Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hamburg - Summit, Concert, etc.

Heellllooooo World!

I'm aware I fell off the planet for a few days and honestly, I apologize for that. We have a bit of downtime at the moment so I thought I would fill you in on what's happening in Deutschland.

In all honestly though.. I think the events of the last few days warrant a vlog...
BUT until I have time for that:

Tuesday was the Linkin Park concert and summit. Got up early and braved my way walking to the underground for about an hour ride to the 02 World venue. I left at about 9am and met up with some fellow fans I met off facebook from Berlin at the Central Rail Station. Sara and Patricia, who were fans from Poland and Berlin stuck with me and helped me the rest of the day they were great!

It was neat being around the European fans because of their enthusiasm! Its a passion I think we often let go to the wayside in America in order to keep up appearance, which is a shame.

We rode the underground for a bit more then got to the stop before the Venue. We had to walk 15 min or so but the location was crazy! It felt like it was in the middle of a forest, instead of a cement jungle there were trees surrounding it everywhere and so much green! It was incredibly neat.

When we arrived at the Summit, I was a bit surprised to find out I was the only American there, besides the LP Staff.

We did a lot of activities like raffle for roadie for a day (spent a lot of euro on that one) and I toured the tour bus, all of this facilitated by the road crew. It was neat seeing them again since they're American and many of them remembered me. All incredibly nice and patient people who go to great lengths to make an amazing experience for the fans.

After that, we had the meet n greet with the band. This was great of course, always love seeing the boys. Talked to Chester the lead singer a bit who assured me I was not alone as an American here in Germany lol and I think I somehow insulted Rob the drummer by complimenting on his weight loss :P opps oh well. (he looks awesome though) But I did the only think I wanted to do and that was have Mike Shinoda finish the drawing he started for me back in Chicago, which he so graciously held up the line to do.

After the signing, we had a bit of a Q&A with the band and in the middle were treated with an incredible acoustic performance of Adele's Rolling in the Deep by Chester and Mike:

It sounded ridiculously good. 
After, they left to prepare for the show and everyone else was supposed to leave and come back in to have tickets checked. However, I was hangin' around so I helped the crew put up some flags on stage so I stayed put. We got great standing room and stuck there for 2 hours until LP went on.

German crowds were awesome but feisty!!! Middle Class Rut was the opener.... I don't have a lot of positive things for them... I was front and center and maybe it was just my positioning in the arena in comparison with the PA but I couldn't hear any of their vocals! Way too low and the subs were turned all the way up on the kick! It hurt physically, the subs were working too hard and it was just toooo loud. awful. Maybe its because their engineer didn't have a soundcheck with them but I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

Oh, and you know that ONE single song they have thats even popular? Didn't play it. Waste.

When LP came on, Pooch took over the board and everything sounded incredible (and didn't hurt!) The girl behind me hated my 'enthusiasm' (thrashing) and gave me some lovely gash marks but hey if you can't take the heat, get out of the mosh pit. 

All the songs sounded great, the most energy I've ever seen from them (and I'm sure its because of the far superior energy level of the crowd in Germany compared to any show ever in America!) it was such a great time.

The best part of my night was when Chester came out into the crowd for one of the songs, he was literally right in front of me. Now this had happened in Chicago too, but this time as he left the crowd, he  was slapping hands. He grabbed my hand last, looked me in the eyes and said: ''You rock."

Yeah, that was cool.

Great rest of the set, at the very end Mike threw me a water bottle from stage and I also grabbed his towel, I could have taken it but he said to share lol so I let the other fans have it. It was their country after all :)

 Getting home was fun. After spending 35 euro on merch, all the LPU fans I had met from other countries came with us on the bus to the underground where we parted ways. It was cool getting to meet these people in person. I managed to get the train back to my host home before it shut down lol but then spent about an hour walking around trying to find it in the dark! A nice drunk restaurant owner helped me out with his friend, which yes was a bit sketchy but things are different in europe :P he knew lisa and we called her, she saved me the end. Then I slept lots n lots of hours!

Woke up a 12 oclock really sore, hung out by myself in the apartment while lisa was at work and just recovered from all the activity.

Fast forward to today, about to leave for Lisa's father's house on the Harbor.

Will update soon!

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