The death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington last week hit the music scene exceptionally hard. Gone was another gifted vocalist in a phenomenally successful and enduring band for much of the last 17 years. His loss is difficult to process.
In the days since, various bands have paid their respects to Bennington, who was found at his home in Southern California after an apparent suicide on July 20.
Just as Stone Sour did in the aftermath of Chris Cornell’s death in May, Corey Taylor (who recently spoke with Rock Cellar about some of his own dealings with depression and facing life’s struggles head-on) and his band delivered a heartfelt live performance of their single “Through Glass:”
In Philadelphia, Incubus — who shared a lot in common with Linkin Park, fellow natives of the Agoura Hills/Calabasas area in Southern California — dedicated their performance of “Wish You Were Here” to his memory:
In Mansfield, Massachusetts, Korn — who shared stages with Linkin Park countless times over the years — dedicated their performance of “4 U” to Bennington:
In Philadelphia, 311’s Nick Hexum shouted-out Bennington prior to the band playing their song “Beyond the Gray Sky”:
Good Charlotte did the same for “Hold On:”
U.K. pop star Robbie Williams began “Angels” with a plea, “Be nice to people. You don’t know what they’re going through,” after dedicating the song to Bennington:
Motionless in White, a metalcore band from Pennsylvania that has amassed a huge following in recent years thanks to stints on the Vans Warped Tour, covered Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer” — but not before vocalist Chris Cerulli delivered a passionate speech about how much Bennington and LP meant to him and the band, and throwing in some words of encouragement to anybody else out there going through similar issues:
Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath paid homage during a performance of “Fly”:
Pop group OneRepublic, too, covered Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah,” dedicating it to both Bennington and Cornell:
Imagine Dragons also spent a few minutes at a gig reflecting:
The band Sylar, currently signed to Hopeless Records, issued their tribute in the form of a studio cover of Hybrid Theory’s “Points of Authority,” with 100% of proceeds from digital sales of the song going to the National Alliance on Mental Health. Stream it below, via Spotify:
May he rest in peace.
For more on various tributes, visit Linkin Park’s new microsite dedicated to his memory.