[Intern-in-residence Dorothy Lee has this preview of the upcoming live album from Linkin Park, a project that’s designed as a tribute to Chester Bennington. – AC]
Linkin Park has recently announced they will be releasing a live album on December 15th entitled One More Light: Live which features Chester Bennington’s final performances. The live album was recorded during the band’s world tour from earlier this year in support of their latest studio album of the same name which was released on May 19th and is dedicated to Chester who passed away tragically on July 20th.
In a statement on their website, Linkin Park wrote:
We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light.
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.
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.
To pre-order the live album, go here.
Here is the full track-listing of One More Light: Live
- Talking to Myself
- Burn it Down
- Battle Symphony
- New Divide
- Nobody Can Save Me
- One More Light
- Crawling (Berlin, June 12, 2017)
- Leave Out All the Rest
- Good Goodbye (feat Stormzy, live in London, July 2017)
- What I’ve Done
- In the End
- Sharp Edges
- Bleed It Out
Back in September, Linkin Park also shared an official music video for their song “One More Light” as a tribute to Chester. In an interview with KROQ Radio, Mike Shinoda revealed that it was all the love and support the band received from fans all over the world that inspired them to make a video for the song. Here are some words from Shinoda:
The fans have been incredible. I don’t think we could have ever expected such an outpouring of love and all these tributes… Fans everywhere were making these montages of images of Chester, images of themselves to this song and so we realized it struck a chord with them and we wanted to let them know we see that, we hear that so we made an official video for that.
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.
On October 27th, Linkin Park also hosted a tribute concert to celebrate and honor the life of Chester Bennington. The event, called Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life in Honor of Chester Bennington, was held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and featured performances from Blink-182, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, members of No Doubt, and System of a Down’s Daron Malakian, among others. During the concert, Shinoda also debuted a tribute song to Chester called “Looking For An Answer“. It was the first time that the band performed on stage together since Chester’s passing.
Shinoda credits producer Rick Rubin for encouraging the band to perform live again. Here are Rick’s words:
I know you guys know this, and I know it’s obvious because you’re looking at social media, I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that’s going to be the thing that’ll feel good. It’ll be super, super hard … The fans want to see you, but most importantly, not because they want to see a show, there’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen.”
Proceeds from the concert went to support the Music for Relief’s “One More Light Fund” in memory of Chester.
Here is the full tribute concert: