Linkin Park Cancels Tour Due to Medical Emergency
Nu-metal veterans Linkin Park have been forced to cancel the remainder of their current tour due to a serious leg injury suffered by lead vocalist Chester Bennington. According to a statement posted to the Linkin Park website, Bennington's injuries require "immediate medical attention" and have resulted in the cancellation of the remaining dates on the band's Hunting Party tour through Feb. 14.
"I'm really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour," Bennington wrote in the statement. "The first couple of shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon." Tickets can be refunded at their point of purchase.
Initially, Bennington's injuries resulted in the cancellation of just two shows this week in Pittsburgh and Albany, but things have apparently taken a turn for the worse.
"I need to take the proper time to assess the severity of my injury and apologize for any disappointment this has caused," Bennington wrote following the initial cancellations. "I look forward to seeing you all again soon."
The specifics and circumstances of Bennington's injuries have yet to be revealed.
This tour came in support of Linkin Park's most recent album The Hunting Party, which was released in June 2014. The Hunting Party was the band's sixth studio album overall, their first since 2012's Living Things, and has spawned four singles: "Guilty All the Same" featuring Rakim, "Until It's Gone," "Final Masquerade" and "Rebellion" featuring Daron Malakian.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda discussed how he wanted The Hunting Party to be heavier than the band's most recent efforts.
"We didn't make the heaviest record of all time," he admits. "We made a really loud and aggressive Linkin Park record, maybe the loudest we've made."
You can check out Linkin Park's music video for "Final Masquerade" here: