During a recent interview with Rock Anetenne Hamburg, Linkin Park singer and guitarist Mike Shinoda talked about his future plans for Linkin Park.

He has shared his thoughts about possibility of finding a new singer for Linkin Park, and said:

“It is not my goal to look for a new singer of Linkin Park. If it does happen, it has to happen naturally; if we find someone that is a great person and a good stylistic fit, I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody.

I would never want to feel like we are replacing Chester.”

He also said:

“We all thrive making music. I’m sure we’re going to get together soon and hang out and see what’s up.

I know the other guys, they love to be on stage, they love to be in a studio, and so to not do that would be like… I don’t know, almost like unhealthy.”

He also talked about his live performances, and descriped how he feels about playing Linkin Park songs without Chester. He said:

“Out of respect for the fans, there are many fans that want to continue to see Linkin Park on stage and continue to hear the music. If we put a show online, they want to come. So, as long as that connection and interest is there, I think that is our driving force to figure out Linkin Park.

In the demo stages of those (LP) songs, I’d sing the original versions before Chester would re-sing stuff. Getting on stage today and singing one of those songs, it just goes back to the first version of the song.”

Click here to source of the statement via Linkin Park Live Facebook page.