Because Linkin Park is taking time off from touring to record their next studio album & soundtrack for Joe Hahn’s “The Mall,” I thought it would be fun to do some “OFF TOUR INTERVIEWS” with the Touring Crew.
I have been fortunate enough to network with some of the touring staff of the Linkin Park camp during the last year through social media as well as in person during Linkin Park events/shows. Adie has already done a few “Meet the Crew” interviews so I wanted to continue with the interviews and ask them questions besides Linkin Park related ones just so we can get to know awesome the staff (not that we don’t already know this).
I attended the show at PH! Live at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and kicked back with Warren before he headed off to New Zealand and Australia. Before leaving for the airport, He promised me an interview for LP Fan Corner when he got back and both had time. Here it is for all of you to enjoy!
Hi Warren. Thanks for chatting with LP fan corner again! Can you tell anyone that missed your first interview with our Admin Adie what you do for linkin park?
Hi my name is Warren and I’m a Joe-a-holic
What other musicians have you worked for?
In reverse order it’s been Linkin Park, Slipknot, Demi Lovato, The Bravery, AFI, Ke$ha, Scissor Sisters, Adam Lambert, Maroon 5, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson
What have you been doing since the NZ/AU shows?
Wishing I was bac in NZ/AU
What’s been your favorite place to tour & why? (Doesn’t have to be a place that you toured with LP to)
NZ obviously, but South Africa was amazing too, anywhere you can go shark diving is OK by me.
At the start of the Asia tour, you will be with the LP touring staff for a year. What’s your funniest memory so far?
A year! That’s it.. its funny everyone is always asking me if I remember this time when… But I don’t because I wasn’t there, even though it feels like it.
Funniest = having South American airlines destroy my luggage, you wouldn’t think that was funny, but it was so destroyed all I could do was laugh..
What’s the best thing about working for Joe/LP?
Getting to work for the most entertaining guy in one of the best bands of the last decade.
Since you’ve been with the touring staff the least amount of time, do you feel like the baby of the family (picked on a lot, pranks while you’re sleeping, etc) or do you enjoy it because you’ve been with staff that have been with LP a long time as well asmany other great artists?
Sleeping pranks are only appropriate for people who fall asleep in the front lounge of the bus. No, the fact that I am even with LP proves that I have been doing this long enough… there is no new guy treatment.
In the most recent LP-TV episode “You’re a Legend,” You can see Warren & the rest of the crew doing their set change starting at 4:13. Thank you so much to Mark Fiore for giving a glimpse into their world. Being at the barricade for 90% of the shows I attended, I enjoy watching how fast they change the set & how great of a team they are. I’ve heard great things from a lot of the crew members on what a great family they are on the road and they really are what help to have a great show.
If you Weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what job do you think you would have?
I’d be a helicopter pilot.
Can you play any instruments?
Pooch and I are both products of Berklee college of music.. My principle instrument is drums but I play piano too, and my college degree (Bachelors) is for Drum set performance. Pooch’s instrument was bass. We should start a band.
What television shows do you watch regularly?
I don’t have TV… but I find a “magic” way to keep up with Dexter,the Simpsons Sunny in Phila, 30 Rock and The Office.
What’s the last good movie you saw?
My favorite movie of all time just became Wreck it Ralph
What’s your favorite food?
I’m a vegetarian. So stuff without meat.. Im a sucker for a grilled cheese from in-n-out.
Thank you so much to Warren for taking time off from being off tour to chatting with me. Look for more interviews with touring staff while we anxiously await the Sunset Strip Music Festival in LA & the Living Things Asian tour that starts in August! If you aren’t already following him, Do it! Twitter: @WARNWILLIS & Instagram @RAVEDRUMMR