Chris Martin honors Chester Bennington with moving cover of 'Crawling'
Coldplay paid tribute to the Linkin Park singer at the band's Tuesday concert in New Jersey
Coldplay’s concert in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Tuesday night included a performance in honor of Chester Bennington, the Linkin Park frontman whose death sent ripples throughout the music industry.
“Thank you so much, everybody,” frontman Chris Martin said on stage behind a piano. “From time to time we like to do a cover song. We’re gonna do one right now. I hope it’s okay. It may not sound that great, but it’s meant in good faith. This is for anybody who’s missing someone.”
What ensued was a stirring cover of “Crawling,” the Grammy-winning song off Linkin Park’s album Hybrid Theory.
Bennington died by suicide at the age of 41 and was found dead at a home Palos Verdes Estates, California, on July 20, the L.A. Coroner’s Office confirmed to EW. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, hearing of Martin’s cover, thanked him on social media. “It sounded beautiful,” he wrote.
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Linkin Park released a statement shortly after Bennington’s death that read, in part, “We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”
Talinda Bennington, the singer’s widow, also shared an emotional statement in late July, saying her life had “turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy” in the wake of her husband’s death and that she was focusing on raising “our babies with every ounce of love I have left.”