<a href=”/music/Linkin-Park”>Linkin Park</a>’s Mike Shinoda announced his Post Traumatic Tour will be coming to Asia in August. The vocalist for the multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning rock band will present solo songs from his upcoming Post Traumatic album in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Osaka and Tokyo. They will be his first-ever solo performances in Asia.
In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist <a href=”/music/Chester-Bennington”>Chester Bennington</a>, Shinoda said he immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief. With no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording and painting.
In January, he released the <a href=”/articles/columns/rock/8096280/mike-shinoda-shares-post-traumatic-ep-with-visuals”>Post Traumatic EP</a>, three deeply personal songs — each one, a powerful, stream-of-consciousness expression of unvarnished grief — accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with The New York Times writing, “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.”
Following the EP release, Shinoda continued to create, and the result is the upcoming Post Traumatic, a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda told Billboard Radio China.
Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. Although he took a break from Linkin Park in 2005 to pursue a hip-hop project called <a href=”/music/Fort-Minor”>Fort Minor</a>, Post Traumatic is the first album that Shinoda will release under his own name. “The reason is, not only is this album very personal, but it also doesn’t sound like Linkin Park,” he said. “I listen to so many different types of music, and I think that’s reflected here.
On Saturday (May 12), Shinoda will headline IDENTITY LA, a free festival in Los Angeles, then head to Japan to play the Summer Sonic Festival in August.
“I’m looking forward to getting back to releasing music and touring,” Shinoda said. “Those things are ‘normal’ to me — it’s what my professional life has revolved around for years. And I know this will be different, so I’m excited to figure out what this new normal is.”
Mike Shinoda Post Traumatic Tour Asia dates
Aug. 7: Hong Kong, China
Aug. 9: Bangkok, Thailand
Aug. 18: Osaka, Japan
Aug. 19: Tokyo, Japan