I was fortunate enough to see Mike twice on the PT tour. The first time was at Leeds Fest and I went with my sister. I was excited to take her because I'd bought tickets for us to see LP on the OML tour but because of the venue damage, it was cancelled and she never got to see them live. I got the LPU meet and greet and had the pleasure of meeting Mike before the show. He was super lovely and it was an amazing experience, but the best part was the show itself. Just being there and singing my heart out with my sister was euphoric. The speech about Chester that he gave was the only thing that I managed to film, but I was shaking because I was crying so hard. It was really overwhelming but cathartic. Then, I got to see him this year at the London Roundhouse. Me and my sister camped out overnight in the rain but it was more than worth it because we got to the barrier. We were also with my best friend and it was an incredible bonding experience. We were all bawling when he played One More Light as it was so unexpected and emotional, but it genuinely felt like Chester was in the room with us. Mike's speech was about their performance of Rolling In The Deep and to treat your friends with kindness and love and it hit really close to home for me. Overall, it was a deeply moving and healing experience and I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to see him. I met so many incredible new people and I know that I'm not alone in how I feel and I never will be again. Grief is a powerful and confounding thing, but these shows helped me deal with it more.
Tim Burchard: Favorite Moments on the PTT: During the Post Traumatic Tour, I had the opportunity of attending 2 shows, as well as a meet and greet with Mike. The first experience being the meet and greet, I'll start with that. One of my favorite moments was walking in the building and looking over and seeing Mike literally right there in front of me. Was very surreal. Furthermore, going up to him and just being in awe. I'd never met a celebrity before, let alone someone I've grown up listening to and idolizing since I was a baby. Most of these favorite moments have to do with first experiences... Another one of my favorite moments, was the first show I went to in Camden NJ, and just the feeling I got when I heard the Welcome Intro cue, and thinking like, "Holy shit this is happening." (I'd also never been to any LP concert or any major concert in general) and seeing Mike come out on stage, that was very cool. Another favorite moment from that show would have to be meeting another soldier Jane, it was really cool to meet someone who's just as big of a fan as I am, and have some good conversations. Moving on to the second show, was seeing how close I was to Mike, I was about 5-6 rows of people back in the pit section, dead center to the stage, that gave me a really good view. All time favorite moment from the whole thing was when Mike came down into the pit during RFMS bridge and I pushed myself forward and got right up close to him, and held onto his arm. Just that rush of a whole bunch of people crowded into one area, all singing and rocking out with Mike freaking Shinoda right in front of our faces. Little side note, I was completely surprised after RMFS when Don Broco came back out of nowhere with Mike to tour debut A Place For My Head. Was a nice surprise and a great way to end an already spectacular show.