Mike Shinoda pays tribute to the late Chester Bennington, along with Sum 41
Everyone misses the singer who gave voice to an entire generation's mind, and now his bandmate took the stage to jerk out some tears as he recalled those old songs.
Sum 41 surprised its audience when it called out Mike Shinoda, and the two soon began to play covers of some of the classic 'Linkin Park' songs, as the audience joined them to pay tribute to the late Chester Bennington at Britain’s Reading Festival over the weekend. The performance on the main stage at the southern leg of Reading & Leeds took place ahead of co-headline sets from Kendrick Lamar and Panic! At The Disco.
Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley welcomed Shinoda on stage to join them for the cover of 'Faint' from their 2003 album 'Meteora'.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very, very special guest with us tonight, say hello to Mr. Mike Shinoda." The Linkin Park rapper joined the band on stage as the rap duo sang out verses of the song. As the performance drew to a close, Whibley gave a shoutout to Shinoda and remembered the Linkin Park lead singer who committed suicide last July, "Chester, we miss you."
“Getting up here and doing this for me is really fulfilling, and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again,” he told the crowd. “I’m really indebted to you guys, for helping me get here. If it’s as simple as you just really loved Chester’s singing or the band’s music, or you’re just dealing with your own stuff that has nothing to do with us…then hopefully by coming to these shows and enjoying the music and engaging, it makes some of that bad feeling just go away. I want you guys to sing it so loud that Chester can hear you."
I always get emotional and got goosebumps when this song is played... pic.twitter.com/CscQiOsf7O— Maria Sag (@MariaSag2) August 25, 2018
The Linkin Park frontman committed suicide by hanging, an autopsy later ruled out drug use. Bennington's wife Talinda also claimed that the singer had spoken about killing himself in the past.
Mike Shinoda released an album in June this year, 'Post Traumatic', which was his first solo record since Bennington's death. Talking to NME, Shinoda revealed that the album was mostly composed in the memory of his late bandmate. “When I was making it, all I was thinking was ‘just write in your diary, just capture the truth of whatever is happening right now’."
He also stated that it was another opportunity for him to connect with his fans. "If I felt a certain way on a certain day, I wanted to communicate that soon so that we were kind of on the same page. That ended up being important to me. I put out the first three songs in January, and then basically put out a track every month or so after that until the album came out because I knew that it would effectively catch the fans up with how I’m doing – in a way that most importantly allowed them to realise that I’m not in the same place that I was, say 10 or 11 months ago."
Watch the video of the concert below: