Posted on June 30, 2015 by Zane

Check out a behind the scenes LPTV of Mike filming the brand new 360 degree virtual reality "Welcome" music video by Fort Minor. If you have not had the chance the view the video, make sure to do so on a YouTube mobile app for the full experience or on Google Chrome for the best computer experience. Catch the music video HERE and check out the LPTV episode below:

Source: LP YouTube
Posted on June 30, 2015 by Hybrid


With Summerfest here, the end of the run of Linkin Park's North American festival tour dates are now a reality. What better way to close out an extraordinary tour run by holding the final North American show at the World's Largest Music Festival: Summerfest. With 11 stages, 11 days of music and over 800 performing acts, I was waiting for the one day that I would eventually make it out to Summerfest. Since 1968, Summerfest has been held annually in the great city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I've driven through the city while Summerfest was being held, year after year, while going to my Independence Day vacation in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Each year, I've listened to the radio while going up there with the Disc Jockey's bragging about what bands their radio station has signed on to Summerfest's bill. I've seen the billboards and read the ads, however, in my 31 years of living, I've never once attended this spectacle of music. I've always heard about my favorite bands performing there and, while I always wanted to attend, I never quite had the opportunity to. That being said, my first time attending Summerfest will also be Linkin Park's first time performing both at Summerfest and in Milwaukee. I am looking forward to seeing them take the stage with A Day To Remember and I will be there, in the crowd, wearing my gold(yellow) LPAssociation shirt. If you see me, feel free to come and say hi! That being said, with Linkin Park wrapping up their North American Tour Festival dates, they will then aim their sights to the Asian and European legs of their The Hunting Party Tour. Will you be attending Summerfest? Are you excited for the show? Stop by our forums to talk about it!

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Kevin

Fort Minor has not played a show since 2006. Wow.

Unless you count the performance on Conan, the last Fort Minor performance was August, 13th at Summer Sonic 2006 in Japan. At that show and most other shows that Fort Minor performed before the hiatus it was Mike with a band, including back up singers and Styles of Beyond helping him out.

This video is from the day before in Osaka

Because why not?

One of the few things we know about tonights show is that it will be Mike 100% solo. Mike has even gone on record calling it his one man show. This guarantees that songs will almost certainly be shortened if he performs songs like Remember The Name, Believe Me and Red to Black. As mentioned, we have no idea what Mike will do at the show but it's sure that he will perform the version of Remember The Name that has been played at the most recent Linkin Park shows, and the new song Welcome will also be played. Mike has mentioned that he would like to perform songs like Cigarettes and Kenji, songs he never performed in the original Fort Minor run.

Mike has said that he will not tour with Fort Minor right now, so the few shows he will be play will be few, small and hard to get tickets to. So if you have a chance to go to one of the shows, take it. These shows are announced last minute, so make sure you check the our news often.

Will you be attending the show? Would you go to one of these shows if it were announced near you? What will be played? Come and discuss in our forums.

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Kevin


Linkin Park returns to Colorado.

For the inaugural Loudwire Music Festival, Linkin Park is headlining night two! The state of Colorado has had their fair share of Linkin Park performances, reaching 14 concerts over the years. And yet, they have never performed in the city of Mack, where they are performing this time. The band was in Colorado last year, on The Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI. Before that, their last Colorado performance was on the Honda Civic Tour with Incubus and MUTEMATH. Both of these two most recent performances took place in Englewood, a place they also visited in 2001. For their second show in 2004, their only show in 2007 and 2008 the band only played in Greenwood Village for their Colorado stops. For the bands Colorado Springs stops, the years 2000, 2002 and 2004 were your years. The 2002 stop brought us a video of One Step Closer and the whole 2004 show was recorded from the audience and is a great watch. Videos of both will be below. And so, weíve come to Denver. Linkin Park has performed five times here and their visits to Denver includes shows in 2000, 2001, one later in 2001, 2003 and finally in 2011.

It was recorded at the Colorado Springs show and used by MTV Asia when the band won an award

-Insert smart comment here-

Linkin Park has just finished up a two show run in Mexico where they brought out a new setlist. Rebellion was set to be played at their Mexico City show but the band skipped it and the next day it was removed from the setlist. They also brought back Final Masquerade from itís summer 2015 missing status, much to the approval of the fans. Points of Authority was also brought back into the set. Crawling was reviewed in itís original album version, something that hasnít happened since the Download performance in 2014, a full year ago. Mikes Solo Medley was removed in favor of a shortened version of Remember The Name and the new Fort Minor song Welcome, played by the band and not solo by Mike.

