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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington: 'Festivals Kill Live Music'

The frontman prefers intimate indoor shows to outdoor fests

Shut up when he's talking to you? Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has a lot to say—and he has his sights set on all that time you're spending at music festivals.

In an interview with NME, Bennington argued that large, outdoor fests are the wrong way to experience live music. "Rock and roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face," the singer said. "It can be done, but it's done begrudgingly, because we're forced to do it. I think the outdoor festivals kind of killed the live experience a little bit. The whole idea of seeing a rock band is to be in a dark place with lights and the stage... When you're sitting on the grass and the sun is shining, and the lights are on, it doesn't f-cking matter. You're just kind of up there playing songs." So in summary: "Inside, dark, controlled environment, lights, loud music: Always better." 

That being said, Linkin Park did just play Warped Tour.


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