Written by Pernille Bogø Jørgensen
On Friday the 27th October Linkin Park gave their late lead singer, Chester Bennington, a proper send off in the form of an emotional concert at the Hollywood Bowl in California. They were joined by other artists who paid their respects in form of performances. The concert was entitled Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life In Honor of Chester Bennington and included a video of Chester showing his fun and playful side, as he was singing ‘Unicorns and Lollipops’ as well as expressions of grief.
Mike Shinoda talked openly and honestly about how all the support the remaining members of the band have experienced, helps in dealing with the loss: “The thing that helps us get through it is each other, and I’m very grateful for that, thank you”. He also shared that playing music helps him, which gave everyone an immediate way of helping by singing along and filling in for Chester on some of the band’s songs.
Since the confirmed suicide was a result of depression, the band encourages fans to donate to help create awareness about mental health on their website. During the concert, Chester’s wife Talinda Bennington appealed: “It is time we recognised that mental health is as important as our physical health”.
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If you are affected by the topics in this article, the Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 (in the UK) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.
Watch Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda lead an emotional rendition of In The End below.
Credit: Rafael Medeiros