Mike Shinoda on Linkin Park’s future: “There aren’t any answers”
Earlier this year, Shinoda posted a tweet saying that he had “every intention” of continuing Linkin Park after the tragic loss of Chester Bennington. Today, he doesn’t seem as sure of the band’s future, saying:
"I don't know," Shinoda shared. "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.”
Wishing things could be like AC/DC's situation after Bon Scott died, Shinoda said: “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.”
Shinoda continued on to say:
"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. Anyone of us could be the outlier opinion, the minority voice on something, but I definitely need some more simplicity in terms of decision making."
Listen to the podcast below:
(Shinoda's comments on Linkin Park are around the 40-minute mark)
As of right now, Shinoda is working on his career outside of Linkin Park. The vocalist recently released his Post-Traumatic EP earlier this year.
Shinoda will also be releasing a full-length record, under the same name, which is set to be released on June 15.
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