[quote=Adam]It’s a splash page with words on it. It was meant to be fun. It’s a shame that people read this much into one little word on there. To take you behind the scenes, “elite” was a last minute change. I originally had “passionate” but was told to change it. Maybe we should have kept it. I dunno.
At the end of the day, the LPU IS a community. I’ve been to LP shows all over the world. I’ve met fans of all kinds. Fans who have lots of money, fans who don’t have much. Fans who have been to a million LP shows, fans whose first show was that day. Fans who have met the band, fans who haven’t. Fans who have loved them for 10 years, fans who just found them during LIVING THINGS. At the end of the day, none of that matters. I’ve SEEN these fans interact together. I’ve seen these fans go from being complete strangers at the beginning of a summit or meet up, to being best friends and talking online after.
Yes, the LPU is a fan club you have to pay to join. No, not everyone can afford to do so. Does LPUHQ/the band/management/touring crew think those fans are any less of fans? Of course not.
Nearly every show I was at on tour, I went into the crowd with tickets and guitar picks. I’d go to the very back and find some LP fans (NOT just fans who were wearing LPU stuff) and talk to them. I’d say “Is this your first show? How long have you loved the band? What’s your favorite song?” I’d chat with them for a bit, then ask if they’d like to sit a little closer. Then I’d give them tickets within the first 10 rows. Some of these people had loved the band for years, some it was their first show. Either way, they were there for Linkin Park. I wanted to help better their experience that day.
No one really thinks the LPU fans are more “elite” than anyone else. Admittedly, maybe that was a poor choice of words.
I did my very best while I was there to make sure the fanclub wasn’t about who had the most money. I wanted everyone to have an equal shot to experience cool shit. Did it always work out that way? Not always. We still had a bottom line. We still had to bring in money so the LPU could actually exist. You’d be shocked to know how little we actually make off memberships. Once we pay out everyone we need to pay out, there really isn’t a ton left over. And the band never has, and never will, make a DIME off selling LPU memberships. Ever.
In closing, I’m sorry you or anyone else is offended by the word “elite.” That was not what I intended. I was trying to find a way to bring everyone together in this “WE ARE LPU” mindset. The last thing I wanted was to drive fans apart. It actually kills me to know that this dumb saying I came up with is doing that, even a little bit. The LPU and the LP fan base in general means more to me than you could ever imagine.
I didn’t jump in here to start a debate. I hope that’s not what happens. I just wanted to give my point of view since I’m the one who regretfully came up with this dumb “elite” thing.