LINKIN PARK'S MIKE SHINODA SETS FIRST SOLO SHOW SINCE BENNINGTON DEATH
Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda will make his first solo appearance since the death of bandmate Chester Bennington at the Identity LA festival this spring. The free event, which celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, will take place at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles on May 12th. Other artists who have yet to be announced will also perform in addition to Shinoda, who announced his participation in the event via Twitter.
- Shinoda recently confirmed that he is working on a new solo album, inviting fans earlier this month to a night shoot in Hollywood for a music video from the set.
- The singer/producer released three new solo tracks as a digital EP in late January. Titled Post Traumatic, the set directly addressed the death of Bennington and Shinoda's own anxiety over what would come next.
- He told Alt Press about the experience of recording again, "A week after Chester passed, the idea of the studio was scary. And it wasn’t just the idea of attempting to make a song and being overwhelmed by those memories. There’s another layer of fear for artists in this situation that is, ‘What if I can’t make anything good [without that person]?’”
- Linkin Park has not officially announced whether the group intends to continuing recording and touring together, following Bennington's suicide last July.
Story source: Rolling Stone
SIDE NOTES: Identity LA will spotlight Los Angeles' Asian Pacific American community and culture, its history and cultural and socioeconomic contributions to the city. Alongside its music offerings, Identity LA will also feature food trucks handpicked by Korean-American restaurateur Roy Choi, who is best known for his Korean taco Kogi truck. It will also honor yet-to-be-named Asian-American activists and community figures.
CHECK IT OUT: Here's Shinoda's announcement:
SEETHER MAPS OUT SUMMER TOUR DATES
Seether is returning to the road in support of its 2017 album Poison The Parish, kicking off a summer run of dates on July 12th with an appearance at Rockfest in Cadott, Wisconsin. In addition to several other festival stops, the trek will feature a number of headlining shows that will take the band into mid-August. 10 Years will join them for many of the shows in late July and August.
- Poison The Parish is Seether's seventh studio effort. It includes the singles "Let You Down" and "Betray And Degrade," which hit Numbers One and Two respectively on rock radio last year.
- Seether is making a series of upgrade ticket packages available for fans, with incentives including meet-and-greets, tour posters, set lists, VIP merchandise, early entry into the venue, a backstage tour, the ability to be side stage for the first three songs, a Poison The Parish license plate and more.
- Confirmed Seether tour dates (subject to change):
July 22 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (w/10 Years)
July 24 - Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
Story source: Loudwire
CHECK IT OUT: For more info on the tour, visit Seether's website
Watch Seether perform "Betray And Degrade" last year in Columbus, Ohio:
TONY IOMMI INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ROB HALFORD
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has said in a new interview that he'd be interested in working with Judas Priest singer Rob Halford. The two musicians recently reunited for a Metal Hammer photo shoot, during which Iommi stated, "We’ve talked about [working together] for ages. When the time’s right it would be nice to write a track or two, or whatever. I’d like to do that. It’s nice to work with people that you respect and like."
Halford stepped in to sing for Sabbath at a handful of shows in 1992 after Ronnie James Dio quit -- opening for Ozzy Osbourne -- and also once filled in for Ozzy himself when the latter became ill on a 2004 Ozzfest date.