Looking Back: Chester Bennington

Linkin Park releases ‘Carpool Karaoke’ episode with Chester Bennington

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Rolling Stone reported Linkin Park shared the video on its Facebook page. The episode, which is part of Apple Music’s “Carpool Karaoke” series, is free for all to watch.

Bennington died July 20th of a suicide by hanging. The episode was filmed a week before Bennington’s death.

The episode begins with the following statement on the screen: “With the blessing of Chester’s family and his band mates, we share this episode, and dedicate it to the memory of Chester. This was taped July 14, 2017.” 

In the 20 minute episode, band members Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson joined by Jeong, who jokes about joining the group and a dream in which changing the name to “Link-Ken Park.” 

The four sing OutKast’s “Hey Ya,” “Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park hits “Numb,” “In the End,” and “Talking to Myself.”

Later in the clip, the group moves from a Cadillac SUV to a party bus, where they sing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s  “Sweet Home Alabama” and “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.

Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, and Brad Delson of Linkin Park filmed an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" with Ken Jeong. The band has released the episode since Bennington's death in July.
Photo: Beth Gwinn/Getty Images/Getty Images

The video ends with a link directing fans to donate to the One More Light Fund in Bennington’s honor. The fund is named after the band’s seventh studio album, the last one released before Bennington’s death. On Oct. 27, the band is celebrating Bennington’s life with an event at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

In August, James Corden, who began the “Carpool Karaoke” series as a segment on his late-night show, said he would not release the episode without the approval of the late singer’s family.

Watch the episode below.

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