As previously reported by Discourse, Chester Bennington said earlier this month that Linkin Park fans should “move the fuck on” from the sound of the band’s 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory.
In an interview with Kerrang!, Bennington continues to run his mouth with violent words towards the fans who feel negative about the bands new sound, with the new album ‘One More Light’ having dropped on May 19.
While Bennington begins his rant by saying that “this is not an opinion of the entire band,” he goes on to reportedly invite fans who say the band are sell-outs to “meet [him] outside.”
“If you’re gonna be the person who says like ‘they made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money’ you can fucking meet me outside and I will punch you in your fucking mouth because that is the wrong fucking answer.”
Bennington further states that calling the band sell-outs means “You’re a fucking pussy.”
“Because guess what, calling us a sell out for that purpose is… selling out on your fucking excuse as to why you don’t like it. You’re a fucking pussy. For any band to take musical risks because you like what you’re doing in spite of what you know some people will say they don’t like, it doesn’t matter if they like it or not – what matters is that you took the chance to do something that you felt was important to you and that’s what being an artist is all about.”
Chester also says that he’s not concerned about the haters.
If you’re going to hate on us for it then fuck you, I don’t care.”
In response to the attack in Manchester on Monday night, Bennington seems to have had a change in heart regarding his previous comments.
Linkin Park frontman took to Twitter Tuesday, in what looks like an effort to make up for his previous words against fans displeased with the bands new sound. Not only did Bennington offer his condolences to the victims and families affected, but he also added that “as of today, my life’s purpose is one of love and understanding. The world need to change and that change comes from within.”
“Hate, pride, vengeance, and fear are the plague of the earth. Love, kindness, compassion, empathy and service to others are the cure,”
He finished his statement saying “lead by example,” which appears to be a conscious effort to reprimand his previously displayed anger, and focus his emotions toward passion and positivity.
Read Chesters full response below.