Linkin Park announce Chester Bennington tribute show

Bessie Dean
September 19, 2017

The band also introduced "One More Light", a song from their new album that wasn't meant to be released as a single. "We now find ourselves on the receiving end", says Mike Shinoda. In an interview with Los Angeles radio station, KROQ, Shinoda said, "I'd gone to Rick Rubin as a source of guidance, and he said, 'I know you guys know this, it's obvious because you're looking at social media and stuff, but I think you guys need to get onstage'".

Linkin Park, in a message to fans, said the group will be accompanied by a variety of other artists "to honor the man who touched the lives of so many around the world". "But I will say for all of us, it's definitely the thing we want to do".

Originally written about a music business friend who died, the song is more subdued than much of Linkin Park's hard rock, with Bennington reflecting on death over an understated electric guitar.

The group announced Monday morning a Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27.

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He also explained why the band made a posthumous video for their single "One More Light": "Fans everywhere were making these montages of images of Chester, images of themselves to ['One More Light'] and so we realised it struck a chord with them and we wanted to let them know we see that, we hear that so we made an official video for that". Chester's bandmates will contribute their fees from the event to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund, which was created in memory of the late singer.

"It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it". He said, 'The fans want to see you, but most importantly not because they want to see a show, but because there's a cathartic experience that needs to happen.

Tickets go on sale on Friday 22 September at 10 am Los Angeles time on Ticketmaster. The real meat and potatoes of the whole thing is we chose to have a show in LA, it's going to be October 27th at the Hollywood Bowl. "This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection".

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