Chester Bennington Talks Guns N’ Roses ‘Boner’ And Linkin Park ‘Earning’ Rock Hall of Fame

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While Chester Bennington doesn’t know if the term “supergroup” fits the on-and-off ‘mega’ group Kings of Chaos, the super ‘team’ has announced three December shows in Las Vegas. The lineup will include Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Chester Bennington (Linkin Park), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Franky Perez. But while there had been vague rumors that Kings of Chaos might do some new material, they have none at this time forcing Bennington to re-think who Kings of Chaos are…

“From my perspective, a supergroup is when members of two successful bands leave their bands and form something new. My generational examples of a supergroup would be Velvet Revolver and Audioslave. With the members of Kings of Chaos, we’re all in intact groups, so we have a large catalog of songs from each of our bands that we can play live,” Bennington told VegasSeven.com.

“We try to give everyone time to shine. There are songs I’m not familiar with, which makes for a challenge and gives me a competitive boner. Being in Kings of Chaos brings me back to my early days in bands when I was doing it for fun. We don’t have any originals. So how about we play covers of songs we love?”

Bennington explains that it’s not just being competitive with other band members that causes him to get worked up:

“I’m just a fan, so when I go out and do, say, a Jane’s Addiction song, I want to do a great job and nail it. People don’t want to hear the Chester Bennington version. So I sing it the way I heard it growing up.”

Despite the humble comment, Bennington knows he’s the real deal for a super-‘band’ like Kings of Chaos:

“When I first started doing these all-star shows 12 years ago, I was onstage with all my idols one minute, and the next I’m backstage and they’re talking with me like I’m one of them. Amazing,” he says. “Now I feel like I’m in there. I’ve earned my spot. I feel like Linkin Park is on that level, that we’re all on our way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and that I’m in the right place. I just have to go out there and be myself.”

Robert DeLeo enjoyed the rehearsal this week with the band. He’s coming off of a trip to Japan where he played at the Classic Rock Awards:

(Above: DeLeo is hiding behind the speaker and Jeff Beck.)

Corey Taylor of Slipknot also discussed it last month:

 

Tickets are currently on sale for six dates:

Tour dates:
Dec. 1, 2 & 3 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Dec. 17 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
Dec. 18 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount
Dec. 20 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Dec. 21 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Dec. 22 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort & Casino

 

  • IrregularJohn

    Linkin Park is on the way to Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame according to Bennington? Now I’ve seen everything.

  • IrregularJohn

    What genre did they push to the limit? Who noteworthy did they influence? Linkin Park is a rock band? Man I’m too old for this shit.