Looking For An Answer
"Looking For An Answer" is an unreleased song written by Mike Shinoda.
Before debuting the song live at the 2017 Hollywood Bowl show, Mike Shinoda said:
"There were some fans that we met outside last night. We were rehearsing really late and they were here the whole time. It was like most of the day and into the night and we went out there and they gave me hugs and they gave me reassurance and they told us that it’s gonna be ok. And it’s not one emotion that we’re feeling, I have to imagine you guys are feeling the same, it’s a roller coaster of everything, one after the other, and you can’t predict when it’s gonna go left on you. And the thing that helps us get through it is each other and I’m very grateful for that, so thank you.
I was at, I was at like a, we were doing like a photo thing when I found out about Chester and the first, for hours, I was just in disbelief, it didn’t, I wouldn’t believe anybody, what anybody had to say about anything. And fast forward, you know, you go through a whole rollercoaster of things and eventually I realized that one of the things that always helps me get through something is actually not only listening to music, but actually playing music. And I sat down, I don’t think at the time when I did this, I don’t think I had even had the courage to like listen to our music yet. Like, I hadn’t even listened to one of our songs yet. But I sat down, in my studio and I wrote something. It was about eight days after and I want to share it with you guys tonight, if that’s ok? I don’t know what’s gonna happen with this song, it could just be this, you know, for tonight and whatever, whoever else is watching, the internet and the rest of the world who might be watching. But if we do continue, I want to continue to build on this song and keep writing it and keep working on it. And it’ll be a really unique time for you guys, for us to be able to share with you guys a glimpse into how a song gets made. So this is literally the first piece, and then after this, you know, on our Instagram and Twitter and everything else, we’ll show you guys how it goes, assuming it goes. This song is called Looking for an Answer."
When questioned about the song during the listening party of One More Light Live, Mike said, "I don't know. I haven't really worked on that song. Actually, believe it or not, I was thinking of working on that song today or this week. So, we'll see what happens. I haven't really done it. I talked to the guys about it, like, on Monday. I sent them a copy, like I have a recorded version. I sent them a copy of that. And I know Rob downloaded it, so that means he'll be working on some drums to it. We will see." He went live on Instagram once again on December 19 while working on the song, giving fans the first preview of its studio version.
On January 25, 2018, he gave another update on the song saying, "It still exists, I just want to figure out the right presentation! I made a version of it with lots of cool sounds, but that seemed to take away from the power of the song. Maybe I restart with piano only...?"
On May 12, 2018 before his debut solo show at the KROQ Weenie Roast, Mike went live on Instagram to chat with fans backstage. He sang the melody and several lines of the song as a part of his vocal warmup before saying that he was not going to perform the song that day.
"Looking For An Answer" was played live for the first time at Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington.
There's an emptiness tonight
- Looking For An Answer (Live from the Hollywood Bowl 2017): LPTV
- Mike Shinoda is talking about Chester Bennington's death , live album and song memories(Instalive), December 15, 2017
- Live do Mike Shinoda no instagram [Looking For an Answer - 19\/12\/2017 - YouTube], December 19, 2017
- Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "It still exists, I just want to figure out the right presentation! I made a version of it with lots of cool sounds, but that seemed to take away from the power of the song. Maybe I restart with piano only...?… https://t.co/Y7Kq5uiJP0" ., January 25, 2018