Linkin Park has canceled the remaining dates on their Hunting Party tour following a leg injury to frontman Chester Bennington. “I’m really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour,” the singer said in a statement on Tuesday. “The first couple of shows were just magical. We will truly miss not being with our fans for the next few weeks. Hope to see you again soon.” The band did not divulge details of the injury, but said it required Bennington to undergo “immediate medical attention.” Fans are instructed to request refunds at point of purchase.
The band first canceled two shows – January 20th in Pittsburgh and January 21st in Albany, New York – before subsequently withdrawing from all remaining dates through February 14th, via a follow-up note on the band’s website. “I need to take the proper time to assess the severity of my injury and apologize for any disappointment this has caused,” Bennington said.
Last June, Linkin Park released their sixth LP, The Hunting Party, which returned the band to its heavy rock roots. “We can write a thousand ‘Iridescents’ and, as great as they are, it’s going to be boring,” Bennington told Rolling Stone. “With this album it was more like the opposite. We needed to maybe consider toning a song or two down a bit, because it’s fucking crazy the whole time.”
Earlier last year, co-frontman/multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda told Rolling Stone that the more aggressive direction had him worried about the band’s commercial prospects. “I was thinking, ‘Oh, shit. Rock radio’s not gonna play this, are they?” he said. “We can’t rely on a home run at radio. But I’m always up for a challenge. Besides, I believe in the music.”