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.”
Yesterday (April 25), Papa Roach celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Infest” with a special “Infest In Conversation” livestream event. The discussion found the band joined by original drummer Dave Buckner and a number of special guests including: Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates, and Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler. If you missed it, you can watch the full conversation below:
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.”
Mike Shinoda celebrated Halloween during his show at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, NV last night (October 30) by wearing a Run-D.M.C. costume. As an added bonus, he also performed a partial cover of “It’s Tricky.” You can see footage of that below. It’s also worth noting that Shinoda’s Linkin Park bandmate Dave “Phoenix” Farrell joined him onstage during the concert as well.
In other news, Shinoda also announced that him and K.Flay will be performing “Make It Up As I Go” on tomorrow’s (November 1) episode of “The Late Late Show With James Corden.” That track appears on his solo album “Post Traumatic.”
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.
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.
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.
The three of us hangin’ at a beer tasting at @TheBruery over a year ago (safety goggles and all!). Since then we have joined forces to start Member Guest… a brand built on friendship, creativity, and good times. Welcome to Member Guest! pic.twitter.com/Uii5BcMhEk