ONE MORE NIGHT
SPECIAL GUESTS ANNOUNCED FOR Chester BENNINGTON MEMORIAL gig
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.”