WATCH :: Mike Shinoda plays emotional tribute to Chester Bennington at Reading 2018


Mike Shinoda and the Reading Festival crowd paid tribute to Chester Bennington on August 25, with an emotional rendition of Linkin Park‘s ‘In The End’.

Speaking of continuing to perform following Bennington’s death, Shinoda told those in attendance: “Getting up here and doing this for me is really fulfilling, and it’s really an accomplishment just to kind of get over my own anxiety about doing it again.”

Chester ended his life in July 2017 after a struggle with mental health issues.

He asked the Reading festival crowd to take a moment to consider those who weren’t able to be at the festival due to their own mental health issues: “I want to come to a show, I want to come to a festival and have a really great time, and there are other people and they’re hurting.”

The Linkin Park co-founder hit the main stage at the Richfield Avenue event ahead of Sum 41 and Dua Lipa. He is currently promoting his debut solo LP, ‘Post Traumatic‘.