ONE MORE NIGHT

SPE­CIAL GUESTS AN­NOUNCED FOR Ch­ester BEN­NING­TON MEMO­RIAL gig

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LINKIN PARK have con­firmed de­tails of their first live ap­pear­ance since the death of Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton in July. Spe­cial guests for the show will in­clude Bring Me The Hori­zon’s Oli Sykes, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, blink-182, plus mem­bers of Avenged Seven­fold and Sys­tem Of A Down, for the Oc­to­ber 27 event.

In an in­ter­view with U.S. ra­dio sta­tion KROQ last week, Mike Shin­oda dis­cussed plans for the show at LA’S 17,500-ca­pac­ity Hol­ly­wood Bowl, and re­vealed Ch­ester’s fam­ily and band­mates were “deeply moved” by the re­ac­tions from Linkin Park’s fol­low­ers since the front­man’s death.

“The fans have been in­cred­i­ble,” said Mike.“i don’t think we could have ever ex­pected such an out­pour­ing of love. There have been trib­utes all over the world for two straight months.”

Mike also opened up about the de­ci­sion to re­lease One More Light as a sin­gle – as well as the fact that, on the day of Ch­ester’s death (July 20), the band were gear­ing up to re­lease a dif­fer­ent sin­gle,talk­ing To My­self. “In our ca­reer we’ve had dif­fer­ent songs that have con­nected with the fan­base in dif­fer­ent ways,” said Mike of the ti­tle-track from their seventh al­bum, in­spired by the death of a friend who’d worked at their record la­bel, but which has taken on added sig­nif­i­cance since Ch­ester’s pass­ing.“fans ev­ery­where were mak­ing these mon­tages of images of Ch­ester and images of them­selves to [One More Light]… we re­alised it had struck a chord with them, so we wanted to let them know that we see that.” The band did so via the mov­ing video for the song – di­rected by DJ Joe Hahn – which spans Linkin Park’s 21-year ca­reer, as well as il­lus­trat­ing Ch­ester’s close con­nec­tion with au­di­ences. Of the de­ci­sion to play live again, Mike re­vealed that Rick Ru­bin, who co-pro­duced 2007’s Min­utes To Mid­night and 2012’s Liv­ing Things, was in­stru­men­tal in him, gui­tarist Brad Del­son, bassist Dave Far­rell, drum­mer Rob Bour­don, and Joe step­ping back on­stage.

“He said,‘the fans want to see you – not be­cause they want to see a show – but there’s a cathar­tic ex­pe­ri­ence that needs to hap­pen, and I think it will in­form what you guys are do­ing.’”

De­spite sug­gest­ing there were vary­ing lev­els of trep­i­da­tion among the band’s re­main­ing mem­bers about the prospect of play­ing live, Mike con­firmed that all five men were agreed that it was “def­i­nitely the thing that [they] want to do”.

“It feels like the right way to cel­e­brate Ch­ester,” he added.

“We’re invit­ing some other friends,” re­vealed Mike of the for­mat for the show billed as ‘Linkin Park & Friends – Cel­e­brate Life In Honor Of Ch­ester Ben­ning­ton’, which will see the band do­nate their per­for­mance fees to Mu­sic For Re­lief’s One More Light Fund, set up in mem­ory of the singer.

“It’s go­ing to be a roller­coaster of emo­tion.”

Mike and Ch­ester to­gether on­stage in 2015

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