it’s not goodbye, it’s beyond grateful

It’s no secret that LINKIN PARK fans are the best fans in the world. I knew this right away when I started to read the official message boards (LPMB) and discovered how passionate the community was. For me it began around 2002 when I got my hands on a copy of Hybrid Theory, but it wasn’t until 2003, when Meteora was released, that I went beyond the “passive” fan phase and jumped in head first into the “active” fan phase.

It didn’t take long for me to want to go see the band live, and sure enough I got my chance on January 20th, 2004 at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was my very first arena show, and at age 14 that is pretty special. It wasn’t my first concert by definition, but it sure felt like it. Hearing songs like “With You”, “Don’t Stay”, and “P5hng Me A*wy” LIVE for the first time was something I’ll never forget.

I wanted to tell that story to paint the picture of how much I loved the band’s music early on in my youth and never in a million years did I imagine that one day I would be interning for my favorite band and soon after go work for them full time.

I started as an intern in October 2011 with Adam Ruehmer, who gave me a shot when I was just a student in college, and I began my full time job with the band in July 2013 after Adam moved on to work at Warner Bros. Records. I grew from an intern to a marketing manager in seven wonderful years, and I am beyond grateful for each and every day I had the honor to do this. I will cherish these memories and experiences forever.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25th is my last day with Linkin Park / Machine Shop Entertainment. After a seven year professional journey with the band, I have accepted a new position with Universal Music International and I will be relocating to Berlin, Germany to start my new role.

In life you have to grow and evolve and sometimes that takes making changes — and that can be scary, but you have to trust that things will be okay. It was extremely difficult to make this decision and I will miss working with the band, the management team, the crew, the partners, and of course the FANS, dearly.

Some of my favorite moments / memories:

  • The 2012 LPU Summit in Camden, New Jersey when my Philly friends and I got to volunteer and help with the event. I knew then that working behind the scenes to give fans the best experience was something I wanted to do.
  • The 2013 LPU Summit in Hong Kong. That was my first summit under my new role as marketing assistant. It was my first time running an event of that scale on my own and I couldn’t have done it without the crew’s help.
  • The 2014 Carnivores Tour. My first tour traveling across the country and my first time sleeping on a tour bus. I go to learn so many new things and I got to meet fans I had only spoken to on Twitter. Running meet & greets every night was my favorite time of the day.
  • There are so many more memories that I could go on forever, but of course I have to mention the most recent tour; the Post Traumatic Tour. Each night was unique and it was truly special getting to talk to so many fans before and after the show.

Thank you all for letting me be a part of this amazing family and welcoming me with open arms. You are an exceptional group of people that I will never forget. Don’t be a stranger, you can find me on Instagram and Twitter.

Much love,

-Lorenzo

I leave you with some of my favorite memories in pictures, courtesy of Instagram.