So far, those confirmed to join Linkin Park on Oct. 27 include Avenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows and Synyster Gates, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, System of a Down‘s Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian and John Dolmayan, the members of Blink-182, Bring Me the Horizon‘s Oli Sykes, Yellowcard’s Ryan Key, Machine Gun Kelly and recent duet partner Kiiara.
The band will take over the Hollywood Bowl for this special performance on Oct. 27, marking their first time onstage since the death of Bennington in July.
Earlier this week, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda revealed that it was producer Rick Rubin who had encouraged them to return to the stage. “[Rubin] said, ‘I know you guys know this, and I know it’s obvious because I know you’re looking at social media and stuff, I think you guys need to get onstage. I think that’s going to be the thing that will feel good. It will be super super hard.’”
He continued, “We haven’t gone out together in public, we haven’t played or gone onstage. He said, ‘The fans want to see you, but most importantly not because they want to see a show, but because there’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen. I think it’ll inform what you guys are doing.’ I thought it over, and I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting onstage is more scary than other guys in the band. But I will say that for all of us, it’s definitely the thing we want to do.”