After the unexpected death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington in July 2017, the future of the band was understandably up in the air. In October of that same year, the remaining members reunited onstage at the Hollywood Bowl for a touching tribute concert in honor of their late singer, which featured an all-star guest list of performers including members of System of a Down, Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Bring Me the Horizon and more. In the time since, co-vocalist Mike Shinoda has given only vague responses when asked whether the band might continue with a new vocalist. But of late, it seems Shinoda is becoming more open to the idea. In a recent interview with Germany’s “Whole Lotta Talk,” the musician shed some more light on the subject.
“That’s not my goal right now,” he said when asked about the possibility of Linkin Park trying out a new singer. “I think it has to happen naturally and if we find somebody that’s like, a great person that we think is a good personality fit and a good style fit, then I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. … Not for the sake of like, replacing – I wouldn’t want to ever feel like we were replacing Chester.”
Listen to Shinoda’s full interview below: