Linkin Park’s Video For “In The End” Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube

Linkin Park’s music video for “In The End” has officially surpassed one billion views on YouTube. That track is from the band’s 2000 album “Hybrid Theory.” This news comes after the group’s music video for “Numb” off their 2003 album “Meteora” previously surpassed one billion views back in November 2018.

Mike Shinoda Says Linkin Park Have At Least One More Song Featuring Chester Bennington’s Vocals

During a recent livestream on Twitch, Mike Shinoda revealed that Linkin Park have at least one unreleased song featuring the late Chester Bennington. The track, which is titled “Friendly Fire,“ was written with Jon Green during the “One More Light” sessions. However, Shinoda did say that it will be a long time before it ever surfaces. He said the following about the song:

“There was a song — a One More Light song that… we mixed more [songs] than [are present on] the finished album and we mixed a couple other songs just to see if one of them would make the cut or whatever — if we could use it for a b-side and it was ‘Friendly Fire‘.”

[via Loudwire]

Linkin Park Members Writing New Music

Linkin Park’s future has been uncertain since the tragic death of Chester Bennington, but it appears there is some new activity going on within the group. During an appearance on the “Dan Really Likes Wine” podcast, bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell revealed that the surviving members of the band have been writing new music.

Farrell said the following:

“At this point right now, I think globally we’re all doing a version of the same thing, you know, trying to stay home and trying to stay as healthy as possible.”

“For us, with the band, we’ve been kinda writing and doing that whole bit before this all started, so casually at this point we’re doing Zoom meetings to eat lunch together and say, ‘Hi.’ But we’re not able to get together and write or do that whole bit. So working at home a little bit, working up ideas.”

He went on to say that he has also been playing drums as of late:

“I’ve been playing a lot of drums, just to do something new – I’ve been doing that for the last year, year and a half, and purposely making as much noise as possible to create my own space in the house.”

[via Loudwire]

Watch Linkin Park React To Previously Unseen 2001 Concert Footage

Earlier today (March 24), members of Linkin Park livestreamed their reactions to previously unseen concert footage from a 2001 show in San Diego, CA. The stream was part of the band’s 20th anniversary celebration for “Hybrid Theory.” Furthermore, the group also helped raise money for members of the music industry that are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. They said the following about that:

“Thank you to everyone for tuning in. As many of you know, the touring industry has been greatly affected by COVID-19. The professionals in this business have played a large part in our ability to perform for you guys. Many of these professionals are freelancers, who are facing an indefinite future without income. Join us in helping to raise money for these individuals: https://www.roadierescue.com

Linkin Park To Livestream Their Reactions To Previously Unseen 2001 Concert Footage

As part of their 20th anniversary celebration for “Hybrid Theory”, Linkin Park will be livestreaming their reactions to previously unseen concert footage from 2001. The stream will start at 11am PST/2pm EST tomorrow (March 24).

Linkin Park Seeking Fan Photos, Videos, Etc. For “Hybrid Theory” 20th Anniversary Celebration

Linkin Park will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Hybrid Theory” this year and the band are trying to get fans involved by having them send in old photos, video footage, ticket stubs, etc. If you have anything that you would like to submit, head HERE. The group commented:

“This year we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of HYBRID THEORY. We have some special things planned throughout the year and want you to be a part of it. We’re looking for photos, videos, ticket stubs, merch, flyers, souvenirs and anything else you collected from the early days of the band in the late 90’s through the HYBRID THEORY era of 2000-2002. Some great examples include (but are not limited to) live concert footage and photos, pictures of band members and signed goodies from LPU meet and greets.”

Chester Bennington’s Ex-Wife To Receive 50% Of His Linkin Park Royalties

According to TMZ, the late Chester Bennington’s ex-wife Samantha Olit has been granted 50% of his Linkin Park royalties. This news comes after she previously filed a claim with his estate for royalties and child support. The executor of the estate has since filed legal documents with the probate court, allowing for Olit’s royalties claim, which includes “a share of the non-touring merch, publishing rights and a share of the master sound records.”

Woman Uses Linkin Park Lyrics To Talk Suicidal Man Down From Ledge

A healthcare worker, named Cristina Settanni, recently helped talk a suicidal man down from a ledge by using lyrics from Linkin Park’s “One More Light.” The woman was driving along State Road 408 in Florida when she saw the man and decided to approach him. While sitting on the ledge with him, she recited the following lyrics: “Who cares if one more light goes out? / Well, I do.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Office posted a video report on the situation and it has since been shared by the band. You can watch that below. Sadly, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington took his own life in 2017.

Mike Shinoda On The Possibility Of Linkin Park Moving Forward With A New Singer: “It Has To Happen Naturally”

During a recent interview with Rock Antenne, Mike Shinoda talked a bit about the future of Linkin Park. When asked about the possibility of the band moving forward with a new singer, he seemed open to the idea, but said it would have to “happen naturally.”

Shinoda said the following about his bandmates:

“I see the other guys here and there—not all together usually. Usually it’s just one on one. But I’m sure we’re gonna get together soon and just hang out—hang out and see what’s up.”

He also added the following when asked about finding someone to fill in for the late Chester Bennington:

“That’s not my goal right now. I think it has to happen naturally. And if we find somebody that’s a great person that we think is a good personality fit and a good stylistic fit, then I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. Not for the sake of replacing… I wouldn’t wanna ever feel like we were replacing Chester.”

He continued:

“There’s a couple of things. One: we all thrive making and performing music, and so to not do that, I think, is hard. It definitely would be hard for me. I didn’t wanna spend the last year not doing it, and I knew that the band was not ready to do it, so I wanted to go do it myself.

Similarly, though, I know the other guys, they love to get onstage, they love to be in the studio, and so to not do that would be—I don’t know—almost unhealthy. If doing that means that we need to have some other people in the mix in order to do it and do it well, then we would do that. And the other thing is, out of respect to the fans.

I think there are many fans that want to continue to see the guys onstage and wanna continue to hear the music, and if we put a show up online, they’ll wanna come. So as long as that connection and interest is there, I think that’s a driving force to figure it out. But, like I said before, it has to happen naturally. I’m not running out and putting up ‘vocalist wanted’ posters. I think that’s wholly inappropriate and probably a terrible idea.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell: “I Think We Will Do Music Again”

During a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “Volume West”, Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell was asked about his plans for possible new music nearly one and half years after the tragic death of Chester Bennington. He responded with the following [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“It’s a big question. I think the easiest way to answer it is probably just to say I don’t know. And then I can expound upon that. The five of us, we still love getting a chance to hang out. We hang out quite a bit. I think we will do music again. We all want to. We all still enjoy being together and being around each other. But we have a huge process to figure out what we wanna do and what that’s gonna look like. And I don’t have a timetable for how long that’ll take. I’ve never been down that road [or gone through] that process completely, so it’s really hard to put a time or a day.”