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It’s been less than two weeks since the tragic passing of Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington and tributes from around the world continue to pour in for the late singer.
Following news of his death, Bennington’s band announced the cancellation of the remaining dates of their tour with blink 182, releasing a moving tribute to their friend on Instagram.
In the aftermath of Bennington’s death, fans and friends quickly began posting messages of love and fond memories on social media, including some of Bennington’s most famous followers like Rihanna and Julia Michaels. Now another famous group of fans are paying their respects in the form best suited for Bennington’s legacy—with music.
During their show this week in New Jersey, Coldplay front man Chris Martin performed a tribute cover of Linkin Park’s huge 2000 single “Crawling.” The single was part of the band’s debut album Hybrid Theory, which also included the huge singles “One Step Closer” and “In The End.”
Coldplay’s cover of “Crawling” is almost unrecognizable, with Martin turning the ferocious heavy rock and rap track into a somber piano ballad. Showing the true power of music, Martin made the song his own and in turn breathed new life into Bennington’s lyrics, helping to continue the singer’s legacy.
This isn’t the first time that Coldplay have honored fallen musicians in concert. The band has previously paid tribute to David Bowie and George Michael. In the case of Bennington, the tribute feels close to home, with Coldplay and Linkin Park both emerging as two of the biggest success stories of the early 2000s.
Linkin Park released their seventh studio album One More Light on May 19, dropping the second single “Talking To Myself” just hours after Bennington’s death (watch the video here). Bennington was only 41-years-old when he died, leaving behind a wife and six children.
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