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Mike Shinoda admits there are no answers on Linkin Parks future after Chester Benningtons death

Mike Shinoda unsure of Linkin Park's future after Chester Bennington's death
Mike doesnt know how Linkin Parks future will pan out (Picture: Burak Cingi/Redferns)

Mike Shinoda had admitted that there are no answers on the future of Linkin Park following the death of their frontman Chester Bennington last year.

Chester took his own life aged 41 on 20 July 2017, with Linkin Park holding a tribute concert in honour of their friend the following month.

In January this year, guitarist and vocalist Shinoda tweeted that the nu-metal band would continue without Chester, writing: 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 itll take time.

However, he has now admitted that hes unsure of how the band will continue.

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Mike is releasing a solo album (Picture: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Speaking on the iHeartRadio podcast, the 41-year-old said: I dont know – thats the million dollar question, right? And unfortunatey, Ive said it before, but there arent any answers to that at this point. It would be awesome if there were. That would be really easy.

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If somebody comes and says, “Hey, Linkin Park, do you want to play a show in Germany?” then you have to have a discussion with all the guys, and you have one guy whos, like, “I definitely dont want to do it,” and you have one guy who says, “I dont know. Maybe. Maybe we shouldnt do it,” and two guys who say, “We definitely need to do it,” and then theres concerns.

Shinoda continued: All that noise, that is not something I can deal with right now, and its not a knock on anybody else. Anyone of us could be the outlier opinion, the minority voice on something, but I definitely need some more simplicity in terms of decision making.

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Chester passed away last July (Picture: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns via Getty Images)

Back in January, Shinoda released a solo EP Post Traumatic, which featured a number of songs written about Chester.

Tomorrow, his solo album of the same name will be released, with the record featuring collaborations with Blackbear and Machine Gun Kelly.

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Since Chesters death, his widow Talinda Bennington has been working on a mental health campaign called the Campaign to Change Direction.

Following the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide last week, Talinda tweeted: Anthony Bourdain. Kate Spade. Avicii. Chris Cornell. Chester Bennington. And too many more to type. Goodbye. I will never stop shining a light on the darkness that stole you from us. RIP.

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