Mike Shinoda addresses ‘million-dollar question’ as to whether Linkin Park will continue without Chester Bennington

Ahead of the release of his debut solo LP

Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda has discussed the prospect of the band continuing following the death of singer Chester Bennington.

Co-frontman Bennington died in July last year at the age of 41. His death was later ruled as suicide.

Almost a year on, Shinoda has spoken of what the future holds for Linkin Park after being asked if they could continue. “I don’t know,” he said during iHeartRadio‘s ‘Inside The Studio’ podcast.


“That’s the million-dollar question, right? And, unfortunately, I’ve said it before, but there aren’t any answers to that at this point. It would be awesome if there were. That would be really easy.”

Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda performing with Linkin Park at The O2 in London
Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda performing with Linkin Park at The O2 in London

He continued: “I wish we were in a Brian Johnson/Bon Scott situation where it’s, like, no, the guy, our best friend, who sang for the band who passed away, he literally said, ‘This is the guy,’ and we listened to the guy and the guy’s definitely the guy, and we all love hanging out with him, and we want to play with him.

“That didn’t happen to anybody else, really. That hasn’t happened to us.”

Elaborating on feelings within the band on performing without Bennington at this time, Shinoda said: “If somebody comes and says, ‘Hey, Linkin Park, do you want to play a show in Germany?’ then you have to have a discussion with all the guys, and you have one guy who’s, like, ‘I definitely don’t want to do it,’ and you have one guy who says, ‘I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe we shouldn’t do it,’ and two guys who say, ‘We definitely need to do it,’ and then there’s concerns.


“All that noise, that is not something I can deal with right now, and it’s not a knock on anybody else. Any one of us could be the outlier opinion, the minority voice on something, but I definitely need some more simplicity in terms of decision making.”

Check out the full podcast and chat here.

Earlier this year, Shinoda said of the speculation around the band’s status: “Fans think they want to know what the future is: Believe me, I want to know what the answer is. But there just isn’t one.”

Meanwhile, Shinoda is scheduled to appear at this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals. Back in January, the singer, rapper and guitarist released an EP titled ‘Post Traumatic’. He’ll release his first LP under the same name this Friday (June 15).


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