Chester Bennington’s struggle with drug addiction and personal demons has been well documented. Is he in a better place nowadays?
“He’s in a great place nowadays. I’m really excited for him because he’s just such a funny guy. It’s funny. On this record, there’s some moments on the record that are really pissed. At one point, when we were finishing one of them, we were like, Dude, you’re such a happy guy that it’s funny seeing you turn that on and get so pissed. Because I know it’s coming from an honest place. He still has that when he thinks about it, he gets really upset. I remember one day, in the middle of a vocal take, he had to take like a two minute time out to get out of the head space of the song, to stop connecting with it in such a visceral way. He came back and finished the take and everything. It’s very real. It surprises me sometimes that is there because in general he’s such a happy and caring dude.” — Mike Shinoda