The performance at the Griffith Park Observatory seems like forever ago.  The show, and performance of The Catalyst for the MTV VMAs was the kickoff of our tour for A THOUSAND SUNS.  Now, at the end of the tour and cycle, a moment of reflection is in order.


To be honest, we were really hurting at the end of it all.  Earlier this week, I stumbled into the venue in Bangkok with my band mates, dumbfounded at our state: one man down from food poisoning, two arms in slings, a bruised hand, cuts all over, sleep deprivation, and motion sickness, on top of what would be another 7+ hour travel day.


A year before, at Griffith Park, this tour started with the release of an album that was challenging to make, and a challenge for fans to understand.  We knew the road ahead was going to be difficult.  There were exhausting tours, confused and angry fans, and bloodthirsty critics on the horizon.  But that night in Thailand, before the show, those obstacles were in front of me in the realest way.


A year before, we knew what we were getting into.  And we believed in our album, we were encouraged by the fans.  As time went on, as some fans went away and others came along for the ride, I’m proud of the thing we all built together.  The tour took us to amazing new places.  The performances at Puerta De Alcala, Griffith Park, Red Square, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore (among others) were landmarks for the band.


And the fans in Bangkok helped us power through one of our most difficult shows, showing the love that Linkin Park fans all over the world are known for.


So at the end of it all, I just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank-you to my bandmates, our staff, road crew, and fans for making this tour and album cycle amazing.  Thank you.


Now, time to go home and get back to work…

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Comment by cross NG on October 2, 2011 at 5:38am
hey everyone of u guys.. i just wantd to say zat u do great job n here in Mauritius,wer i live.. u guys hav thousands of fans..n we all wish 2 atleast once atend 1 of ur great concerts..! u rock..! respect to u all.. LINKIN PARK ROCKS AWFULLY...!!!
Comment by Hayden Dale on October 1, 2011 at 4:44pm
goodness mike... u really have a way with words... it's incredible how i could actually feel & understand your hardship just by reading this post! Thanks so much for making us fans apart of you... keep on rockin' & making the world a better place.. :)
Comment by Sam Pun on October 1, 2011 at 9:03am
thank you so much for this's really awesome
support u guys forever!
Comment by Lode Jersiebe on October 1, 2011 at 3:11am
Amazing words
Comment by Ann on September 30, 2011 at 6:49am
Reality comes then when you become the real...
Comment by Jamie 'Synyster' Philip on September 30, 2011 at 1:33am
you guys are awesome \m/ can you ppleeaasseee come to Abu Dhabi again? plleaaassseee ! <3 btw you guys are dead awesome
Comment by Arielle Elep on September 29, 2011 at 7:40pm
nice world tour you guys... but i just wish you guys stopped by here in the Philippines because it's been like, i think 7 years? since you guys came here... it sort of broke my heart a little but i know i'll see you guys someday..;-) love you guys.. and love you Mike, who wrote this... hehehe
Comment by akanksha agarwal on September 29, 2011 at 6:59am
now when ur comming to INDIA???????????
Comment by Susi Kemalawati on September 29, 2011 at 4:28am
Thank You to all of you guys...thank you so much for coming to Jakarta, Indonesia...for me you guys are genius, keep up the good works, good luck for the next album...
Comment by Petrov Sergey on September 29, 2011 at 3:36am
Thank you, Guys, very much!! It was fantastic tour!!!


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