The group is focused on reissuing the 20th anniversary of their second studio album, “Meteora”, which is said to include previously unreleased songs and videos.
Although technology already allows for the execution of hologram tours to be smoother than ever, with performances by some deceased artists such as tupac and Amy Winehouse, there are some musicians who reject the idea. Such is the case of Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park who rejected the idea of performing with a hologram of the band’s late vocalist, Chester Benningtonwho committed suicide in 2017.
chatting with 94.5 The BuzzShinoda said he was not interested in a Bennington hologram after the radio host said he would pay “good money” to see it.
“Those are creepy”, intervened. “Even if we weren’t talking about [Linkin Park], if we weren’t talking about Chester, which is… that’s a very touchy subject, and we would have our feelings about how we would portray him. To me, that’s a clear no. I’m not in that”.
Shinoda also addressed the issue from a fan’s perspective, referencing the CG ‘Voyage’ tour of ABBA. “Everybody’s still here and yet they want to do it this way because they want to transport you to that moment in time where those songs were new and they were from whatever era,” he explained, noting the drab differences in having to portray his deceased bandmate. “I get it. I see that. I’m not sure, even under those circumstances, I’m not sure I would personally buy a ticket to the show.”
Understanding the demand from grieving fans, the multi-instrumentalist said that “the problem with the internet now is that everyone thinks everything is for everyone.”
He continued: “What I mean is that everyone feels like they need to intervene, like, ‘Well, this is my opinion. This is what I have to say. And if it’s not for me, like I don’t like it, then nobody should like it.’ That’s not how the world works… If you like a thing and I don’t, then go see it, go buy it. So please go see yours. The only problem with that is we’re not going to do a hologram show.”.
Linkin Park last released an album in 2017 (“One More Light”) and has since repeatedly shut down the idea of tours and new albums. Instead, the group is focused on reissuing the 20th anniversary of their second studio album, “Meteora”, which is said to include previously unreleased songs and videos. It arrives on April 7 and was preceded by a new single featuring Bennington’s vocals titled Lost.
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