Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington: “Why are we still talking about ‘Hybrid Theory’?”

ABC/Randy HolmesIt seems that with every new Linkin Park album, there’s an outspoken segment of fans who wish the band would go back to their older sound — specifically, that of their mega-successful debut, 2000’s Hybrid Theory. That group seems to be especially vocal regarding Linkin Park’s forthcoming effort, One More Light, an incredibly poppy effort that’s perhaps the farthest the band has ever ventured from their original nu-metal sound.

Frontman Chester Bennington, for one, is a bit frustrated with the constant comparisons to Hybrid Theory.

“When we made Hybrid Theory, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early 20s,” Bennington tells Music Week. “That’s why I guess it’s like, why are we still talking about Hybrid Theory? It’s f****** years ago.”

“It’s a great record, we love it,” he adds. “Like, move the f*** on. You know what I mean?”

Hybrid Theory features the hit singles “In the End,” “Crawling” and “One Step Closer,” and has been certified diamond for 10 million records sold.

Bennington also addressed the notion that Linkin Park is “selling out” by going in a pop direction.  “I don’t care [if people think we sold out],” he says. “If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic.”

“If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula…then stab yourself in the face!” Bennington jokes.

One More Light will be released May 19.

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