Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington made some earth shattering comments to Music Week about comparisons between their new music and their 2000 debut album, ‘Hybrid Theory’.
These comments have been the source of a lot of heat and tension between the band and their fans over the last few days.
He said, “When we made Hybrid Theory, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early 20s. That’s why I guess I’m like, ‘Why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory?’ It’s fucking years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the fuck on. You know what I mean?.”
“We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’ I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic. If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!”
These comments have definitely not been well received by fans and fellow artists alike.
Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour fame has since given us his mind on Chester’s remarks.
Speaking to US radio show Shmonty In The Morning he said “You can get frustrated, and you want people to embrace the evolution, but at the same time, man, you should probably be very fortunate that people, this long along the line, still love that music you made.”
“For what it’s worth, it’s a great fusion rock album. It’s got pop elements to it, the songs are great… it’s a good problem to have. I understand his frustration but at same time it’s like, ‘why would you get mad at your left foot because your right foot is doing pretty good?'”
“It’s weird. Be fortunate for what you have. Be fortunate for the fact that people are coming to see you, to hear the music. You have to give it a little time.”
“In retrospect, maybe two or three years from now you put out an album and it makes them appreciate this one more.”
“You have to pick your spots, dude, and this is coming from the guy who’s notorious for running his mouth. This is me being completely honest. I totally get it, but yeah…”
Linkin Park have been doing damage control since Bennington’s comments with both Bennington and co-vocalist Mike Shinoda reaching out to fans on twitter.
Linkin Parks new album ‘One More Light’ is set to drop on May 19.