Mike Shinoda has openly talked about what it would take to replace Chester Bennington in Linkin Park for the first time.
In an interview with Germany's Rock Antenne,Shinoda said, "It’s not my goal to look for a new singer. If it does happen, it has to happen naturally. If we find someone that is a great person and good stylistic fit, I could see trying to do some stuff with somebody. I would never want to feel like we are replacing Chester."
He added, "I see the other guys here and there -- not all together usually. Usually it's just one on one. But I'm sure we're gonna get together soon and just hang out -- hang out and see what's up."
Shinoda admitted that the group's large fan base is another reason they would consider continuing. "As long as that connection and interest is there, I think that is our driving force to figure out Linkin Park."