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2017.10.27 - Los Angeles, CA (Chester Bennington Celebration)

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It's been a hard three months for not only the Linkin Park fanbase, but for the world of music, as well. It still isn't easy to grasp that Chester is gone, but as a community we've all united and become a stronger fanbase - and, more importantly, family - than ever before. On October 27, we will again unite as a family, this time in person, and all enjoy one of the things we all love so dearly: Linkin Park live.

Linkin Park is playing their first show since Chester's death on October 27, 2017 at the esteemed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Joining the band will be a whole load of guests: including members of Avenged Sevenfold, System Of A Down, No Doubt, and more - but we'll get into depth with that later. Linkin Park & Friends will be lighting up the night with a special show honoring Chester.

Linkin Park has played Los Angeles countless times in the past - it's their hometown, after all. This will be their second time performing at the Hollywood Bowl, however. They performed there for the first time back in 2014 on the Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars - that show was streamed live on VyRT, and featured loads of surprises, like Daron Malakian performing on 'Rebellion' and Austin Carlile formerly of Of Mice & Men joining them for 'Faint.' The band would have ended this year's One More Light North American Tour at the Hollywood Bowl on October 22 (5 days before this event), as well, though it seems all paths ended up there.


Watch the full show from the Hollywood Bowl back in 2014.

Before we get into the details about this show, let's talk about watching it. Tickets sold out in minutes with a majority going to the LP Underground, and not every fan in the world could make it out to Los Angeles. The band will be livestreaming the event via YouTube, so no matter where in the world you are, you'll be able to watch the show right from home and we can all feel the emotions together, whether we're there or not. Click the spoiler tag below for more stream info, including time zone conversions and a countdown.


Link: http://lprk.co/YouTube
Time Zone Conversions (Comment below if you need me to add your city/country)
Countdown


For those who will be attending - come meet us! There will be a massive meet up outside the Hollywood Bowl at 4:00PM PST. If you want to come meet us all, RSVP for our Facebook event (or just show up - either works!). You can meet loads of staff members including myself, Hahninator, SasstielExperience, Jonas, Dmitry, and more! It's the family reunion we never had!

Let's get into the details here. It's going to be an emotional night for sure, but it's also going to be a very unique one. Opening the night is an old friend of band, DJ Z-Trip, with whom Chester recorded the hit 'Walking Dead.' He promised a very special set for the event, so make sure you catch it! Linkin Park will be performing with loads of guests, both friends of Chester's, contemporaries, friends of Mike's, and so forth. First up is M. Shadows and Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. We have no clue what they'll be playing - in an interview, they claimed they were going to originally be playing a song that went to Jonathan Davis of Korn when he joined the lineup. It's possible they were talking about 'One Step Closer' as that's the song Davis performed with Linkin Park in the past. As for the A7X duo, it's very likely they play one of the band's heavier songs - 'A Place For My Head' or 'Guilty All The Same' are up there in contention. Also joining is 3/4 of System Of A Down: Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan. Daron, of course has joined the band to play 'Rebellion' both in the studio and live, so that song's in obvious contention, but with the other members of SOAD, we can't say for certain.

Blink-182 will be joining the band for a few songs, as well! Matt Skiba watching a video tutorial to learn 'What I've Done' on his Instagram, so it seems like they'll definitely be playing that one! The members of the band have joined Linkin Park before, Travis Barker playing drums on 'Bleed It Out' at the Concert For The Philippines in 2014 and 'A Light That Never Comes' with Mike, Chester and Steve Aoki at the Shrine Expo Hall in 2013; and Mark Hoppus playing bass on 'Numb' at the band's Relief Live! concert in 2015. Both bands were to play the special Blinkin Park shows this summer in Pennsylvania and New York, so it'll be good to see them share the stage for real. Adrian Young and Tom Dumont of No Doubt will also be joining the band. Young also played at the Relief Live! show in 2015, playing on 'Numb.' Yellowcard's Ryan Key will join the band as well. In 2014, Ryan Key joined the band for 'What I've Done' at their surprise performance at the Vans Warped Tour. While it's possible he joins on 'What I've Done' with Blink, it'd be great to see him perform 'Shadow Of The Day,' which he did an incredible cover of the day of Chester's passing.


Watch Mark Hoppus and Adrian Young perform 'Numb' with Linkin Park back in 2015 at Relief Live!

