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LIVE: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Tribute Show

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 28 October 2017 at 03.30

Follow the Chester Bennington memorial concert live.

0630 UK: The guests return to the stage for a mix of 'Bleed It Out' and 'The Messenger' for a fitting end to an emotional night.

"We don’t know where we’re going from here, but we certainly appreciate the support," says Mike.

"Keep Chester in your hearts and make Chester proud."

0620 UK:
Mike Shinoda welcomes Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows to the stage for 'Burn It Down', while Synyster Gates trots onstage for a HUGE stomp through 'Faint'.

0618 UK: Steve Aoki and Bebe Rexha switch things up on 'A Light That Never Comes'.

0615 UK: A live recording of Chester appears on video screens and his vocals lead the band through 'New Divide'.

0610 UK: The band returns to the stage for a snippet of 'Iridescent'. "Remember all the sadness and frustration / And let it go. Let it go," sings Mike Shinoda.

0600 UK: Chester's wife Talinda walks onstage.

"[Chester] would have loved all of this tonight. He would have loved seeing all of the performances and he would have loved seeing people from all over the world gathered here at the Hollywood Bowl," she says.

"We’ve all been so fortunate to have been surrounded and card for by so many people. I cannot say thank you enough."

"To you, LInkin Park’s fans. Thank you. Chester always said LInkin Park fans were the best, and you know what? He was absolutely fucking right."

She also talks about the need to recognise that mental health is important, and introduces a new mental health resource called 320 Changes Direction.

"It is time we recognised that mental health is as important as our physical health," she says.

"[Chester] would have loved seeing us all lift each other up. Fuck depression. Let’s make Chester proud."

0550 UK: Mike Shinoda introduces their "favourite" guest of the night - their fans - for 'In The End'. They leave the stage to shouts of "Chester. Chester. Chester."

What a special night and a special way to honour Chester Bennington.

0545 UK: Blink-182 take the stage on their own and play a poignant 'I Miss You' before Linkin Park come back to power through 'What I've Done'.

0535 UK: 'The Catalyst' - maybe one of LP's most underrated songs - is given a stirring, gutsy run through by Sum 41's Deryck Whibley.

0530 UK: Sum 41 drummer Frank Zummo and Daron and Shavo from System Of A Down hit the stage for 'Rebellion'.

0525 UK: A Day To Remember's Jeremy McKinnon pops up for 'A Place For My Head'! Remember when he played with Linkin Park at Vans Warped Tour a couple of years back?

0520 UK: Korn's Jonathan Davis and members of Dead By Sunrise are out now for 'One Step Closer'.

0515 UK: Machine Gun Kelly bounds onstage to rip through 'Papercut'. We're ramping up.

0510 UK: Zedd takes over drum duties and Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes powers through 'Crawling'. Huge.

0505 UK: The pace changes with a snippet of 'Until It Breaks' and 'Waiting For The End', which features Echosmith's Sydney Sierota.

0500 UK: Mike Shinoda shares a song he wrote eight days after Chester passed away called 'Looking For An Answer'.

"There's an emptiness tonight / A hole that wasn't there before."

0455 UK: Fans and bands are tuning in from around the world.

0450 UK:
"Who cares if one more light goes out?" sings Mike. "Well, I do." The most poignant moment of the night so far.

0445 UK: Songwriter Julia Michaels and Kiiara are up next to run through 'Heavy'. This is emotional.

0435 UK: 'Sharp Edges' is up next, and it's given a more acoustic vibe by Ilsey Juber before the tempo is upped a lot on a mighty 'Talking To Myself'.

0430 UK: The band restart 'Battle Symphony' with songwriter Jonathan Green after a technical hitch. "Chester would not have this shit," chuckles Mike.

0425 UK: Steven McKellar from Civil Twilight steps onstage for a stripped-back play through 'Nobody Can Save Me', taken from this year's album 'One More Light'.

0415 UK: 

0410 UK: Alanis Morissette and Tony, Adrian and Tom from No Doubt and Dreamcar are up next, playing 'Castle Of Glass'.

0405 UK: Taka from One OK Rock leads the band through a spine-chilling 'Somewhere I Belong'. The bands were due to tour together this fall before Chester passed.

0400 UK: Gavin Rossdale hits the stage to run through 'Leave Out All The Rest'.

0357UK: They twist from 'Shadow Of The Day' into a heart-rending cover of U2's 'With Or Without You'.

0355 UK: Yellowcard's Ryan Key is onstage for 'Shadow Of The Day'.

0350 UK: The band leave a mic stand empty front and center and the audience run through a spine-tingling 'Numb' all on their own. This is powerful.

0340 UK: Linkin Park start the show with a medley including 'The Messenger' - taken from 2010's 'A Thousand Suns' -  'Iridescent' and 'Roads Untraveled'.

"May your love never end / And if you need a friend / There's a seat here alongside me," sings Mike Shinoda.

0335 UK: The show starts with a short speech from the band.

"It's going to be an emotional experience to be back onstage, and it's going to be really healing and really powerful for us," they say.

"Tonight we want to honour him the right way, and I know he'll be smiling down."

0330 UK: Linkin Park and members of countless bands are gathering at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles for a show honouring Chester Bennington's life.

Bring Me The Horizon's Oli Sykes, Blink-182, Taka from One OK Rock, Ryan from YellowcardMachine Gun KellyAvenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates and M. Shadows and many more are expected to make appearances.

The show just kicked off, and you can watch right here!

Tweet us your favourite Chester memories @rocksound, and let's experience this show and celebrate Chester's life together.

You can donate to the One More Light Fund - set up in his memory - right here.

Chester Bennington passed away in July this year. He was 41.

If you are affected by the topics in this article, the Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 (in the UK) or by email on [email protected] If you are in the US, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.

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