Mike Shinoda Discusses New Singer For Linkin Park

While the members of Linkin Park have been very busy on their own, fans are still wondering if the band will ever reunite with a new lead singer.

While there's still no definite yes or no answer, member Mike Shinoda has discussed the possibility of replacing Chester Bennington in a new interview. Talking on a podcast, Mike has not only talked about reuniting the band but also about finding a new frontman.

On seeing the band he says: “I see the other guys here and there. Not all together usually. Usually it’s just in a one-on-one but you know, I’m sure we’re gonna get together soon and just hang out. Hang out and see what’s up.”

On getting a new singer his response was: “That’s not my goal right now. I think it has to happen naturally. And if we find somebody that’s a great person, and that we think is a good personality fit and a good stylistic fit, I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. Not for the sake of like, replacing… I wouldn’t ever wanna feel like we are replacing Chester.”

He does say that continuing the band is something he'd like to do.

“We all thrive making and performing music and so, to not do that I think is hard. It definitely would be hard for me. I didn’t wanna spend last year not doing it and I knew the band was not ready to do it. So I wanted to go do it myself.

Similarly though, I know the other guys love to get on stage, they love to be in the studio and so to not do that would be.. I don’t know, almost like unhealthy. If doing that means that we need to have some other people in the mix in order to do it and do it well, then we would do that.”

“And the other thing is out of respect for the fans. There are many fans that want to continue to see the guys on stage and want to continue to hear the music.”

“As long as that connection and interest is there, that’s a driving force to figure it out.”

I think fans would definitely be open to seeing the band do their thing again, right? Given the right fit, as far as a vocalist goes, (and keeping in mind that Chester is not being replaced) I bet they could put together something people would be happy about!

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