Linkin Park's Bennington says new album shows maturity

Tue Oct 5, 2010 6:49pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - If there is one thing about fatherhood, it makes most men mature fast and that idea holds true for Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

The band, which mixes rock, hip-hop and electronica into an alternative sound that has earned millions of fans, saw its "A Thousand Suns" win good reviews and hit No. 1 on album charts when it was released in September And Bennington told Reuters many of the songs show a new maturity among the bandmembers.

"With this album, we've taken the microscope off ourselves and opened it up to the world," Bennington said of himself and band members Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, Joe Hahn and Rob Bourdon.

"A lot of us are dads, we all have families and we're much more mature than we were when we were 19 years-old, writing records," he said.

"A Thousand Suns" was Linkin Park's third album to debut at No. 1. Its single, "The Catalyst," also quickly rose to the top of music charts, and MTV called "The Catalyst" video the "most exhilarating and most meaningful to date."

The album's second single, "Waiting for the End," recently debuted on the radio and is quickly rising up the charts, too. On Friday, MTV will unveil that song's video, which fans have been anxiously anticipating after a 30-second teaser was made available on the cable TV network's website earlier this week.

Bennington told Reuters that unlike other songs, "Waiting" -- part ballad, part reggae/rap -- is "uplifting right off the bat" while the song's message is "very intense."

"The punchline of the song is 'I'm holding on to what I haven't got,' and I think that everybody can relate to that," said Bennington. "I believe that people have this idea of what they want their life to be like and they strive to achieve that idea as much as possible."   Continued...

<p>Linkin Park's frontman Chester Bennington (L) performs at a concert in Shanghai August 15, 2009. REUTERS/Aly Song</p>