LPLStaff Posted June 17, 2020 Share Posted June 17, 2020 The Wednesday Q&A recap from Mike is ready to go! - "What was the first song you learned to play on the guitar all the way through?" -> "My first song on the guitar, I think it was a Zeppelin song. Oh no, you know it was like Nirvana, it was Smells Like Teen Spirit or something like that. Something that was easy as the first song. And then my friend showed me... at one point I learned Zeppelin but not all the way through, it would get to the middle of them and they were too hard. I'd say Smells Like Teen Spirit is the first song I ever learned to play on the guitar." - "Did you pick the openers you had on tour? And who were some of your favorites?" -> "Yes we did. I always talk about My Chemical Romance being one of our favorite openers we had. They were so good, they were on fire when we played together. there were others. Since we don't usually talk about it, some of my other favorite openers we've had... we got a chance to bring out The Prodigy in the US. That was so dope because they're such a legendary group but like, we couldn't have headlined over them at certain places in Europe because they'd be the same size as Linkin Park in terms of the headline slot at a festival or whatever. If it was like an electronic festival or something that leaned that way, obviously, right? Who else? I'd say Snoop Dogg, Snoop opened for us at one point. That was so great. Cypress Hill. Incubus, we did like a coheadliner but yeah, we've played with a lot of great bands. What would be a smaller band that we played with? Ghostface from Wu-Tang opened for me one time with Fort Minor, that was really great. Of Mice & Men. Oh, Coheed! Coheed always brought it. Coheed & Cambria are really great musicians. Yeah, they crushed it every night." - "Were there songs that were cut from the album last minute?" - "There was a song, a One More Light song, that we mixed. We mixed more than the finished album and we mixed a couple other songs just to see if one of them would make the cut or if we would use it for a b-side. And it was Friendly Fire. It was a Jon Green co-write. I wrote that with Jon, I think it was me, Jon, and Brad mostly. But like, I still love that song. By the way is that out somewhere? Did we put Friendly Fire out at some point? We didn't, did we? "Drop It" Yeah ok, we're gonna put a brand new fucking Linkin Park song with Chester's voice on it out. I don't think so! You literally are going to have to wait years to hear that song, so just FYI. And god forbid somebody leak it because that I would actually be really bummed out about, if somebody leaked that song. You will get it eventually. Not this year though, it's not happening." - "Is there a Linkin Park demo you're upset about being voted out?" -> "That's a good question. I don't think so. For me, the ones that I thought were good songs... there were no songs that I loved that the band hated. There were a couple of things that turned into Post Traumatic songs that it was like, "the band never really developed this, the guys didn't really gravitate towards the track", so I just finished it myself. So usually they did become songs. If I liked it, it usually did become a song partially because I was the one putting in the most work so I'd develop them until they were good if I liked them. Make sense? If I like a song, I'm going to work on it more. If it's not working and the guys are like, "I don't know", I will continue to work on it until it's good. And then if they don't like it, those are usually the ones that I don't like that much either, I'm kind of on the fence about, "oh I like it / I don't like it." - "Can you sing the Hold It Together chorus in reverse?" -> "Not anymore, unfortunately. I wish I could. I don't even remember how it starts, it's a good question though." Someone asked the origin of the name Xero but Mike told a made up story about Greek mythology. "Is there a reason there is no In My Remains remix on Recharged while some songs got two remixes?" - "You know, we let the DJs and producers choose songs to remix and that song just didn't get any takers. Maybe somebody sent in one that didn't really work out or something. As I recall, we just let the DJs choose and they didn't choose it." Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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