Being a longtime member of the LPU, I’ve been able to meet the band four different times.
My first meet and greet experience was in Boston on the A Thousand Suns tour. Once the meet and greet started and we went through the line, I wasn’t star-struck at all. It was more like…meeting friends you’ve known most of your life. Linkin Park definitely has a laid-back environment when it comes to meeting the people that support what they’re doing, and Chester certainly was no exception.
My second time was in Mansfield, MA on the Honda Civic Tour. This time, the band was in much higher spirits, maybe the change in seasons had something to do with it and we were outdoors this time, I don’t know. Everyone in the band was eager to meet everyone, and Chester was at the end of the line with the biggest smile on his face.
Three days later I attended my first Summit in Camden, NJ and by the time the band joined us later in the day (after Joe had us play rock, paper, scissor for everybody’s money), and they performed beautiful acoustic renditions of ‘In My Remains’ and ‘The Messenger’.
After a quick Q&A with everybody came the meet and greet,and I had the whole band sign my back around my tattoo.
On a side note, Joe Hahn did all those lewd drawings, and connected all my moles.
During the Carnivores Tour, I had the opportunity to attend my second Summit in Darien Lake. Linkin Park came to greet us with an acoustic rendition of ‘Final Masquerade’, followed by the Q&A. All I remember as far as Chester goes, was telling him to “have a good show” - and that infectious smile of his. He really was a beautiful soul.