Hybrid Theory and Meteora were the albums that got me through middle school, and helped broaden my tastes in music. Minutes To Midnight was released during my senior year of high school. In a way, as I was growing older and maturing, so was Linkin Park and how they approached making music.
I remember when linkinpark.com relaunced and it introduced the album with the as-of-yet-unannounced cover art, and the piano intro for ‘What I’ve Done’ on a continuous loop. At one point, they also hid a sample of ‘Given Up’ somewhere on the website.
LPTV also launched at that time, and it started as the band recapping all the touring they had done for Meteora, and the first video LP’s YouTube channel uploaded (which doesn’t exist on their channel anymore).
And then it eventually turned into the LPTV we’ve all come to know and love today.
I remember receiving the Superfan edition of the album in the mail (it came with a nifty little card, too)
At the time, I wasn’t as big of a collector as I am today, so for the longest time, this was the only version of the album that I had (including the Superfan edition, I have 5 versions now).
The LP Network also launched at the time, which was a huge upgrade from the LPC and the Numb Journals. I remember spending hours on end on the LPN message boards.
I also joined the LPU in 2008! I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it’s changed my life a lot since then, and I’m sure most everyone here can attest to that.
I saw LP twice during this album cycle. In 2007, it was actually my second day of classes at community college, so I unfortunately missed most of the show, but I still made it in time to see My Chemical Romance (and their awesome pyrotechnics - and also all the ambulances that hauled people out during their set *hyperlink). In 2008, I saw most of the show aside from maybe two bands. It rained like hell at times, I got to meet some of the LPUers from the boards, I got my first appearance in an LPTV episode. It was a fun day.
Yes, that’s my sign (it was Chris Cornell’s birthday) and it’s taped to my bedroom wall. God, I miss Projekt Revolution.
Of course, I can’t go without mentioning Pooch and LP starting to sell their live shows during this time.
Favorite videos include ‘What I’ve Done’, ‘Given Up’ and ‘Leave Out All The Rest.’
My favorite song is ‘In Pieces’
My least favorite song is ‘Valentine’s Day’
Also noteworthy, Mike Shinoda’s ‘Leave Out All The Rest’ remix.