Soon after Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington tragically took his own life on July 20, the band’s remaining members announced that they would be organizing a concert to honour Bennington and his various musical and charitable contributions. And, as of this past Friday, we know more about who will be performing at the concert, as well as when and where it’s being held.
On October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, blink-182, Kiiara, Zedd and Machine Gun Kelly, plus members of No Doubt, Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard, and System of a Down, will take the stage to pay tribute to the late Bennington. The members of Linkin Park—Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, Brad Delson, Dave Farrell, and Rob Bourdon—will, of course, also attend and publicly perform together for the first time since Bennington’s death. An official press release apparently states that “many other surprises” may be coming, so expect other notable musicians to take part in the special event.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) October 20, 2017
Proceeds generated from concert ticket sales will go to Music for Relief, a charity that the members of Linkin Park founded in 2004 to “support disaster relief and reduce climate change.” Tickets are unfortunately already sold out, but starting at 7:45 PST, Bennington and Linkin Park fans can stream the concert live via the band’s YouTube channel.
Shinoda, Linkin Park’s keyboardist, recently told Rolling Stone that “for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than other guys in the band.” And for good reason—playing music without someone you’ve performed with for over twenty years has got to feel strange, and maybe even disrespectful. But with the help of producer Rick Rubin, Shinoda and his bandmates ultimately decided that holding a concert is “the right way to celebrate Chester” and the best way to give the fans a “cathartic experience that needs to happen.”
To prepare yourself for Friday’s concert and maybe shed a tear or two, check out Linkin Park’s moving “One More Light” music video.