There are many people who would say “I cannot chose which year was the best one, I’ve been here for so long!”. Well, I could not. I’ve been an LPUer since May, the 3rd 2011. I simply became an LPUer just now, because I turned 18 earlier this year and got my own credit card to pay for the membership. To be honest, for 3 months many amazing things have happened to me.
In the beginning I didn’t know anyone and couldn’t remember the names of everyone I talked to on chat, so I even had to write down who is who, so that I would not feel rude when people say hi to me and I do not know who I am talking to. Many people on LPU would say that I am really lucky, considering the fact that the second time I was on chat, I saw Mike there. He even drew Garfield on the whiteboard for us!
Another lucky thing is that I got confirmed for a M&G at a concert in Austira. I received the e-mail 5 days before the show, so I had to do my best to buy a ticket for the whole festival. I finally got lucky as I found a man in Germany who offered me a pass two days before the show. This was the moment when I realized that I really have awesome friends. They helped me organize everything and I got to the M&G. This was also my first Linkin Park concert ever! I met the people from the crew, met Hugo and Megumi, talked to them, then got to see the band. I was standing and couldn’t believe that I am even in the same room with all of them. I asked them questions, had fun asking Mike in person if he likes bacon and enjoyed every second I spent in there. In the end I even got to stay in the middle of the group photo where Chester was standing in front of me, Rob next to him and Mike on my left. As people say, it looks like a family photo, so I now always have something to keep the smile on my face. As me and the other LPUers got back to the fields of the festival, we simply sneaked in and got in front of the first wave breaker, so we fully enjoyed the show. This is the moment when two of my dreams became true - I went to a concert and met Linkin Park!
I could write so much in here, but I will skip some things and go over to the fact that I went to the LPU Summit in Hamburg as well. This was the best day of my life! I will try to keep the story short as I have already written 5 pages about it. I had a great time meeting LPUers in person, talking to them, sharing thoughts and being able to spend the whole time with people, who were as excited as me! I met Hugo again and this time also got to see Adam. Later I got the “On stage” tour. Me and some other people were nervous the whole time. We got up there, took photos with all instruments, a staff there explained us things about Rob’s drums, then we went on. We spent some time sitting and waiting there to see the band itself. Hugo and Maurice entertained us, gave us the opportunity to ask them whatever we want, made a little show-explanation about why we should take the artwork paper out of the CD box when we want to get it signed, etc. Before I got to Hamburg I drew a picture of every single of the band members and let them all sign their own picture during the M&G. I had fun showing them the drawings, for example Joe first started staring a it, then took his time and was signing for a long time! I had a little chit-chat with Chester and went to Mike then. He first asked me if I drew all the pictures myself and then said that they were good, what is now still a motivation for me. Then I had a little present for him. I asked about 10 people who are regularly on LPU chat to introduce themselves, to give a short feedback on the band and to add some pictures. We had funny pages such as 10 people wearing hoodies, like Mike in the beginning of The Catalyst video, sitting in a car. As I gave him the book and explained everything, Mike looked really excited. He said that “this is awesome” over 5 times and even poked Brad showing him one of the pages. He looked really happy and later as he got on chat with Phoenix people asked him about it and I heard that he said he has “never seen such a great thing”. Afterwards we all got to ask them questions and laughed a lot. In the end, they played The Messenger and then covered Adele’s Rolling In The Deep. There are many videos but nothing could be compared with what we heard there live. After the Summit I volunteered with some other people for MFR. We had an amazing time, people donated a lot. Since then I am trying to support MFR in different ways. As I was asking Hugo water if I can still buy one of the LPUX CDs, he didn’t want to sell me one, he gave it to me as a present. As I didn’t have a ticket to the show, because I had no money left, Hugo let all MFR volunteers go in and he didn’t just leave us in the concert hall, he brought us to the front where all the other LPUers have been waiting the whole time. Listening to my second Linkin Park concert together with my LPU family was an experience that I would never forget.
People would think that this is all but it is not. I couldn’t describe how many things happened to me in such a short period. I found so many people, who are now good friend of mine, we all care and help each other. Some people decided to send me LP/LPU things like giveaway, because they had 2 or more equal items and I had only 3 CDs in the beginning. People organized an Unofficial LPU Summit in London, which I couldn’t go to. Therefore they sent me a postcard with short messages. When it comes to things, which my parents would never support, I can always talk to the LPUers and find support and different opinion there. Thank you Linkin Park and LPUers for making my life better!
by Rossi a.k.a rvi / therosko
P.S. I was thinking about the fact that many things, which I would love to add, may happen after I write this and that I may want to add them, so... here we go. I have a reason to come back and edit the post. Today on (20th July European time) Mike decided to come from nowhere, unannounced on the LPU chat and record things for Linkin Park Radio. He announced it on twitter 5 minutes after Brad Delson left the chat. But this is not everything. Not only that 2 band members came on chat at the same day and made LPUX totally worth it and just unforgettable, but Mike also gave us (the fans) the possibility to talk to him on the phone, while he was in the studio recording. I first started trying to connect with him, but then gave up, until I heard my friend Harris talking to Mike. I was shocked, I tried over 20-30 times and in the end I WAS talking to Mike. This moment made not my day, it made my life. I shared Rhoda's and partly my ideas to improve LP's woman merch and he liked the idea, he was surprised and said he was looking forward to seeing designs from Rossi from LPU. I must say, I am lucky indeed, but Mike proved once again to me and to all the other happy LPUers, who I talked to even after this all happened to us, that if I really want something, there is always a way to get it! I am really happy to say that Mike is making so many lifes better by supporting us all and being there for his fans. Thank you, Mike!