The 40-year-old singer sat behind a piano while turning the rock song into a dreamy ballad during Coldplay's tour-opening show in New Jersey.
Coldplay took the stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Tuesday, August 1 to kick off their North American tour. The group's lead singer Chris Martin unexpectedly opened the show with a solo performance of Linkin Park's classic hit "Crawling" to honor the rock band's late vocalist Chester Bennington.
"I know this is probably going to end up on YouTube so I want to do it right," he said before belting out the track. He amazed the crowd as he turned the rock song into a dreamy, heartfelt ballad while crooning, "Crawling in my skin/ These wounds they will not heal/ Fear is how I fall/ Confusing what is real."
Chester's bandmate Mike Shinoda has taken to his Instagram account to share a clip taken from the tribute performance. "Thank you @coldplay. It sounded beautiful," so he captioned the clip.
Chris wasn't the first artist to cover Linkin Park's classic song to honor the late singer. Prior to this, Machine Gun Kelly hit the studio to cover "Numb". The rapper showed off his vulnerable side as he turned the song into more somber and emotional rendition. Chester was MGK's close friend as the two spent months together on the road for Linkin Park's "One More Light" tour, which was later canceled in the wake of Chester's tragic death.
Chester died last month after committing suicide at the age of 41. He was laid to rest on Saturday, July 29 in a private funeral service at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, California.