Linkin Park have several more familiar faces joining them, as well. Kiiara will be playing with them, and she'll obviously be singing 'Heavy' amongst others. She could join for any other song, too - don't forget she did a duet of 'Burn It Down' with Chester at the Facebook Live Event at the beginning of the year, too! Jon Green from The Bonfires is also on the lineup. He joined the band both live and in the studio for 'Nobody Can Save Me,' though whether or not the band will play that song is to be seen. That's a lot of emotion. Machine Gun Kelly is also on the lineup, and he's a very familiar face. He first joined the band on 'Bleed It Out' back in 2014 on the Vans Warped Tour show and rapped his song 'What I Do' over the extended bridge. He did the same this year on the band's One More Light European Tour at a few stops, and was scheduled to open for the band this entire summer on the North American Tour. He recently released an studio cover of 'Numb' which he dedicated to Chester.

Then there are some curveballs. DJ and electronic musician Zedd will be performing drums on a song - and that could literally by any song. Nonetheless, that's a huge name to have on the lineup! Bring Me The Horizon's Oliver Sykes will be playing with the band as well. He's expressed time and time again that Linkin Park is one of his all-time favorite bands and inspired his music (his first concert was Linkin Park in 2001!). Footage exists of him singing 'Papercut' at an after party event, though we could also see him on 'Faint' as well. Pop rock band Echosmith will also be playing - they could also be on any of the band's poppier numbers, like 'Burn It Down.' That's everyone confirmed so far, but there could very likely be some surprises that have been kept under locks up until the day of the show. Do you think we'll see anyone else show up?

 

EDIT: Taka of One Ok Rock have confirmed his presence in the event. His band had been playing a cover of 'One More Light' during their recent US tour. Frank Zummo of Sum 41 was also seen rehearsing with Linkin Park and members of System Of A Down. He has been performing drum covers of 'Faint' and 'One Step Closer' at recent Sum 41 concerts. Besides that, Ryan Shuck of Julien-K was spotted at Thrid Encore, Linkin Park's rehearsal space. It was brought to our attention he had been listening to 'One Step Closer' on Spotify quite a lot in the last few days. Can we expect him to join the band at the show?


Watch Kiiara and Linkin Park debut 'Heavy' for the first time earlier this year on The Late Late Show With James Corden.

Setlist-wise, that's about all we can predict. There's no telling what the band can do with just a five-piece. There are for sure some songs we probably won't be hearing ever again, like 'Given Up.' But Mike Shinoda is a creative genius. The mashup-master can (and will) find a way to incorporate any of the band's songs into the setlist. Plus, there are loads of tracks he is in charge of - 'Invisible,' 'In Between,' and 'No Roads Left' are just a few of them. There's also a bunch of Fort Minor material he can pick and choose from, like 'Welcome' and 'Remember The Name.' And wouldn't we all love to see 'Sorry For Now' performed live!

In the band's near-two decades of performing, this is undoubtedly one of the, if not the most important show they have played yet. It's many different things: proof that they aren't quitting any time soon, proof that they have the ability to continue, and, more importantly, a celebration of the incredible life of Chester Bennington. He'll be in our hearts and minds all night and for every day to come. Chester will always be with us, in our hearts, walking beside us as we climb the mountains his voice helped us overcome in the dark times before. A soul only dies when they are forgotten, and Chester's life burns powerfully in all of our hearts. We can't wait to watch this show with you whether you'll be in Los Angeles to see it or watching from home. It'll be a night of laughs, love, and tears. And that's what a Linkin Park show has always been.

For updates on the show and for everything Linkin Park in the future, be sure to follow our social media: we're on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Linkin Park currently has no other touring plans, but they will return to the road once again some day. When that day comes, we'll all be here ready to have a great time and see our favorite band kill it on that stage (and to constantly nag for 'A Place For My Head,' just like the good ol' days). If you're still struggling with losing Chester or want to help Linkin Park fans who are hurting, join the LPLive Help Line Discord chat. Even if you just want to chat about the band - feel free to sign up!

This isn't a goodbye. It's just the end of the chapter. Thank you, Linkin Park, for everything you've done. Thank you for the perseverance and the courage you've given us. Now it's our turn to help you. And thank you, Chester, for everything you've done. We know you're happy wherever you may be now. And we hope you're watching us, too. As we end this chapter, let's keep an open mind and most importantly, an open heart as we enter a new one. See you all on October 27.

