Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Reflects On Chester Bennington


Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda opened up about his late bandmate Chester Bennington in the latest issue of Kerrang!. Some excerpts from the feature can be found below:

“I spent more time with Chester than anyone else in my adult life, except for my wife. We were always around each other. People would say we were like brothers, but we were different because brothers are bound by blood. Technically we were dudes in a band who could break up and walk away from each other if we wanted to. I think it’s more exceptional that we never did that.”

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He also spoke of Bennington‘s modesty:

“It was funny, because he was the kind of guy that when you would compliment his voice, especially early on, he would look away. He would deny it, or he would make a self-deprecating comment. While one part of him really enjoyed being the centre of attention, another part of him ran away.

That was part of the beauty of Chester. And he was inspired by a wide range of singers at different points in his life, people like Dave Gahan, James Hetfield and Freddie Mercury. I would occasionally remind him that he was in that category, but he never agreed with me.

He never acknowledged that he was, but in the past few months, dozens of artists have reached out publicly and privately to let us know what an inspiration Chester and the band have been. We’re just so very grateful.”

Regarding Bennington‘s love for his family:

“He deeply loved his wife and all his kids. His family is really complicated in terms of blood relation, adoption, and whatever… I’m not a perfect parent, nobody is, but Chester had the very best intentions. He had such a huge heart and he loved his family more than anything.”

The band recently took to the stage for the first time since Bennington‘s death this past July. They were joined by numerous guests at a tribute show to Bennington at The Hollywood Bowl late last month that was livestreamed across the internet and can be viewed here.

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