Chester and Phoenix sat down at their rehearsal space and took questions from Ask Anything to answer. Below are the videos and some of their responses in the transcriptions:
Ask Anything Chat: ON with Mario Lopez
3. Dovran from Kuala Lumpur: Will you guys ever go back and make an album like Hybrid Theory [or] Meteora? […]
Phoenix: […] I have no idea. […] when we’re writing new music, I don’t have a goal of it going in a direction […] it’s more just, what is being created at that moment from us that makes me the most excited? […] traditionally as I look back at the span of all our albums, the reason why things will change is because I’m always looking something that sounds new and fresh [….]
If Mike brings in an idea for a song or Brad brings in a riff; if it triggers in my brain ‘that sounds like-.’ and it’s one of our older songs… I naturally gravitate away from it. […] it’s not that I dislike it, I’m just not as interested.
4. Tania from Ukraine: What question would you like to answer, but no one asks?
Phoenix/Chester: [deep silence for some moments]
Phoenix: […] how did I get my six-pack (abdomen) so good? Six-pack, six-apck abs. But I feel like there’s a reason no one asks me that. [laughs]
5. Jason from Santa Maria: How come Phoenix and Rob aren’t that social with the fans?
Phoenix: I’m gonna go back to the previous question, what would you like to answer that no one asks, and it’s this [laughs]. I was unaware- Rob, I get. Right? Rob has zero social media presence. But I was unaware that I was not social with the fans….
Ask Anything Chat: Sixx Sense
1. Alex from Hartford: What is the meaning behind your new song “Heavy”?
Chester: Heavy is really about, […]for me, in my life I’ve found there are times in my life where I feel like I’m stuck, either emotionally or I feel like the same kind of things, of situations keep happening over and over again and a lot of it is self imposed; a way of thinking or actions that I take or choices that I make, and it’s that moment of recognizing the problem or the issue, and realizing that you can do something about it- and move on.
2. Sarah from Charlotte: Since this is Sixx Sense, anyone in Linkin Park go see Motley Crue when they were younger?
Chester: Hell yeah! I’ve got to see Motley Crue play, I’ve got to play with Motley Crue […] I saw Motley Crue play at […] Desert Sun Pavilion, and they were touring Dr. Feelgood.
Phoenix: Dude, I’m actually kind of mad at you right now for that, […] when the Dr. Feelgood album came out I wanted to go see them so badly. […] but my mom wouldn’t let me. [laughs]
3. Ilya from Russia: Are you planning concerts in Russia this or next year; if so, when?
Phoenix: I think the plan is to play in Russia. Again. We’ve loved it every chance we’ve gotten to play there […]. One of my favorite memories […] was playing Red Square in conjunction with the release of Transformers.
4. Roberto from Providence: Which is the most personal or emotional song from One More Light?
Chester: Yeah, hands down it’s “One More Light.” I think that it’s a song that makes people cry. Me and Dave were doing some interviews […] and just talking about it, I was tearing up […]
Phoenix: […] it was written about a mutual friend of the band, a woman we worked with for a ton of years, she had passed away from cancer; and even even knowing that that’s the place that it started, […] the first time I heard it, when Mike presented it to me, it was immediately about my mom and her passing. […] it decimated me. […] it’s a really important record for me.
Ask Anything: Most Requested Live
1. Paul from Philadelphia: […] how did you film the scene of Chester fighting himself?
Chester: Great question, we-
LPFC: We actually have a rad interview for that. Read our interview with Chester’s body double HERE.
3. Michelle from Winterville: [Tell us how you feel today about Hybrid Theory and the EP]
Chester: Love it. We’re very proud of every record we’ve made. […] I would think we’ve consistently [felt] like we’ve put out the best work we could possibly do at that time, and it’s a reflection of where the band is at that moment. And the 1999 EP, […] it kicks ass, dude.
Phoenix: The fun thing about some of that older stuff, […] a lot of that Mike had done or produced […] in his bedroom; [laughs] we used to be limited […] for me it shows how talented Mike was […] a little wizard.