Watch Linkin Park perform an emotional gig in memory of Chester Bennington
In July this year, the world discovered the news that Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, had taken his own life.
Linkin Park played a considerable role in the formative years of millions of people, so the outpouring of love and grief in the wake of the news was unsurprising. Bennington’s struggle with addiction and mental illness had been well documented over the years, the singer had spoken with candour on such subjects on numerous occasions.
Linkin Park’s music surged through charts in the aftermath of the tragedy, as fans paid tribute to the iconic voice that defined the slings and arrows of growing up with its searing, distinctive power.
Bennington’s body was found at a private LA residence on July 20, an LA Coroner reportedly ascertained that he had hanged himself. Band mate Mike Shinoda confirmed Bennington’s death in a tweet, saying that he was “shocked and heartbroken” by his friend’s untimely passing.
In the wake of his death, his Linkin Park bandmates released a heartfelt statement in tribute to the late singer, part of which read;
“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
Chester Bennington had three children with his wife Talinda, the pair were married for 12 years.
Now, several months on from the tragedy of the singer's untimely death, Bennington's Linkin Park bandmates have performed together again, as part of the Linkin Park; Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California.
The members of Linkin Park were joined by several other performers including Blink 182, No Doubt and Bring me the Horizon, though it was the spine tingling sound of the many thousands of fans in attendance singing Linkin Park's In The End that will live long in the memory for many.
It has been reported that all performing artists donated their fees to the Music for Relief's One More Light fund, a charity that was set up with the intention of honouring Chester Bennington by providing aid to others in their times of need.
After his death, Bennington's wife Talinda paid a beautiful tribute to her husband, writing;
“He was a bright, loving soul with an angel’s voice. And now he is pain-free singing his songs in all of our hearts. May God bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.”
The band also performed an emotionally charged version of Looking for an Answer, with Chester Bennington's Linkin Park bandmate and close friend Mike Shinoda providing vocals.
What more fitting way to pay tribute to a musical icon?