WATCH: Linkin Park Release Video, Set Up Fund, Will Perform Concert All in Memory of Chester Bennington
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Linkin Park will perform a tribute and benefit concert in memory of their much-loved friend and late frontman Chester Bennington, who took his life July 20.
The show will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 27 and the individual band members will donate their fees to their charity organization’s Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund, which was set up in memory of Bennington and is named after the title track of their latest album, which came out in May.
“The fund will honor his generous spirit and his desire to help others,” it reads on the site. Music For Relief was founded by Linkin Park in 2005 to help those affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and has since provided aid to more than 25 natural disasters around the world.
On the One More Light Fund page, it also provides contact information for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line, as well as a link to international suicide hotlines.
The moving video for “One More Light” premiered this morning (Sept. 18) on Linkin Park’s social media pages and features beautiful footage of Bennington onstage, meetings fans, hanging with his bandmates and clowning around. It was co-directed by Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn, who has directed many Linkin Park videos, and longtime band videographer Mark Fiore,
According to the release, “Initially, the song had not been scheduled as a single, but the strong connection with fans in the weeks following Bennington’s passing brought the track to the forefront.”
“It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it,” said Hahn in a statement. “I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people who need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people who connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people who want that connection.”
Added Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda: “’One More Light’ was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again.”
The end of the video features the words: "Chester, you ignite a flame of passion, laughter & courage in our hearts forever. We miss you, brother — Joe, Mike, Brad, Dave & Rob," along with URL Chester.LinkinPark.com
The Hollywood Bowl concert will mark the first time since Bennington’s passing that all five members of Linkin Park — Shinoda, Hahn, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson and bassist Dave Farrell — have performed together on stage. Special guests will also join them.
Pre-sale for tickets begins Tues., Sept. 19, and general on-sale on Sept 22.
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