LINKIN PARK Frontman Involved In Three Side Projects

LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington recently spoke to about his outside efforts, SNOW WHITE TAN and JULIEN-K, both with ORGY guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh, as well as cover band BUCKET OF WEENIES, whose Hollywood debut was October 25 at the Avalon. Bennington sings for SNOW WHITE TAN, while Shuck handles vocals for JULIEN-K, an electro band.

"We've been working for a long time on these projects, and they're really interesting and different," Bennington told "I don't know if I want to let too much of the cat out of the bag at this point, but when the time is right I think people are really gonna enjoy what we've been doing, and hopefully it kind of adds a new flavor to the music scene."

Shuck, who met Bennington when LINKIN PARK were recording their first album at the same studio where ORGY were working, said some of the SNOW WHITE TAN material dates back five or six years.

"I always used to go to his house and hear him play acoustic guitar," Shuck said. "And I always thought to myself, 'Oh my God, these are such good songs.' "

Both the SNOW WHITE TAN and JULIEN-K albums are nearly complete, but the guys want to properly release and promote both the projects, which is where the scheduling issue comes into play.

"Timing is everything, and because of the kind of lives that we have, with so many different things going on, we have to really make sure that it's the appropriate time," Bennington said.

"By the time it actually comes out, we're gonna have probably three or four records' worth of material to release," he said. "But we'll see."



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