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NME – Mike Shinoda Of Linkin Park

Gary Ryan has interviewed Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda for NME.

Here is an excerpt:

NME join Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda in Germany to talk the curse of nu-metal and check out his revived Fort Minor side-project…

“What colour are the ears?” asks Mike Shinoda, as he squiggles a panda for a fan who’s set to have it inked as a tattoo later. “I’ve never drawn one of these before,” he adds, nervously. “I’m worried that I’m going to screw it up and it’s going to be on your arm forever. Are you sure you trust me?”

She does. Implicitly. As do the 50 other members of the LPU – Linkin Park Underground – here in Berlin for a meet-and-greet with the band’s rapper and multi-instrumentalist. Some of the gift-bearing LPU have travelled over 5,000 miles to be here, from Tel Aviv, Trinidad and beyond. For one, it’s the 77th time she’s seen the nu metal titans live. A middle-aged woman hands Shinoda a child’s drawing. “It’s you and Chester [Bennington, Linkin Park vocalist]” she clarifies. “How old is your son?,” he asks, a geyser of LA charm and positivity. “Seven? You can tell because they don’t tend to draw bodies before then. Can I sign it and you give it back to them?”

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