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A big shout out to Avid for the new ProTools 9 software. This is the first time ProTools has ever been this portable, and we love it. Phoenix and I made a demo on the 10 minute drive to the venue tonight using my laptop, PT9, an AKAI MPK Mini, and Kontakt (by Native Instruments).
EDIT: Sorry if some of you had problems watching it–the video took some time to upload. Side note: how awesome is it that I worked a song in the car, then posted the video from my phone as we walked into the venue? I love technology. Watch it here.
The first show of the North American tour was last night, in Sunrise Florida. It went really well, as far as first shows go. We’ve been off tour for a month, so all the normal first show things happened (necks and backs are pretty sore, voices are a bit beat up, etc.). In general, it felt solid. Looking forward to the next show, in Tampa.
For those of you coming (or thinking about it): when you buy a ticket to any of these shows, you get a free mp3 download of your concert. The download info will be posted at the venue. You just watch the concert, and a few days later, the mp3s will be available for you. Easy, right? Even more reason to head over to linkinpark.com and get your ticket now.
Quickie announcement: Linkin Park will be playing Saturday Night Live on February 5. Dana Carvey will be hosting. (Party on, Garth…)
BTW, last time we played SNL, Molly Shannon hosted. Looks like we’re a great match for returning SNL cast members…who’s next? Steve Martin? Eddie Murphy? Gary Kroeger?
One year ago, an earthquake struck Haiti. 316,000 people were killed. More than 300,000 injured. More than 1 million people displaced. Music For Relief was one of the first organizations to spring to action, creating Download To Donate, a program which raised over a quarter million dollars for the people of Haiti.
It’s been a year since the earthquake but the crisis continues today in Haiti with more than one million people living in temporary shelter and makeshift camps. Since the earthquake Haitians have endured a Hurricane, flooding, and a cholera outbreak which began in October.
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A great article about A Thousand Suns came out recently in EQ Magazine. It’s more of a tech-focused piece, so those of you who are into music gear can feel free to get into full-on nerd mode with me.
But for those who aren’t as music-gear-savvy, here’s an excerpt that you might enjoy:
“With the exception of Bennington’s trademark guttural screams, any resemblance to the rap rock genre they helped define has been rinsed out. Intensity and ferocious introspection are still the endgame, but the path has changed. And when that path is lined with more than 50 million album sales, two Grammys, and nine Number One singles on the Billboard Alternative Chart, throwing the rule book out the window takes more than a simple leap of faith.”
Check out the whole article here:
Happy Holidays. I painted the piece above, entitled “Follow The Leader”, for Ron English’s “Family Tradition” art show early this year. I decided that it would look better in one of your homes than in mine, so I’m auctioning it off. Go to the link below to bid on it.
Proceeds go to Music For Relief. The auction is live until December 21, that way it will (hopefully) be able to arrive on your doorstep around the holidays.