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.
During a recent interview with Variety, Slash revealed that he recorded an unreleased song with the late Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) for his first solo album. The track was actually a different version of “Doctor Alibi,” a song the late Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead) ended up singing on instead.
Slash said the following about the track:
“When I was doing my first solo record, I worked with a lot of different people, some of whom, for whatever reason, didn’t end up on the record. One was with Chester. We did a song and Linkin Park at the time didn’t allow it to happen, so I did it with Lemmy [Kilmister]. The guy who engineered my demos sent it to me and I sent it to Chester’s family. But it was a trip cause the song [called ‘Doctor Alibi’] really speaks to his state of mind.”
He also added the following when asked if it will ever be released:
“His family has got it so it would be totally up to them. It was really good. He was awesome. It would be fine with me if they wanted to [release] it. Musically it’s basically the same as the Lemmy song, but the lyrics are really poignant.”
Linkin Park have shared a written tribute to their late frontman Chester Bennington. The singer passed away exactly one year ago today (July 20).
“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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With tomorrow (July 20) being the one year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s death, Linkin Park bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell has shared an open letter to the late singer. He said the following:
“In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed.
Be Well My Friend,
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Chester, In the past year, there hasn’t been a day that has gone by that I haven’t thought of you. I miss you, and it still hurts to not have you here. I chose not to speak at your memorial because I couldn’t formulate the words to adequately express how I felt… I chose not to speak at the Celebration of Life Concert honoring you because I knew I’d struggle to even be able to speak at all. And today, a year after your passing, I still struggle to try and eloquently express what you mean to your family, your friends, your fans… and to me. There is so much that I feel, and that I could say, and that I would want to say, and that I don’t know how to say… but one thing I know for certain, is that you are loved, and you are missed. Be Well My Friend, Dave
As we approach the one year anniversary of Chester Bennington’s tragic death (July 20), The Veer Union have decided to pay tribute to the late singer with a new video for their acoustic cover of Linkin Park’s “Numb.” The track will appear on the group’s “Decade 2: Rock And Acoustic” release, which will be available on August 31. Vocalist Crispin Earl told Loudwire the following:
“I decided to do this cover not only because everyone in The Veer Union are huge fans of Linkin Park and wanted to honor Chester Bennington and his immense contribution to the world with his voice and music, but on a personal level I have also struggled with depression which I have written about and spoken openly about for years. The song ‘Numb’ has always spoken to me on very personal level and all I can hope is that we did some justice to it to pay homage to Chester Bennington. It was a tremendous loss, and he will live in our hearts and souls forever.”
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.”
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.”