’t know how she manages to find the compelling stories she finds, or how she manages to cover so many, but it’s jaw-dropping. And in the 21 years she’s been doing it, she calls the piece airing tomorrow night “one of the most important she’s ever done.”
This amazing episode of her program “Our America With Lisa Ling” is about soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is a powerful look into the damage military veterans face when they return home.
In Lisa’s words: “This is an entire generation of young men and women who are battling PTSD and are totally forgotten. 18 suicides a day. The crisis has only just begun.”
My bandmates and I often hear from many of our fans in the military. They come to our shows, some even belong to the fan club, and they’ve invited us to their bases. It was them that I thought of first. The episode is called “Invisible Wounds Of War” and airs on Veteran’s Day, November 11th at 5-6p.m. on OWN.
My thoughts and respect go out to our vets. Happy Veteran’s Day; you have my heartfelt best wishes and thanks.
Here’s Lisa talking about the episode:
I sat down at my laptop earlier this morning, ready to take care of a few emails before sitting down to work on some new songs. Like most people, I always feel like I’m playing catch-up when it comes to emails. There are always too many, and I can never make it through them all. Halfway down the screen, I clicked on one from “Kanye West,” (who I don’t know personally).
A long time ago, I remember filling my email info in on his website, in order to download some tracks he was giving away. So I guessed the email was going to be something promotional about the new album with Jay-Z. Instead, this is what popped up (sorry for the long screen grab, but I wanted you to get the point):
Dear Record Label Dude Who Green Lit This Email,
I guess it’s too late for me to inform you, but this is a mistake people figured out like 10 years ago. You are invited to join us in the modern world, where “spamming your fanbase” is on a level somewhere between “posting topless duckface self pics on Facebook” and “Jeezus, LulzSec just posted my confidential home and credit card information.” You are what’s wrong with the music industry.
Def Jam appears to be the home of the culprit here. At least, their name is at the top of the page. It’s unbelievable: they hit me with the “If you like KANYE WEST, you’re sure to love THESE OTHER GUYS TOO?” and they have the balls to ask if I want to “ensure delivery” or “forward to a friend.” I know who Ace Hood, Frank Ocean, and Young Jeezy are, bonehead. If I wanted to know what was new with them, I would have gone to their websites, not Kanye West’s.
I know, you want to say: “Mike, just click the “unsubscribe.” But the point is, what about the fans who WANT Kanye updates, but are now having to decide whether or not to unsubscribe because Kanye West is spamming them. And when they do, they get disconnected from the artist they chose to follow–and more importantly, they hesitate next time an artist asks for their email address. Which affects the rest of us.
When I put my email address down for anything these days, it’s the equivalent of adding them on Twitter. If my feed suddenly starts getting full of your updates on “I just ate something” and “here’s what’s on TV,” guess what? Unfollow.
So for the record: what happened here will not happen to you when you get something on http://www.linkinpark.com. If you go to our websites to buy, watch, or download something: we treat your information with the utmost respect. We have no intention of frequently emailing you, spamming you, or giving your information away to a third party. Your time is too valuable and your Inbox is too crowded as it is.
As you can see, I’ve given the blog a little makeover (thanks in part to 10UP). What do you guys think?
In between rehearsing for tour this week, our production manager showed me some of the stuff that’s taking up space in our storage unit. Apparently, we have a ton of empty guitar cases (the guitars themselves are on tour with us). So a couple of the guys and I decided to have some fun, and we painted on them.
These cases will probably be up for sale or auction soon, proceeds to benefit Music For Relief. Maybe we’ll even give some of them away…
As a young kid, I used to read the “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, so I’m happy to be participating in the “Year Of The Labbit” art show, a celebration of both Stan Sakai’s “Usagi Yojimbo” series and Frank Kozik’s “Happy Labbit” customizable vinyl collectible. Here’s my piece, in progress.
The show will be at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles from July 14 – September 11. All pieces will be on sale through the museum store.
We’re constantly working to make LP Underground more than a fan club–we envision it as the best way for people who like the Linkin Park’s music to get closer to the band and community of LP. Today, we announced a list of enhancements to LPUX in a massive email, direct to the fans. Since it was a really long email, I thought I’d list a few highlights. Here are my three favorite new additions to LPU:
1.) A physical merchandise package (annual members). This package includes a limited edition t-shirt, cell phone/device case, an original art print (by me) and other items. Members who join today will get the package as part of your annual fee. Existing members will get the package in the mail for no extra cost (LPU is absorbing the costs–even those outside the US).
2.) The brand new LPTV downloadable video library. Members can download ANYTHING in the history of LPTV for free, optimized for your laptop, iPad, and select phones. These episodes go back as far as “Meteora,” so there’s a lot to see (and download) there.
3.) Another LPU Summit is on the way. This one, our fourth, will be held in Hamburg, Germany on June 21! At past Summit events, fans met the band, saw sound checks and intimate acoustic performances, worked on Music For Relief charity events, toured the crew bus and backstage, and more. Check out footage from Summit events, and reserve your spot at the upcoming Summit in Hamburg at the link below. Fans have traveled from all over the world to be at these events, so act fast to reserve your spot at the Hamburg Summit.
These are all added features–all the other benefits of being an LPU member are still in tact. To learn more about LPU or sign up to become a member, go to LPUnderground.com.
I realized this evening that my favorite studio headphones are looking pretty bad. Wait…how long have I had these? I’ve used them since…before our first album…actually, since our first demos. Weird. These headphones are like 15 years old, and although the foam around the ears is crumbling, they still sound amazing.
I’m treating myself to new headphones this week. And yes, I’ll be buying the exact same pair.