October 27, 2017 saw a faithful collection of musician friends and fans gather at the Hollywood Bowl in LA, to take part in a tribute to Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park. Korn frontman Jonathan Davis was part of the event that he says was a “bittersweet” experience.
The performance, billed as “Linkin Park and Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington,” saw Linkin Park return to the stage for the first time since Bennington took his own life last July. Among the artists that appeared at the show were Davis, Oliver Sykes from Bring Me the Horizon, members of Avenged Sevenfold, System Of A Down and Blink-182. A highlight of the evening was the band doing “In the End,” a 2001 Linkin Park track, in which they encouraged fans to sing Bennington’s vocal part.
Davis was interviewed by Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR radio station. He spoke about the tribute night: “It was nice to see people I hadn’t seen in a long time, but I didn’t like the reason we were there. It was a night of just remembering and it helped people deal with the fact that Chester had passed.” Davis spoke further about what the night meant to him, “It helped me as a way for us to let go and just celebrate his life and his mark that he left on the world.”
In an earlier interview with Kerrang! Magazine, Davis spoke specifically about mental illness and depression. “It’s always the seemingly happy, sweetest ones that are hurting the most. It’s a terrible disease that can make things feel unbearable. When you’re helping so many people, you can sometimes forget about yourself. We’re like superheroes to kids that are hurting — we’re supposed to be the living proof that things will get better. There should be more Chesters in the world.”
Proceeds from the concert were donated to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.
Bennington was found dead on July 20, 2017 after committing suicide at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, CA.