Linkin Park: 'One More Light' Is About Losing a Friend, Chester Could Barely Perform It Without Choking Up

"The message of the song is when you are dealing with something so deep as losing a friend - reach out to people."

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Linkin Park: 'One More Light' Is About Losing a Friend, Chester Could Barely Perform It Without Choking Up
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Radio.com unveiled a previously-unreleased interview with Mike Shinoda from this May, in which he discussed Chester Bennington's reaction to Chris Cornell's death, saying:

"We were booked to play the show so that we could promote our new single 'Heavy' and then we heard the news about Chris Cornell.

"We had had a little pow-wow in the dressing room before we went on and we said the thing that's good for the band to do is play 'Heavy,' but the right thing to do is play 'One More Light' because it’s about the loss of a friend.

"It's one of the most important songs on the record, and it may never be a single, but it's just an important song and it’s the right song to play so that's what we ended up doing.

"When we were doing a sound check Chester couldn't even make it through the song, he was getting halfway through and getting choked up.

"Even when we did play the whole song, and it was live on TV, or taped for film for TV, he kind of just stopped like towards the end like he missed the last couple lines, just couldn't finish the song.

"Fans were crying in the audience, and I think it was cathartic, I think it was good.

"The message of the song is when you are dealing with something so deep as losing a friend, or in this case somebody you just admire, somebody you look up to when we’re talking about some of these fans in the audience - one of the things I think you can do is reach out to people and offer them community, let them know we’re a family, we’re community, we care about each other.

"Whether a friend who lost somebody, a family member or whatever, to reach out and let them know even that you're thinking about them, sometimes that's enough."

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9 comments sorted by best / new / date

    WillUG31
    You can trahstalk their new album all you want, I don't like it either, but damn the man had one hell of a voice !
    banerjee.ushnish
    every artist has highs and lows as far as creative output is concerned. Doesnt change the fact that Chester was a brilliant singer, he had some serious live chops. Probably the best nu-metal vocalist along with Corey Taylor. 
    Spiderguy252
    Mike Shinoda is just fantastic, and he is the brains behind Linkin Park. Hope he sheds more light on what happened with Chester, as much as viable. It will help a lot of fans heal as well.
    michaelgreine
    This song is actually the only one i liked form the new album. And i mean i really like that song, one of their best imo just for chester's voice in this one. So emotional
    CallumRocks99
    i can respect that the album had some real meaning behind it but it does little for my enjoyment of the album.
    Blew1
    I'm sorry, but the fact the singer died doesn't change the fact this latest album was fucking terrible!