Can you imagine Linkin Park without Mike Shinoda? Neither can we, but apparently that’s what the band’s record label wanted during the recording sessions for their debut album, Hybrid Theory.
Chester Bennington spoke with Metal Hammer recently and revealed their label, Warner Bros. Records, “tried to get rid of Mike, which is probably the funniest thing in the world…We believed in what we were doing so much, and we were like, ‘F*ck, why can’t anybody else see this?’ But when the album came out, I guess they saw it.”
Yeah…usually when a band’s debut sells four million copies a little over a year after its release, that usually makes people realize the error of their ways. (For the record: Hybrid Theory currently has sold over 10 million copies.)
As for new music from Linkin Park, the band are hard at work on the follow-up to 2014’s The Hunting Party. We highly recommend following them on Facebook, where they frequently post updates from the studio…or videos of people playing Pokemon Go on Sunset Blvd at 2:30 AM.
Whoa, lots of people on this corner playing Pokemon.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.