Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park co-founder and primary songwriter, is featured in a heartfelt interview with Los Angeles-based radio station KROQ where the artist gave an in-depth nod to friend and band mate, the late Chester Bennington.
Bennington, who was found dead in his home this past July 20, has been the center of attention among a number of his closest friends who have reached out to media to give their respective odes to the Link Park front man.
Linkin Park will reunite this coming October 27 at the Hollywood bowl in Los Angeles. Upon the show’s announcement, Shinoda speaks.
“He [Bennington] was such a happy guy, he was such a fun guy,” he said. “When he’d walk in the room, there was such a positive, funny, upbeat energy, and that’s what we wanna get out of this show… I know it’s gonna be a roller coaster of emotion. But when we talk about this and when we’re focusing on the show, it’s really about, like we say, celebrating life.”
“I had gone to [producer] Rick Rubin as a source of guidance,” he continued. “He had said, ‘I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that’ll be the thing that’ll feel good. It’ll be super, super hard.’ We haven’t gone out together in public, we haven’t played — we haven’t gone on stage. He said, ‘The fans want to see you. Not because they want to see a show, there’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen and it’ll inform what you guys are doing.’ And I thought it over — and I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage [without Chester] is more scary than other guys in the band, but I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester.”
Tickets go on sale this Friday via Ticketmaster and the band’s official website. Sales will go to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in honor of Bennington.