Linkin Park was honored for raising more than $6 million for disaster relief and environmental programs through Music for Relief, an organization the band created in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed December 10 as the date for honoring adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. It is an opportunity to reflect and ask, "How can I help?"
"We're having a lot of fun, we've been very, very productive creatively, we have a lot of great music that we're still working on and here to put out as fast as possible and we're playing shows and all of this is happening as Linkin Park is working on our next record."
Musicians have been waiting decades for an alternative which would allow musicians, pro and amateur to make their product, and make it with more ease and less hassle, headache and most importantly, less expenditure.
In my mind from the very beginning of this show, I kept thinking about the saying, "There's nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." Now I know Linkin Park's about as far away as you can get musically from The Grateful Dead. But the strong analogy remains: There's nothing like a Linkin Park concert.
Musician, producer and artist Mike Shinoda, member of the hugely popular Linkin Park, took a moment from his tour to sit down with me and discuss the band's latest interactive music video and upcoming projects.
We need time to evaluate a particular band's influence and their place in history. Does their music stand up to the scrutiny of year after year and how does it measure up to the great ones that came before?