“We don’t know where we’re going from here…”
Over the weekend, Linkin Park reached one of the hardest moments of their career that they probably never thought they’d ever arrive at; performing a massive three-hour-plus tribute show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. for their late bandmate, Chester Bennington.
The moving event – the band’s first live show since Chester’s tragic passing – was a heartfelt moment for band, crew, guests and audience members alike, and was complete with a massive set spanning from ‘Hybrid Theory‘ to this year’s ‘One More Light‘. There was also a live debut of a new piece called ‘Looking for an Answer‘, which Mike Shinoda (who really steps up to the vocal plate now and does his best to stay composed) poignantly dedicated to his deceased friend.
The show also featured plenty of great guest musicians filling in for where Bennington would have stood and a great showing of love from friends who came to help out Linkin Park; from Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows and Synyster Gates, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes, all of Blink-182, Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley and drummer Frank Zummo, Kiiara, Machine Gun Kelly, and more. Not only that, but a touching yet defiant speech came near the night’s end from Bennington’s wife, Talinda, who also announced a new mental health initiative in honour of the life, work and love of her late husband.
Now, look, I’m not going to give you the obituary run-around nor will I waste your time telling you what you already know about Bennington, his death, this particular show, and Linkin Park; writing about this was hard enough when news first broke of Bennington’s passing. I’m definitely not going to pick and choose which of these songs and which guest spots you should go and watch, like countless other sites trying to cash in on clicks by proclaiming that X guest singer had Y moment up on-stage with LP; some going so far as to make top 5 lists from a night that was defined by so, so much more than who “won” and who “lost”. I’m not going to tell you anything else other than simply share the performances’ stream below, a moment that was a very special, one-off evening of love for a band that is now heading into the unknown.
Rest in peace Chester, the pain of your passing still hurts me and countless others just as it first did back on July 20th.
You won’t ever be forgotten.