Linkin Park Fans Sing Chester Bennington's Vocals During A Moving Tribute

Friends and fans honor his legacy with a concert to celebrate life.

Trigger warning: This post discusses suicide.

Rock band Linkin Park gathered with friends and fans to pay tribute to Chester Bennington, the group's late lead singer, Friday at the Hollywood Bowl. Reunited for the first time since Bennington's death by suicide in July, Linkin Park was joined by musicians, as well as Bennington's wife Talinda, to celebrate the musician's life with a crowd of more than 17,000. The three-hour concert, called Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, was also streamed on YouTube.

"I don't have the words," Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda said. "I don't think any of us do."


Musicians including Blink-182, System of a Down, Korn, Alanis Morissette, and Gavin Rossdale all made appearances at the event. Others who were unable to attend, including Metallica and Paul McCartney, sent in video messages. 

In two of the most powerful moments of the evening, fans took over Bennington's lyrics during the group's performances of their songs "In the End" and "Numb." "You know what parts to sing," Shinoda told the audience before he and fellow Linkin Park members Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, and Joe Hahn launched into "In the End." When the performance reached the lyrics of the song that had previously been Bennington's, they were greeted not with a void in the music, but Bennington's lyrics sung back to them by the audience.

"There are not words. Thank you so much for tonight," Shinoda tweeted afterward. Fans returned the sentiment and voiced their support for the band with #MakeChesterProud. 

In addition to a celebration of Bennington, the concert also hoped to raise awareness of mental health issues. All the proceeds from the event will be donated to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund to support individuals and families affected by mental health struggles and Bennington's favorite charity, Solar Suitcases

"Chester and I always loved bringing people together, and he was filled with joy when our house was full of family, friends, kids, dogs, cats, birds, turtles โ€” the more the merrier โ€” and he would have loved all of this tonight," Talinda Bennington said at the event. "He was incredibly proud of the work done for Music For Relief. He knew it saved lives, and saving lives is exactly what we plan to do in Chester's memory."

You can donate to the One More Light Fund here.

If you or a loved one are in a crisis, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK to speak with a skilled, trained counselor who is ready to listen to you.


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