Mike Shinoda does not approve of Linkin Park using a Chester Bennington hologram in its tours.
In the past years, late performers are being brought to life using holograms. Snoop Dogg notably performed with a Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella in 2012; the same thing happened with Cirque Du Soleil’s performance with a Michael Jackson hologram.
Shinoda, however, ruled out the possibility of the band featuring a hologram of its late frontman.
In a recent interview with DJ Theresa Rockface of 94.5 The Buzz, the Linkin Park’s founding member dismissed the prospect of using a Bennington hologram. He also spoke about how “creepy” the other holograms were when they were included in other artists’ shows.
“Even if we weren’t talking about us, if we weren’t talking about Chester, which is… that’s a very sensitive subject, and we would have our feelings about how we would represent that… For me, that’s a clear no; I’m not into that,” Shinoda explained.
He mentioned ABBA, whose members are still alive, but the band has been doing a hologram show. According to the musician, he got how they want to take fans to their era. Still, he dismissed the thoughts of buying a ticket to a show where holograms can be seen.
Mike Shinoda Does Not Oppose Other Holograms
Despite not wanting a Bennington hologram, Shinoda clarified that he is not against the artists who opt to use holographic technology at their concerts.
Instead, he highlighted the heartbreaking fact that people think “everything is for everybody.”
Shinoda’s statement resonated with what he said during an Instagram Live question-and-answer session with fans five years ago, a few months after Bennington’s death.
At that time, the famed producer said he could not imagine seeing a holographic Chester Bennington, calling it “worst.”
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He also addressed the possibility of Linkin Park touring with a hologram. Per Shinoda, he would always be a million percent against the “awful” idea.
Linkin Park lost its frontman when he died by hanging in 2017. Authorities, at that time, launched a probe into his death and found a prescription for generic Ambien with one pill divided in half, a glass of Corona, and an empty bottle of Stella Artois.
They ruled Bennington’s death a suicide, though the singer did not leave a note.
The coroner’s office soon determined that, “autopsy findings are characteristic of suicidal hanging. There was a history of suicidal ideation.”
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