Chester Bennington’s “a hundred percent” certain Linkin Park will get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"There's no way that we can't be," the singer says

Photo by Philip Cosores

This year will see the likes of Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, Journey, and Joan Baez inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but there are plenty of great bands who didn’t make the cut. Joy Division, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, The Cure, Björk, and of course the ever-overlooked Chic have all been snubbed for years, some for over a decade. But if there’s one band which will undoubtedly find their name in that hallowed Hall when their time comes, it’s… Linkin Park?

At least, that’s what co-frontman Chester Bennington believes. In an interview with WZLX 100.7 out of Boston, Bennington expressed utter confidence in the fact that his nu-metal outfit will get the RaRHoF nod. “A hundred percent. There’s no way that we can’t be,” he told the hosts of Karlson & McKenzie. “Biggest-debuting album of the 21st Century. I mean, how can you not get in?”

With 27 million in worldwide sales, Bennington’s actually right with his stats. The band is also a multi-Grammy winning outfit — though one of those wins came from a collaboration with Jay Z, of all things. On paper, the credentials might actually be there, but if Linkin Park gets in before Whitney Houston, I’ll quit music journalism.

Of course, the band isn’t eligible for induction until Hybrid Theory’s 25th anniversary in 2025, so I suppose my job is relatively secure. Besides, even Bennington isn’t so confident Linkin Park will get in during their first year of contention, saying, “I have no idea.”

Listen to the entire interview below (via Exclaim).


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