In late March, Linkin Park singer/rapper/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda released his first solo album, Post Traumatic, which featured songs he’d written in the wake of his friend and bandmate Chester Bennington’s death in the summer of 2017. The album features guests like Machine Gun Kelly, Chino Moreno and K. Flay and other members of Linkin Park.
But he's been eager for the communal process of sharing the songs with a live audience.
“Listening to a recorded song is not the same as experiencing that song live on stage,” Shinoda said in a press release. “In sharing a live experience with you, my hope is to inspire questions, answers, answers, and reflections — (not) only about my story, but about your own. The search for meaning is boundless, and art is often one of our best vehicles.”
On his current tour, Shinoda has been performing Linkin Park songs like “When They Come for Me,” “Sorry for Now” and “Numb” (during which the audience sings Bennington’s vocal parts), as well as tunes from his Fort Minor side project. Bennington may be gone, but he still seems to play a big role in Shinoda's performances. In a review of his show in Singapore this summer, Surej Singh writes, "As everyone filled Zepp@BigBox, the crowd began chanting out Chester Bennington's name in tribute, with several members of the audience shouting out 'We love you Chester! We miss you!' and slowly, the audience turned the chants for Chester into chants for Mike." During "In the End," the audience "(sang) along to Chester's parts so passionately that Mike was visibly shaken."