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]


A Life To Live (Ex-From Ashes To New) Pay Tribute To Chester Bennington With Cover Of Linkin Park’s “One More Light”

A Life To Live, the band featuring former From Ashes To New members Chris Musser, Tim Donofrio, and Branden Kreider, have shared a moving cover of Linkin Park’s “One More Light” in honor of the late Chester Bennington. Musser commented:

“We are incredibly excited and proud to release this long overdue tribute to Chester. We wanted to take this opportunity to not only pay our respects to such an immeasurable influence on us personally and the rock world at large but also do our part to raise awareness for mental health. I have been open about my struggles with depression in the past, in hopes of letting others know it’s okay to talk about it because we are not in this alone. Any and all proceeds made from our rendition of “One More Light” will be going to charity in support of mental health awareness.”

Stone Temple Pilots Premiere New Song “Never Enough”, Singer Jeff Gutt Discusses His Friendship With The Late Chester Bennington

Stone Temple Pilots have premiered a new song titled “Never Enough,” via Yahoo!. This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 16. This will be their first effort with new singer Jeff Gutt (ex-Dry Cell).

Click the LINK to go to the stream.

Yahoo! are also running an interview with Gutt about his friendship with previous Stone Temple Pilots singer, the late Chester Bennington (also of Linkin Park). He said the following:

“I knew Chester. I’ve known Chester since 2001. I was in a band called Dry Cell, and we were signed by the same guy that signed Linkin Park, so that’s how I knew him. He would come to some of our writing sessions and rehearsals; I’d see him in the studios that we were at. When we were recording, they’d be recording there. We just had a good friendship.”

He also revealed that Bennington went to his first private audition for Stone Temple Pilots as well:

“It was my first private audition with STP, and he [Chester] called and asked if he could come. He wanted to be there for that first show. So, I put him on my guest list. It was very cool that he could be there for that.”

For more head to Yahoo!.

Watch Footage Of P.O.D., Ex-Papa Roach, Etc. Members Paying Tribute To Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) On The Shiprocked Cruise

While performing with The Stowaways jam band on the recent Shiprocked cruise, Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach), Lukas Rossi (Stereo Satellite), and more paid tribute to late Chester Bennington with some live Linkin Park covers. You can see footage of that below:

[via The PRP]

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]

Chester Bennington’s (Linkin Park) Ex-Wife Is Reportedly Seeking Money From His Estate

According to TMZ, the late Chester Bennington’s (Linkin Park) ex-wife Samantha Olit is apparently seeking $502,500 from his estate for money he allegedly owed her for child support. The article goes on to say she also “wants a share in Chester’s non-touring merchandising income and other royalty rights to his music.”

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix On Chester Bennington (Linkin Park): I’ve Struggled With A Lot Of The Same Demons He’s Struggled With, And I Understand The Darkness”

Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix was recently interviewed by Meltdown on Detroit’s WRIF radio station, and he talked a bit about the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). You can read what he had to say below.

Shaddix [transcribed by Blabbermouth]:

“I knew him quite well. I went out to dinner with him about a month before all that went down. He just had great advice to give me and was just super friendly and I just thought everything was cool. But the reality is I’ve struggled with a lot of the same demons he’s struggled with, and I understand the darkness.

“For anybody out there that’s walking through that themselves or has somebody in their lives that are in that dark place, my heart goes out to ’em, ’cause it’s not easy,” he continued. “And sometimes it just feels like everything is just way too heavy and you just can’t handle life. And it’s tough sometimes. I’m just glad I’m still breathing, ’cause that really just hit me hard. It made me go, ‘Ugh. That’s just too heavy.’ We lost some good ones in this last year, for real.”

He also added the following when asked if sobriety and his family helped him get through the dark times:

“It’s definitely an anchor for me — 100 percent. First off, my sobriety is very important to me. That’s what really kind of roots me in sanity. Because the insanity, I can get lost in it. And it could be the drugs… whatever. And my family definitely — my wife and my kids — the idea of losing them or not being part of their lives is terrifying to me. So they’re definitely something to fight for, and I love ’em dearly. And so every day I’m grateful for my relationship with my wife, I’m grateful for my positive relationship with my kids. And so I wanna keep that — those relationships. ‘Cause at the end of the day in life, that’s all we’ve got — all our relationships and our experiences with other people. And I value those.”