I'm Amanda and I'm new to any kind of linkin park forum though I've been listening to the band since i was in high school. I found them pretty much by accident. You know that alanis morrissette song Forgiven? well, that's my childhood except the priests were pastors (I was raised baptist not catholic). In a fundamentalist baptist church, you're not allowed to play country music never mind screaming rock. you're not allowed to play drums in church and electric guitars are straight from the devil. I actually remember getting chastised by the pastor on a road trip because i was singing to a song on the radio that wasn't a gospel song.
you'd think after all that I'd be a rebel child huh? nope. that was my older sister. she was the blatant wild child and i was the "responsible" one... which means that i was the closet wild child.
I found linkin park for the first time when i stole/borrowed my sister's copy of hybrid theory and played it in my room while my parents were out. i remember thinking "what is this? I LOVE THIS!" And then I was addicted.
Eventually my family loosened up a bit and left the fundamentalist church (thank god....no pun intended)
Now I'm 24, still severely addicted to linkin park music and, since i currently live on my own, can play it as loud as I want whenever i want. HA. well....except at midnight on a weekday because apparently the tenant below me doesn't appreciate screaming and bass beats when he's trying to sleep....oops.
i've never been to one of their shows (for financial reasons...money...ugh). I'm waiting for their next album to come out so they can start to tour again. I'm trying not to be impatient because i want it to be good but.... COME ON ALREADY.