Mike Shinoda, Manila Concerts, Mental Health, Mental Health Awareness

Mike Shinoda, Manila Concerts

For fans, Mike Shinoda's struggles are theirs too

During the Manila stop of his tour, one fan talks about how Mike Shinoda's music – and his struggles – helped him overcome his too


During the Manila stop of his tour, one fan talks about how Mike Shinoda 's music – and his struggles – helped him overcome his too.

During the Manila stop of his tour, one fan talks about how Mike Shinoda 's music – and his struggles – helped him overcome his too

James (not his real name), 25, was one of the many people who brought handmade placards to Mike Shinoda’s first solo concert in the Philippines. In hopes of getting his sign noticed, he'd raise his handwritten sign up high whenever Shinoda would dart his eyes around the crowd.


. The American multi-instrumentalist was brought by Insignia Presents to the New Frontier Theater on September 6.

Actually kasi, napanood ko ‘tong concert na ‘to nung 2017, October. Tapos may depression ako kasi nun tapos na-kick out ako ng school

concert with the band as well as guest performers such as members of Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, and No Doubt, among others.

(In January 2018, I thought: If I failed, I'd kill myself. When January 2018, enrollment day came, I brought my mom to McDo and told her, 'Ma, I can't take it anymore. I need to see a doctor.' That's what I started looking for help.)

Bipolar disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a mental health condition that"causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression)."

(The symptoms of my condition mean that sometimes, I need to force myself to go out. I need to make a fake personality to show people that I'm normal. But when I get home, my mind is a mess. I don't understand why I can't let my past trauma go. Why do I need to relive it everyday?)

. The 16-track album was released almost one year after the death of Bennington. Although it started as a three-track EP while Shinoda was still reeling from the loss of a bandmate and a friend, the songs eventually came together and became available to the public in July 2018.

,” he said. It was a little overwhelming for James, who did his best to fight his tears as Shinoda performed one song after another.

, he had a song or two for every fan out there. Whether they only went to hear the hits from Linkin Park or in hopes of catching material from his Fort Minor project, there was a treat for everyone who joined him that night.

Before he launched into “Castle of Glass,” Shinoda said that the stripped down, live performance was “closer to the demo version” prior to becoming a single off their 2012 album

People may know him as the “rapper” from six-man band hailing from California.

However, he also works as a producer — and used the tour to show off his remixing skills. He performed “Sorry for Now” with his bit from The Hunting Party opener “Keys to the Kingdom.” For a mix of old and new, he mashed up the emotional “Over Again” from

Other songs he stitched together included Linkin Park tracks “Waiting for the End/Where’d You Go,” “Good Goodbye/Bleed It Out,” “Lift Off/High Voltage,” and the X-Ecutioners song “It’s Goin’ Down” with the chorus from “Step Up,” a song recorded by the band prior to their debut album.

Although the tragedy that befell Bennington will always be a part of him, Shinoda proves that he can still conjure powerful songs out of dark places, whether as part of Linkin Park, Fort Minor, or just as Mike Shinoda.

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