on February 21st, 2013
Linkin Park will be playing in Sydney’s Soundwave on the 26th and The Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article on the band also featuring a few words from Chester.
When Linkin Park burst onto the stage with a bang courtesy of breakthrough debut album Hybrid Theory, they were the frontrunners of a new – or should we say ”nu” – metal scene. Thirteen years on, the band are as hard to pigeonhole as ever but have survived and thrived where few peers have managed.
”I think it was something people always struggled with early on, especially for the band from a label perspective,” singer-songwriter Chester Bennington says. ”It’s like, ‘Here’s a band that has hip-hop and hard metal tracks, and they have these pop tracks; where do we put them?’
”If we tried to write music for other people – and especially now we’ve had some success and there are a lot of different kinds of people that listen to our music – the idea of trying to make everyone happy all of the time is just completely ridiculous.”
A lot has happened to Bennington since the band’s success in 2000 off the back of single In the End . Having earlier struggled with methamphetamines and alcohol, the frontman again found himself relying on booze and drugs (this time marijuana), had to contend with a failed marriage and also hold his professional life together. The latter he did, with the band pushing their sound on 2003′s Meteora, 2007′s Minutes to Midnight, 2010′s A Thousand Suns and last year’s well-received Living Things.Advertisement
It’s the latest album that brings the band back to Australia, playing Soundwave alongside Metallica and Blink-182, as well as a sideshow. Bennington is excited to return not least of all because he feels Linkin Park have a lot more work to do in Australia.
”We haven’t been able to get there very often and I know that our fans want to see the band perform live – I’d have liked to have come out there more often but the Earth is pretty big and there are only so many places we can be with the time we have,” he says. ”We know we have a lot of work to do to prove ourselves over there.”
But fans shouldn’t expect frequent visits. Balance now plays a much larger role in all aspects of Bennington’s life, right down to the amount of time he’s out on the road.
”We need to be home more; we’ve got children and wives and families that need us, and they don’t care that we’re in the band,” he says. ”We’ve always been a pretty clean-nosed band, with the exception of my occasional dabbling in some extra-curricular activities. Now, for the most part, things are a lot easier and better for us.”