"We had put out this record ('The Hunting Party')...very heavy record, very rock record, and the idea of playing Warped Tour, just a surprise thing at one of the dates, sounded so fun. And my only reservation about doing it was, if we do it, what we really wanna do is have some Warped Tour favourite singers come out and sing with us. How many do we think we can get? Are people gonna be interested? Are they gonna be available? After they play are they gonna leave? If they haven't played yet are they even gonna be there?"
"So, it worked out great, we had an awesome time, got to play with a lot of bands that were so...everybody there, whether they were on stage with us or not, everybody was just so effusive. They were so excited that we came....We honestly didn't know the influence that we had...because they're a generation younger and they grew up on our music. Which in music's time, that only has to be, like, 5-6 years. Things turn around that fast. So, they were just so sweet and we heard so many nice stories that made us feel great."
Check out Mike's memories of Linkin Park's Warped Tour performance in the video below:
Plus, we have even more Warped Tour memories on this week's Rock Sound Podcastspecial, featuring Ben Barlow from Neck Deep and Chris Motionless from Motionless In White.