It has been five years since the late Linkin Park singer, Chester Bennington, passed away. Bennington struggled with mental illness and took his own life by hanging. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of Chester and all the joy and art he brought into this world.
In honor of celebrating his life and legacy, we wanted to share a really neat video we came across on YouTube. Uploaded via martasgood, the video you will find below features one of the first live shows that Linkin Park ever performed. Chester is present as the vocalist, and there appear to be other members performing alongside him (who are no longer in the band). They are performing the band’s song “One Step Closer,” which would end up on their studio album debut, Hybrid Theory. It is surreal to see the band up close and personal well before their days of being global giants.
A young Linkin Park performs “One Step Closer”:
Earlier today, we shared another live performance involving that of the late Chester Bennington. Back in 2001, at Ozzfest, Chester teamed up with Disturbed to perform a cover of Pantera’s “Walk.” Back in March, we came across some footage of a young Linkin Park performing in what looks like a basement; the video dates back to 1999, with the band performing their song “A Place for My Head.”
Chester Bennington, along with former band member Mark Wakefield, formed Linkin Park in 1996. During his time in the band, Chester helped to create the following seven studio albums: Hybrid Theory (2000), Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014), and One More Light (2017).
To this day, Chester Bennington is fondly remembered as one of the most impactful voices in metal and rock. He is tremendously missed and we hope that he is at peace <3