Before Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington was found dead on July 20 in Southern California, he and the band had played a handful of shows on their One More Light world tour.
As a tribute to Bennington, the band has now announced the release of One More Light Live, which will be out on Dec. 15. Available on CD and digitally, the live set brings together some recordings from the shows on that tour, which was canceled after Bennington’s passing. They previewed it with a haunting rendition of “Crawling”:
A statement posted on Linkin Park’s official site details the concept for this release:
CHESTER CHARLES BENNINGTON
WE DEDICATE THIS LIVE ALBUM TO OUR BROTHER CHESTER WHO POURED HIS HEART AND SOUL INTO ONE MORE LIGHT. AFTER WE FINISHED RECORDING THE ALBUM, WE JOKED WITH CHESTER THAT – SINCE HE HAD DELIVERED SO MANY STUNNING PERFORMANCES IN THE STUDIO – HE HAD SET THE BAR EXTRA HIGH TO PRODUCE THAT ALCHEMY ON STAGE EACH NIGHT. NOT SURPRISINGLY, HE WELCOMED THE CHALLENGE.
THE SHOWS WE PLAYED TOGETHER DURING THE EARLY SUMMER OF 2017 WERE EXTRAORDINARY. CHESTER SHARED WITH US THAT HE FELT THIS WAS THE BEST TOUR WE HAD EVER DONE. THE CAMARADERIE AND JOY WE EXPERIENCED ON STAGE REFLECTED OUR DEEP CONNECTION WITH EACH OTHER, WITH OUR FANS, AND WITH THE MUSIC.
EVERY NIGHT BEFORE WALKING OUT ONTO THE STAGE, WE WOULD HUDDLE, GET FOCUSED, AND SHARE WHATEVER LAST-SECOND REMARKS POPPED INTO OUR HEADS. CHESTER ALWAYS TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF TO TURN THE NAME OF THE CITY WHERE WE WERE PLAYING INTO A FIRST-RATE RUN. THIS WAS OUR RITUAL. BEST OF ALL, IT WAS A MOMENT TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE THAT WE WERE LIVING OUR DREAM.
CHESTER NEVER FORGOT TO EXPRESS HIS APPRECIATION TO OUR CREW – THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO TRAVELED THE WORLD WITH US, MAKING OUR DREAM INTO REALITY NIGHT AFTER NIGHT. WITHOUT THEM, THESE SHOWS WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE.
CHESTER WAS UNIQUELY PASSIONATE, UNCOMMONLY GENEROUS, SENSITIVE, OPTIMISTIC, FUNNY AND KIND. WITH HIS VOICE, HE TURNED PAIN INTO CATHARSIS, AUTHENTICITY INTO ART, AND PASSION INTO CONNECTION. HIS DEDICATION TO BRINGING THESE SONGS TO LIFE WAS TRIUMPHANT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ATTENDED THIS TOUR IN PERSON, WE THANK YOU.
FOR THOSE WHO COULD NOT, WE HOPE THIS LIVE ALBUM GIVES YOU A GLIMPSE INTO HOW MAGICAL THESE SHOWS WERE FOR THE SIX OF US.
– JOE, DAVE, ROB, MIKE & BRAD
Here’s the track listing, which pulls from throughout the band’s career, including their 2017 album One More Light:
- “TALKING TO MYSELF”
- “BURN IT DOWN”
- “BATTLE SYMPHONY”
- “NEW DIVIDE”
- “NOBODY CAN SAVE ME”
- “ONE MORE LIGHT”
- “LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST”
- “GOOD GOODBYE (FEAT. STORMZY)”
- “WHAT I’VE DONE”
- “IN THE END”
- “SHARP EDGES”
- “BLEED IT OUT”
This news comes roughly three weeks after Linkin Park and friends celebrated the life and spirit of Bennington with a three-hour concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, which has been preserved via YouTube for fans to watch: