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Mike Shinoda on the future of Linkin Park: "We'll let everybody know when there's a clear message"

ABC/Randy HolmesMike Shinoda has offered a new update on the status of Linkin Park, telling Billboard that the band doesn't currently have any concrete plans regarding their future.

"We'll let everybody know when there's a clear message," Shinoda says. "We all have different, varying degrees of interest and stamina right now, and I don't want to hold anybody to anything they can't or they don't want to do."

Shinoda adds that the members of Linkin Park "still talk all the time."

"I joined [bassist] Dave [Farrell] for his...podcast, and I just shot some emails back and forth to [turntablist] Joe [Hahn]," he says. "We're always talking."

The future of Linkin Park has been in doubt since the death of frontman Chester Bennington last July. The surviving band members reunited once for a special memorial show last October, and in January, Shinoda tweeted that Linkin Park has "every intention [of] continuing."

Meanwhile, Shinoda will release his debut solo album Post Traumatic, which was written and recorded in the wake of Bennington's death, this Friday, June 15. He tells Entertainment Weekly that his Linkin Park band mates have been "super supportive" of his solo endeavors.

"I'm intensely grateful not only for the band but for the fans who have been so supportive over the past year," Shinoda says. "All of this wonderful momentum that I'm seeing and feeling now is one part my effort and my drive to make something new and it's one part the fans' support and their hopefulness."

"I feel this wonderful sense of hope coming from them that there's still music on the horizon and there's still things to be explored and shows to be played," he adds.

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