A new single by Linkin Park was just released earlier this month, and it features vocals from the band’s frontman, who passed away earlier this year.
Mike Shinoda is speaking out about how he dealt with the loss of his bandmate Chester Bennington, who passed away in 2017 as the result of an apparent suicide.
The co-founder of Linkin Park spoke candidly about his feelings regarding the passing of Bennington during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show broadcast on SiriusXM on Tuesday.
“There were times when I was under that impression… and that should be expected, “Shinoda, who is 46 years old, said while providing an explanation for his anger. “Anger can surface at any point throughout the grieving process,” one person said.
After that, Shinoda went on to describe in greater detail what had been going on behind the scenes with his former bandmate.
The musician elaborated by saying that “nobody knew the depths of it.” “I’ve never met anybody with such a crazy childhood… just barely staying out of jail,” she said. “I’ve never met anybody with such a crazy childhood.”
“It was difficult, and in the midst of everything that was going on… he’d just go missing and come back obliterated, to the point where you couldn’t even talk to him,” he recalled. “It was hard.” “There was a side to Chester that, when he was in that mood, could be very entertaining, but the following day, almost without fail, things would be very gloomy. He is extremely hung over, and he is belligerent toward everyone and yelling at them.”
Shinoda began to question whether or not he wanted to continue making music after Bennington passed away.
He shared his sentiments with the host, saying, “For me, it just felt like too much.” “To get back on it and try to do some version of music and also be seen through the lens of what had happened… it was like being a member of a club that I didn’t want to join,” he said.
“Lost,” the band’s previously unreleased single that features the voice of Bennington, was just recently made available to the public earlier this month. In addition, the track celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band’s album Meteora, which was released in 2003.
During the course of the interview, he commented on the song by saying that it had the feel of an old photograph. “To have forgotten that it existed and then to hear it and be teleported back there, that’s a gift,” said the man. “It can be bittersweet, but it’s also a gift.”
Since then, they have also announced that they will be releasing a 20th anniversary edition of the album in April of this year.
Since the Linkin Park and Friends: Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington tribute concert that took place in October 2017, the band has spent the majority of their time on hiatus.