Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda spoke to The News & Observer about his appearance in a PSA for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where he appeared alongside the widow of his bandmate, Chester Bennington. The spot aired recently during the premiere episode of ABC’s new drama A Million Little Things.
Asked if doing the spot helped with his grief at all, Shinoda responded, “Oh, I don’t do that for me at all. That show was created by a friend of mine, who had a friend who had died from suicide . . . he had decided to give up a minute of the show’s runtime to run a PSA for the Suicide Hotline, which tells you where his heart is at. He’s trying to do the right thing. When he decided to do the PSA, he talked to me and Talinda (Bennington) about it, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
Shinoda described himself as “a member of a club I never wanted to be a part of.” His bandmate Chester committed suicide in July 2017 at the age of 41. Linkin Park headlined an all-star tribute concert for Chester exactly a year ago on Saturday (October 27th) in Los Angeles but has not announced any future plans for recording or touring.
Shinoda recently told the Orange County Register that he will head into the studio with a few different artists after he completes his currently scheduled run of solo shows in December. The singer released his new solo album, Post Traumatic, in June.