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In a recent interview with Rock Antenne’s ‘Whole Lotta Talk’, Mike Shinoda addresses the future of Linkin Park and the idea of bringing in a new vocalist.

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Fans have been wondering if Linkin Park would continue following the passing of vocalist Chester Bennington.



Bassist Dave Farrell sat down with Sirius XM’s Volume West in December saying the band’s possible future making music together was still in question.

“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.”

Now, LP’s Mike Shinoda has opened up on what the future could possibly hold for the band.

“I see the other guys here and there. Not all together usually. Usually it’s just in a one-on-one but you know, I’m sure we’re gonna get together soon and just hang out. Hang out and see what’s up.”

When asked about the possibility of bringing in a new vocalist for Linkin Park, Shinoda says that IF it does happen, he wants it to happen naturally.

“That’s not my goal right now. I think it has to happen naturally. And if we find somebody that’s a great person, and that we think is a good personality fit and a good stylistic fit, I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. Not for the sake of like, replacing… I wouldn’t ever wanna feel like we are replacing Chester.”

As far as the future of Linkin Park, Shinoda states they are open to the idea of continuing.

“We all thrive making and performing music and so, to not do that I think is hard. It definitely would be hard for me. I didn’t wanna spend last year not doing it and I knew the band was not ready to do it. So I wanted to go do it myself.

Similarly though, I know the other guys love to get on stage, they love to be in the studio and so to not do that would be.. I don’t know, almost like unhealthy. If doing that means that we need to have some other people in the mix in order to do it and do it well, then we would do that.”

Shinoda says another driving factor for continuing is, of course, the fans.

“And the other thing is out of respect for the fans. There are many fans that want to continue to see the guys on stage and want to continue to hear the music.”

“As long as that connection and interest is there, that’s a driving force to figure it out.”

You can listen to the full interview, below.

Linkin Park members were spotted in the studio together earlier last year, and the band paid tribute to Bennington on the anniversary of his death.

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