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UPDATE: September 29 at 3:00 P.M.
Linkin Park are continuing to share heartfelt footage of Chester Bennington, reflecting on some of their favorite memories they share as a band.
The band shared a clip from 2003 in Paris, featuring on-stage and behind-the-scenes footage of Bennington. You can give the clip a watch below:
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) September 29, 2017
ORIGINAL: September 25 at 4:48 P.M.
The touching clip features Bennington happily singing a track they’ve titled “Unicorns & Lollipops,” showing the positivity and warmth Bennington brought the band.
Cherishing all the times Chester made us laugh. Taking a look back at some of our favorite LPTV moments. pic.twitter.com/tN95gnu7Q3
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) September 25, 2017
At this point, the band have yet to perform together since Bennington's passing, and although they know it’ll be hard, it’s what they need to do for themselves and for the fans. As Mike Shinoda explains, it’s a cathartic experience for all of those who lost a friend, an icon and a father.
“I thought it over, and I know for some of the guys in the band, getting onstage is more scary than for other guys in the band. But I will say for all of us, it’s definitely the thing we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester.”
“I know that the circumstances of his passing were really dark, and as we said at the time, the darkness that he had was always there, it was kind of part of the package,” Shinoda says. “But what was so unique and special about this guy was that he used it as fuel to do so many positive things. He was such a happy guy, he was such a fun guy when he’d walk in the room. That’s what we want to get out of this show. I know it’s going to be a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s really about celebrating life.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, there is help to be found. Please consider these online resources and talk to your regular doctor about your symptoms:
MentalHealth.gov – Get Immediate Help
ImAlive – Online Crisis Network
International Association For Suicide Prevention – Resources
The Anxiety And Depression Association Of America
The National Alliance On Mental Illness
American Psychiatric Association – Finding Help
National Institute Of Mental Health
American Psychological Association – Psychologist locator
Watch more: Frank Zummo's drum tribute to Chester Bennington