Most fans could be forgiven for assuming that, after Chester Bennington’s untimely death on July 20th, Linkin Park’s time as a recording and touring entity would be at an end, but it now appears that that may not be the case after all.
Last week, Linkin Park released a statement via Twitter in which they stated that they’re “working on a special public event in Los Angeles to honor Chester’s memory.” Also especially pertinent in the statement is the phrase:
“The five of us are so grateful for all of your support as we heal and build the future of Linkin Park.”
It’s difficult to imagine what Linkin Park would look like, or more accurately, sound like without Bennington, but it certainly seems like Linkin Park is heavily considering attempting to move past their frontman’s death and continue working in some capacity.
The statement can be read in full below:
At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Jared Leto paid tribute to Bennington and Chris Cornell with a heartfelt speech. “I think about his wife and his six incredible children,” Leto said, of Bennington. “I think about his family, I think about his band, who were really his brothers. And I remember his voice, at once ferocious and delicate. That voice will live forever.” Speaking about the two musicians’ enduring artistic legacy and the fact that both of them ended their own lives after struggles with depression (Bennington on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday), Leto told viewers who feel like “there is no hope” to “reach out, share your thoughts, do not give up.”