Chester Bennington of Linkin Park has thrown another temper tantrum over fan-reaction to their new material. Where I am hesitant to give him more attention than he has already received, the topic of a band ‘selling out’ fascinates me, as much as it does annoy me, at times. On the heels of his comment to fans to ‘Move the f#ck on’ from Hybrid Theory, Chester has just told Kerrang,
“Either you like the song or you don’t, and if you don’t like the song because you hear it and on a kneejerk reaction it’s like, ‘Oh it doesn’t have metal in it so I don’t like it,’ that’s fine…But if you’re gonna be the person who says, ‘They made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money,’ you can f#cking meet me outside and I will punch you in your f#cking mouth, because that is the wrong f#cking answer.”
He Continues alongside Mike Shinoda,
“Because guess what, calling us a sell out for that purpose is… selling out on your f#cking excuse as to why you don’t like it. You’re a f#cking p#ssy.”
Sheesh. More angst than Eminem!
I understand Bennington’s frustration, but I can’t get behind him treating fans like bratty kids on the playground. What do you think?