Mike Shinoda On Whether Or Not Linkin Park Will Continue Without Chester Bennington: “Unfortunately, There Aren’t Any Answers To That At This Point”

During an appearance on the brand new iHeartRadio podcast series “Inside The Studio”, Mike Shinoda was asked if Linkin Park would continue without the late Chester Bennington. He responded by saying “there aren’t any answers to that at this point.”

Shinoda said the following about the possibility of moving on without Bennington:

“I don’t know. That’s the million-dollar question, right? And, unfortunately, I’ve said it before, but, unfortunately, there aren’t any answers to that at this point. It would be awesome if there were. That would be really easy. 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 also added the following about his bandmates’ feelings:

“If somebody comes and says, ‘Hey, LINKIN PARK, 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, and it’s not a knock on anybody else. Any one of us could be the outlier opinion, the minority voice on something, but I definitely need some more simplicity in terms of decision making.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Linkin Park To Auction Off Over 200 Pieces Of Their Gear For Charity

Linkin Park have announced that they will be auctioning off over 200 pieces of gear used onstage and in the studio. The auction will launch on April 4 through Reverb, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards Music For Relief.

Linkin Park’s Music For Relief Charity Joins Forces With Entertainment Industry Foundation

Linkin Park’s Music For Relief organization is set to become the official crisis relief program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Brad Delson told Billboard the following:

“My bandmates and I founded Music For Relief in the spirit of collaboration; recognizing that we could do more in partnership with others. Joining forces with EIF exemplifies the teamwork that will make both entities stronger. The Entertainment Industry Foundation has the capability to activate the entertainment community around a cause, which is what we set out to achieve with Music For Relief.”

EIF CEO Nicole Sexton added:

“EIF is honored to help magnify the vision of the generous founders of Music For Relief, the members of Linkin Park, and their donors, partners and fans. Music For Relief will allow EIF the capability to harness the power of the entertainment community to help make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by natural disasters around the globe… It’s an honor to be their strategic partner in amplifying the Music For Relief mission, and mobilizing the creative community to respond immediately to future global disasters.”

Members Of Linkin Park Spotted In the Studio Together

It looks like members Linkin Park have been in the studio together. Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson were both tagged in a studio photo on Instagram, while Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell also shared a picture from what may have been the same location. It is still not clear what they are working on.

Brad is in the studio with Mike today! #mikeshinoda #braddelson

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Mike Shinoda Says Linkin Park Have “Every Intention On Continuing”

While answering fan questions on Twitter, Mike Shinoda confirmed that Linkin Park have “every intention on continuing” following the tragic death of Chester Bennington. He tweeted the following:

In other news, he also opened up a bit about his new EP “Post Traumatic,” which was released today:

He also added the following about “Looking For An Answer,” which didn’t appear on the EP, but was performed live at the band’s tribute show for Bennington:

[via The PRP]

Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell Launches Member Guest Podcast With Professional Golfer Brendan Steele

Linkin Park bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell has launched a new podcast, called Member Guest, with pro golfer Brendan Steele and his friend Mark. The first episode features Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, and it can be found HERE.

Linkin Park Reportedly Set To Help Mercedes-AMG Work On Better-Sounding Electric Cars

According to Wheels, Linkin Park are going to help Mercedes-AMG work on pedestrian-alerting noise for electric cars, which are usually pretty silent. The company is still deciding which sounds it wants to make, but Linkin Park have reportedly been recruited as “Partners in Performance.” Mercedes-AMG CEO Tobias Moers told Wheels the following:

“I started to talk with [Linkin Park] about what is their interpretation of electrified sound. We’ve had a cooperation with Linkin Park for years. We’re really close.”

This news comes after Mercedes-AMG previously paid tribute to Chester Bennington with a “flame-tattoo car.”