March 9, 2018
Yes, the rumors about Mike Shinoda working on a new solo album were true. Linkin Park’s singer posted on social media that he was seeking extras for his music video. He invited everyone to meet up in Los Angeles to be in the video, quote, “for my solo album.” Check out his post below.
“Who wants to meet up and be in a music video?” Shinoda wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “I’m shooting something for my solo album at 8:30 in Hollywood tonight. In 45 minutes. Roll thru.” The musician even included a map of the old Tower Records in Hollywood, California.
As reported, when Shinoda arrived at the indicated location, he played a new song for everyone who came, but asked people not to record it. Naturally, fans wanted to hear the details of the upcoming solo release, so here is what he told the audience:
“I have been writing songs in the moment. As I went on, not every song was a sad song. And they’ve been about a lot of things. I’ve started to put them together and it looks like it’ll be an album. It isn’t an album about grief, but it starts there.”
Musically, LP Live described Shinoda’s new sound as similar to Linkin Park’s ‘One More Light’.
Fans had been thinking that Linkin Park were up to something together, as a band, when three of the band members were spotted in the studio together. Besides Shinoda, recent LP posts saw guitarist Brad Delson in the studio tagged together with Mike on Instagram. In addition, bassist Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell posted his pic from the studio, going through some bass parts.
Shinoda will be playing a solo set at 2018 Summer Sonic festival, but fans have already started a campaign, asking for more solo gigs around the world. The singer has recently released a solo EP, Post Traumatic, plus, a new song recorded with his Linkin Park mates at Chester Bennington’s memorial concert, ‘Looking For An Answer’.
If you haven’t heard Shinoda’s latest tracks from Post Traumatic yet, check them out below. Share your thoughts in the comments, and join AlteRock Facebook and Twitter to stay tuned for rock and metal news.