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Linkin Park announce Chester Bennington memorial concert in LA

Following the suicide in July of singer and chief songwriter Chester Bennington, rock band Linkin Park has announced an October concert to mourn its leading man.

As Linkin Park released on Monday its video for "One More Light," the title track from its latest album that shows Chester Bennington performing in a sea of light, the band also confirmed that a memorial concert will take place on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, where the band is based. Proceeds will be given to Music for Relief, a fund started by Linkin Park to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004.

The evening will mark the first Linkin Park concert since Bennington died on July 20 – and perhaps the band's last as surviving members have voiced doubts about its future.

In a message to fans, Linkin Park said the group will be accompanied by a variety of other artists "to honor the man who touched the lives of so many around the world."

The new Linkin Park album "One More Light" has taken on new meaning after Bennington's suicide. Originally written about the death of a friend in the music business, the song is more subdued than much of Linkin Park's hard rock, with Bennington reflecting on death over an understated electric guitar.

"Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do," Bennington sings.

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The video intersperses scenes of the band together with footage of Bennington performing before an adoring crowd in an arena that is darkened except for fans' handheld lights.

The band's co-vocalist and guitarist Mike Shinoda said in a statement that the song is about "sending love to those who lost someone."

Linkin Park member Joe Hahn, who directed the video, said it was "incredibly emotional" both to work on and watch the video.

Fans gather at Revolucion monument to pay tribute to Chester Bennington, Linkin Park frontman, following the singer's death by suicide, in Mexico City (Reuters/E. Garrido)

Fans gather in Mexico City to pay tribute to Chester Bennington

"I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people who need it," Hahn said in a statement.

Bennington had struggled throughout his life with drugs and alcohol as well as the trauma of sexual abuse.

Since the 41-year-old's death, fans have organized dozens of events around the world to mourn him with the band promising a more formal public memorial.

sb/eg (AFP, AP)


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