Hear Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park’s Deeply Personal New ‘Post Traumatic’ EP, a Tribute to Chester Bennington

Hear Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park’s Deeply Personal New ‘Post Traumatic’ EP, a Tribute to Chester Bennington

When Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington was found dead on July 20 in his Southern California home, it hit the music world hard. He was one of the most respected and beloved singers in music today, and the band is one of the most successful of the past two decades.

Mike Shinoda, the group’s rapper/MC/producer/other creative force, put forth a deeply inspiring job fronting the band for their all-star tribute event honoring Bennington’s memory at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 27. Getting back up on the stage mere months after the passing of a close friend and musical partner must have been unfathomably challenging for Shinoda and band mates Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell and Joe Hahn, but somehow, they managed — and it was an unforgettable night.

Since that day, the LP camp has been understandably quiet, with little to no words on what, if anything, they might do next. But last week, Shinoda surprise-released an EP of three new recordings made entirely by himself, along with a heartfelt message:

The three songs on the Post Traumatic EP — “Place to Start,” “Over Again” and “Watching As I Fall,” capture the inner thoughts of Shinoda as he deals with the emotions involved in such a rough situation … and the results are deeply moving, and sure to impact fans the same way.

Each song has its own video, as well:

While it remains uncertain what’s next for Shinoda and the band, this at least can help all affected parties heal a bit.

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