Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Announces Solo Show
By Andrew Magnotta
February 1, 2018
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has announced a solo show to take place next August 18 - 19 at Japan's Summer Sonic festival.
The booking is the first live performance announcement from the Linkin Park camp since the band's One More Light tribute to the late-Chester Bennington in October.
Shinoda released his three-song Post Traumatic solo EP last Thursday, which was accompanied by self-produced music videos for each of the three tracks, "Watching As I Fall," "Over Again" and "Place to Start."
Later the same day of the EP release, Shinoda announced via Twitter that Linkin Park has "every intention of continuing," though he was careful to say that he has no idea when the band will reconvene and settle on a direction for their career.
"I have every intention on continuing with LP, and the guys feel the same," Shinoda wrote. "We have a lot of rebuilding to do, and questions to answer, so it’ll take time."
Shinoda's new music deals largely with his emotional struggle since Bennington took his own life last summer.
"The past six months have been a rollercoaster. Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude — for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create," he said.
Shinoda has been the most accessible member of Linkin Park since Bennington's death (he is one of the only band members with active social media accounts), posting often to his Twitter and Instagram pages, and answering fan questions and well-wishes.
Shinoda's declaration about Linkin Park's future still leaves many unanswered questions, namely: Who will be the new lead singer for Linkin Park?
While Shinoda seemed comfortable enough at the front of the stage during the band's One More Light tribute to Bennington in October, his vocal contributions to Linkin Park have mostly been rapping and it won't be easy to find another vocalist with as dynamic a range as Bennington.
You can listen to Shinoda's EP here.
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