My Experience as the Red Carpet Correspondent in Moscow!

Привет (hello!), my fellow LP fans! Kelley here, still recovering from my trip to Moscow! As many of you know, I was the lucky winner of the Linkin Park Moscow Flyaway contest, where I was given the incredible opportunity to see the world premiere of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, interview Linkin Park and the cast of the new movie on the “green carpet”, and watch LP perform at their concert in Red Square.

This was my very first time going overseas; needless to say, it was the absolute BEST way to spend my first trip! I got to take my partner-in-crime, Tony, with me as my cameraman and travel buddy. After a 13-hour flight (which I did not sleep one minute of because of the excitement!), we settled into our hotel and got ready for the big day. We were up bright and early the next morning for the screening of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. If you have not seen the movie yet, go see it! I am a HUGE fan of the first two Transformers movies (not to mention the original cartoons from the 80s), and I must say, this is by far my favorite of the three films. Iridescent was the PERFECT choice for this film’s single, and it fit into the movie beautifully (I won’t give anything away; you’ll have to go watch it for yourselves!)

After the screening, we were taken to the Ritz Carlton where we did our interview with Mike and Chester on the rooftop of the hotel, overlooking all of Red Square. The view was absolutely breathtaking. When Mike and Chester got there, we got to sit and chat with them for a bit before starting the interview. I was one big bundle of nerves, but they instantly put me at ease, my nerves settled, and we began the interview. I asked them the best of the best questions that I got from the fans (YOU!). Guys, let me tell you: if you have not had the pleasure of meeting the band yet, GO TO A MEET AND GREET! Mike and Chester were, without question, some of the nicest, most humble, down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.

When the interview was over, we were off to the GREEN carpet premiere of the film, where we got to interview Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich, even Mr. Hahn himself :-). I had never been to a movie premiere before, and I can now say that it is every bit as exciting as what you see on TV! Cameras flashing, celebrities everywhere, and I was standing right smack in the middle of it all. (By the way ladies, in case you were wondering: yes, Josh Duhamel is just as gorgeous in person ;-) )

After the premiere, we were whisked away to LP’s concert in Red Square. They let us stand in front of the pit before the show to hand out guitar picks and Music for Relief bandanas to all the fans. Then, the first few chords of “New Divide” filled the air. The crowd went NUTS, screaming, cheering, throwing their fists in the air and singing their lungs out! We stayed in front for the first few songs, with the band literally within arm’s distance. It was INTENSE! Just when I thought, “this day seriously could not get any better”, we were taken to watch the rest of the show……from backstage!

The trip was, in a word, epic. Even as I sit here writing this, I still can’t believe that I had the chance to be a part of something so incredible. To Linkin Park: I’ll never be able to express my sheer gratitude for allowing me to have this experience, and to represent you and all of your fans (who, as we all know, are the BEST FANS AROUND!!) There really are no words to show how grateful I am, and what an AMAZING opportunity this was. So I guess I'll just say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you :-)

Tony and I put together a video of our experience in Moscow. We hope you enjoy it!


Special thanks to JVC for their HD camera.

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Comment by Arvindhan Sutharsan on July 15, 2011 at 5:12am
You're amazing!
Comment by Серёжа Ищенко on July 15, 2011 at 3:28am

Hi Kelly! You did a great interview. It was not worth so excited before the interview. I hope that you're just as good a fan as I am. By the way, the new album A Thousand Suns turned out pretty good)))


Thank you Kelly, thank Linkin Park

Always with you Sergei from Russia

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Comment by Fan Fanych on July 15, 2011 at 1:56am
И тебе привет, тётенька.
Comment by BHARATH PARK on July 15, 2011 at 1:30am
U did great Kelly but the video cant be 4 mins long, it must have been longer!!
Comment by Mariana Ha on July 14, 2011 at 9:44pm
OMG! i have to admit im a little jealous hehehehe.... but im happy for you too :)!!! you're soooo lucky!!! ooh! and Josh... soooo hot!!!! :) greetings from Mexico :D
Comment by Kelsi on July 14, 2011 at 8:23pm
WoW. You're soo lucky! Glad you had a good time! :D
Comment by Juan Antonio Aguilar Rodriguez on July 14, 2011 at 6:38pm
yea viva linkin park y viva kelley Drobnis
Comment by Kelley Drobnis on July 14, 2011 at 1:55pm
And thank you very much for the kind words :)
Comment by Kelley Drobnis on July 14, 2011 at 1:55pm
@Lode, he does not do this "professionally" as of yet, but he is trying, and loves doing stuff like this.  But it's not his "job", per say.  As for me, first time in front of a camera :)
Comment by Lode Jersiebe on July 14, 2011 at 1:35pm
@ Kelley: That Tony dude, was it his first time or was he a videographer as job? If you're both are amateurs, I must say.. This is reallly good...


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