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 fanya on September 28, 2011 at 2:39am

Good words, Mike! And we want to say to all of you THANK YOU too! You did a good job! Great performances! Thank you so much again!

Have a nice day!

Comment by wimon rungsatjaborriruk on September 28, 2011 at 2:26am

I am one of Thai Fans on your show in BKK, In that day, I so bad moody and blame you for your late arrival. But Today, some your word above make me cry and feel so quilty.

 

MIKE, I am so very SORRY.Please apologize me.

 

Thank you so much for your show. LOVE YOU ALWAYS naka.

Comment by Wency Cunanan on September 28, 2011 at 2:08am

All the sweat of your tiredness is all worth it.

And we your fans all over the world, knows it, those fifteen tracks makes us believe that a band can make a major change over the first change you have explored with Minutes To Midnight.

We appreciate all of your works while doing that thing, during those times of making 2 CATACLYSM MAKES THE WORLD IN A HEARTFELT CONDITION, you helped Haiti and Japan and until now, and there 2 tracks were made also!

 

You Are The Best Group In The World For Us, BELIEVE IT!

WE ALL LOVE YOU!!

Comment by tinytarn on September 28, 2011 at 12:21am

BKK // THAILAND // THAI LPU -- LOVE U AS ALWAYS !! don't worry about that we understand you and thank you very much for your written to Thai fans..I'm so appreciate that..make me little bit crying of your word "And the fans in Bangkok helped us power through one of our most difficult shows"..thxx mike :)

Comment by Anita Boyd on September 27, 2011 at 11:22pm
I was fortunate to attend the San Diego performance this year. It was memorable. I like the new album, and I still like the previous albums. Listening to Linkin Park always makes me happy, and has helped me through some difficult times, most recently the loss of my mother. Music is a powerful art, and few do it as well as you. Thank you for more than a decade of thoughtful attention to your art and your fans.
Comment by abhimanyu belliappa on September 27, 2011 at 10:56pm
thanks for the music lp..... u're the only band i can listen to all day and everyday.... hope you come to india once you all have recovered.... would love to see you guys live in person.... abhi :)
Comment by angela on September 27, 2011 at 10:34pm

thank you linkin park for the music..i do think that as a real and true musician you should not be afraid to try and do different things that you are normally do and have known for..experimenting and trying out new things were not bad at all 'coz if you will never try such thing how would you know if it will work or not...critics will always be there whether you do the same of different thing..i guess we all should embrace changes coz it's the only permanent thing in this world...thank you for living up as an example that we should not be afraid of changes and we should be brave to get out from our comfort zone and face our own demons...

thank you once again and can't wait for linkin park's new album....

Comment by patrick hensley on September 27, 2011 at 9:02pm
I wish you guys would reflect by making up the cancelled dates. =\ guess it's definitely not happening. Please come back very soon. Y'all rock!
Comment by Petronella Devi Suci Pratiwi on September 27, 2011 at 8:44pm

Hi Mike.. Thank you so much for LP show at Jakarta, Sept 21, 2011.  I felt so glad and shudder when i heard all the fans singing all LP's song.  Like a whole choir..! More special because I was waiting for this concert during 7 years.  It was amazing performance, best i ever seen.. i love you guys, forever and ever !

Comment by Sheny Chiang on September 27, 2011 at 7:53pm
Thank you Linkin Park for an amazing show in Jakarta Sep 21st  , it was my first concert experience as well ..I will never forget that night xoxo

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