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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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”.
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.
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’.
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.
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.