Chester and Phoenix talked to x103 backstage from their Indianapolis show, they talk about their sound, and making the music they want rather than repeating a sound, the diversity in their fan base and working with Rick Rubin.
Also Mike and Chester spoke to Motor Trend, Mike the customized Honda car, Chester talked about the cars he has at home, and excerpt is below and you can read the full article HERE.
The airbrushing, which was done by Santini Paint and Body, has a surprising design inspiration. “It’s really about the album cover for ‘Living Things.’ The cover is done in such a way that we basically scanned the band in 3-D,” Shinoda says. “We work really hard to make stuff that makes fans excited, something that really wows them. I think few people know that the cover album is actually Chester. It’s this exploding mass of ash and cinder, but before it was all that, it looked like him.”
“So because the album cover is so cool, we wanted to find a way to replicate that on the vehicle, and you can’t just slap it on there — you have to find a way to reinvent it,” says Shinoda, a graphic designer with a degree from Pasadena’s prestigious Art Center College of Design. “This is really dark, there’s this redness coming out. What was crazy about it, the paint, the design of it was all done by hand. The detail this guy got, with I assume airbrushing, is really, really crazy.”
2009 Porsche Panamera
While the Insight is his daily driver, Bennington’s other ride is a 2009 Porsche Panamera. “I got the Panamera the first year it came out. That’s my favorite car,” he says, rating it an off-the-charts 100.
“I fucking love that car!” Bennington says. “Absolutely 100 percent. That car is the dopest. … It has a lot of power [and it's beautiful.] What isn’t to like about it?”
He also likes is the Panamera’s interior. “I can actually put a bunch of people in there. I can put four people really comfortably. I can put the seats down, throw two or three bags of clubs in there and go golfing, or throw whatever I want in there.”
Car he learned to drive in Bennington learned how to drive outside Phoenix, where he grew up. “I learned how to drive stick in my dad’s Isuzu Trooper. We would go out in the boondocks. I did most of my learning outside of the municipal areas, where people were actually driving around,” Bennington says. “My dad trained me in the desert, where I couldn’t hurt anybody but the car.”
First car bought “The first car I bought was a Hyundai Accent,” Bennington says. Shinoda asks, “Was that the blue one?” Bennington replies, “Well, my very first car was given to me by my sister, which was a 1980s Subaru that had like 300,000 miles on it. But the first one I bought was a little white 1996 Hyundai Accent.”
Favorite road trip Bennington’s favorite road trip is the drive from Washington state to San Francisco. “It’s probably the best drive in the United States,” he says. “Beautiful. It’s absolutely stunning.”