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.”

Linkin Park’s Video For “Numb” Surpasses One Billion Views On YouTube

Linkin Park’s official video for “Numb” has become the oldest clip on YouTube to surpass one billion views. This news comes after fans started an unofficial campaign to get the video to one billion views following the death of Chester Bennington. The track is featured on the band’s sophomore album “Meteora” and it was also remixed and mashed-up with Jay Z’s “Encore” for their collaborative release “Collision Course.”

Austin Carlile (Ex-Of Mice & Men) Shoots Down Rumors Of Joining Linkin Park

Austin Carlile (ex-Of Mice & Men) has shot down the recent rumors that claimed he would be replacing the late Chester Bennington in Linkin Park. The rumor started spreading after fans began making assumptions based on some footage Carlile shared of himself performing with the group during the tour they did together awhile back. After the story was picked up by Loudwire, Carlile responded saying the rumors were false. This news comes after the singer was recently released from the hospital following a surgery related to his battle with Marfan Syndrome.

Linkin Park Share Written Tribute To Chester Bennington On The One Year Anniversary Of His Death

Linkin Park have shared a written tribute to their late frontman Chester Bennington. The singer passed away exactly one year ago today (July 20).

Linkin Park:

“To our brother Chester,

It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.

Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express.


M, J, D, R, B

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