AceShowbiz - Mike Shinoda struggles to perform some Linkin Park tracks following the death of frontman Chester Bennington.
The band's frontman was found dead at his home in California on 20 July 2017 after committing suicide, aged 41, and in a new interview with NME, Shinoda reveals he has problems singing his late pal's words.
"We didn't play Breaking the Habit at the tribute show (at the Hollywood Bowl last year) because topically, that's just way too hard," Mike explained. "For me, on the solo shows, there's probably a few songs I could play myself but I don't want to at this point, I don't want to do it.
"I can sing Nobody Can Save Me and Battle Symphony from the new Linkin Park record... because I wrote them with my friend John Green. I can sing those pretty well but lyrically, they're a little too hard. I just know that in the long run, if I put that in the set, it's only going to be a show or two before I'm like, 'I don't want to sing those words'. It's a work in progress and it's also knowing myself as I go".
Meanwhile, the rocker, who released his first solo album Post Traumatic in January, is excited to tour without his bandmates.
"I'm basically trying to keep everything really open (right now)," he said. "I'm more excited about shows now than any time I can remember, just even doing a club show the other night for 600 people. I'd written, like, a set for 60 minutes and I was onstage for 85, just kind of milking it.
"I was actually talking a lot. I added songs to the set and I was just enjoying being up there. We were just having this really cool, communal energy or something. So I'm really just looking forward to more of that and wherever that takes me".