Linkin Park is no longer a band

Linkin Park got together after an almost three year hiatus to work together on new music. Bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell announced this during an interview for the online show "Dan Really Likes Wine".

After the suicide of their lead singer Chester Bennington in 2017, the other Linkin Park members initially took a break to deal with grief. Before the outbreak of the current coronavirus pandemic, however, Farrell said they met again for the first time to exchange ideas about new songs.

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“Even before this all started, we wrote new songs together,” the musician said in the interview, “but currently we tend to meet at Zoom meetings, where we have lunch together and just say 'Hi' to each other. “In the meantime, the individual members of the band passed their time in self-isolation by continuing to work on new song ideas in their own four walls. Phoenix himself also started playing the drums, "just to try something new."

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Farrell has not yet revealed whether the new material will also be released under the name Linkin Park, possibly even with some of Bennington's existing vocals, or whether the remaining members will choose a different band name. Co-vocalist Mike Shinoda once said in a live Instagram question and answer session that the idea of ​​going on tour with a “hologram Chester” was “absolutely the worst” for him.

Whether you can work with another singer is another question. In 2019 he said in a “Rock Antenne” interview: “If we can find someone who suits us well in terms of their personality and musical style, I could well imagine working with them. Not to replace Chester, though. I would never want to feel like we're replacing Chester in any way. "

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Shinoda himself had released his first solo album in 2018. POST TRAUMATIC was created in the months after Bennington's death and was described by him as an "album about healing". ME author Paula Irmschler described the songs to be found on it in her review as "Pop-Rap with full droning ouch" and awarded four out of six possible stars.

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Bennington's former band Gray Daze, in which the late singer played before joining Linkin Park, had also announced a new album called AMENDS in early February 2020. The record is due for release on June 26th and consists of re-recorded versions of old songs that retain Bennington's original vocals.