Avenged Sevenfold singer says Linkin Park has every right to continue
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Although Linkin Park has not revealed whether the band intends to carry on without late lead singer Chester Bennington, one close friend thinks they should. Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says that Linkin Park has "every right to move forward" following Bennington's passing. He told podcaster Eddie Trunk that while he didn't know Bennington well, he was good friends with co-vocalist Mike Shinoda and bassist Dave Farrell, explaining, "They're human beings and they have a long life to live. And I think if they love music this much, they have every right to move forward. Knowing Mike as well as I do, he's always been, in my opinion, the leader of that band -- the guy who gets things going, the guy who gets demos going, the guy who obsesses over every detail of that band."
Shadows added, "It's gonna be hard to lose Chester; he easily was one of the best vocalists of our time. From when I was growing up, just watching them live, he just was flawless for what he did. And it's gonna be tough, but at the same time, Mike is such a hard worker and he's so dedicated to that band and put so much time in that I can't just see him just being done with it."
- Avenged Sevenfold weathered its own tragedy eight years ago when drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died from substance abuse in December 2009. Guitarist Synyster Gates had said at the time that the band came very close to splitting up but that it was their fans and Sullivan's family that pulled them together: "For the first two weeks after he passed, we were done as a band. We were just done. And because of the fans and Jimmy's parents and relatives and stuff like that, they just demanded that we continue on and spread the legacy that is, you know, the crazy James 'The Rev' Sullivan. And we feel so good doing that and they completely expedited that process. They really got our ass in gear to get out and finish the record and bring it to life, you know."
- Chester Bennington died on July 20th at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41.
- Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington on October 27th with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage in Los Angeles. Shadows was one of the guests at the event.
- Linkin Park will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on December 15th. The band's future plans remain unclear at this time.