Coldplay kicked off the North American leg of their stadium tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Tuesday night. During the band’s set, frontman Chris Martin took the opportunity to pay tribute to the late Chester Bennington with an acoustic cover of Linkin Park’s cathartic song, “Crawling”.
After a slight mess-up, Martin launched into a bare bones performance of the breakthrough Hybrid Theory single while seated at his familiar piano. The British rock singer’s stripped down version of the song was obviously more restrained than original, but the raw, emotional lyrics still maintained their impact nevertheless.
In the wake of Bennington’s tragic death, the remaining members of Linkin Park shared an emotional open letter and launched a special section of their website dedicated to the late singer. Stone Temple Pilots, briefly fronted by Bennington from 2013 to 2015, also issued their own statement in tribute.
For more, read Sasha Geffen’s essay, “Pulling Beneath the Surface: On Chester Bennington’s Push Through Pain.