At their most recent show in Monterrey, before Crawling started, Chester dedicated the rest of the show to a fan named Christopher, a fan who had been at the show in Mexico City and sadly passed away on the day between the two shows. Video of that is below and we wish to extended our condolences to Christophers family for their loss.

So what can we expect from this show? Well, unlike the two Mexico shows this is another festival show so there might be a chance they go back to the same setlist used at shows like River City Rockfest and Rock on the Range. If so, will it revert back to the full Mike Solo Medley or continue like they have for the last two shows?

After this show the band closes out their "North American Summer Music Festival Run With A Surprising Number of Festivals With "Rock" In Their Titles + Two Standalone Shows In Mexico" run in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on the June 30 before taking a few weeks break before heading to China and starting their five show tour there, visiting new places like Nanjing, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Beijing.

Mike will also perform a solo show as Fort Minor on June 29 in LA at The Exchange.

Will you be attending the show? What do you think the band will change? What will Mike do at his solo show? Come and discuss in our forums.

01. Papercut Extended Intro
02. Rebellion
03. Given Up Extended Outro
04. One Step Closer Extended Outro
05. A Line In The Sand Extended Keyboard Intro
06. From the Inside
07. Runaway Shortened; Wastelands Transition
08. Wastelands
09. CASTLE OF GLASS Experience Version; Martin Luther King Jr Speech, Piano Transition Outro; w/ Oppenheimer Speech
10. Leave Out All The Rest / Shadow Of The Day / Iridescent Ballad Medley
11. Robot Boy Shortened; Instrumental
12. Joe Solo Medley Wretches and Kings, Victimized Remix, Buy Myself, Cure For The Itch, Session, Plc.4 Mie Head
13. New Divide
14. Breaking the Habit
15. Darker Than Blood Shortened; Synth + Acapella Only
17. Remember The Name [Shortened]
18. Welcome Extended Outro
19. Numb Numb/Encore Intro + Outro
20. In the End
21. Faint Extended Outro
22. Waiting for the End Apaches Intro w/ 'Until It Breaks' Verse 2; Wall Of Noise Outro
23. What I've Done Ext. Guitar Solo Bridge
24. Bleed It Out Ext. Intro; Ext. Bridge w/ Sing-along; Ext. Ending

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Kevin

The music video for the Steve Aoki ft. Linkin Park song Darker Than Blood has just been released. It features a shorter version of the song and you can check it out here below.

What do you think? Come and discuss in our forums.

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Hybrid


After an amazing performance at Mexico City's Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Linkin Park now make their way to the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. This will be the second time that Linkin Park will be performing in Monterrey, the first time being in 2012 where Linkin Park played MTV's World Stage show. After Monterrey's performance, Linkin Park will head North into the United States to perform two festival shows; The Loudwire Music festival in Mack, Co on June 27th and Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wi on June 30th. Will Linkin Park throw any more surprises like "Welcome" into their set? Their last show in Monterrey for MTV's World Stage did not disappoint. Check it out below:

Posted on June 24, 2015 by minuteforce

AltWire has published a new exclusive interview with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. Among other things, Shinoda speaks about Fort Minor's past, present and future, the creative process behind the new Fort Minor track "Welcome", and his opinion about the current state of hip-hop.

AW: Since The Rising Tied, your time and material with Linkin Park has been transformative and constantly changing – The Rising Tied came before four very huge records in your career in which Linkin Park took on different sounds and approaches. How do you feel your songwriting has changed over the last ten years, both in Linkin Park and perhaps now with Fort Minor?

MS: When I first came up with Fort Minor 10 years ago, it’s important to remember that Linkin Park had just come off Collision Course with Jay-Z. Our only two studio albums were Hybrid Theory and Meteora; we were essentially only known for one sound. So, when I had a distinctly hip hop idea, I didn’t know where to put it—I didn’t think it would fit in with Linkin Park, so it became Fort Minor. After the FM album, as Linkin Park got in the studio to do Minutes To Midnight, the band and I realized we wanted to broaden our sonic identity, and all of a sudden it was OK for my hip hop ideas to become Linkin Park songs. So songs like Hands Held High, Waiting For The End, When They Come For Me, and Until It Breaks came about. If you listen back to those, there’s a distinctly Fort Minor flavor in there. And for years, if I had a Fort Minor idea, it basically became a Linkin Park song.

