Chester Bennington to Preview Dead by Sunrise in Linkin Park Show
Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has made sure he has the full support of those bandmates in launching his new project, Dead by Sunrise. And now the rest of Linkin Park are going to show that support by giving over a portion of their live show to Bennington and Dead by Sunrise.
During the band’s current overseas tour, Bennington has brought his new band with him. During Linkin Park’s set, he and Dead By Sunrise will perform a three-song show. “I will be coming out at some point during the Linkin Park set performing new music by Dead by Sunrise, and we’ll come back and do Linkin Park,” he tells Noisecreep. “It’s just kind of, ‘Hey, here’s what I’m doing, check it out.’”
Fans in North America who want the Bennington two-fer will have to trek to Southern California’s Pomona Fairplex August 22, when LP and DBS share the stage with Alice in Chains, Wolfmother, Atreyu and Tool, among others, as part of the first Epicenter Festival.
For Bennington the chance to be a part of that lineup is something he relishes for different reasons. “We’ve never played with Tool before, so that’s exciting for me,” he says. “It’s always interesting and a challenge to perform with bands that you may have felt like they wouldn’t necessarily fit on the same bill as us. I like to put to the test our statements that very confidently we can play with anybody; I don’t care if it’s Beyonce to Paul McCartney or Tool or Slipknot, we can fit on all those bills.”
While they’ve never shared a bill with Tool, Bennington is well aware of what Alice in Chains bring to the stage. “Jerry [Cantrell] is a friend of mine, he’s an amazing talent, wonderful guy, and everyone else in the band is just absolutely stellar,” he says. “And honestly, if people haven’t seen Alice in Chains since they introduced [new vocalist William Du Vall], he’s a bada–. He’s the real f—ing deal and you are going to see an Alice in Chains show, it’s Alice in Chains up there. It’s not like they’re out there just trying to make bucks. They take it seriously.”
So it’s obvious Bennington means it when he says, “If I wasn’t on [the show], I’d go see it.”
But for those who are anxious to see Dead By Sunrise and can’t make it to Pomona, Bennington says they will tour, though with Linkin Park working on a new record, it will be tricky. “We’re gonna tour this record as much as possible, and at the same time I’ll be working on the new Linkin Park record, which I don’t know how I’m gonna do it,” he says. “I’m just gonna do it.”