Mike Shinoda Opens Up About His Tour via Instagram

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Mike Shinoda opened up on Instagram about how he felt his tour was going early on and how he struggled being a solo act on tour. Below is the whole post.

Think back two months, this tour could have been a total failure. It was over five weeks long, a trip circumnavigating the planet, with more shows per week than I’ve done in years. I was carrying the tour as a “solo artist” for the first time. In between shows and 3-18 hour travel days on planes, trains, and automobiles, I had no one to help take the burden of interviews, meetings and conference calls in between, no one to pick up the slack if my voice was getting tired or if I got sick. The shows were dramatically different: day, night, indoor, outdoor, large crowds, small crowds, long sets, short. I was adding two backing musicians I had never met, with almost no time for rehearsal. It called for agility, humility, perseverance, and patience. And luck. /// Looking back, the same theme that has carried me through the past year+ helped bring this tour to life: gratitude. I did get tired. I did get sick. But instead of cutting songs, I found myself adding them. Instead of feeling discouraged, I felt emboldened. I’m grateful for the opportunity to create, to play live. I’m grateful for the outstanding people who made sacrifices to come be a part of something bigger than us all. And I’m grateful for the family of fans who make the whole thing possible. /// The bottom line is, if you missed these shows, you missed something extraordinary. Not because of what I did alone, but because of all of us. Check the comments below to see if I’m exaggerating. These were not “concerts,” nor “entertainment.” They certainly were not “tributes” or anything sad. I don’t know what to call them, but they were joyful, exciting, cathartic, screaming, singing, jumping celebrations that I will do everything in my power to continue to have, as long as I’m allowed to have them.

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Think back two months, this tour could have been a total failure. It was over five weeks long, a trip circumnavigating the planet, with more shows per week than I’ve done in years. I was carrying the tour as a “solo artist” for the first time. In between shows and 3-18 hour travel days on planes, trains, and automobiles, I had no one to help take the burden of interviews, meetings and conference calls in between, no one to pick up the slack if my voice was getting tired or if I got sick. The shows were dramatically different: day, night, indoor, outdoor, large crowds, small crowds, long sets, short. I was adding two backing musicians I had never met, with almost no time for rehearsal. It called for agility, humility, perseverance, and patience. And luck. /// Looking back, the same theme that has carried me through the past year+ helped bring this tour to life: gratitude. I did get tired. I did get sick. But instead of cutting songs, I found myself adding them. Instead of feeling discouraged, I felt emboldened. I’m grateful for the opportunity to create, to play live. I’m grateful for the outstanding people who made sacrifices to come be a part of something bigger than us all. And I’m grateful for the family of fans who make the whole thing possible. /// The bottom line is, if you missed these shows, you missed something extraordinary. Not because of what I did alone, but because of all of us. Check the comments below to see if I’m exaggerating. These were not “concerts,” nor “entertainment.” They certainly were not “tributes” or anything sad. I don’t know what to call them, but they were joyful, exciting, cathartic, screaming, singing, jumping celebrations that I will do everything in my power to continue to have, as long as I’m allowed to have them. /// North America is up next. Go to mikeshinoda.com for tickets.

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We can't wait to see Mike in Detroit at The Fillmore Nov. 16th.

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