Rock Legend Encouraged Linkin Park To Perform After Chester Bennington’s Death


Linkin Park singer/guitarist Mike Shinoda told KROQ in a new interview that Rick Rubin encouraged the band to perform for the first time since the death of Chester Bennington. Alternative Nation transcribed Shinoda’s comments.

“I’d gone to Rick Rubin as kind of a source of guidance, and he said, ‘I know you guys know this, and I know it’s obvious because I know you’re looking at social media and stuff, I think you guys need to get in stage. I think that’s going to be the thing that will feel good. It will be super super hard.'”

“We haven’t gone out together in public, we haven’t played or gone on stage. He said, ‘The fans want to see you, but most importantly not because they want to see a show, but because there’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen. I think it’ll inform what you guys are doing.’ I thought it over, and I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than other guys in the band. But I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing we want to do.

It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester. The real meat and potatoes of the whole thing is we decided to have a show in LA, it’s going to be October 27th at the Hollywood Bowl. We’re inviting some other friends, that list of guests is still coming together, it hasn’t been announced yet, that’s more to come on that part. We are going to be playing the Hollywood Bowl on October 27th.”