As previously reported by AP, Bennington recently told Music Week that fans should “move the fuck on” from the sound of Linkin Park's debut album, Hybrid Theory. He also attacked those decrying the band as sell-outs by stating, “then stab yourself in the face!” (via NME)
Speaking to radio show Shmonty In The Morning, Taylor admits that he understands where Bennington is coming from, though he “would have never said it the way he did.” (via Rock Sound)
Taylor also says that Linkin Park should feel “very fortunate” for fans who admire their earlier work.
“You can get frustrated, and you want people to embrace the evolution,” Taylor says. “But at the same time, man, you should probably be very fortunate that people, this long along the line, still love that music you made.”
Here's the rest of what Taylor says about Bennington's comments.
On Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory:
“For what it’s worth, it’s a great fusion rock album. It’s got pop elements to it, the songs are great… it’s a good problem to have. I understand his frustration but at same time it’s like, 'why would you get mad at your left foot because your right foot is doing pretty good?'”
On being thankful for their fans:
“It’s weird. Be fortunate for what you have. Be fortunate for the fact that people are coming to see you, to hear the music. You have to give it a little time.”
On future appreciation for their current music:
“In retrospect, maybe two or three years from now you put out an album and it makes them appreciate this one more.”
On picking their battles:
“You have to pick your spots, dude, and this is coming from the guy who’s notorious for running his mouth. This is me being completely honest. I totally get it, but yeah…”
Linkin Park's new album, One More Light, comes out on May 19. Stone Sour's latest, Hydrograd, hits on June 30.
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