Linkin Park Reveal How They Made Chester Bennington Imitate Scott Weiland


Linkin Park singer/guitarist Mike Shinoda discussed recording with Chester Bennington in a new Kerrang Radio interview.

“When I’m done with (touring ‘Post Traumatic’), if I end up wanting to get together with another artist and just make songs with them, or go and meet up with some of the guys in (Linkin Park) and do that, it’s all open, it’s all on the table.”

Mike also touched upon missing Chester and his unique talent, explaining: “(Chester) had such a magical and like one of a kind instrument, you could give him nearly any kind of reference – maybe not any but so many different singers – he could imitate them and it would sound so close. It could sound just like what you were trying to get him to do.

“We’re writing a song and he sings it and I go ‘it sounds a little too Dave Gahan, give it some more Adele soulfulness’ and he’d do it and you’re like ‘yes! Now it’s like ok I got that but I don’t like it as much, can you do it a bit more Scott Weiland’ and he’d do it. And he could do all these different things and for me as a writer that’s such a powerful pair right. Yeah, so I’ll miss that.”

Listen to the full interview below.

  • Olga Stewart

    Why couldn’t Chester just be Chester when he sang?

  • makingconnections

    I remember hearing that “someone” suggested to Chris Cornell, perhaps it was Cameron Crowe, that he listen to Frank Sinatra. Chris thought it was funny but he did listen to him. Who knows, maybe it helped him become the singer he was.