My name is Matt Corrigan. Compared to all the people in my life, I am the biggest fan I know. But just today when I signed up for this site, I asked myself: "What do I have to show for it?"
I've been to 1 concert, and I've bought a couple CD's. I also have a custom art poster that I bought at the concert. But am I less of a fan because I haven't bought your merchandise?
Ever since the first time I heard Linkin Park, which was in 2001, they were my favorite. No one could even come close. This was right about the same time I really got into video games. And of course, it would soon become one of the most popular video games in the world. Halo: Combat Evolved. As time went on, these 2 things became the most important substances in my life (next to my religion). I can't explain why, but something about your music just lured me in. I can't get enough of it. I just wish I had a better voice to do Chester and Mike justice. Like Mike once said, Chester's voice is amazing, and he's one of the best singers of our time. I still remember the video where Mike said that for a long time while the band was still forming, they had a hard time finding a vocalist. But when Chazzy Chaz showed up, he nailed all the notes. I can't even fathom what it must feel like to scream like you do, and I would also like to honor that about your voice. You can make it sound like you're screaming when you're in regular conversation. Or as he says, "It just sounds like, like all of a sudden I get really pissed!" But I guess that's why you're famous and I'm not lol. Hybrid Theory included a single track that caught my attention more than any other. Track 8 is how I knew it for a while. Only later on did I discover the real title: In the End. This song became my favorite until about 6 months ago. New Divide is my new favorite, and the video is very impressive too. I've also defended LP's name from naysayers on more than 1 occasion. I hear people say "I used to like Linkin Park, but their new stuff isn't as hard as their old stuff." And I argued with "Bands never stay the same. Change is a part of it, and for the better." (Somethin' like that. It was a while ago)
I went to your concert, and the first 2 opening acts were soooooo boring (I apologize to Chiodos & Coheed and Cambria) because I was there for the main act. LINKIN PARK. When you came out playing Wake, each member emerging 1 by 1, I got a rush of excitement that felt like it coursed through my veins. As the concert went on, I felt like I should be sitting down since I had a row seat. But each song pumped me up even more, and I couldn't help but jump up and down. It was the best concert I've ever been to. After what we thought was the end, my cousin and I started to leave the building. But we heard more music, and rushed back into a random opening into the arena. Rob was doing a drum opening to Bleed It Out that I will never forget. So when it was done, we walked out again, and just as we preparing to walk out, you did yet another encore. It made me laugh so hard, but made me ecstatic. I just wish I could've met you all.
I know I jumped around a lot throughout this page and used many of the same words repeatedly, but I'm tired. XD
I honestly don't believe that I am any less of a fan because I haven't spent a whole lot on merchandise. I believe I am as much of a fanatic as any other person out there. I love Linkin Park and I will until the day that I die. LP 4 3V3R
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In my opinion, you aren't any less of a fan because you don't own tons of merchandise. Take me for example, lol. I do own all of the cd's and dvd's, a few posters, and almost all of the LPU packages. However, I've been a fan of LP since 2001, so I've accumulated some stuff. The way I like to show my support for the band, and my dedication, is being a moderator for the site. It was such an honor to be chosen, and I love the work it takes to help make this place great! The other way I show my love for LP (recently anyway, now that I'm in a better financial place) is to travel to shows. I live near Seattle, WA and its been awhile since LP played here. So, I flew to California for Epicenter. I had SO much fun! If they don't play Seattle on the next tour I totally plan on flying anywhere to see them.
You sound like a totally dedicated fan, no matter what items you own! Thank you for sharing your love for the band!
Yep, I'm the same way. I don't feel that the amount of merch you have dictates how much of a fan you are, it's what you think and feel about the music and band inside.