Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin paid tribute to Linkin Park's vocalist Chester Bennington at the first concert of the band's 2017 North American tour in New Jersey.
Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin paid tribute to Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington at the first concert of the band’s 2017 North American tour in New Jersey. Martin honoured the late singer by a solo piano performance of one of the earliest Linkin Park hits, “Crawling”. According to USA Today, Martin restarted after few notes saying that he wanted to make sure he covered the song with respect.
Bennington’s wife Talinda tweeted her gratitude towards Martin after his performance on Tuesday. Bennington died on July 20 at the age of 41 and Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that he died by hanging himself. The singer has had a history of alcohol and drug abuse. Chester was married with six children from two wives. Bennington’s suicide came on the day of his late friend Chris Cornell’s birthday. Chester was very close to Cornell, who himself committed suicide by hanging in May. Bennington was found dead at his home in Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, a week before the California alt-rock band was due to embark on its tour, starting on July 27 in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
After the vocalist’s sudden death, the North American tour which was scheduled to take place had been canceled. Variety reported that his fans organised more than 300 memorials across the world, which were endorsed by his other band members. His wife also released a statement, acknowledging the love and support of fans.