During COLDPLAY‘s concert on Tuesday (August 1) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, frontman Chris Martin sat down at the piano and playing a stripped-down version of LINKIN PARK‘s “Crawling”, the Grammy-winning hit off the latter group’s debut album, “Hybrid Theory”.
Towards the end of the gig, Martin told the crowd: “From time to time we like to do a couple of songs and we’re gonna do one right now. [I] hope that’s okay. It may not sound that great, but it’s meant in good faith. This is to everybody who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians.”
He then began his rendition of the 2001 song before making a mistake and restarting it. He said, “I know this is probably going to end up on YouTube, so I want to do it right.”
The cover was meant as a tribute to late LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington, who died on July 20 after committing suicide at the age of 41.
Chester‘s bandmate Mike Shinoda shared footage of the tribute on Instagram with the caption, “Thank you @coldplay It sounded beautiful” followed by an emoji of a person placing their hands together in prayer.
Bennington‘s private funeral service took place on Saturday (July 29) near his home in Palos Verdes. It was attended by five hundred guests, including members of all three bands Bennington sang in: LINKIN PARK, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and DEAD BY SUNRISE.
Eulogies were delivered by Mike Shinoda and Joseph Hahn of LINKIN PARK and Ryan Shuck from DEAD BY SUNRISE. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS‘ Robert and Dean DeLeo teamed with KINGS OF CHAOS drummer Matt Sorum, Damon Fox and Jimmy Gnecco to perform “Amazing Grace”. Keepsakes from the service included programs and lanyards similar to the VIP passes handed out at LINKIN PARK concerts.
Although Bennington‘s family has not yet announced any official public memorials, fans have organized over three hundred band-endorsed public tributes around the world.
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