LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington says that “there is no way” his band won’t eventually be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Hame.
Chester made his comments during an appearance on the “Karlson & McKenzie” show on Boston’s WZLX 100.7 FM radio station to promote his East Coast tour with KINGS OF CHAOS, the part-time all-star rock ‘n’ roll collective that also includes former and current members of GUNS N’ ROSES and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.
Asked if he can one day see LINKIN PARK being inducted into the Rock Hall, Chester said (hear audio below): “A hundred percent. There’s no way that we can’t be. Biggest-debuting album of the 21st Century. I mean, how can you not get in?”
Pressed on whether he thinks LINKIN PARK will get inducted in its first year of eligibility, Bennington responded: “Ahhh… I have no idea.”
Bennington also weighed in the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees, a list which includes JOURNEY, YES, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (ELO), PEARL JAM, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with CHIC‘s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award For Musical Excellence.
“There isn’t a single artist in that list that I disagree with — honestly,” Chester said. “Tupac was the most surprising to me, but, nonetheless, I do see the cultural and musical connection that he’s made.
To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2017 nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1991.
LINKIN PARK‘s debut album, “Hybrid Theory”, arrived in 2000 and in August 2012 joined the ten-million-sellers club.
“Hybrid Theory” debuted at No. 16 on The Billboard 200 chart dated November 11, 2000 and eventually peaked at No. 2 on January 12, 2002.
“Hybrid Theory” became the No. 1 selling album of 2001 in the U.S. with 4.8 million sold. Since then, LINKIN PARK has notched five No. 1 albums, including 2012’s “Living Things”.
Opening at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, LINKIN PARK‘s latest album, 2014’s “The Hunting Party”, was the band’s first studio album not to start at No. 1 since “Hybrid Theory”.