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Beautiful post, Dylan. Really looking forward to this show and seeing all of you again, despite the circumstances. Im glad that Chester is being celebrated, instead of mourned.

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Great write up, it's going to be quite a emotional show.

 

I'll be there, might be late tho, damn work and LA traffic. Do we know if Z-Trip is going on at 7:45? or is his set from 7:30-7:45?

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Great write up, it's going to be quite a emotional show.

 

I'll be there, might be late tho, damn work and LA traffic. Do we know if Z-Trip is going on at 7:45? or is his set from 7:30-7:45?

 

fuck that! get absent lol

 

this is once in a life event.

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It's a shame I can't go, but I'm glad that so many people will be able to. The atmosphere is going to be incredible, and I think it'll help a lot of people.

 

I can't wait for this show, even considering the circumstances. Going to be a gorgeous tribute.

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Dylan, Oli Sykes first concert wasn't LP in 2003, it was LP in 2001. You can even see him in a picture taken by Kerrang at the show.

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Beautiful post, Dylan. Really looking forward to this show and seeing all of you again, despite the circumstances. Im glad that Chester is being celebrated, instead of mourned.

 

Great write up, it's going to be quite a emotional show.

 

Thanks guys! Can't wait to see you there :)

 

Dylan, Oli Sykes first concert wasn't LP in 2003, it was LP in 2001. You can even see him in a picture taken by Kerrang at the show.

 

Thanks for the correction, I'll fix that up now.

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Curious if they will debut No Roads Left, can't wait for that show, i will watch it live but i have to not sleep at night because for me its 4.45am.

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Curious if they will debut No Roads Left, can't wait for that show, i will watch it live but i have to not sleep at night because for me its 4.45am.

what makes you think that they will debut NRL?

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what makes you think that they will debut NRL?

As of right now we don't know whether they will play only with guest or have a section where LP plays alone to show us fans how they might go forward in the future. And NRL is one song, which is 1. sung by Mike and 2. There aren't any screams in it so Mike can handle it pretty well

 

I don't think that they will play it on Friday, but I do believe that they will play it in future shows (We know that they will continue)

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Very emotional post of you, Dylan! I've got a shiver from the beginning to the end of this post! And my hands shake a little bit...

 

I know how it feels when you lost an important person in your life and it is not the same like losing a family member BUT it is also so emotional and such a tragedy like your father or mother or brother died. 15 years with Chester, his music, his laughing and his crazy ideas..... He always will be in my heart !!

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hey guys

we need your help

I talk to ALANis (he's a very famous capper) about a feed quality from this show. here's his response:

 

It's not for sure there will be a feed (may be fed on Fiber), but I will definitely look. I want this show too ;)
Do you know anyone going to the concert? They could look for a satellite truck around the venue, if they find one and they open the Compass app on their phone and face the direction the satellite is facing towards the sky and tell me the degrees their app says it may help in finding the feed quicker

 

sorry if this is the wrong place

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Looking forward to the show. No idea what to expect. Can't believe this is actually something that is happening, but onward we go.

 

It might be the final show for ''Linkin Park''. You never know. The future is unknown at this point. I wish I could have made it to L.A. for this but it's all good, I'll definitely be tuning into the stream.

Ryan is at LP rehearsals, he just posted this pic.

 

Edit: Shavo Odadjian too!

 

Church in that photo. Haha. Good to see that Ryan was invited, etc.

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very curious what this show brings....but anyway when the show ends i need to play some footage with him, realise I almost forget his beatiful and joyfull laugh...

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Since no one mentioned it here:

Frank Zummo is mentioned on that Instagram picture by Shavo Odadjian, so it looks like we have another name for the guest list. He's been playing a drum cover of Faint during Sum 41's shows.

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Great post Dylan! I'm really excited to see this show

 

 

I almost forgot one thing to mention. Really really nice post Dylan!

 

 

Very emotional post of you, Dylan! I've got a shiver from the beginning to the end of this post! And my hands shake a little bit...

 

beautifully written, Dylan! it still is so surreal..

 

Thank you all! :)

 

I'm currently in Los Angeles. It's happening.

 

Blink-182 in rehearsals today with the band, we'll see if anything else pops up throughout the day!

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