LINKIN PARK’s CHESTER BENNINGTON: ‘We Actually Kept Metal Alive’


In an interview with Metal Hammer, LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington reflects on band’s first album and says that his band is partially responsible for bringing metal into the 21st century.

He says, “I think that’s really funny – just those words, ‘the integrity of metal.’ In my opinion we actually kept metal alive.

“I met a kid a few days ago who said, ‘You were the first rock band I ever listened to’ and I hear that all the time. We played a surprise Vans Warped tour show in California in 2014 and had a whole bunch of singers from other bands come up and sing with us.”

He adds: “Every one of them was either, ‘Your band was my first record.’ Or, ‘Your band is the reason I’m playing music.’ It was maybe the first time where I felt like we were the band that people looked at in the way that I look at Deftones, Metallica and Stone Temple Pilots.”

The band are currently working on the follow-up to 2014’s The Hunting Party.