The phenomenon of hologram projections has seen the revival of late legends like Tupac and Michael Jackson take to the stage once again, often eliciting mixed feelings from fans.
Mike Shinoda has taken to Instagram Live to answer fan’s questions in the lead-up to the release of Linkin Park’s upcoming tribute to Chester, One More Light Live. Whilst the live album will showcase Bennington’s masterful musicianship and dedication to the band’s craft, Shinoda believes his friend and bandmate’s legacy would best remain in the past.
During the chat, many fans asked whether the band would consider reforming with a hologram projection of Chester, to which Shinoda responded, “Can we not do a holographic Chester? I can’t even wrap my head around the idea of a holographic Chester. I’ve actually heard other people outside the band suggest that, and there’s absolutely no way. I cannot fuck with that.”
Further expressing his disdain for the idea, Shinoda went on to say “I can’t do a hologram Chester you guys, that would be the worst. For any of you guys who have lost a loved one, best friend, family member, can you imagine having a hologram of them? Awful. I can’t do it. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ll figure it out eventually.”
Linkin Park’s creative and passionate force also went on to open up about his grieving process, elucidating the tribulations of dealing with his loss within a public sphere in a recent interview with Billboard saying, “Grief is a non-linear process. It doesn’t have ‘stages’ that go in order, it has phases that come and go at random. Some people are having sad days, others are having good days, others are having angry days … add the constant stress and fear of things like the news cycle, and you’ve got some exceptional chaos on your hands!”
Mike has also teased behind the scenes studio photos this week, beckoning the question as to whether he’s working on new Linkin Park music.