It has been almost one year since the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Though the time has passed seemingly quickly, it has not helped the band make any decisions about its future.
During an appearance on an the podcast “Inside The Studio,” vocalist Mike Shinoda was asked the band will continue: “That’s the million-dollar question, right? Unfortunately, I’ve said it before, but, there aren’t any answers to that at this point. It would be awesome if there were.”
Shinoda continued, “I wish we were in a Brian Johnson/Bon Scott situation where it’s, like, no, the guy, our best friend, who sang for the band who passed away, he literally said, ‘This is the guy,’ and we listened to the guy and the guy’s definitely the guy, and we all love hanging out with him, and we want to play with him. That’s not a normal… That didn’t happen to anybody else, really. That hasn’t happened to us.”
He spoke about how he and his bandmates feel about going on without Bennington, “If somebody comes and says, ‘Hey, do you want to play a show in Germany?’ then you have to have a discussion with all the guys, and you have one guy who’s, like, ‘I definitely don’t want to do it,’ and you have one guy who says, ‘I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe we shouldn’t do it,’ and two guys who say, ‘We definitely need to do it,’ and then there’s concerns. All that noise, that is not something I can deal with right now.”
Bennington was found dead last July after committing suicide at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, California.
Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington in October with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage in Los Angeles.