Coldplay kicked off their “A Head Full Of Dreams” U.S. tour with a stop at New York’s Metlife Stadium on August 1. Besides playing their own songs to the venue which holds 82,000, Chris Martin decided to play a subdued, piano cover version of Linkin Park‘s “Crawling”.
In the original version, Chester Bennington (who sadly passed away on July 20) screams most of the lyrics to the hit song, giving it a special sort of passion that can only be found deep within the throat. However, that’s not the only way to go about it, as Martin proved during the rendition.
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda – who was in attendance – said that it “sounded beautiful” in an Instagram post afterwards.
Before playing, The Guardian reports that Martin said: “This is to everybody who misses someone you know. This is for our whole community of musicians”. Indeed, the community was shocked and saddened to hear of Bennington’s passing, and Martin’s isn’t the first tribute to the Linkin Park front-man, nor the last.
In fact, Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center will host a free memorial event titled “Cincinnati Memorial For Chester” on August 12. Linkin Park were scheduled to stop at this venue as part of their “One More Light” U.S. tour which, understandably, had to be cancelled.
I admire the efforts of those who have paid and will pay tribute to Chester Bennington in one way or another; he was a fantastic musician and the world still feels a bit strange without him in it.
Watch Chris Martin’s cover of “Crawling” below: