Mike Shinoda Starts Incredible Tribute To Chester Bennington At Major Festival [VIDEO]
It’s still hard to believe that the world lost Chester Bennington more than a year ago. The frontman of Linkin Park took his own life last year after battling with depression, anxiety, and addiction, leaving behind a legacy and a group of fans who still live by his every word.
This past weekend, fellow frontman of Linkin Park Mike Shinoda played Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK, wherein the latter he stopped about a quarter way into his set to address the crowd. “I heard you guys start a chant a little earlier for Chester,” he said.
Speaking of continuing to perform following Bennington’s death, Shinoda told those in attendance: “Getting up here and doing this for me is really fulfilling, and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again.”
Watch the emotional moment below.
The Future of Linkin Park Is In Question, According to Frontman Mike Shinoda
Linkin Park frontman and lead singer Chester Bennington tragically committed suicide almost a year ago. Surviving members are still making sense of his death, including fellow frontman, Mike Shinoda. Bennington’s death has even brought uncertainty to the band’s future.
Shinoda recently sat down with Rolling Stone, during which he said: “I’m used to hearing the songs in a certain way, so we’ve started making practice tracks. So if anybody’s missing, we can turn on the album version of their track and practice as if they were there. When you think about some of my parts, we would go back and forth, so I would want to hear that other voice.”
Shinoda detailed his uncertainties about Linkin Park’s future in a podcast, according to Blabbermouth. When asked if Linkin Park would continue, Shinoda said, “That’s the million-dollar question… There aren’t any answers to that at this point.”
A tribute concert was held last October in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, during which people like BUSH’s Gavin Rossdale, KORN’s Jonathan Davis, and Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows came out to perform Linkin Park hits.
Shinoda said of the show, “I was listening back and going, ‘God, these people were all really great singers and none of them were Chester‘… It became obvious that you can’t just hire some schmuck to get up there and sing with us, ’cause they won’t be able to hit half the stuff.”
Mike Shinoda’s album Post Traumatic came out this past Friday.
Mike Shinoda Returns To Hip-Hop With "Post Traumatic"
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Returns with First New Music Since Death of Chester Bennington
It’s been seven months since Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington’s , and it would be reasonable to assume that his bandmates are still mourning in their own ways. For fellow frontman Mike Shinoda, his mourning has culminated in a new three-track EP entitled Post Traumatic.
Along with the EP, Shinoda created three videos that serve to provide another layer to the self-produced project.
“At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience,” he said in a statement. “As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor – it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”
Listen to the EP below.
Chester Bennington Had Booze, Ecstasy In His System When He Died: Report
The death Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park lead singer who inspired countless artists during their brief period spent as one the music industry's most bankable acts, shook up more than a few people this past July. His passing was mourned by several hip-hop and R&B greats, from Chance the Rapper to Killer Mike to Rihanna. Now, TMZ has revealed the details the singer's autopsy report and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his body contained more than one substance at the time his death.
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Both alcohol and ecstasy are both said to have been in his system when he hanged himself. In addition to those two substances, authorities also found a prescription bottle Zolpidem, which is a generic sleeping aid, on his dresser. A pint glass Corona that was less than half-full and an empty bottle Stella Artois were also found close to the body. Police say they also found traces the singer's fingernails underneath his iPhone, which was also recovered from the room. According to Chester's wife, Talinda, he would do that when he got anxious.
Talinda also stated to the authorities that, although Chester had been prescribed anti-depressants in the past, he hadn't felt the need to use any in more than a year. What's more, at least one month prior to his death, Bennington supposedly told his friends that he was sober.
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Chester committed suicide on July 20th, hanging himself with a leather belt. The world continues to mourn the loss a true musical original and, by all accounts, a caring and loving family man as well.