Linkin Park hosted a heartwrenching tribute night to Chester Bennington. Picture: Xavier Collin / Image Press Agency / Splash News.
Linkin Park hosted a heartwrenching tribute night to Chester Bennington. Picture: Xavier Collin / Image Press Agency / Splash News.

Linkin Park’s tribute to Chester

LINKIN Park remembered their late friend and singer Chester Bennington at their emotional tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

The band performed for the first time since Bennginton committed suicide earlier this year in July.

Greeting the sold-out audience Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park's rapper and musical leader, said, "I don't have words. I don't think any of us do".

Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell backstage after the concert. Picture: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP.
Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell backstage after the concert. Picture: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP.

The night included a heartbreaking "singalong" to the band's hit Numb.

As the music began to play a single spotlight shone down onto an empty mic centre stage.

The crowd of 17,000 fans carried the entire song, not missing a beat or a lyric to honour the singer.

Fans on social media have said the night was an "emotional rollercoaster".

One fan on Twitter said, "This night was heartbreaking but so beautiful at the same time".

While another said the Numb performance was, "the hardest part," of the concert.

 

Acts such as Blink-182, Zedd, Jonathan Dacis and Machine Gun Kelly performed as well as members from System of a Down and No Doubt to remember the star and father of six.

Blink-182 was set to tour with the band this year.

Shinoda and Jonathan Davis from band, Korn perform during the concert. Picture: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.
Shinoda and Jonathan Davis from band, Korn perform during the concert. Picture: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.

Shinoda took to the stage by himself to give an emotional performance, singing One More Light. The crowd raised their phones creating a blanket of stars as he sang by himself at a keyboard.

Everyone who performed on the night donated their earnings to the charity established in Bennington's honour, Music for Relief's One More Light fund.

Chester Bennington's wife Talinda reads a speech during the concert. Picture: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.
Chester Bennington's wife Talinda reads a speech during the concert. Picture: Christopher Polk / Getty Images.

Bennington's wife, Talinda, who has been very vocal on social media about raising awareness for mental illness, also attended the concert.

When Talinda took to the stage she said, "Even in grief and utter devastation, we have found so much to be grateful for.

Throughout the speech she chokes back tears.

"In the past 14 weeks you have lifted each other up, you have lifted me up, you have lifted our children up.

Talinda shared her gratitude on Twitter after the concert saying, "Thank you for all the love and support last night!".

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