After being admonished by Corey Taylor over comments he made about fans' reactions to Linkin Park's new album, frontman Chester Bennington has both apologized and backpedaled on the statements.
With reaction polarized to the more pop-flavored direction of Linkin Park's One More Light, Bennington said in an interview that fans should "move the f*** on," and Taylor, in another interview, empathized but cautioned that Bennington "should be very, very fortunate that people this far along the line still love that music you made."
Bennington took to Twitter (@ChesterBe) this week to write that he "Just heard Corey Taylor's response...and I agree with him. I do appreciate our fans...I'm human and sometimes take things too personally. Most of our fans have been very positive lately. Some...not so much...Either way...there is a lot of passion on both sides and I am grateful to all our fans. Corey is a good dude and I appreciate him too."
Bennington concluded, "Time to recalibrate my perspective. So I say to all our fans...Thank you and I love you all. Peace, love and happiness."
One More Light, Linkin Park's seventh studio album, came out May 19 and is headed for a high chart debut, according to Billboard. The group played dates in South America earlier this month and kicks off a European tour on June 9 in France, with a North American leg beginning July 27 near Boston.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.