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Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke of Linkin Park was Shot Just 6 days before Chester Bennington’s Death

by Ammar Nasir

Linkin Park has released the episode of Apple music’s Carpool Karaoke series in the memory of the band’s late frontman Chester Bennington. The episode was shot just a week before the tragic news of Bennington’s death hit the world of internet.

The airing of the episode was in doubts because of the tragic death of Chester Bennington. However, the band has now released the 24 minute video on their official Facebook page.

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Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at The O2 Arena on July 3, 2017 in London, England. (Source: Getty Images)

Along the band members of Linkin Park, the video also features comedian/actor Ken Jeong, who is famous for his roles in The Hangover and Knocked Up.

The video hit the internet like a storm. It has been viewed around 3 million times. In the video you can see, Jeong, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington singing the best songs by the band like, ‘Numb’, ‘In The End’ and ‘Talking to Myself’.

Previously the creator of the show James Corden said, it is up to Chester’s family to decide whether the episode would air or not.

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Creator of the show, James Corden said it was up to Chester’s family to decide if the episode was to be aired or not. (Source: Apple Music)

“We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled, we will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want because I don’t think there’s any other way we could deal with it. It’s a tragedy”, James Corden told the Associate Press in August.

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Ken Jeong joked that he wanted to join the band, to which Chester replied, “We’ll see.” (Source: Apple Music)

The episode opens with the message, “With the blessings of Chester’s family and bandmates, we share this episode and dedicate it to the memory of Chester.”

After this message, we can see Jeong joking that he wants to join the band as, Chester is sitting next to him in the driving seat and says, “We’ll see if you can join the band.”

In response Jeong says, “It feels like a band already. We’re already fighting.”

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In the video, the band sung several classic songs together. (Source: Apple Music)

During the episode, you can see them all singing the classical songs like Outkast’s “Hey Ya”, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge”, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”.

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The episode was shot a week before the news of Chester’s death broke out. (Source: Apple Music)

The episode ends with a link to a fund raising, which the Linkin Park has formed to honor Chester Bennington. People who want to contribute can visit Music for Relief fund.

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Fans tweeted their reactions to the video on Twitter. (Source: Carpool Karaoke’s Twitter)

Fans had mixed emotions towards the released video. They were happy to see Chester but also sad to lose such a ‘gem of a person’.

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Fans on Linkin Park’s Facebook page shared their reactions. (Source: Linkin Park’s Facebook)

Fans also thanked Chester’s wife, Talinda and Linkin Park for going forward and releasing the video. They shared their love and admiration for Chester Bennington in heartfelt comments.

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Flowers and candles seen outside the US Embassy in Moscow in memory of the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who was found dead from suicide in his house near Los Angeles on July 20, 2017. (Source: Getty Images)

Chester Bennington committed suicide on July 20, 2017 by hanging himself. The band will honor his memory later this month with a tribute to Chester in a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. In the event, the band members will be performing alongside members of System of a Down, Korn, Blink-182, Avenged Sevenfold and others.

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