Since the passing of Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda has shed light on his personal grieving process, highlighting how the band have dealt with loss in the public eye.
Now, the Linkin Park spearhead has opened up to ALT 98.7 about how witnessing Dave Grohl deal with Kurt Cobain’s death has provided him with a level of comfort since Chester’s passing, noting how ‘heroic’ his move into the Foo Fighters was.
“If I’m on the other side of that, and I see somebody doing well, for example Dave Grohl after Nirvana, seeing him do the thing and get back up and create Foo Fighters out of nothing. That’s a moment where you go, that can be done, it feels heroic.”
He also mentioned how he’s also confided in friends who have dealt with loss recently, saying that losing a peer elicits a different type of grieving process.
“In the past few months, [I’ve been] talking to a lot of friends who have gone through loss,” he said. “You lose a grandparent as a kid, that’s different than losing one of your peers, or somebody who is your age or younger. That feels way different, to look at somebody who has stood by that, and then see them overcome different parts of it.”
Shinoda continued: “I realise that I’m definitely not invincible, and I’m definitely not going to make all the right decisions. I promise you I will make mistakes along the way, and that’s fine with me. As long as I can just walk that path and figure it out as I go, I feel like that helps bring that community together.”
Last week, Shinoda’s first performance as a solo artist was revealed, to celebrate the release of his EP Post-Traumatic. “This is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor – it’s just me” said Shinoda.