Watch Coldplay Perform Linkin Park’s ‘Crawling’ in Memory of Chester Bennington
Coldplay became the latest in a bevy of artists to pay their respects to the late Chester Bennington when Chris Martin offered a moving solo piano cover of Linkin Park's "Crawling" last night in New Jersey. The performance, which you can watch above, was part of Coldplay's opening night set on the Head Full of Dreams North American tour.
Martin noted that he wanted to "respectfully" play "Crawling," which served as the second single from Linkin Park's 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory. In a quiet, heartfelt and poignant moment, he then dedicated the song to "everybody who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians," according to the Independent.
Unfortunately, Martin suffered a false start, but he decided to play "Crawling" again from the beginning because he "wanted to get it right since it would likely end up on YouTube."
Members of Chester Bennington's inner circle were deeply moved by the gesture. "I WILL survive, persevere, and thrive," Bennington's wife Talinda said via Twitter. "Thanks Chris for speaking to me right now. I know I will be ok." Bennington's friend and bandmate Mike Shinoda also reposted a video of the performance on Instagram, adding: "Thank you, Coldplay; it sounded beautiful."
Bennington, 41, died by suicide in July, on what would have been his close friend Chris Cornell's 53rd birthday. Cornell killed himself in May. Besides Talinda, Bennington also left behind six children.
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