Mike Shinoda: Chester Bennington Once Performed Entire Linkin Park Show With Broken Arm

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If he were alive today, the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington would be 47 years old.

Over the course of his 25-year music career, Bennington proved himself to be not only one of the most captivating voices in heavy metal but also one of the genre’s most hardworking and passionate frontmen. In fact, the late Linkin Park singer was such a remarkable frontman that, during one of the band’s past shows, he actually performed an entire concert with a broken arm.

During a past conversation hosted by Live Nation, Bennington and Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda interviewed each other. The first question asked comes from Bennington, with the late singer asking Shinoda: “What makes you proudest to be in a band with me?”

In response to this, Shinoda shares an incredible story involving Bennington performing with a broken arm. Per Shinoda, he says (as transcribed by The Pit):

“[Bennington] broke his arm in the beginning of a show, and then we were like, ‘Should we cancel the show?’

“And Chester’s response was ‘Well, it’s going to be just as broken in 90 minutes as it is right now, we might as well just play.’ That’s the kind of person you want to be in a band with; if you’re ever going to put a band together, that’s the guy.”

This is absolutely wild to learn, and it is also an incredible testament to how driven of a frontman Bennington was.

Below you will find the video feature from Live Nation where Shinoda shares this story about Bennington. The conversation between Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda also includes a couple of other interesting bits as well, such as Bennington talking about a Linkin Park song he finds frustrating to perform.

We love and miss you Chester, thank you for everything you have done.

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