Mike Shinoda’s Speech in Reading Festival 2018

I heard you guys started a little chat earlier, for Chester. Listen you guys, doing this tour i have to tell you, i have to tell you we did, we just came from Asia and played a couple weeks of show out there. And getting up here doing this for me is really it’s in one sense it’s really fulfilling and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again.

And i have to be i have to be honest i really indebted to you guys for helping me get here. I don’t think i would be able to come out and do this if not for you. So thank you so much.

And in doing the show like you know since forever ago i mean we played, i think they said the last time we played here is it’s like 2003 it feels like i want to say it feels like this is the first time i’ve ever played.

And since that time like since the beginning of the band, we’ve always done meet and greets with the fans and seen you know fans before the show and one thing that’s been consistent about all of the meets and greet in the meet and greets people tell me stories and tell me you know how they relate to a song or what what’s something that how we did like how it intersected with their life and one thing that i’ve been hearing quite a bit is how some of you guys are going through something and how the connection to the music, helps you get through it.

With that said i think that there’s i know that there are some people out there who want to come you know myself, i want to come to a show, i want to come to a festival and have a great time. And then there are other people who  they’re still have their hurting you know and they’ve got some stuff going on. And i want you guys to know if that’s you then don’t be ashamed of that, you’ve no reason to be ashamed of that ever. Even it’s simple as you just really like or love Chester singing or you loved the band’s music or you just dealing with your own stuff that has nothing to do with us and it just pushes a button that makes you feel, i don’t know sometimes in trouble.

Hopefully by coming to these shows and enjoying the music and by engaging in this type of thing it makes some of that bad feeling just go away.

What we’ve always asked, what we’ve always asked to crowd on this song for years and years is to sing along with Chester, and that’s what i want you guys to do right now, you’re ready to do that? i don’t know if you’re quite ready. I want you guys to sing this so loud so Chester can hear you. Are you ready to do that?

(In the end).

Mike Shinoda, Reading Festival 2018 (August 25th, 2018)

 

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