Linkin Park members Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Rob Bourdon reunited for new photos on their Instagram pages.
Joe Hahn wrote, “From the other camera phone w @m_shinoda and @robbourdon @linkinpark.”
Mike Shinoda wrote, “So grateful to have met my idols & biggest influences, @mrjoehahn and @robbourdon from @linkinpark.”
Shinoda told Rock Antenne in February about Linkin Park’s future, “I don’t know. Right now, I’m very flexible. These [solo] shows [in Europe in March] are the only shows that I’ve planned so far. I don’t have any other tours planned. So I’m keeping things open right now to experiences and conversations. And I’m writing all the time. I’ve been getting in the studio and writing with some other people too — producing for other people and writing for other people.”
He continued: “I see the other guys [in Linkin Park] here and there — not all together usually. Usually it’s just one on one. But I’m sure we’re gonna get together soon and just hang out — hang out and see what’s up.”
Asked if he would ever consider looking for a new singer for Linkin Park, Shinoda said, “That’s not my goal right now. I think it has to happen naturally. And if we find somebody that’s a great person that we think is a good personality fit and a good stylistic fit, then I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. Not for the sake of replacing… I wouldn’t wanna ever feel like we were replacing Chester.
“There’s a couple of things. One, 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 the last year not doing it, and I knew that the band was not ready to do it, so I wanted to go do it myself. Similarly, though, I know the other guys, they love to get onstage, they love to be in the studio, and so to not do that would be — I don’t know — almost 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. And the other thing is, out of respect to the fans.
I think there are many fans that want to continue to see the guys onstage and wanna continue to hear the music, and if we put a show up online, they’ll wanna come. So as long as that connection and interest is there, I think that’s a driving force to figure it out. But, like I said before, it has to happen naturally. I’m not running out and putting up ‘vocalist wanted’ posters. I think that’s wholly inappropriate and probably a terrible idea.”
Shinoda tweeted a couple days later, “Lemme clarify a rumor: we are not looking for a new singer, and if it were to happen organically, I’d be open. Seems pretty clear, yet I guess some folks have a hard time understanding.
“I’m not into predicting the future. The future will happen.
“Stop making shit up.”