Shinoda released his 'Post Traumatic' EP in January
Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda has announced details of his first solo show since the death of bandmate Chester Bennington.
Now it has been confirmed that Shinoda will play Identity LA festival in Los Angeles on May 12. The free event celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Shinoda recently said that he wrote “bad ’90s grunge songs” following Bennington’s death.
Speaking to Kerrang, Shinoda discussed the difficulties of getting back to making music without his collaborator. “A week after Chester passed, the idea of the studio was scary,” he said. “And it wasn’t just the idea of attempting to make a song and being overwhelmed by those memories. There’s another layer of fear for artists in this situation that is, ‘What if I can’t make anything good [without that person]?’”
“Those hurdles start to accumulate, whether that’s fear or depression or the chaos of the outside world, it creates an echo chamber of anxiety.”
He went to say he needed to “make some stuff” regardless of quality to get through that. “I was making bad ’90s grunge songs, making bad rap songs… and then I made something good,” he said. “I’d make all these different things with no intention of putting them out, but just diving into some of the ideas that were already in my head.”
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington was found dead at his Palos Verdes, California home on July 20, 2017. He was 41 years old. His death was later ruled as a suicide.
Bennington’s 42nd birthday was marked earlier this month by the release of eight previously unheard solo demos. His widow Talinda also launched the Campaign To Change Direction, which highlights the signs of depression and encourages fans to ‘lend a hand’ to those suffering.
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