Mike Shinoda says that he has “every intention” of continuing with Linkin Park, half a year after the death of his bandmate Chester Bennington.
In response to the Internet chatter about what’s next for him and his bandmates, Shinodatweeted: “I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same. We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time.”
Shinoda opened up about his relationship with Bennington in an interview with Kerrang!magazine, saying: “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.”
Shinoda also spoke about Bennington’s efforts to work on his life and sobriety, saying: “I know he worked really hard to do what he did. He woke up in the morning and spent time with his family. He worked out for two hours. He went to AA meetings, or therapy, or whatever worked that part of his brain. He warmed up his voice. He did all of those things just to exist in everyday life… I know he worked so hard to be the guy that everybody saw. It didn’t come easily for him at all.”