Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington made headlines this week when he said that he believed the band "kept metal alive" with the success of their debut album, 2000's Hybrid Theory. Now, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has given his thoughts on what his band mate said.
"He basically said that pop music was ruling the world, and we made a case for (commercially) viable heavy music. NBD," Shinoda writes on Twitter, adding that he thought the quote itself was taken "out of context" by many outlets.
Bennington made the statement in an interview with the U.K.'s Metal Hammer, which asked the vocalist about the people who felt that Linkin Park wasn't a "true" metal band.
"I think that's really funny -- just those words, 'the integrity of metal,'" Bennington said. "In my opinion we actually kept metal alive." He added that many younger bands have credited Linkin Park for getting them into playing music.
"Maybe not the best choice of words, but the sentiment wasn't as outrageous as today's rock news would have you think," Shinoda now says of the quote.
Linkin Park is currently working on their seventh studio album.
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