The co-founder, one of the vocalists, and rhythm guitarist of the legendary band Linkin Park, Mike Shinoda revealed an old memory he had with the deceased frontman of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington during an interview with Billboard.
Linkin Park‘s debut studio album, Hybrid Theory, was released on October 24, 2000, and the album takes its title from the previous name f the band as well as the concept of music theory and combining different styles. Hybrid Theory became a strong commercial success with positive reviews from critics upon its release.
Since the album is monumental and has been 20 years after its release, the band decided to release a Hybrid Theory 20th Anniversary Edition, and in addition to music, the super deluxe edition includes three DVDs, art prints, and an 80-page book including never before seen pictures.
During a recent interview with Billboard about the 20th Anniversary Edition of their debut album, Mike Shinoda revealed an old memory about the original album and stated that his rapping verses were not welcomed by the A&R guy and his bandmates especially frontman Chester Bennington backed him up and been there for him.
Here is what Shinoda said:
“The only part that we had a lot of drama around was my rap verses – my original verses were OK, but our A&R guy at the time was really an insecure guy all around, and he kept going around to everybody else asking what they thought about the rap verses on that song.
He’d play them and go, ‘These aren’t right, don’t you think?’ And it was like, setting them up to pick something apart.
He was the one who suggested that I not-rap in the band, that I just am the keyboard player or whatever. Thankfully the guys, and Chester Bennington in particular, came to my rescue on that one.”
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