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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda dismisses suggestion of hologram Chester Bennington

By | Published on Wednesday 20 December 2017

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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has shot down the suggestion that the band might one day perform with a hologram version of late vocalist Chester Bennington.

It seems like a strange thing to ask someone mere months after a bandmate’s death, but the topic came up in a recent Q&A on Shinoda’s Instagram profile nonetheless. And apparently it’s not the first time it has been suggested.

“I can’t even wrap my head around the idea of a holographic Chester”, he said. “I’ve actually heard other people outside the band suggest that, and there’s absolutely no way … That would be the worst. For any of you guys who have lost a loved one, best friend, family member, can you imagine having a hologram of them? Ugh. I can’t do it. I don’t know what we’re gonna do, but, you know, we’ll figure it out eventually”.

Various musicians have returned to the stage as (sort of) holograms, including Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Tupac Shakur and Ronnie James Dio, and various ventures are underway to start touring hologram versions of deceased pop stars.

Though none of those were designed as a means for a band to continue working in the immediate wake of a bandmate’s death.