In a February 2019 interview to Rock Sound, Taka from One Ok Rock revealed he had started working with Mike and Steve Aoki on new music following their 2018 performance at Summer Sonic.
Today, May 22nd, Steve Aoki posted several pictures of himself and Mike working together at Aoki's Playhouse, his residency in Las Vegas. Aoki is currently working on his album "Neon Future IV" and captioned his photo with Mike, "Neon Future Cave Sessions ft Mike Shinoda."
This comes months after Mike has publicly said several times that he's been working on a lot of collaborations with other artists behind the scenes, including grandson and K.Flay... but he indicated he is producing a good bit of that music.
We all are familiar with Steve Aoki, of course, from the collaborations "A Light That Never Comes" and "Darker Than Blood", along with his beautiful remix in tribute of Chester. Steve has been performing his remix live since mid-2017, and joined Linkin Park at their Hollywood Bowl performance that October.
Stay tuned as we should see collaborations with Mike released all throughout 2019 since these other artists are preparing to finish their albums and release them.
Talinda Bennington, who has stepped into a major role in the online discussion about mental health and has taken an active role in providing technological assistance and aid to those who need help, is featured on a new podcast episode of "Life After Suicide", a podcast by Dr. Jennifer Ashton.
"Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News' Chief Medical Correspondent, draws from her own tragic experience to explore the aftermath of suicide and sudden loss, and, like her new book "Life After Suicide," the podcast is a roadmap to survival, offering inspiring insight on how to regain balance and get back to life. She speaks with people living with loss who have moved through guilt, anger and hopelessness to a new normal as well as with survivors and specialists in medicine, faith and more on how to heal from any type of traumatic experience."
The description for this episode reads, "Talinda Bennington is the wife of the late rock singer Chester Bennington. Chester was the lead singer of the massively successful rock band Linkin Park, before he took his own life on July 20, 2017. Talinda speaks to Dr. Jen Ashton about the shock of his death, and how she channeled her pain into something to help others. She is the co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, an initiative to change the culture surrounding mental health. In his life, Chester touched the lives of millions of fans-- with his death Talinda hopes to do the same. "
In this episode, Talinda goes very in-depth about her journey with Chester, especially in 2016 and 2017. She details how he was doing better than ever, in her eyes, in 2017 and was improving from his battle with addiction. She tells the story of how she stayed by his side and worked hard with him to overcome what he was fighting against. Then, the conversation shifts to how her life changed on July 20th, how the Linkin Park fan community rallied to support her and other fans, and how Linkin Park themselves (with their families) showed up to her house to provide her with support and even slept on air mattresses in her bedroom with her and her friends in the following days.
This is a highly recommended listen as fans will get a much deeper understanding of what was going on with Chester, but most importantly as Talinda says, how he never meant to hurt anyone. We applaud Talinda for bravely going in front of a big audience and telling her story, but also for helping so many thousands of fans across the world recover from Chester's untimely passing.
Joe Hahn has just wrapped up his recent "Carry On" photo exhibition in China. Throughout the course of a few weeks at the end of April through mid-May, he held showings in Chengdu, Beijing, and Shanghai at local Mercedes me Stores. The photos, taken by Joe, are from Linkin Park's "One More Light" world tour in 2017, their last tour with Chester.
The pamphlet given to fans who made it out to see the photos says, "Carry On has a few meanings. As a traveler, it is the luggage that contains essential items, such as a camera. In another sense, it is a term used when moving past a difficult moment in life. This exhibition is a collection of photos that Joe Hahn has taken since March 2017 throughout the remainder of Linkin Park's tour that year. The photos reminisce on key moments captured through Joe Hahn's lens of life during those days."
Fans were able to take photos with Joe and get items signed by him at the opening of the exhibit in each city. They were also given event-exclusive items as a thank you for coming out.
Finally, Joe says that "the Mainland China part of the tour has come to an end." On Instagram, there is chatter of perhaps some German showings that are being planned. Stay tuned!
From our friends at LinkinPark:BR :
Joe has given a lengthy interview with Yonhap News. He discusses Linkin Park, Korea, and a lot of other topics. The full interview can be read here.
- Going back to the topic of Linkin Park, I'm sure it's really hard, but you can tell me how you felt finding out about Chester?
"He was our best friend. I miss him. The members are taking care of themselves and their families and are going through the problems in their own way. And… Now the band has started talking about making new music together."
- Will Linkin Park come back?
"Maybe in about 10 years? (Laughs) It might be sooner. I don't want to set a deadline. We just want to focus on the present and talk about music. We aren't discussing detailed plans. I just want to go back to those days when I made music in the garage."
- If you do end up making new music, who would fill in for Chester's vocals? Are you considering taking an external recruit or one of the other members?
"All possibilities are open."
- I was told that you're preparing a photo exhibition for Linkin Park.
"That's right. On our last tour, I took the camera and took pictures of the members. When I was performing, I took a pictures of all the guys. Sort of like a time capsule. It will open in Beijing, China and Shanghai, three cities from the 27th April to the 3rd of May. I would like to exhibit in Korea, but I haven't found a proper place yet."
This is it, everyone. The end of the Post Traumatic Tour is here, and it's going out in a big way. Mike, Matt, Dan, and the rest of the crew will hit the stage tonight in Tel Aviv, Israel for the first of two nights at Hangar 11.
It's been awhile since Mike was last in Israel. Up until this performance, Mike's only other show in Israel was in 2011, on the brief A Thousand Suns Middle Eastern Tour. That show was at the start of the A Thousand Suns cycle, and featured many new tracks including 'Wretches and Kings' and 'Iridescent.' It's a great show all around, and is well known for its performance of 'The Messenger,' where Chester sang part of Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry.' These next two shows will undoubtedly be incredibly special, as well.
Mike ended the last European leg of the Post Traumatic Tour in Luxembourg two nights ago, and he certainly ended that tour with a bang! While there were no huge surprises, fans who made it out to the show were treated to plenty of awesome treats: 'Kenji' and 'It's Goin' Down' (with its new chorus) both made an appearance, while staples like 'Prove You Wrong' and 'Nobody Can Save Me' returned. 'Lift Off' featured the chorus of 'Step Up,' the first verse and chorus of 'High Voltage,' and verse two of 'Hands Held High.' Dan also performed his drum solo during the song. The encore opened with the surprising combination of 'Robot Boy' and 'Hold It Together' - a pairing not seen before on the tour. The rig they're using in Israel has different gear and is slightly different - whether or not these setlists in Tel Aviv will be played safe or go absolutely crazy is yet to be seen.
Who's going to the show? If you see our Israeli staff member Skipees, let us know! Please! It's been a minute. Tomorrow's show at the same venue will be the official conclusion of the Post Traumatic Tour (according to Mike), and the last show we may have for quite some time. Before the Post Traumatic era ends, however, Mike still has some music videos to deliver: he filmed one in Prague and another after 'Running From My Shadow' in Luxembourg. What music video do you think is coming next?
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Check out the rest of Mike Shinoda's 2019 touring schedule here.