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Linkin Park is back with a new single featuring Chester Bennington

After teasing things through social media, Linkin Park has released a new single featuring the late Chester Bennington on vocals. “Friendly Fire,” which was recorded back in 2017 during the One More Light Sessions, will be part of a new singles collection entitled Papercuts due on April 12.

Why didn’t the song made the cut back then? The band’s Brad Delson said this:

“‘Friendly Fire’ was always one of our favorite songs from the One More Light sessions. Something about it wasn’t quite right so as close as it got to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later. When we started looking for an unreleased track to include on our greatest hits collection, I was blown away by the power of the song, the power of the storytelling, the power of the vocal, the sonic landscape and I actually thought that it was closer than maybe we had realized at the time.

We got together to work on it and connect some of the missing pieces that for whatever reason hadn’t revealed themselves during the recording of One More Light. I can’t wait for people to hear it. It’s such a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking, hopeful story and it really resonates with me today.”

Take a look/listen.

Alan Cross

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