Losing the band's frontman Chester Bennington doesn't mean that Linkin Park will stop releasing music altogether. Instead, the band has proved to the world that they are still going strong as they honor the late vocalist with a series of tribute, including a tribute concert and album.
Linkin Park held a tribute concert for Chester called "Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington" on October 27 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. The concert marked the band's first time performing onstage together since Chester's death. In addition to that, the sold-out event featured guest performances by fellow musicians like Machine Gun Kelly, Avenged Sevenfold and Blink-182.
Ahead of the performance, Mike Shinoda admitted that some of the members were scared of performing, but all of them decided to do it because they felt that it was the right thing to do to honor Chester. "But I will say that for all of us, it's definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester," Mike said, adding that the proceeds from the benefit concert would go to Music for Relief's One More Light Fund.
Continuing their tribute to the late frontman, the band announced that they would release a tribute album entitled "One More Light Live". The set, which is due out on December 15, features the songs that Chester performed during his last concert with the band in support of "One More Light", which arrived atop Billboard 200 chart.
Talking about the reason behind releasing the live album, Mike revealed that it was because Chester felt that the tour was the best tour that the band had ever done. "The song we played together during the early summer were extraordinary. Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and the joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans and with the music," he shared.
Linkin Park premiered a performance video for "Crawling" on December 4, just days before the release of the highly-anticipated album. The clip, which has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube, received a warm response from fans as many stated that they cried watching the clip.
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Linkin Park is a music band well known for its natural mixing of different music styles that is far different from the music nowadays bands would like to offer. This phenomenon makes this band a "hybrid" in the type of music they play and their fan-base too. Linkin Park began its early origin in 1996 when rapper guitarist, Brad Delson and the MC/vocalist, Mike Shinoda started a band called Xero. Both of them had attended high school together, where they met the band's drummer, Rob Bourdon. Later on Shinoda hooked up with DJ Joseph Hahn while studying illustration at Art Center College in Pasadena, where as Delson, who was attending UCLA, shared an apartment with bassist Phoenix, who left the band after college and returned a year later. To be the last member of the group was Mark Wakefield, the band's vocalist. » more
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