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Mike will be at Kevin & Bean’s show over at KROQ. Go here to listen live tomorrow, Tuesday 26th at 8:00 am pt (13 hours from now).
On Friday ArtisanNews posted the second part of their interview with Mike and Koshi from B’z this time discussing a Lady Gaga Lawsuit which stated that not 100% of the proceeds from the Japan Relief bracelet she created were send to Japan. Btw, sorry for not posting that earlier, I was away for the weekend.
From Mike Shinoda on LP.Com
Rather than this accidentally coming off as a #humblebrag, I figure I should just tell you straight: I turned on iTunes tonight, and saw a link to our show at the Roundhouse in London. Sometimes, when we do a show, I feel like it goes smoothly; other times, not so much. The iTunes show was the former, and I’m glad it’s up online for free, for those of you who are interested.
…and BTW, if you haven’t heard about it yet, if you support Music For Relief HERE, you can get two tickets to a Linkin Park / B’z show at a secret location, to benefit children affected by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
Here’s an interview with Mike and Koshi, conducted by Artisan News.
Mike Shinoda and Koshi from B’z spoke to KTLA about the secret show they’re going to perform to raise funds for Japan.
This video was just posted online. It’s an interview with Mike BUT it’s recorded with a video camera in front of a TV. Bad, I know, but after quickly visiting the official canvas website, it seems like they don’t have the rights to post it online which is saaaaaad. So check that out and hopefully they’ll post the real thing someday…
Here’s a video interview of Mike and Joe at The Transformers Premiere Green Carpet in Moscow.
20 Minuten Online did a small interview with Mike before the LP show in St. Gallen Switzerland. Here’s what he said:
The interview with Linkin Park takes place in a – smoke and alcohol free backstage area – at the request of the band. The band “Hurts” blare their hits in the background.
How are you?
Mike Shinoda: Super, thanks. It is a bit loud here, but at least Hurts are playing. Those listening to me must be disturbed. (Laughs)
Will you still watch other bands tonight?
No, after the show in St. Gallen I’ll be moving to London, where we attend the last show of our European tour. The Swiss bands don’t have a good timing: Today we are well established and function more like a well oiled machine.
Are you still nervous before performances?
Sometimes. But not today. If we play to an audience, we are in our natural environment. Nervous, I’m in studio performances, where you have a camera right in front of your nose – kind of unnatural.
Does a band like Linkin Park feel a certain pressure, when they are playing as headliner at a festival?
It depends on how many people come to see you, but in spite that we still strive to do our best. Sometimes more, sometimes less. We also have bad days. It also happens with us, that we wake up in the morning and do not feel good. But today there is none of those days. (Laughs)
What do you do in the last five minutes before you go on stage?
We do a little warm-up and play a few songs. Then we round together in a circle and gather ourselves. Throughout the day we all do our own thing on stage, but we must work as a unit.
What do you expect from the fans at a concert?
We love it when they sing and clap along. Previously, we have often played at metal festivals. There is the macho factor: Man dances Pogo and it goes to something harder. It doesn’t really matter as long as people like your music, that’s the main thing they do.
You get goose bumps when you see the euphoric crowd?
Yes. Each performance is something special and we appreciate that we could make our passion into a profession. It always blows me away when I see how people look at our music.
They were last in November in Switzerland at the Hallenstadion in Zurich. Do you like it here?
It’s great to be back in Switzerland. The country is so beautiful. I would like to come more often here – perhaps even for holidays. The Swiss fans have always supported us. Thank you for this!
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