Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson accepted the award for Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock and they paid tribute to their late band member Chester Bennington.
“We want to dedicate this award to him, to his memory, to his talent, to his sense of humor, to his joy… I want you guys to take a moment to appreciate what you’ve got and make Chester proud,” Mike said.
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— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 20, 2017
The band, along with Chester‘s fans and loved ones, gathered for the Linkin Park Celebrates Life in Honor of Chester Bennington concert on Friday (October 27) at the Hollywood Bowl.
The event is also being livestreamed on YouTube for fans around the world.
Chester tragically passed away at the age of 41 in July after committing suicide.
The show marks the band’s first live performance together since Chester‘s death.
Blink-182, Bring Me the Horizon, Machine Gun Kelly, Korn‘s Jonathan Davis, Kiiara, Zedd, members of No Doubt, Yellowcard‘s William Ryan Key, System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows, and more are also set to perform.
Linkin Park also wanted highlight mental health with the event, sharing a link to the One More Light Fund, where fans can donate in Chester‘s memory.
Linkin Park & Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington – [LIVE from the Hollywood Bowl]
The band’s Carpool Karaoke episode, which was filmed just one week before Chester‘s death, also features comedian and actor Ken Jeong.
“With the blessing of Chester‘s family and his bandmates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester. This was taped July 14, 2017,” a disclaimer by Apple reads before the footage begins.
Linkin Park is putting on a benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl on October 27 called Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in honor of Chester Bennington.
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Now, one week after the death, Mike has taken to Twitter to explain how fans can celebrate the late singer’s life.
“One week. Feels like forever. I’m here for a couple updates,” Mike wrote, adding, “If you need a (local) place to celebrate Chester, look to http://tiny.cc/lpmemorial and the amazing fan sites I’ve previously mentioned.”
He continued by letting fans know how they can donate and buy merchandise in Chester‘s honor, as well as what to do if they are having suicidal thoughts.
He also thanked fans for their love and shared a drawing of the band’s interconnected hands.
One week. Feels like forever. I'm here for a couple updates.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) July 28, 2017
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The letter began, “Dear Chester,” and was written as a note to him.
“Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened,” the letter began. “You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
“Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve,” the note from the band continued.
“Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift,” the note concluded. “We love you, and miss you so much.”Continue Reading
The two bands were supposed to kick off the Welcome to Blinkin Park tour next weekend.
“Blink-182 is wrecked by the loss of our friend and amazing musician Chester Bennington,” the band said in a statement on Twitter. “We could never imagine playing Blinkin Park without his incredible talent and voice. It just would not be possible. We send our deepest sympathies to his family, bandmates, friends, and fans. Refunds will be available at the place of purchase.”
Linkin Park has also canceled the remainder of their current One More Light North American Tour.Continue Reading
The band has yet to make an official announcement but tour promoter Live Nation has confirmed the news to Billboard.
“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington,” Live Nation said in a statement, adding, “refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected.”
The One More Light World Tour was set to kick off next week in Massachusetts and run through October. The band’s last concert with Chester was on July 6th in England.
Our thoughts continue to be with Chester‘s family and friends during this difficult time.Continue Reading