Mike Shinoda Performs Emotional Tribute To Chester Bennington At Reading Festival

It's been just over a year since Chester Bennington left the world and we've never forgotten, especially at festivals and gigs across the world.

Like during Mike Shinoda's set at Reading Festival today where he made the crowds sing In the End - one of Linkin Park's most loved tunes.

And the crowd delivered, of course they did:

Mike, who co-founded Linkin Park spoke about his own difficulties and the problems any of his fans have been facing as he paid tribute to Chester.

He said: "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.

"I'm really indebted to you guys for helping me get here. I don't think I would be able to come out and do these if not for you, so thank you so much."

Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington. Credit: PA
Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington. Credit: PA

Fans cheered, some cried and many smiled in admiration as he continued: "One thing that I've been hearing quite a bit, is how some of you guys are going through some things, and how the connection to the music helps you get through it.

"With that said I know that there are some people out there who, you know myself I want to come to a show, I want to come to a festival and have a great time, and there are other people who, they're hurting and they've got some stuff going on.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"And I want you guys to know if that's you, then don't be ashamed of that, you have no reason to be ashamed of that ever.

"If it's as simple as, you just really liked or loved Chester's singing, or you loved the band's music, or you're just dealing with your own stuff that has nothing to do with us, hopefully by coming to these shows and enjoying the music, and by engaging in this type of thing, it makes some of that bad feeling just go away.

"I want you guys to sing it so loud that Chester can hear you."

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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