It has been 2 years since the death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in 2017, but in a recent interview, Mike Shinoda explains that the band is in no hurry to find a replacement.
Shinoda was asked the question about a new singer during an interview on the Rock Antenne podcast and said the following: “That’s not my goal right now. I think it has to happen naturally. 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.” But he added, “I wouldn’t want to ever feel like we were replacing Chester.”
Going even deeper he added: “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 want to spend the last year not doing it, and I knew that the band wasn’t 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 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 want to continue to hear the music, and if we put a show up online, they’ll want to come.
Wrapping up he explained: “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.”
Mike Shinoda is currently promoting his solo tour across Europe.
March 2 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
March 3- Bremen, Germany @ Pier 2
March 5 – Hannover, Germany @ Swiss Life Hall
March 6 – Oberhausen, Germany @ Turbinenhalle
March 8 – Hamburg, Germany @ Sporthalle
March 9 – Paris, France @ Zenith
March 10 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
March 12 – Budapest, Hungary @ Budapest Arena
March 14 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
March 15 – Padova, Italy @ GT Geox
March 17 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Halle 622
March 18 – Munich, Germany @ Zenith
March 19 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin
March 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live
March 22 – Ludwigsburg, Germany @ MHP Arena
March 23 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg @ Luxexpo