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Dec152017

Coping with Chester Bennington's death has been "devastating," says Mike Shinoda

ABC/Randy HolmesLinkin Park's One More Light Live album, recorded during what would be Chester Bennington's final tour with the band before he took his own life on July 20, is out today. In an interview with Billboard, LP's Mike Shinoda opens up about how he's been coping with Bennington's death.

"Grief is a non-linear process," Shindoda says. "It doesn't have 'stages' that go in order, it has phases that come and go at random. Some people are having sad days, others are having good days, others are having angry days...add the constant stress and fear of things like the news cycle, and you've got some exceptional chaos on your hands!"

"I've tried to make it a point to share how I'm doing, mostly on Instagram and sometimes Twitter, especially when I feel like I'm making progress," he continues. "Coping with the end of this chapter is obviously devastating, but at the same time, it's also the beginning of the next story."

Releasing One More Light Live was also part of that grieving process.

"Everyone was at their very best [during the tour], especially Chester," Shinoda says. "He was singing better than I've ever heard him on stage. The idea to release this album came from our fans and friends, and I'm so glad they asked for it. It's a really nice way to showcase what a special experience each night was."

He continues, "And while I don't know what comes next for us together or individually, this album is certainly a beautiful way of looking back at the body of work we created with Chester."

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