The co-founder of Linkin Park says his band was the 2000s version of Bon Jovi.
Mike Shinoda made the odd admission during a recent interview with The Needle Drop.
While discussing his favourite bands and concerts, Shinoda dropped the unexpected confession.
“I had an obsession… The first three groups that I loved were Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Bon Jovi,” he said.
“Bon Jovi, I don’t know what it was about them that I liked.”
He later explained a connection he made between the classic rock band and Linkin Park that did not go over well with the other members of the group.
“They never made this connection but once I said it they were so mad at me for pointing this out. I was like, ‘you guys, we were the 2000s version of Bon Jovi.’ Let that sink in, ’cause it’s true! It’s 100% true,” Shinoda said.
“People could f**king hate on them and it was like pop, hair metal, blah blah blah. It’s like guys, we accidentally became Bon Jovi.”
He also mentioned the time he saw Bon Jovi at the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival saying, “Chester and I found out that Bon Jovi was playing… so obviously we have to go.”
He then recounted the moment he had to watch Jon Bon Jovi shake his butt in front of the whole crowd and wondered if his own band had gotten to the point in their career they’d have to do the same.
Linkin Park went on hiatus shortly after lead vocalist Bennington’s death in 2017. In April 2020, bassist Dave Farrell revealed the band was working on new music.
On January 8, 2021, Linkin Park released a remix of ‘One Step Closer’, the first single from their debut album, Hybrid Theory (2000).