Chester Bennington will be remembered for many things in his career, one of them being his iconic scream.
Linkin Park‘s second album Meteora featured numerous opportunities where he showed off his insane vocal chops, including fan favorites like “Faint” and deeper cuts like “Hit the Floor” and “Don’t Stay.”
Maybe his best screamed performance on the album comes in the form of “Lying From You,” arguably the group’s heaviest single. Nowhere was this more apparent than their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2003.
Armed with the biggest album in the world, Linkin Park’s confidence from the jump here is on a different level. That night in Los Angeles, Linkin Park delivered an eight-song set, mostly composed of Meteora tracks with a couple of Hybrid Theory cuts sprinkled in. The highlight of the performance was arguably when they belted out “Lying From You” in the middle of their set.
Off rip, Chester delivers a chest-crushing scream, setting the tone for the heaviness that would follow. Mike Shinoda’s rapping dovetails quite nicely with Chester’s work here, helping to hype the crowd up, and getting in everybody’s faces.
The song’s apex is its breakdown, and Chester amps up the intensity here tenfold. It’s possibly his best scream ever recorded for the track, and the intensity he gives just radiates off of the vocal performance, him going insanely hard on each take. It’s a triumphant performance and a reminder of why he’s one of the greatest of all time.
Next month, Linkin Park is dropping a huge anniversary edition for Meteora.
The reissue’s Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set boasts six additional unreleased songs, plus demos, b-sides, live shows, and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage on five LPs [Meteora (1 LP), Live in Texas (2 LP) – for the first time on vinyl – , and the previously unreleased Live in Nottingham 2003 (2 LP)], four CDs [Meteora (1 CD), LPU Rarities 2.0 (1 CD), Live Rarities 2003-2004 (1 CD), and Lost Demos (1 CD)], and three DVDs, including four previously unreleased concerts [The Making of Meteora/The Art of Meteora/Work In Progress (1 DVD), Veterans Stadium (2003), Live in Seoul (2003) (1DVD), and Live In Manila (2004), Live in Denver – Projekt Revolution 2004 (1 DVD). It also includes a 40-page book, 36” x 24” poster, litho, sticker sheet, stencil, and hi-res download card.
Meanwhile, the Deluxe Vinyl Box Set consists of four LPs [Meteora (1 LP), LPU Rarities 2.0 (2 LP), and Live Rarities 2003-2004 (1 LP)]. The Deluxe CD includes the original Andy Wallace mix of “Lost” and features three CDs— Meteora (1 CD), LPU Rarities 2.0 (1 CD), and Live Rarities 2003-2004 (1 CD).
Check out the performance below, and pre-order the album here. Check out the album’s pre-save here.