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Zane

Noisey has just published an intricate and in depth article on Mike Shinoda about his familial history, his schooling, the history of Linkin Park, and the re-emerging of Fort Minor. It is a telling tale of why Fort Minor and Linkin Park are who they are. The final closing lines of the article best sum up the story:

There's a deep power in arriving at a place you know you belong in, to see your personal history expanded beyond what you thought prior. Fort Minor is the story of one of the most prominent Japanese-American musicians giving a voice and representation for those without it. It’s the story of a kid listening to hip-hop his entire life, playing in a supernatural force of a band, and then navigating the musical landscape of being a rapper. Fort Minor is what he says it is.

“This is where I’m from," Shinoda told me. "And I’ve never been here before.”
The story unfolds by explaining Mike's familial background as a Japanese-American and the meaning behind his song, "Kenji", where Mike identifies the history of Japanese Internment camps and how it all affected his own childhood.

Against this history, Shinoda would also feel a disconnect with other kids around him at a young age. “When I was a kid, [other kids] just knew I was mixed. They didn’t know what I was,” Shinoda said. (...) And it was like always a thing. I was like this undercover minority.” This type of prejudice followed him for a long time: When Shinoda submitted the original logo for Hybrid Theory to Linkin Park's record label, for instance, it was shot down by an A&R for appearing “too Asian.”
These moments were brought out in Mike's solo project Fort Minor and his emotions became clear in his words:

The immediacy of The Rising Tied’s power is unshakable. In the first 45 seconds of “Remember The Name,” you hear all you need to in the short and simple line of “fuck ‘em.” The phrase was a necessary defense and thought process. Linkin Park may have been popular, but expectations for Fort Minor were low. Critics tended to dismiss Shinoda's rapping in Linkin Park as basic and lyrically unoriginal. Fuck ‘em; Shinoda will rap about missing the lazy summers of having a barbecue with a loved one. Fuck ‘em; he’ll tell a story set in a single moment, jumping from perspective to perspective. Fuck ‘em; he’ll rap about everyone in the office telling him to stick to playing the keys. Those were two simple words a listener could hold onto and fashion into a dagger to jab right back. It didn’t matter if you weren’t white enough for your peers to accept you, if you weren’t real enough, if you didn’t listen to the cool music, because fuck ‘em. As a further fuck 'em, "Where'd You Go," the follow-up to "Remember The Name," would end up reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mike continues and entails Linkin Park's early days. The genre identification and labelling that was given to the band by mainstream listeners early on had placed pretenses on the band that would follow and push the band to continuously adapt and evolve their sound in the years since Hybrid Theory.

But their music also had its detractors, with journalists questioning whether Linkin Park had brought in pop songwriters and producers to craft their sound. The label of hard rock soon shifted into "nu metal," which began to take on a negative connotation.

"There were those who were just using it disparagingly, and they were meaning to draw a direct line—they wanted to be able to say your name and their least favorite band’s name in the same sentence," Shinoda explained. "And that was the whole point right? That snarky—people think that the indie-blogger snarkiness is a modern thing—it’s not. It’s been around forever, and they were doing it back then, too. So at the time that word, we hated that. And we’d say every time that we are not carrying the flag for any kind of movement or genre, we had no part in that. Maybe in retrospect we were a little too aggressive about our stance on it, but you know, at the time it felt appropriate.”
The long and impressive article goes into far more detail so read the entire story HERE on Noisey Music by Vice

Source: Noisey
Posted on June 23, 2015 by Zane

Mike Shinoda on Conan Performing "Welcome"

After last night's strong live premiere of "Welcome" on Conan, the performance has now been uploaded online for all to view! Click HERE to check out Mike Shinoda on the show. The premiere was true to a one man performance with Mike performing the synth keyboard solo whilst rapping and singing.

So what do fans think of the performance? Are you excited to hear it live at individual Fort Minor concerts or with Linkin Park on Tour?
Let us know at the LPA Forums!

Source: Conan
Posted on June 22, 2015 by Zane


The unique 360 Degree music video for Fort Minor's song "Welcome" has officially been unveiled. To experience the entirety of the video, use a Google Chrome browser or the YouTube mobile app! If you have Google's cardboard goggles, you can experience the video in virtual reality. The video features Mike at Venice Beach, California producing the painted and drawn artwork that was created atop 1000 vinyl sleeves making a 80 feet long mural. In addition, there is an amazing 360 degree performance scene where Mike Shinoda performs all the instruments featured in Welcome. Mashable has a behind the scenes video for the making of video HERE. Check out the music video below:

Source: Mashable via Kevin