The passing of Linkin Park lead singer, Chester Bennington continues to weigh heavily on the music community. Chester was a legendary musician and his lyrics resonated with millions of fans across the globe. His presence will forever be missed. In honor of his life and legacy, Linkin Park announced that they will be dedicated one final live album to their late bandmate.
The album will consist of the first two legs of the band's 2017 world tour prior to Chester taking his own life on July 20, 2017. The record includes 16 of the band's hits from over the years, like "Crawling" and "Good Goodbye".
The remaining band members of Linkin Park shared an incredibly heartfelt statement on their decision to dedicate this album to Chester:
"We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into 'One More Light'. After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that - since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio - he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night. Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.
The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary. Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music."
"Chester was uniquely passionate, uncommonly generous, sensitive, optimistic, funny and kind. With his voice, he turned pain into catharsis, authenticity into art, and passion into connection. His dedication to bringing these songs to life was triumphant. For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us."
Chester's tragic death is all too common in the music industry. It is important that we as a society stop stigmatizing mental illness. It is not a choice! Depression is as life threatening as any physical ailment.
If you or anyone you know are dealing with mental health issues, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here to help and you can call them at 1-800-273-8255 or on their livechat HERE.
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