Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Linkin Park‘s longtime bass player, says the band’s possible future making music together is “a big question” in a new interview with Sirius XM’s Volume West. And it’s a question that’s been on the minds of the band’s fans since the tragic death of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who died by suicide last year.
But Farrell tells co-host Lyndsey Parker that the group’s listeners have been overwhelmingly supportive in the band’s somber downtime while Linkin Park members enjoy each other’s company and consider their next move.
“It’s a big question,” Farrell says when asked what he has planned in terms of music, either inside or outside the popular rock act. “I think the easiest way to answer it is probably just to say, I don’t know. And then I can expound upon that.”
He continues of his Linkin Park bandmates, “The five of us, we still love getting a chance to hang out. We hang out quite a bit. I think we will do music again. We all want to. We all still enjoy being together and being around each other.”
“I think we will do music again. We all want to. We all still enjoy being together and being around each other.” —Dave “Phoenix” Farrell
Still, the Linkin Park bassist warns that there’s no set time frame on the band’s hopeful return. It would appear that the band’s members are still figuring out a way to continue on making music with an important piece of the puzzle missing.
“But we have a huge process to figure out what we want to do,” he says. “And what that’s gonna look like. And I don’t have a timetable for how long that’ll take. I’ve never been down that road or … process completely, so it’s really hard to put a time.”
And Farrell adds that fan response to the group’s healing process has been extraordinarily supportive, the musician commending the band’s fan contingent for staying up in the face of tragedy and showing loyalty to the veteran performers.
“Social media notoriously can be a really negative place,” Farrell says. “And it is like 99.9 percent positive, what I see, from our fans just saying, like, ‘We’re here, we want to hear what you guys are doing, we want to be involved.'”
Linkin Park members were spotted in the studio together earlier this year, and the band paid tribute to Bennington on the anniversary of his death. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda previously said there was “no answer” on the band’s future.
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